In case you haven't noticed, there is an additional child in our family photo. I would like you all to meet the newest member of our family. She is the pretty little 7 year old in the purple dress. "Eloise" now has a little sister. We have decided to call her, "Amelia Bedelia".

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Simply Beautiful.....

 Our Christmas program was truly special this year.

The christmas story was told by various characters in between songs.
After their parts the characters slipped quietly behind the unlit blank screens.

 For the last song the spot light was cut and the back lights were lit to show the actors & actress.
The side panels were frozen, while Mary and Joseph played with the baby (wias) in the center,

For some reason, when I widened my focus to capture all three screens at once, the color changed. The color and lighting were more like the first two photos. It really was touching, especially when the baby was kicking and waving his arms.

P.S. I loved -loved- loved Terra's violin solo.

Merry Christmas,

Monday, December 20, 2010

There Aren't Many.....

 There aren't many occasions to dress like this in the south.
(Me getting ready to take our puppy for his 5am winter walk)

 There aren't many men who will get up at 4am and work all day without complaint to provide for his family.
(Hubby & I recently celebrated our 14th Wedding Anniversary, so that makes a total of 18 years that we have been a "couple")

There aren't many women who can eat a cookie off of her forehead, without using her hands.

 There aren't many young people who would take the time to mess up their pretty hair do's to entertain a bunch of old people at a Christmas Banquet.

 There aren't many gals as sweet as these.

 There aren't many brave, intelligent, & charming young men any more.
(These guys are really more brave, intelligent, & charming than they appear)

There aren't many young people who know how to go out and have good clean fun.
I am so proud of our young adults (only a few shown here).
They love God,
they love each other,
they know how to enjoy the life God has given them.

Love & Prayers,

Friday, December 3, 2010

November Review.....

 This is a picture of Eloise sporting her new boots, groovy ear warmer(made by Plain Old Kristi), and her spiffy new sling. She is now the proud owner of a bright green cast. Pray for me Y'all. In her short little life she has managed to flip over the handle bars of her scooter and crack her front tooth(baby thank God), flip off the monkey bars and get a rock embedded in her forehead(3 stitches), skinned her face and broke her nose, and now that is all cleared up  and she has broken her arm. I guess now she will walk on the inside of the stair railings like a normal person! 

This is my most recent gift basket and probably one of my favorites. I had a lot of fun and flexibility with this one, because I actually knew the recipient. I must say, I was very tempted to keep the adorable sewing box and pin cushion message board, but I was a good girl.

This was Eloise's 1st real concert with GNOYO.

Our seats were all the way in the back, so the pic isn't too clear.  

Eloise & cousin Ting pose for a pic in their matching holiday outfits. 

This is our turkey, getting ready for his little procedure.

 I'm sure my vegan friends are horrified out there, but my hubby doesn't do stuffing, so our turkey is surrounded by shredded strips of ham.

A few of our holiday goodies.

This is the newest member of our family. His name is Boolee. His owner recently passed away and he didn't have a home. The S.P.C.A. was going to put him down , so.....you know the rest.
He is very mellow and sweet, but not nearly as handsome and photogenic as Oreo. I had to say that last part, because Oreo is not dealing well with the idea of sharing his house and people with this huge stranger.

 So far this month I have made:
turkey salad, turkey pasta Alfredo, and turkey noodle soup, but I think my latest turkey makeover was the most unique. I had 4 turkey wings wrapped in foil, so I broiled them in the toaster oven and poured buffalo wing sauce on them. Two wings and a couple of side items and I was stuffed like a ......
I have a couple of quart sized bags of turkey in the freezer, but I don't think I will be thawing them any time soon.

Thank God For Dirty Dishes

Thank God for dirty dishes;
They have a tale to tell.
While others may go hungry,
We're eating very well
With home, health, and happiness,
I shouldn't want to fuss;
By this stack of evidence,
God's been very good to us.

~Author Unknown~

I hope that you are all enjoying the holidays.

Love & Prayers,