Saturday, November 15, 2008

Christmas Family Camp

We are also working on planning for meals and crafts and stuff for folks to work on to keep the family busy during the week they are all at our house. My oldest daughter decided we could call it "Christmas Family Camp". We are planning to have craft days set up for the family while they are at our house so we'll have some fun crafts for them to do like a mini-album. You can find the directions for a neat mini album at my daughter's blog We are planning to have a sugar cookie day too.

Homemade Christmas

We are having a Homemade Christmas this year. My husband decided that this was a good year to have a homemade Christmas since all my family would be at our house for Christmas since we are having our first grandchild here any minute now.

We drew names from 16 family members and everyone is going to make a homemade gift for the person whose name they drew. We have ideas but we have not started anything yet. My mom, brother and step-father have been making away from the start. My husband and I have had so much going on that we have yet to start on our idea of a homemade Christmas!

I have seen some good sites for ideas: - -

So we'll keep looking at ideas and get our gifts finished the night before Christmas!

Still Waiting...

Well, we arrived in San Diego on Wednesday night. Baby Joe was due on Tuesday, Nov 10 and he has decided to wait a bit longer. Jess has had contractions off and on for the last two days and we thought she was going to have him last night as the contractions started last night around 7:30 but stopped later that evening. She was able to get a good nights sleep and we are hoping that he will come today. Dave thinks she'll have him at 4:00 today. We're just waiting now...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Keeping in Touch

Over the 4th of July weekend we met up with two of our Marine Corps friends and their families in Gaitlinburg, Tn. We rented a great big cabin that was perfect for the entire crew - all 16 of us. We played cards, games, miniature golf ate, ate and the ate again. We also did a little bit of shopping and of course some sleeping. It was a fun time.

Vegetables from the Garden

We've been working on a garden for three years now and this year has been the best producing so far. We planted yellow squash, zucchini, broccoli, green beans, tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, cucumbers, swiss chard, spinach and cantaloupe as well as a great herb spot.
We had so much produce that I decided to purchase one of the Food Savers. The vacuum pack deals. You can blanche the veggies and the freeze them for a year. So it's been fun. We've also given away a good many veggies.
We had so many tomatoes that we made tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce and salsa. The pictures are from our tomato fixins day.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Slow but still blogging.....

This blogging thing is a great way to keep in touch with folks on a regular basis but it takes time. Time is something I do not have alot of extra hanging aroung. I spend almost 9 - 10 hours a day on the computer at work and when I get home I really stay away from the computer. Then when I'd like to get on and look at something or do something - Dad is on reading the news or looking at beaches in Austrailia. He's obsessed with Austrailian beaches. Someday we'll get back to Austrailia. Anyway, I degress....

I've been studying James 5:19:

Confess your sins to each other and pray for eache other so taht you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Also, 1Thess 5:16-18:
Be joyful always; pray continually (without ceasing); Give thanks in ALL circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

I have found that sometimes it is hard to give thanks for all things. It has been very hard to give thanks for the cancer that Rita is suffering thru. This past week she has declined again. She cannot move from the chest down now. It is very hard to see her in this shape and she is having a hard time aligning the cancer and God's word. We have prayed that her body will be healed and strenghthed, that the cancer cells would be replaced wiht healthy cells and that she would rise up and walk again. As a group we have confessed our sins to one another as there have been some small issues that are causing us to be short with one another. We pray that God will be glorified thru all of this. Still we hold the faith - one way or the other Rita will be healed and rise to walk again. Praise God!

Dad has a book that he has actually read thru 2 times now and I do mean read all the way through! It's called "90 Minutes in Heaven." I haven't read the whole book yet just parts that he has wanted me to read but one of the basic points the author makes is that the time he spent is heaven was so undescribable and full of joy that he does not remember any thoughts of missing his earthly life and wanting to go back.

Well, time to get ready for worship. Press On toward the prize!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Ms Rock Hill Pagent

Well, Maddie came in as the first runner up in the Sophmore class for Ms Rock Hill High! There were only two candidates for the 10th grade. She and some of her friends decided they would all compete next year and it would be lots of fun then - until of course only one of them won....