Nolan's birthday is the day after Christmas. Not always a great time for a birthday, but the family always makes it a special day for him. We took him out to lunch and then had cake and ice cream back at home. He received lots of awesome gifts including "cool" clothes picked out for him by his teenage girl cousins. Dad,Mom, his sisters, and his brothers gave him a "pocket" digital camera to take on his mission trips.
I usually write a special blog post for each of my kiddos birthday...didn't have my computer during the holiday and then got busy...so here goes:
Thursday, December 30, 2010
|American Girl Craft Fun...perfect gift|
|Chef Garrett is thrilled with his cookbook|
|Look at all the Christmas blessings|
|The thrill of Christmas morning|
|Mia has been asking for over 2 yrs for a pink Mustang... she seemed a bit disappointed, and when we asked her why...Her reply "I wanted one that runs, Daddy!"|
|Mandy made a American Girl Doll haul... she was excited to finally have Julie. She has Lili and Julie is Lili's BFF|
|All he wanted for Christmas... a PSP|
|Levi wanted a "bideo game"... He got an Leapster Explorer. Nate asked for a portable DVD player and a movie.|
|"Baby Girl, you've got a car that moves!". She was tearing it up... I can only imagine when she is 16.|
|Nolan wanted an AirSoft rifle and protective gear. Oh and "Season 1 of the TV Series 24"|
Well, saying that our Christmas passed in a blur is an understatement. I am not sure what all we accomplished, but we had lots of fun spending the time together as a family. Following our Thanksgiving weekend, we had thought that Brad would be taking a new job and that we would be moving. So began the "semi-frantic" race to get the house fixed-up and in saleable condition. We had new carpet installed, ripped the remaining paneling down,retextured and repainted. After the carpet installation, we decorated for Christmas; thus, postponing the remaining fix-up (some tileing and some bathroom repairs). In the meantime, we received news that the job placement was put on hold until after the new year. Not really a big deal to us as it gave us more time to fix up the house before putting it on the market. We went about our "busyness" and enjoyed a season filled with various activities and lots of time spent at home enjoying life as a family. We included our annual Christmas cookie decorating: unfortunately, our friends were unable to come share this fun activity, and we missed them. So we baked and decorated as a family...some got into it much more than others. I think there was a slight lack of enthusiasm since we weren't sharing the fun. We did our Christmas shopping in the following weeks, and did some service projects with our church community group over the spane of two weeks. Then it was pack up and travel time to spend Christmas with Brad's family. The kids look forward to spending that time every year with their cousins. It is always a fun,exciting, loud and boisterous time spent as a large family under one roof. During all this chaos, my hubby began to feel as if the new job and move weren't really in the works for our family. As his job here is still secure, he made a hard decision and turned down the new job. We both felt that we would better serve God's plan by staying put, and we love being here, being involved in the community, and being a part of our church family. So... at least I got new carpet and can enjoy the hard work we put into our home. God has revealed to us another plan in the works for our family. Hopefully we can share about it very soon... in the meantime, we pray that you have a blessed New Year!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The cookies are baked, the gifts are wrapped and after throwing a few more things in the suitcases, we will be taking off to celebrate Christmas with family. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, it is important that we as a family remember why... why, we celebrate a holiday called Christmas in the first place. It is no secret that we place Jesus Christ at the center of our family, and it is no secret that HE is the focus of celebrating Christmas. When I hear the news and the "sensationalism" that they make out of the anti-Christ / anti Christmas movement, it makes me sad. Sad for those that do not know Jesus. Sad for those that although they claim to be Christian will fall prey to this sentiment. Sad for those who bother to give time to these "anti" people. You see...I am crazy in love with Jesus! HE is the Reason! HE loves even those who continue to deny Him. HE gave his life for people just like that, for you and me. It is my wish this Christmas season to be His Hands and His Feet. That by my words, actions and by my entire being that I show others that He is love...that He is our Savior. It is my prayer that everyone around the world may know His love, His truth, and His desire to know you.
May Your Holidays be filled with all of Christ many blessings and wonders.
May Your Holidays be filled with all of Christ many blessings and wonders.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
|The Crew at the Zoo|
|These Flamingo were very pink...must have eaten a lot of good shrimp!|
|Some of the gang and I|
|My Younger Sister and Nephew|
|Nana (my mom) and G-man|
|The "New" herpatarium|
|All of the Grandkids...12 in all|
|One of three white tigers at the zoo...Gorgeous!|
|Daddy and His Girl|
|Swimming in November...No Joke!|
|The kids had an absolute blast!|
|Can you see that my sis' dog joined in on the fun?|
|Momma in the kitchen preparing some of her yummy food for Thanksgiving|
|The food table for the Thanksgiving feast.|
Monday, November 8, 2010
Our barn sporting the new Logo... the boys did a nice job (they didn't want to "copy" the logo exactly but wanted to show their support).
Two and a half years ago when we moved into this house, Brad and the boys tried to convince me that we needed to repaint the barn. They wanted to paint it with the Texas Rangers logo. I kept resisting and putting them off of that topic. As baseball season began, the "boys" once again brought up the subject of painting the barn. So, I said, "If... the Rangers ever make it to the World Series you can paint the barn." I never expected it would happen. I have been watching the Rangers since I was a teenager, and never once had they even made it close. ... As you all know by now, I lost that bet (maybe I should have said "when they win?!").
Monday, November 1, 2010
We are singing praises!! Our Saturday turned into a very joy filled day. Our Nate ( #3 boy) accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. His daddy baptized him at our church with a few friends(whom we consider all to be family) in attendance. Nate's decision has been over a year in the making. He had begun to visit with us about what was on his heart last year. He even thought (deeply) about making the decision back when Mandy was baptized last year. He just wanted to be really sure, and he doesn't take any decision that he makes lightly....this decision most of all. Friday night, we were all crowded into our bedroom (mom was trying to organize fall/winter clothing for the six kiddos). Everyone was "very" loud and boisterous (picture a 3 ring circus here), but Nate was louder..."Mom, I THINK I WANT TO BE BAPTIZED!". "WHAT ?...everyone be quiet! ", I replied. "Mom, I think I want to be baptized." Daddy and Momma sent everyone out of the room (except Nate,of course). We talked with him about what it means to accept Jesus into your heart. Bless his heart, he was so emotional...excited, dedicated, and full of the Lord's love. He was crying and this momma was crying right along with him. After our talk, he wanted to wait before the final decision on when to be baptized. We told him to pray about it and let us know.