Marie’s Christmas Prayer Family

Tonight, Marie gave the family prayer, and in that sweet voice of hers, expressed her concern for Santa’s welfare. I wish we would have recorded it. But I’ve tried to reconstruct it from memory, below. It went something like this.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We’re thankful for this good day. Please help us have the Spirit to be with us. Please bless Santa to be safe when he comes to give us presents. Help him be safe when he comes down the chimney. We’re thankful for this really good world.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Let’s hope the big man does make it okay. Actually, “Santa” will be bringing his big surprise through the garage this year. My mom is flying in from Washington tonight, and will be here as a surprise for the girls when they wake up tomorrow. It should be fun. We went really light on gifts this year because we can only fit so much in our four carry-on suitcases and backpacks.

Real Ice Skating

Also, yesterday, we went ice skating together as a family at the indoor rink in Murray Park. It was Emily and Marie’s first time, and they did great. We were pleased they weren’t afraid. In fact, they were very excited.

The first while they held our hands for balance, but after they got used to it, they ventured out on their own, Emily running on the ice as fast as she could, and Marie doing twirls like she saw the other more experienced ice skaters do. Emily did venture out from the wall, even though I didn’t capture it in video. They had so much fun, and we stayed for the full three hours. See the video below.

After that, we had lunch/dinner at iHop, then did some last minute shopping at Target. While we were out, we saw several people that we knew from our old ward in Murray. Three at the ice skating rink, and two at Target. Small world! It was great to see some “old” friends.

Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Brandon is a location independent entrepreneur, musician, worldschooling father, and the principal author of this blog. He's all about reaching his potential and enjoying life to the fullest in each moment.


  1. I don’t even know how many times I watched that video over and over again. I am so proud of those brave girls! They had so much fun and did such a great job. I was very impressed.

    I didn’t even dare to try the twirl that Marie was so good at. She just saw some of the other little girls who had taken lessons, and thought it looked easy enough, so she tried it out herself. Success!

  2. Wow! Marie is a natural on those skates!! Looks like fun.

    I’m so glad your mom was able to come down for Christmas. I know she is very happy to get to spend the time with your family before you head off to your next adventure.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. I’M IMPRESSED. They did great :o) I’m so happy you could post this for me to enjoy. I’m so happy your mom could be there. It was so fun listening to Emily telling me how Santa brought her in his sleigh and with ALL her THINGS. Co cute. :o)
    Thanks for the video chat this morning.

  4. You need to post the bumblebee song. Your software will probably boost the volume…. if not, send it to me and I’ll work on it :)

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