Sunday, November 30, 2008
The food was terrific as always. She had made something called "pear salad' (made of lettuce, pears, mayo, cheese & cherries)...never heard of anything like it before...must be a Southern thing. I didn't try it, but I did take a picture of it.
The kids had a great time visiting with Heath & Willow. I realized after I got home, that I didn't take any pictures of the kids all together. Here are a few from what I did manage to get...I purposefully left out any pics of Abby throwing up before and after dinner (you're welcome!).
Our neighborhood tree keeps falling over from the strong winds at night. Its a sad sight to wake up and see it looking like this each morning. Cody has made it a priority to run over to our front door and look outside to see the tree each morning....he says, "the Christmas tree went BOOM!"
Thursday, November 27, 2008
We started to put our tree up last weekend and well...its still only half-way up. Clay says that he was going to have someone help with getting the top on. It is a massively huge 12' tree and I don't blame him for wanting someone to help him with it. So, in the meantime, we just have half of a tree....with no ornaments.
After looking at it, I don't really mind it too much. It actually looks more like a real tree this way, instead of the perfectly pointed fake tree. It does have a pole sticking out of the top right now, but I could just put an angel on it and call it a day.
I thought about saying it was a political statement. Something like: With the economy the way it is, we will only be having half as much this Christmas as we normally do...would that work?
So, here it is the topless tree with no ornaments. It works for me, the kids don't seem to care, and it's less stuff to put away later. Is that bad?
Monday, November 24, 2008
Our neighborhood hosted a Christmas Tree lighting on Saturday. The kids gathered 'round for a reading of 'Twas the Night before Christmas. As soon as the story was finished, a special visitor showed up...Santa! The kids took turns sitting on his lap and telling what they wanted for Christmas. Cody was a little hesitant at first, but managed to tell Santa that he wanted a really big spider. Later he changed his mind and made sure that Santa knew that he really wanted a really big firetruck! Abby wasn't scared to see Santa at all. She walked right up and said hello and pulled his beard. I think she was impressed to see him wearing the same outfit she had on. She was so cute!
After decorating the neighborhood Christmas tree, we went to the fire pits to roast marshmallows...yum! Mr. Kevin ended up getting a marshmallow stuck to his butt. BB had to pull it off for him...everyone got a good laugh out of it. Our dog, Miga, came over to join us and I think she must have had 30 marshmallos from the kids feeding her...yuck! It was a fun night.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Remember the “Choose Your Adventure” books where you skipped around different versions of the story? The comedy team of Chad, Matt, and Rob have created a video version! Watch as the three zip around the space/time continuum and you decide what happens next.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Do you have little kids on your Christmas shopping list who love Veggie Tales songs?
My friend Gretchen makes these amazing CDs for kids...that inserts your child's name right into the songs. Kids are surprised to hear their name sang by the Veggie Tales characters!
Click here to listen to a sample.
She will only be selling Veggie Tales material (not Wiggles, Barney, Disney etc.) and she will mail materials anywhere, if you pay for shipping.
Interested? If so, email Gretchen Ramey today!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
After I got home, I realized that I didn't get one picture of Meghan, but she looked beautiful and rested as always. She is a real SUPER WOMAN!
Abby took a spill on the playground at school on Friday. She was banged up pretty good on her nose and lip. It doesn't seem to bother her, but it hurts me to even look at it. Here are a couple of pictures...notice the blue on her tongue....its from the blue crayon she was eating (hope it was non-toxic).
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I am not angry, upset, embarrassed, or ashamed of Obama's victory. If anything, I'm relieved that its over. Now we can change.
After clinching an historic victory, President-elect Barack Obama wakes up Wednesday morning to the task of uniting a divided country and laying the groundwork for an ambitious presidential agenda.
Obama will inherit on Jan. 20 the worst financial crisis in 70 years, as well as the task of winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Within minutes of taking the stage in Chicago Tuesday night to acknowledge becoming the first black president of the United States, Obama cautioned voters of the tough road ahead.
"Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there," Obama said in Grant Park.
And to those who did not back his candidacy, Obama said, "I will be your president, too," and noted the need to "heal the divides that have held back our progress." (Fox News 11/5/08)
When I go to church and see thousands of adults enter those doors week after week, when I see hundreds of little kids raising their hands in worship, when I see elementary students going to the cross with their prayers, when I hear of huge life-change happening in our student ministry, when I see new campuses opening to make room for more Christ-seekers.....I know there is change happening already....regardless of who is President.
(I'm paraphrasing Lanny here...) There is phenomenal evidence of God working in the lives of individuals, who have a lot…and who have nothing. What we all have is an opportunity to walk with and experience the character and wonder and grace of the Creator of this Universe. I have yet to see negativity, fear, cynicism (ok well i kinda like to be a cynic now and then) rudeness, blame,and a mean spirit, to take anyone down the road to the wonder of God.
I have seen people who are dissatisfied use their gifts and influence to make a difference in all of the lives around them.
The character of people of God has historically been used in times of doubt to take us to new and incredible places. Things are the way they are. God hasn’t given us the spirit of fear, but of LOVE , and POWER and of a SOUND MIND.
My friend Kevin had a shirt on the other night that said "Be the Moon, Reflect the Son" I love that! The world needs us to reflect him more than ever before, no matter who may have won this election.
What do you say we decide to show the world now who God is….I am more convinced than ever that our benediction is based on a verse that we should adhere to with grace and humbleness….and strength. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
So, grow up and follow… and lead… and watch what God does.
This is our planet. Hold on to the one who made it and help to light it up!
Change is here!