Thursday, December 30, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy.........Anniversary?

I am very excited about this weekend. I have an opportunity to take pictures of another wedding. I haven't even met the bride and groom or any of the family. I've spoken with the mother of the bride and they sound like nice people. I'm looking forward to meeting them and looking forward to the wedding.

I'm also excited because I get to use my new camera!!!! Bruce bought me the Canon Rebel T2i for Christmas. It's my new baby. I love her and she is beautiful. haha


Speaking of weddings...we celebrated our twentieth anniversary on the twenty-second of December. What a great day our wedding day was! I love my husband more and more each day.

We usually don't do anything for our anniversary since it is so close to Christmas, but this year we decided that after Christmas we would take a few days and slip away. We did that this week and headed up to Pigeon Forge.

I always take a picture of Bruce behind the wheel when we go on a trip. It's our traditional "Gettin' outta Dodge" pic.

The scenery on the way up was so beautiful. Since we had a white Christmas, everything was still covered in the cold, white, delight. Lovely, lovely!

This is my favorite picture. Look at those gorgeous snow clad mountains!

The closer we got to the mountains, the more we saw these beautiful icicles hanging on the side. It was a beautiful ride to Tennessee.

When we got to Pigeon Forge, we stayed at the Park Tower Inn.

Bruce did good finding us a nice hotel. We had a private balcony with a great view.

And a nice warm fireplace to snuggle next to.

We relaxed in the room a little bit and then leisurely made our way to Outback for a late supper, using a gift card my friend gave us for our anniversary. Love me some Alice Springs Chicken!
I love seeing Dollywood at Christmas. It is truly a winter wonderland. Everything is covered in lights and the snow makes it even prettier. I was hoping we could see the lights this year and was kind of disappointed when I thought our plans weren't going to happen. Then the Lord gave us...GAVE US...TWO FREE season's passes. I was really shocked. I admit. Then we find out Bruce was off from, before Christmas to after New Year's. So we took advantage of the time and the passes and made our way up the mountain. God knows the desires of our hearts and it was a blessing!!! I never prayed over it. Just kept that little desire to myself, but God knew. He always knows.

Here's Bruce kneeling down by Jerry Clower's name. Bruce patterns a lot of his story telling after Jerry Clower. Hilarious!

We saw the Kingdom Heirs. They were singing some good Christmas music. The bass singer sang You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch and did a fantastic job.
We also enjoyed some awesome bluegrass Christmas music. These guys were really good. We had decided to buy their CDs and then forgot. It was a good deal too! Oh well...maybe next time. I loved the voice of the bass player. He had that great mellow, high pitched tenor sound that every Bluegrass group needs.

We saw a lot of great shows. It was so cold outside that the shows were definitely a main attraction. LOL One show we saw was Babes In Toyland. We saw it once before when we went at Christmas. I have to say this was my favorite part, when the family flies over the audience. This was the last season for this show. I wonder what they'll be working on next!

We boarded the Dollywood steam engine train and went on a five mile tour. It was so pretty. Snow, mountains, and cute little mountain scenes along the way. I was glad I took my head band. It kept my ears warm on the ride.

I rode the carousel too. You're never too old to ride the carousel!

Like I said, it was really cold. Bruce bought two large Dollywood cups, like the one hanging above the counter. They filled them with hot chocolate for us and then we had free refills the rest of the night. Keeps ya warm, I tell ya!!! Of course, that much hot chocolate also makes you a little bit sick. Especially when you get three refills that size. LOL

We rode the Ferris wheel and can I say that I will never ride that again? Bruce had me scared out of my mind. Usually I don't get scared and he's the one who hates heights. But the roles reversed about five minutes into loading the ride. Ugh!

We saw Twas the Night Before Christmas. It was cute and the little children around me just giggled and laughed. I think I enjoyed that most of all.
All of the buildings were lit up from top to bottom. ALL of the buildings! I just love it.

My darlin'....

We stopped at the lake to see the Carol of the Trees. Christmas music played and the trees would light up in different colors. It was nice. Plus the lights just bounced off of the lake because it was frozen.

They had beautiful trees all over the park.

Someone was kind enough to take our picture together for us.

This was my favorite building. I loved the trees out in front.

We went back to Dollywood this morning to walk around and see one show we missed. Then stopped at Pizza Hut for lunch using a gift card one of our sigma teen families gave us for Christmas before coming back down the mountain.
It was a fabulous trip and I am so glad and thankful we were able to go.
Happy Anniversary, babe! I love you and had a great time with you.

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Different Family Christmas

Daddy always looked forward to Christmas Eve. I think it was his most favorite night of the year. He was always ready to celebrate the birth of Christ with lots of good food, laughter, and making memories that will truly last a lifetime. I think he started looking forward to the next Christmas Eve on Christmas morning.

This year we celebrated without him. Although celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior is what it is all about, I couldn't help but think of my daddy all evening.

I've been sick with a terrible head cold and really just wanted to stay in bed but pushed myself to get the house together and get ready for my side of the family's get together. I was deeply thankful for my children and husband that pitched in and did more than their share to help get things ready.

I had cried off and on all day Christmas Eve. I just kept thinking of little things daddy did to make Christmas Eve special. How his face would light up when he walked into the house over here, or when we all walked into the house over there. He always wore this funny little Santa hat that was battery powered. The top would go from side to side and he thought that was hilarious. He came up with games that had us all on pins and needles, hoping to win some really good prizes. And there was always something special under the tree for me that he would pick out himself because "....daddy knows what his Bunny likes." My nickname was Bunny Rabbit. Sometimes it was B Rabbit or just Bunny, or just Rabbit. Whatever came to mind first. I have no idea when he came up with that, only that he called me that for as long as I can remember.

Anyway, the mood in the air was just different. It was good being with mom and my brother and his family. But it was just different. I suppose it will never be the same. Which makes me want to work harder next year to make it as special as he would have wanted to make it for all of us.

I've missed him terribly the last week or so. Today we drove by the graveyard where he is buried and looking over his way sent a pain through my chest like I had been hit with something. I had no control over my emotion and just had to let it out. My sweet husband is so understanding and tender of my feelings. I'm thankful for him and glad he was the one driving!

It was certainly a different Christmas for us, but it was a different Christmas for him too. While we were celebrating the birth of the Savior without daddy here, daddy was there celebrating and worshiping at the Savior's feet. Although I miss him so very much and wish everyday that I could hear his voice or see his smile, I can't imagine him wanting to be anywhere than where he is right now. I take comfort in knowing that I will join him one day. One fine day. And we will all enjoy another and very different family Christmas.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

In Case You Were Wondering

I received an email from a friend of mine asking if there was anything new on my email impostor and then my Pastor talked to me about it tonight, along with his wife, our church secretary, and another couple in our church. Since I brought it up here at my blog I thought I'd fill you in, in case you were wondering.

No, we did not find out who it was. No, we are not searching any longer. Yes, we are leaving it in God's hands. What He can do is far greater than what any of us can do.

We know they've deactivated the email account they were using to be "me." Other than that, that's all we know. That's all we need to know, for now. Human flesh always messes up and whether God exposes them for this or something else they do, the truth always comes out eventually.

Again, I have no ill will toward them. I sincerely pray for them.


We had a Christmas party for our Sunday School class the other night. I have pictures but I haven't had time to download them. I'll get to that one of these days. We had our Christmas play Sunday night, which I have pictures of that too, but I haven't had time to download those either. AND we took the teenagers caroling tonight. I have pictures....and well, you know.... We took them to some of our church's neighbors and then to some of our elderly and shut~ins. Then Papa's Pizza for supper. We had a good time and it was a blessing being a blessing to others.


Tonight I'll be wrapping gifts and then, Lord willing, tomorrow I'll be baking the better part of the day and also getting ready for our Churchwide Fellowship tomorrow night. It will be the last Churchwide fellowship we have in the old fellowship hall.


That's all I have for now. Gotta get busy and get these gifts wrapped. The next few days are going to be busy. I don't know if I'll be making it back on here before then, but in case I don't, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I Do

I had the honor of taking pictures at a wedding this weekend.

Congratulations to Charlie and Monica.
Everything went off with a hitch! :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Big Boy's Toybox

Several weeks ago Bruce was asked to make a toybox for a baby in our church for Christmas. We delivered it last night.

It was really cold in Bruce's workshop and when it's cold, the stain won't dry. So we brought the toybox in and let it dry in the house.

The inside....he even put spring loaded hinges on the lid that will keep the lid up so it won't slam on his little fingers.

He put a lot of hard work into this little toybox. And I can guarantee it will be around for a very long time!! That thing is S-O-L-I-D!

Bruce, Big boy, and Big boy's daddy, sittin' on the toybox. Like I said, it is S-O-L-I-D!

Doesn't big boy look thrilled? LOL

Big boy's mommy couldn't be there when we delivered it and that's always Bruce's favorite part...but she said she absolutely loved it, and Bruce was thrilled. :)

Great job, Hon! I love you!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fret Not....

Someone has created an email account in my name and was trying to get another person in trouble, signing my name and my husband's name to the emails. It backfired on them though, and God worked everything out between us and for the individual and families they were trying to hurt. They knew it wasn't me to begin with. And I'm thankful that they have that much confidence in me to know that I could never do what had been done. It was very humbling for me.

We know it's someone that knows their way around computers, laws on Internet fraud and someone that obviously knows our families very well and hates our church.

When I first found out about it, I was immediately hurt. I sobbed......for about four hours straight. No kidding. I was sick to my stomach because I knew the person my imposter was trying to get in trouble had probably been raked over the coals and it was just tearing me up that my name was signed to those emails. Then I got mad. We had an idea of who it was and I wanted to pound their head in. No lie. I mean, literally take a brick and chunk it at their head. Yeah, I know....that's terrible. Not very Christian. I'm being honest here. The flesh was really working overtime! I had all kinds of thoughts toward that person. Before I could chunk anything, though, I had to make sure it was who I thought it was. I was now on a mission. I mean, although there are many signs...well all the signs....that point to that person, I had no proof.

As the days passed, I knew there was nothing I could do. I felt really guilty over some thoughts I was having. The Lord just kept poking at my heart and telling me I was wrong to have the attitude I was having. But they just used my name to do their evil works, LORD!!!! Still, He pressed upon me that I was the one in the wrong. So I repented of that attitude and turned things over to His hands. Let me tell ya, that is very difficult to do.

I decided that I would leave it in God's hands and just do my part to find out who it was without having a vengeful attitude. Because after all, they were still using my name to send emails. So I needed to get that stopped.

After days of researching I was finally told there was nothing I could do. That's right. Nothing. The email provider they used hides certain information that can't be traced. And even if they did there was nothing I could do legally, seeing there was nothing financial involved and no threats had been made. I was kind of shocked by that. But it is what it is.

I spoke to the person these "incriminating" emails were sent to. They were so nice about everything. They're even having their computer techs look at the emails to see if there is any information that can be pulled off of them at all. Also, a man we know that knows a good bit about computers wanted to help in that area also. So the person the emails were sent to, forwarded them as attachments to our friend. I appreciated them taking the time to work on those.

To be honest, I didn't want to do anything legally. It is VERY obvious that it is someone we know and I don't want to see anyone go to jail. But I did think it would be good to make their Pastor and church family aware. That's how the Bible says Christians are to handle things....within the church. I don't have malice in my heart to want to see them embarrassed. But I knew that it would probably come to that if we did find out who they were.

Then Sunday night, Pastor Goodman preached a sermon from Psalm 37:1-2, "Fret NOT thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb."

I don't have to know who it is. I don't have to spend time looking and trying to dig up information. I don't have to worry about who they're emailing and what they're saying. I don't have to try to figure out a way to stay a step ahead. I just have to get out of the way and let God do what He's going to do. And I can rejoice in knowing that the trial this person has put me through and the trial they have put our friends through, will only draw us closer to Christ, which draws us closer together, and help us to pray more for the one who is trying to hurt us.

I wondered how someone proclaiming Christianity could continue in sin for several months and not have some sort of discernment between right and wrong. I've read the emails over and over since seeing them myself. I noticed something about them last night. One of them was written the day my daddy died, October first. And then there were a couple that were written the day of his funeral, October fifth. This told me that, not only do they not have discernment between right and wrong, but they don't have compassion either.

Realizing this turned my prayers, once again, to pray for them in a whole new Light. And that was for their salvation. It's not about charging them legally. It's not even about charging them in front of their church, because technically they're not a Christian if they have no discernment or compassion. It's about them finding Christ. They know a lot about the Bible. They can speak it. Teach it. And even preach it. What they said in their emails were proof of that. But they don't know the God of the Bible. And that's the sad part about it.

I set up an email account letter for letter with one letter added to the one they set up and I've been emailing them. I haven't been mean. And when I told them I've been praying for them and when I told them I wasn't worried about finding out who they were, I meant it. I'm just praying the Lord deals with their heart and that they will accept Him as their Savior. Like I said, knowing the Bible is good, but it's knowing Christ that saves us. Repenting from our sins and giving our hearts to Him that can heal all wounds. That's what it's about.

If that person is reading my blog, I want you to know that I can honestly and openly say I forgive you and I sincerely pray for you. My desire is that you know Christ and that you give your life to Him. Nothing else matters, but that.

I've said it once or twice or a thousand times, and I'll say it again....I love my church. I love my church staff. I love my church family. There is a terrific balance of truth and spirit in the worship. It is a loving church. It reaches out through its bus ministry, rest home ministries, prison ministries, and other outreaches. God protects our church from the evils of others and He certainly did protect us from this one. There are many wonderful churches in our area, but our church, in my opinion, is the best, for many reasons! And I'm thankful for the friendships and love of family that we have there.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Family Reunion

We went to our family reunion Saturday night. This was Bruce's mother's side of the family. We had a really good time. We always have a good time.
These are the siblings and their spouses. There are a couple of precious faces that have gone on to Heaven and we miss them very much. Uncle Larry, Uncle Joe, and my precious father-in-law, Pete. Although we missed them at this reunion, there will be a great reunion one fine day!

A lot of work goes into this reunion and I want to publicly thank those that put so much effort and love into planning it and putting it together. The food is always wonderful, the decorations are always lovely, and the love is always pouring over. Thank you, to each person that gave so much time putting it together.

There were several people that could not make it this year and we missed seeing them. Lord willing we'll see them next year.

Aunt Sylvia asked us to sing something. This year I wanted to sing something in memory of Bruce's grandmother. I never did get to meet her, but I have a feeling we would have been close. When I hear the song, I Still Wanna Go To Grandma's House for Christmas I think of her, even though we never met, because of how Bruce and his family talk about how she loved the Christmas season and having all her family gathered around her. So I did sing that song. But the second song....oh my goodness....that was a disaster. We started out the song, Heirloom, and I forgot the words a few lines into the first verse. So we started over. I made it through to the second verse this time, before my brain totally gave out. I was drawing a blank. I mean, I've only sung that song a few dozen times, right? Needless to say we scratched that one and I ended up singing The Greatest Christmas Tree again. Which is fine. Maybe the Lord just wanted that song to be sung, telling of the cross and the greatest gift that was given to the world. So it's ok. I'll sing Heirloom next year (Lord willing). And I'll make sure to have my words written down! :)
We had a great time and I love every. single. one of you!

~~PS~~ Thank you, Michelle, for contributing these beautiful pics.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Happy Birthday and Peanut M&M's

My sweet man had a birthday Friday. I won't tell how old he turned. That wouldn't be nice.

Anyway, I had my mom and mom-in-law over. He wanted breakfast for his birthday dinner so I did scrambled eggs, bacon and livermush, biscuits and gravy, and grits. All his favorites. His mom made his birthday cake. He wanted white cake with her homemade frosting. Mmm...good stuff there. Love your cakes, Marie!!
Mom made the scrambled eggs. My back is still in bad shape and I was glad she showed up when she did.
Thank you, mom, for helping with the eggs. :)

I was just going to post the picture above, but this one tickles me every time I see it. When I picked out his birthday card in the store I literally laughed out loud and there was no point in even looking for another card. It was a little story book card and he was reading it aloud, but when he got to this one page he just died laughing, like I did. He was squirting tears. I love to see him smile and laugh and this really had him cracking up.

I hope you had a wonderful birthday, sweetheart. I am so blessed to have you for my husband. I love you.
Hannah went with me this week to help clean the house I do every other Tuesday. She was such a great help for me, just picking up all the rugs off the floor so I didn't have to bend over. She also cleaned the upstairs so I wouldn't have to go up and down the stairs. I appreciated her willingness to go and help. It took a lot off my mind and back!!
Thank you, Hannah. You're such a sweet daughter. :)

The lady I clean for is really nice. She usually leaves a note with my check telling me to help myself to a snack and a soda. I don't normally have a snack, but I do take my cup and enjoy a soda with crushed ice. However, when I cleaned Tuesday she had peanut M&Ms in her snack basket. Oh, I do love those things. I broke down and had a handful of them. They were so good. I thought about them the rest of the week, wishing I had just one more handful.

Today when I went grocery shopping, guess what was on sale BOGO! M&M's!! I got me a bag of peanut and Bruce a bag of regular. We're going to see who can take the longest to empty their bag. I'm pretty sure mine will still be half full come Christmas. His bag won't make it through Sunday. If I was a bettin' woman, I'd lay money on it! hahaha

Friday, December 10, 2010

Some Quotes Just Make Ya Think

I'm not perfect. I realize that. And sometimes it takes certain things to make me stop and put things in perspective. Just like most of us, I suppose. I've never denied the fact that certain things can rub me the wrong way. I do have a temper, I'll admit. I don't think it's as bad as it use to be, but sometimes people get under my skin until I've finally had enough. When that happens, I usually use my blog to either vent or set the record straight, when I should really just hush up and let Jesus deal with whatever is going on. Just like the other day when I posted about telling others how godly you are. If you missed the original post, I'm glad. If you didn't, I do apologize. I shouldn't have posted it. But again....I'm human. Imperfection wrapped in flesh and bone. My spirit is often willing, but my flesh is more often weak. Does that make it right? No. If anything it makes me more aware of just how imperfect I really am and strive harder not to be like......well....."that."
This morning I read a quote from a friend on facebook and I was like, That speaks to me, right there!! I should print it and hang it in my house.

Beauty Advice: For attractive lips, speak words
of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure,
share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run their
fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never
walk alone.

Speak words of out the good in people. *sigh* I really need to work on those. If I get my fur rubbed the wrong way I can be pretty mean. And, although I usually see the good in people at first, which is something my husband is always getting on to me about (lol), I end up seeing their shortcomings, as well. I have a low tolerance to ignorance, so I usually back away from people that are full of it. LOL

By the way, he doesn't get on to me for seeing the good in people, but I do make "friends" quite easily and end up regretting it later. I wish I could be more like my friends, ML and TC. They are possibly the two most friendliest people I've ever known. Although, one of them tend to attract some strange people around them, and I'm not so sure I could be as sweet a person as she is. It will take a lot of work on me to get there. HA!

Anyway, I liked that quote and thought I'd share it with ya. Have a blessed weekend! I know we will. We'll be celebrating my hubby's birthday today.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Visit With the A-Team

We had a visit with the A-team, which is what my cousin calls her family because all of their names begin with the letter "A."
The weekend just went by way too fast! It always does when you have a limited time to spend with people you rarely get to see.
The A-team arrived late Thursday night. We stayed up talking even later. It was great! Here's a pic of Angie and mom....or "Aunt Nanny" as Angie's always called her.

Art pointed out that he and Angie have been married twenty-five years. Yep twenty-five years and this is the first time I've seen him since shortly after their wedding. He and Bruce just met over Thanksgiving and clicked right away. It was nice to see our hubbies getting along so good.

Yes.....Yes, I am wearing a Mr. T t-shirt. I didn't think about it until I titled this post that Mr. T was part of the original A-team. I have to admit that he was one of my favorite characters on that show. It was my dad's t-shirt. And yeah...I bought it for him. :)

*sigh* My offspring.....'nuff said.

This was the morning we took them to the airport before they left to go back home to Alaska. Art had to leave on an earlier flight. At first they weren't sure he would be able to make it on the trip, but it worked out for him to come. But there weren't any seats on his family's flight. So he had to leave in the wee morning hours.
Left to right: Angie, Allison, Ashley, and Ari. Love you all!

Friday night we took them to Krispy Kreme and then to see the lights in McAdenville. The trees around the lake have always been my favorite spot in McAdenville. Thousands of lights in this small mill community. It's a tradition to go see their lights every year.

I had a good time. I got out and walked with my kids for a while. The cold air was crisp and refreshing! Loved it!
So we had a great time with the A-team. We hope to see them again soon. :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Just Wondering...

Recently I posed a question on facebook. The question was, "What would be the first thing that goes through your mind if someone tells you what a good, godly Christian they are?"

Here were some of the replies:

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men: but GOD knoweth your hearts: for that which is HIGHLY esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

I was alwasy told not to "toot my own horn" and expect people to take my word for it.

My first thought would be, "Oh really!!! If that were true you wouldn't have to be telling me. I'd be telling others!" People who tell you that are in serious denial and probably need to be saved if the truth were known. Pharisees don't get very far with God.

I would feel ashame,I would be speechless.I would think this person should seek professional help! I don't feel Godly only forgiven and in need of much work

Matthew 23:12 "And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted."

I've had a couple of people tell me they were godly and I thought that they were full of themselves. Pride cometh before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall. People really ought to be careful what they say about themselves.

"He must increase, but I must decrease." - John 3:30

As Mama says, "A person can say anything about themself but watch what they do, that will tell you more than their mouth ever will."

I believe if they HAVE to tell it, then there's not much to it!

Isn't that kinda like bragging about humility??

a person that is truly close to the Lord radiates it and doesn't have to say it

Oh sinner lets go down,down to the river to pray"

And I think this one is my favorite: A wise man once said: A man filled with the Holy Ghost is not conscious of power, but of weakness.

I reckon my thoughts run pretty near close to what the average person would think if they were told that.

I hope, AND PRAY, that I never reach a point to where I have to tell others how godly I am in order to defend my character and testimony. I am imperfection wrapped in flesh and bone. A sinner....saved by grace.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Family and Prayer

I had been excited about my cousin and her family coming to spend a day or so with us ever since she told me a month or so ago that they were coming while visiting family and friends for Thanksgiving. I had a good time while they were here.

I cooked supper for them last night. We had roast with cream of mushroom gravy, crock pot mac-n-cheese, southern green beans, homemade mashed potatoes, stewed carrots, rolls, and coconut cake for dessert. My mom, my brother, John, and his wife, Jenny, were able to join us and I was glad of that. I enjoy having my table filled around with family. What a blessing!

After supper we piled in the van and took them to Krispy Kreme for doughnuts and milk before we went to see the lights in McAdenville. I walked with the kids a little bit, through McAdenville. It was cold, but it felt so good.

I did, however, pull my back out somehow. Not really sure when or how, but I did! Art's plane tickets were scheduled for him to leave a few hours earlier than Angie and the girls, so after Bruce and I dropped Angie and the girls at the airport this morning, he stopped to get me some medicine for my back. They've had me sleepy all day, but they're working.

I do have a prayer request if you wouldn't mind. I have a lot of mixed emotions about a situation and just praying the Lord's will be done. If you happen to think about it, I'd appreciate you praying with me on this matter, that God's will be done, and that my emotions and flesh will not get in the way of Him working. Please pray that I'll make the right decisions. To remove ourselves from an unknown situation that only God can handle for us is very difficult sometimes. But I do trust Him and I do believe He will work.

Thank you, Art and Angie, Ashley, Ari, and Allison, for a wonderful time of fellowship. You have no idea how the devil worked to steal this time from me, but he could not. I love you all and I miss you already.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Family's Comin'!

This little guy had a rough day when we took these pics, but he was such a little trooper. He is just the sweetest little guy. You can tell that he's loved and taken well care of because he's just so content and happy and you can tell he feels secure. Love this kid! He is such a joy to be around!

My cousin and her family are coming here today. They should be here this evening and I'll have them until Saturday, when they fly back to Alaska. I am super excited and looking forward to our visit. I keep trying to talk her into buying a house here on my street, but she's not budging. Never could happen! By the way, they started a gourmet popcorn company. I thought that was pretty cool! I wish them well. I asked Art if he was going to wear a bow tie like Orville Redenbacher. He answered with a resounding "NO!" :)
And now I'm off to spend some time on the house and running errands. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

We had a very good Thanksgiving service Wednesday night. One of the verses Pastor read was "In every thing give thanks;" It doesn't matter what we are going through. In EVERY thing give thanks. I like hearing the testimonies of what God has done in the lives of others. The Wed night before Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite services.

Thanksgiving morning my mom met us here at the house. We loaded our vehicles and took off to Virginia to have Thanksgiving at my Aunt Margie's house. Aunt Carolyn and Aunt Joyce showed up with all of their crew and it was so much fun.
Here's a pic of mom on the stairs at the hotel we stayed in. Isn't she beautiful?

My cousin, Gina is the beauty on the left. I met her for the very first time this Thanksgiving. That's her son behind her. He's eight and such a sweet kid. Angela, the beauty on the right, I've seen through the years, but certainly not enough! She and her family will be spending this weekend with us before flying back to Alaska! I'm looking forward to our visit. And then in front of me is my cousin Steve. What a ham he is!! I don't think I've seen him since I was about ten. He's a mess. I wish we lived closer. All of us. And last but not least is Steve's little girl, Emily. She was SUCH a doll. I honestly thought I'd never see my cousins again. I was truly blessed this Thanksgiving to have seen them and my aunts and Uncle. There were four or five cousins that were not present. I wish they had been able to join us. And I sure did miss my brother. It would have been great if he and Jenny had been able to come too.
I love you, Gina, Angie, and Steve.

In this picture is my cousin, Gary. He's a mess too! What a little rascal he was when he was younger! Oh the stories we heard and could tell. haha...good times! I love you, Gary.
We left to come home Friday afternoon after making one last stop at Aunt Margie's to say goodbye. We had a good trip home with a stop at Cracker Barrel for lunch. No shopping for us on Friday.
Saturday morning I took some pictures of a little guy in our church. It was a tough shoot, I'll admit, but here's a sneak peek. Can you think of anything sweeter than chubby little hands?
Saturday evening, our church took the Nursery Mothers out to eat and then to a Narrow Way Production in Fort Mill. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed our time out together.
I hope all of you had as much of a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend as I did.
God is good....all the time....all the time....God is good.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas, Crafts, and Cooking

When I got home from cleaning a house yesterday, Hannah wanted to decorate for Christmas. So Justin pulled everything down from the attic and the insane rush to decorate and make things pretty for Christmas began. "Insane rush" meaning Bruce was at work and we wanted to get it finished before he got home. I thought he was working a sixteen hour shift. But the kids said he would be home at 10:30. What??? Boy, did that push me into gear! I finished up just minutes before he got home.

We had the house dark with tree lights and candles going. It was so peacful and so pretty. My collection of nativities are out and they are lovely. Just lovely! :D

OK, I have a crafty question. I bought one of those round, plastic covered cake plates. Like Rubbermaid? Anyway, I want to paint the lid with some acrylics. But if it gets washed, the paint will begin to chip. So what would I get to spay over the acrylics to keep that from happening? Any suggestions?

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. We will be celebrating with numerous family members. I need to cook up a couple of desserts. I'm thinking peanut butter fudge and a coconut cake or a chocolate eclaire cake. What will you be doing?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Milkshake Memories and Brides-to-Be

It did not matter how great or how small a good thing was, daddy would always say, "Let's celebrate!" And he absolutely loved the holidays. For Thanksgiving he started a tradition of making milkshakes for breakfast. That was always fun.

It's going to be a difficult day, but we have much to be thankful for. "Pop" is in Heaven. If that was all we had to be thankful for, it would certainly be more than enough. But the truth is, there is so much more to be thankful for and God is good in all things.
This past Saturday I took pictures of Monica, a bride-to-be. She's getting married next month. Here's a peek of her pictures. You'll be able to see more of the actual bride after she says I do.

Next Saturday I'll be taking pictures of a little baby in our church. He is the cutest little guy. I have some cute ideas floating around in my head and I'm really excited about it. Fun, fun!