Friday, December 17, 2010
Mike talks about his different encounters with people, and what it was really like - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Everyone out there has a story. Now when I think about them, it makes me wonder their story, how did they get there, and maybe could I help? Would you?
"And when you knee, hungry and broken at His table, you receive a grace from Him you might, at some other time, have completely missed.
You'll know this grace when you take. It goes deeper, quicker, and it burns all the way down."
- (except from the book)
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Some of the questions are:
- Do You Know I am Afraid to Dream Big?
- Do You Know I am Invisible?
- Do you Know I am Lonely?
- Do You Know I am Ordinary?
- And many others.
This book has been a great source of encouragement, and will be my go to book when I have one of those days. Angela interweaves scripture and stories from her life to make you wonder if she knows you, and has been where you have.
I know I can go to my Father who is there to answer my questions, and I just need to be brave enough to ask and follow.
Does He Know You?
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Emily's project is COOKING 101, so we are enjoying her projects. Hannah is her official taste tester.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
1964 L to R starting on the bottom - Montez, Juanita, David, Joel, Daddy, and Gerald
Monday, August 23, 2010
Heading off to class.
Here's to a new year of school and our new subjects and adventures we will do.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Well, since it has been warmer here, and we are having to get up early for swimming lessons, I do not like having to deal with my hair. Usually, I do a pony tail or pull it in a clip. I have pretty thick hair so finding a clip is tricky. I have been on the hunt for something a little different. I have recently found these wonder little spring looking thing from Goody called spin pins. They create what is called an "undone bun". When you get them in just right, they work great. I love them, and I just pray I don't lose one of the pins. So if you want an easy "up do" try them out.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
After the convention was over we headed to the beach at Cape Canaveral. It is beautiful there and the best was that it was not crowded. This time of year is their off season. We had a wonderful time hanging by the beach and pool. My mom was able to come down for a few days to hang out with us. Near our condo we were able to watch the cruise ships leave in the afternoon, and in the distance we could see the launch pads at Kennedy Space Center. We taught the girls how to play phase10 and watched several movies. We did tour the Kennedy Space Center. It was very cool see the space shuttle launch pad, rockets, the space capsules, and many other things that helped shape our space program. The girls loved the shuttle launch experience, and mom and dad did as well. The only thing that would have made it better was to see a shuttle launch.
This year has been the first time Noel was off on Father's Day. We were able to have a nice breakfast that morning and the worship together at church. It was a nice relaxing day for all. We let Noel pick all the places to eat. We ate at one place that had 7lb lobsters you could order. It was huge!! We didn't order one, but they did bring it out for us to look at.
We are just thankful we were able to get away for a few days.
The rest of our summer will be filled with swimming lessons, robotics, tap class, and other exciting things. Before too long school will start back. Have fun everyone!!
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Monday, July 12, 2010
My dad was a union journeyman wireman for most of my life except for those occasions when jobs where tough to come by, and he would find some non-union jobs locally. Those jobs led him across the south and we would often visit him when he was off working those locations. His jobs have led him to Dallas, TX; New Orleans to work on the World's Fair (why do we not have those in USA anymore?); Illinois; Popular Bluff, AR; multiply locations in MS and AL; Orlando, FL, and his last job was wiring the Saturn plant in TN.
My dad worked hard despite living with diabetes for most of his life. He showed me hard work and that family was important. He believed in going to church and raising your family in church. Church was always a major part of our lives, as well as serving in the church. My dad loved RA's and the youth ministry. When he was not off working, you would find him helping someone or doing something at church or church related. He love the Lord, and read or listened to his Bible faithfully. I am thankful for that.
I miss you daddy!
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
It has been a good year in dance. Both girls are in 2 classes each and have done a great job in all. Emily participated in 2 competitions this year - Dancemasters of Ohio and KAR. Their groups did great and received Silver at DMO and Top First & Top Line at KAR. Emily also competed as a solo at KAR and receive First Place. It was her first time to compete as a solo, and we are very proud of her. Hannah is hoping to compete next year in either pointe or ballet. This is also the first year we have let Emily perform in the group jazz number in the recital.
We are happy our girls love dance and enjoy making new friends in their classes. Mom and dad are ready to have our nights free.
BREAK A LEG GIRLS!!!
Emily - tap solo
Emily - Junior Jazz (5th from the left - one in the green)
Hannah's Pointe Class
I know I do not have any from Hannah's ballet class, but it is had to pay someone else to do pictures when I do them myself.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Several months ago I had my engagement ring inspected and found that it was not safe to wear it anymore. So, I had not been wearing it. I had truly missed wearing it, but hubby just ask me if I could wait. Well, recently he asked me if I wanted to switch to white gold, and I said that was fine since I wear more silver jewelry. This past Friday he asked the girls and I to sit at the table, because he had something for us. First he presented me with my engagement ring in a new setting, and I was overjoyed to have it back. I put it back on with my existing bands even though they were yellow gold, and I was OK with that. Then he pulled out another box and said that my ring might look better with this- a new wedding band. It was beautiful!! I was almost crying. After this he presented the girls each a box with a necklace in it, and he gave me one as well. On the necklaces of the girls he put my wedding bands (I had 2 gold bands) and had my original engagement band fixed to go on my necklace. He told the girls how important those bands are and how special they are to him. We were almost all crying by this time. The girls are so happy to wear their necklaces, and proud to have something valuable to us, shared with them. Noel said he was looking forward to seeing us wear them, and in fact wore them Sunday on Valentines.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Another reason for delay in posting was my anniversary cruise to the Caribbean. Hubby and I celebrate 15 years in July, and what better way to celebrate than being in a tropical location in January while there is snow on the ground. We had a wonderful time being alone together with no internet or cell phone. We never missed our phones, but we did miss our girls. They had fun hanging out with their Grammy, Nana, and Papa Jim. On the cruise we did get to see some things we have never seen before. Plus, we did eat some interesting things as well. We developed a love for goat cheese and fresh pineapple. I did take alot of pictures, and it is going to take me awhile to go thru them all and organize them. We definitely enjoyed cruising, and we hope to do it again one day.
Looking down our street.
Looking up into our tree in the front yard.
Now don't you wish you were here....