Gingerbread houses, Horsey Kisses, and a Piano

Before I start in on the cuteness, I just want to give a shout-out to Liberty Church: Brooklyn. On Sunday the 20th we had our last in-person church service of 2020 and the entire thing, start to finish, was wonderful. It may have been the sweetest Christmas service I’ve attended. I’m going to go back and watch it before the new year. It was so touching. Watch here: Liberty Church, Brooklyn, Sunday Dec 20, 2020.

Matt has been playing with the worship team:


Gingerbread Houses are not my thing. That’s what Grammy’s are for, however, since COVID is keeping us apart I figured I’d step in and give it a try. When we started, I had a bad feeling… I didn’t think they were going to hold together, but they did! They’re still going strong, except for the gumdrops on the roof. (Anna has been sneaking them!)


Horsey Kisses – I can’t even believe how cute this is! Enjoy!

Anna’s favorite toy in FAO Schwarz is a tiny piano I mention here and here. This is the toy Anna runs to every time we go to that store. I researched for a few hours, trying to decide if that toy piano was worth the price and found so many options online that I honestly got overwhelmed. Someone suggested buying a used, full-size piano so that she’d learn to play on a real one, and the rest of us could enjoy it as well. I looked for quite some time on Facebook Marketplace and found a number of them we could afford and easily transport (in the Truckster) but again, got overwhelmed and quit.

A few days ago I saw a post on our neighborhood page for a free piano and I jumped on it! We shoveled the snow out of our driveway and drove two-tenths of a mile to the next set of town houses, loaded that bad boy up, and brought it home. It fits perfectly under our bar and we have had a blast playing it. It needs tuning and has two sticky keys, but it was free!

I can’t wait to figure out what kind of piano lessons we will do. If you have suggestions, I’ll take them! Outschool? MasterClass?

Anyway, here’s our new (to us) piano!


We might have gone back to see the tree one more time… Actually, we were there to go to FAO Schwarz again, and it afforded us a really good view! We got a gift for Anna “from Madison” and when we gave it to her Anna asked, “How did Madi get to FAO Schwarz?!?” Bless.

Before heading home we ate dinner at our favorite pizza place and then walked to Macy’s on 34th St. Look how pretty the Empire State Building looks all lit up for Christmas!

Next up is Christmas Eve…

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"Yes, they're all mine." The answer to the question I hear most often.
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2 Responses to Gingerbread houses, Horsey Kisses, and a Piano

  1. These pictures!!! What a beautiful Christmas you all had! So many treasures and I love that God gave you a piano! Eek! Happy New Year, sweet friend!

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