Saturday, December 24, 2011


Good morning!

The first thing I heard when I woke up this morning was, "Mommy, there's a lot of snow outside!" When I looked I saw less than a centimetre but the kids were thrilled. My little girl said, "I'm so excited about the snow! My dream has come true!"

There was enough for her to make a snow angel but we're still hoping for more for a snowman. There isn't any more in the forecast right now though so his may have to do for a white Christmas. It's whiter than our last Christmas anyways!

Before we left, we were telling a little Dominican friend that there wasn't any snow yet where we were going. She said, "Just wait. On the 24th it will come." I guess she was right! Our Dominican friends will celebrate Christmas tonight with a big meal, new clothes, and visits to friends and family. We wish them and you a wonderful Christmas and ¡Feliz Navidad!

Merry Christmas!

Marcie Cooper

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Hello from Canada!

It is the first day of winter and we are cold! My little monkey boy thought a sweatshirt would be enough to keep him warm outside even though he had bare feet. He told his sister, "I'm fine with the cold!" but quickly came back in and put on his socks, shoes, coat, and mittens.  After playing for a while he took them all off outside and stood by the door in short sleeves and barefoot again, wanting to come in. We had to teach him to come in first and then take off his warm things. We also had to let him know that we skate on ice, not snow, even though we haven't seen either one yet. We're still hoping!

Have a great day wherever you are, warm or cold!

Marcie Cooper

Monday, December 19, 2011



I haven't had much time to write because we've been busy packing.

Our printer is broken so I didn't get to print off the advent sheets I wanted the kids to colour for "peace" on Sunday. They coloured the candle on their advent cake page but that was all. I can't believe that next Sunday is Christmas! It will be a busy week but I'm sure we'll enjoy it and I hope you will too!

Have a great day!

Marcie Cooper

Friday, December 16, 2011

Cookies and Sugarcane


Christmas in our house means lots of cookies! 
My silly boy loves to help cut out sugar cookies. 

Sugar is made here although a lot more in other parts of the island. Have you seen sugarcane before? I had never seen it before moving here. This is what it looks like poking through our fence and ready to eat.

People love to bite pieces off and suck out the sugary syrup that is used to make sugar. It is yummy but probably not very good for them or their teeth!

Have a great day! Don't eat too much sugar and don't forget to brush your teeth!

Marcie Cooper
P.S. My Dad is a dentist so I have to say that. I've never had a cavity though!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011



This week is exam week at school for my little girl. Can you imagine having to write exams in Grade 2?  She has to go for two hours every morning and write a big test. Monday was Spanish, Tuesday was Math, today was Social Studies and Bible, and tomorrow will be Science. Friday is the first day of Christmas holidays. Should I give her an exam in English?

Have a great day!

Marcie Cooper

Sunday, December 11, 2011



I love the picture from that my kids are going to colour today for advent.

The illustrator, Mandy Groce, explains that the kids in the back have lots of presents but don't have joy. The little girl in the front doesn't have as much but you can see the joy in her face.

True joy comes from Jesus. As you look forward to Christmas, focus on Him and celebrate His birthday with joy!

EnJOY your day and the rest of the Christmas season!

Marcie Cooper

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Monkey Baby


I think I have two little monkies instead of one. Just look at this little guy!

 On the chair

On the table

 On the couch

I can hardly keep up. The only way that I can write these messages is if he's asleep!

Have a great day!

Marcie Cooper

P.S. His Daddy thinks that he looks like a prisoner. What do you think? 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Counting the Days


My kids can't wait to go and visit their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins for Christmas. I can't either! They kept asking when we could go so we decided to make a paper chain to keep track.

My little girl cuts off the red chains and my little monkey boy cuts off the green ones. We're getting closer!

Whether you stay home or travel over the holidays, I hope that you enjoy them!

Have a great day!

Marcie Cooper

Sunday, December 4, 2011



Do you have an advent calendar or candles in your house? We can't buy advent calendars here and I didn't want to make anything fancy because we'll be traveling a lot over the holidays. So I printed these Happy Birthday Jesus pages for the kids to colour:

Each day we are colouring a circle to count down to Christmas.
Each Sunday we are colouring a candle for advent. We are also doing advent colouring pages from

Today we talked about how God loved us so much that He sent His Son to earth to make a way for us to go to heaven. That's what Christmas is all about!

There are only three more weeks before Christmas. Enjoy them!

Marcie Cooper