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The McCain Family, Adventide 2008

November 29th, 2008
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Liturgical purists, shield your eyes from the vision of a [whispering now] … a Christmas tree….on the evening Advent begins. We did something really crazy this year. We acted like normal people at home and took our portrait that way. We just dressed as we always do when we are enjoying family and home, well, most of us, that is. You can guess who had to go and put on Christmas picture clothes.

We made our annual trek to go Christmas tree hunting, we bagged ourselves a seven-footer, felled it with might blows of a bow-saw and hauled it home, set it up, decorated it, and, presto, all is done, on the first evening of Advent!

And so, here are the McCain children, followed by the formal family portrait. We have here, left to right, Paul (18), Mary (14) and John (17). Next photo: kids, plus wife and mom, Lynn, and the old man in the house. The little fellow in front, in all white, is Sunny, the Bichon Frise.

The McCain Kids

McCain Adventide 2008

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  1. November 30th, 2008 at 08:27 | #1

    Beautiful family, Pastor.

  2. Jo Dee Williams Gierber
    December 1st, 2008 at 07:53 | #2

    From a fellow Pensacola Redeemer member and student from a few years ago…what a beautiful family! It is amazing to see the resemblance of your boys to your Dad and your daughter to your Mom!I’m sure this made them very proud. While I’m sure they also share traits of your wife’s family and ones all their own, thanks for sharing photos which rekindle nice memories. As I spent many hours in the classroom with your Dad(6th gr,civics and 8th Gr math,Chapel)I remember his face quite well. Of course, I also enjoy those old class photos and all the report cards that he signed. Your Mom’s warm smile was always a joy and I especially remember when she would let me come help wash the desks at the end of summer to prepare for the first day of school. Oh, and the pictures she would draw from children’s thumbprints…just lovely. Every child should be so blessed. Peace to your whole family and a special hello to your Mom.
    Jo Dee ps Love your thoughtful blog.
    {{{{Jo Dee, what a wonderful comment, thanks so much! God bless you and your family!}}

  3. Rev. Jeffrey Ries
    December 4th, 2008 at 10:51 | #3

    For what it’s worth, a group of friends and I (on a google group) had just been discussing the issue of Christmas decorations in Advent. In the course of the discussion one of them pointed out the appropriateness of a Christmas tree in Advent as a remembrance of Christ, the root of Jesse.

  4. wmcwirla
    December 4th, 2008 at 14:31 | #4

    I have no problem with the tree. The dog, on the other hand, is quite unbecoming a Lutheran pastor.

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