You won't see a Christmas card from our family in your mailbox this holiday season so we are posting it and sending it online instead! You will however see a Valentine's Day or St. Patrick's Day card from us (depending on when I get my act together) with a cute photo of a new baby Buskirk.
In the meantime we just needed to take a moment you wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! The past year has been a bit of a whirlwind and we are eternally grateful for the many blessings that have been showered upon our family.
We are especially thankful for our family and friends this year along with our Savior, Jesus Christ and his servants here on earth. We have been trying (and failing many days) to focus more on Christ this Christmas and have been blessed by our efforts.
“Christmas is what we make of it. Despite all the distractions, we can see to it that Christ is at the center of our celebration... ”
“When we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the Spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ Spirit. It will block out all the distractions around us which can diminish Christmas and swallow up its true meaning.
“Because He came to earth, we have a perfect example to follow. As we strive to become more like Him, we will have joy and happiness in our lives and peace each day of the year. It is His example which, if followed, stirs within us more kindness and love, more respect and concern for others.
“Because He came, there is meaning to our mortal existence.
“Because He came, we know how to reach out to those in trouble or distress, wherever they may be.
“Because He came, death has lost its sting, the grave its victory. We will live again because He came.
“Because He came and paid for our sins, we have the opportunity to gain eternal life.”
(President Thomas S. Monson, 2011 First Presidency Christmas Devotional).
There is no greater blessing we can think of at this Christmas season than that gift that was given to us by our Savior.
We love you and are grateful for the many ways that you bless our family! We hope that if we haven't seen you in 2015 that we remedy that in 2016.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Kevin, Kristina, Andrew, Caitlin, Ryan, and Baby Buskirk #4 (due around January 11)
2015 UPDATE ON THE BUSKIRKS... (scroll down)
just turned 5
loves princesses, dancing, LEGO, all things animals, listening to music, and art
in in Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
just turned 3
loves cars, his "dog dog" stuffed animal, pretend play, Paw Patrol, and running errands with mom
is in preschool (taught by mom with a little group of friends)
just turned 36 :)
still loves chocolate, diet coke, running, hosting parties, and hanging out with friends
is working at Toddler Approved
is almost 37 :)
loves biking, swimming, baking treats, hosting parties with Kristina, and playing with the kids
is working at Facebook