Friday, December 21, 2007
Thank you for saying just the right things yesterday when my boys and I visited you at the mall. Even though Miles talked non-stop in the line, boldly announcing to all within earshot that he was asking you for a Nintendo DS for Christmas, he froze once he finally got to sit on your lap and blurted out that he wanted a "toy robot". Huh? Never heard anything about a robot until that moment. Oops.
And Reed, who clearly does not believe in you, was trying to be very cool and stay with me while Miles made up things to ask you for. But you didn't take "no" for an answer and Reed ended up on your lap, confidently asking for his own DS.
I'm writing to thank you for your answer to them. You said it was awfully close to Christmas, and if you couldn't find those presents, would it be o.k. with them if you left a few surprises? Well, yes! Yes, it would be! Thanks for bailing me out, Santa. You rock.
Reed and Miles' mom
Monday, December 17, 2007
Next is my dining room... you might guess that I really like snowmen! You will fiind them all over my home this time of year. This is a picture of my buffet with some of my collection of cute snowmen. This red wall of crosses in my dining room is also one of my favorite things in our home. The framed print directly below the largest cross in the middle says "Wise Men Still Adore Him"... love that one, too. The snowman picture frames have photos of our boys thru the years at Christmastime, and one of Jay and me from last Christmas.
Finally, we come into the family room and you'll see the Christmas tree. I have a smaller one with white lights in the dining room, but this one has colored lights. Jay and I agreed when we first got married that we would alternate lights, from colored to white every other year. My family always had white lights, his family always had multi-colored, so we thought we'd compromise and make it the best of both worlds. We've been married 12 years and this tree has always had multi-colored... oh well, the kids love it, and it does look pretty when it's all lit up, even though you can't see any lights in this picture! There is a mix of many different ornaments on this tree. Lots of snowmen, of course! One of my favorites is our newest addition to the tree. It is a beautiful sketch of our church building, on a pewter ornament. This is our last Christmas in our current building, as we are building a new church and should be in it by Spring of '08. We have so many good memories of the "old" building, and I love that we'll always have this special ornament to hang on our tree and remember with.
Well, our tour has come to an end... hope you'll stop by BooMama's and tour some other homes as well. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
For example, this past Sunday morning I asked both boys to go ahead and get in the car so we could leave for church. When I got in the car, Miles was up in the front seat, leaning forward and looking into the mirror. I asked what he was doing and he said he was making sure his hair looked good. I assured him that, yes, it looked good and told him to sit in his car seat. As he leaned back into his seat he said "Yep, I still got it". Oh yeah, baby, you've still got it.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
"The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving." (Psalm 28:7)
And, I know that in a split second our good health and happiness can be taken away. So, I thank Him for the blessings of today and pray for strength and wisdom to face the days when I don't feel so very thankful.
Hope your Thanksgiving Day is fun and filled with all the good things you love!
Monday, October 8, 2007
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
1 (5 oz. ) can evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup melted butter
Stir together first five ingredients. Pour into 13 x 9" dish. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture; sprinkle with pecans. Drizzle melted butter over pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown.
As you can see, I'm into yummy recipes that are also easy. This couldn't be much easier, and so good! Look for more yummy recipes at the Holiday Recipe Exchange at Overwhelmed with Joy's place. Happy holiday cooking!
Saturday, September 29, 2007
We have had some problems with our oven. About a month ago, we had to call Sears to come out because it was not heating up at all. The young man who came couldn't quite figure out the problem, but by the time he left, assured me all was well. Ever since that day, I noticed a burning smell every time I turned on the oven. I finally stopped using the oven and called Sears again to come out. The sweet man who came out this time informed me that there had been a fire in our recepticle at some point. He showed me the burned cord and recepticle cover, melted and charred. He mentioned that this is the kind of thing that will start a fire - the kind of fire that you don't realize is happening until it is way too late. If you know me, you know that I have been afraid of fire since I was small. Well, who isn't afraid of fire, really? I really am a little paranoid though, a little over the top afraid. So, this realization about a fire... even a fire that did not amount to anything, but the realization that it COULD have... it did something to me. I am just so incredibly grateful to the Lord that nothing happened. Praise Him with me, won't you? He is so good. All the time.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Low Fat Pumpkin Spice Cake
1 box spice cake mix
1 can pumpkin (15 oz)
1/2 cup water
Mix all ingredients well. It will seem like you'll need to add more liquid, but it will eventually mix together! Bake according to cake mix directions.
If you'd like to see more yummy recipes, visit Overwhelmed With Joy's Favorite Ingredient Fridays. By the way, this is my first time participating, so I hope I got all of the links right!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
- getting back into a routine after a very lazy summer
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Here are the four of us, on our last day ready to head back home to VA. Lisa was our Phase 10 winner for this trip ( as well as the only reason any of us had a decent meal), Steve was our Wii master, and Jay was our expert tent putter-upper. Here's to next year's trip!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Boomama (trust me... you will love her... go see!)
Bigmama (again with the name thing... trust me)
Sarah, at In The Midst of It
Heth, at From Under the Laundry Pile
Beth and Amanda, at The LPM Blog (what's NOT to love about her???)
Amanda, at Baby Bangs
These are just a few of the blogs I read regularly. Hope you take the time to check them out. You will be blessed, I promise!