Our 23 hour trip back to Minnesota was a special one. We decided to drive straight through which meant we could meet our new neice, Baby Aasta, right away. She is adorable! (She is pictured above as Baby Jesus, held by Sara, and adored by Angels Mara and friends Britta and Sophie). We enjoyed a wonderful day at our old church, Grace University, in Mpls. and saw so many friends. That afternoon, the church had their children's nativity where Aasta made her Jesus debut at just 8 days old. Mara felt so welcomed and comfortable that she jumped in and participated too. I told her it was her church because that is where she was baptized.
After a visit to Grandma Joan and Grandpa Lanny's farm and to the nursing home to see Grandpa Lanny, we drove back to the Twin Cities to beat the big snow storm so we could celebrate with Mike, Sara, and Aasta, who were unable to travel with such a new baby. Next, we celebrated with Grandpa Paul and Grandma Margaret, Becca and Rory, Mat and Stephanie and Cousins Claire, Simon and Penny. The kids had SO MUCH fun together. They are good friends! Then we drove to Welcome, MN to the Jagodzinske farm for a Bredberg Christmas where we enjoyed sledding, feeding the cows, and acting out the Christmas nativity. Sonna stayed on Grandma's lap (pictured above - she was not feeling well) while Mara, Simon, and Fia were angels and Penny and Kwame were sheep. It was so fun to see the next generation enjoy the Christmas story! The picture on top is of me, Mat and Becca. We stayed in a hotel in Fairmont where everyone (kids especially) enjoyed swimming in a nice pool. We said our goodbyes after a fabulous 12 days of Christmas with family and friends and did the drive back to Montana in two days. Sonna and Mara were both running high fevers, coughing a lot, and Sonna threw up a few times (once at a rest stop where she would reassure herself by saying, "Me okay" in between throwing up). When we got back home I took her to the doctor and she had a bad ear infection. Poor kid.
Home again, home again, jiggity, jig.