Let’s Say Thanks

If you click on the image above you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can’t pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services.  As it is free, I thought it was a great frugal way to let them know how much we appreciate them!

Short But Sweet

We had a great trip to Ohio.  It was really short but long over due!  We have not seen my family since early August for my sisters wedding.  Every time we make a trip up we spend the whole time running around to whatever event is going on.  This time it was really slow paced.  We really enjoyed it.  We left Wednesday evening so we could get settled and get some sleep.  The drive was rainy and we were tired.  Chloe was wonderful.  She just curled up on the back seat and slept.  We got there around 10:30.  The next morning we went to my aunt’s house for Thanksgiving diner.  I think there was about 34 people there.  We had a great time catching up with everyone and just hanging out.  Diner was so yummy!  My aunt MariAnn nicely had some events planned to keep everyone entertained all day.  We had a Speed (a card game requiring you to lay your cards down quickly) tournament,  Kay brought lots of games (check them out on her site!), we played some Apples to Apples, and we also had the family auction.  Apparently Chloe became the entertainment for most of the kids.  They hung out with her most of the day.

 cousins.jpg We actually was not too sure how she would do but we chanced taking her anyways.  We even chanced not taking her crate.  She really always behaves really well, but she does have a tendency to get so excited that she jumps too much.  We took her outside and let her run around with the kids, they loved that.  Blake offered 5 dollars to any of them who could catch her.  Of course he got to keep his money. 

We stayed there until around 10 or so that night.  The drive back to my parents was bad because it was snowing pretty heavily.  Luckily it was pretty warm the days before or it would have gotten really icy. 

The next day we had to pack up and leave.  Before we headed out we had lunch with 2 of my sisters and their families.  We went to Ranchers which is like Arby’s but better tasting.  Blake got to experience their nice 70’s decor while we enjoyed the last bit of time with everyone.  After lunch we packed up to head out.  (We had enough room in the car to bring all my scrapbooking stuff home this trip!)   Of course Blake decided that we couldn’t leave Ohio without getting some ice cream.  (For some reason we can only find soft serve here in Kentucky so we always have to get some good ol’ hand dipped when we are there.)  I decided we should head to Young’s Dairy!  This is one of my favorite places in Ohio!  It was of course really busy.  The cold weather never stops anyone from getting ice cream there!  After that we headed on home.  The drive was really nice.

 Now I am still trying to get everything unpacked and get the laundry done.  Maybe it will get done by the time we go back for Christmas! 

Here are a few pictures I snapped of my nieces.  I have some more to add tonight too.

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Mall Shooting

As many of you know Blake works for Brinks as an armoured truck messenger.  As the holiday season drew nearer my prayers increased!  Everyday we know that he is in potential danger but this story hits a little too close to home!  A Brinks messenger was shot in the leg in a busy Atlanta mall last week in an attempted robbery.  I thank God that this man only suffered a shot to the leg.  I also thank God that no innocent shoppers caught any wayward bullets.  It is unfortunate that this took place especially where children had to witness it.  I just pray that Blake will remain safe through this season.  I also pray that people will see the real meaning of Christmas and trade their greed for love! 

How Green is Your Christmas Tree?

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It is now the beloved time of the year to put up your Christmas tree.  Many of you may have done so last week.  We are getting ours this weekend.  We will be going to a local farm and picking one out.  Some reason we have decided to get a real tree are obvious… we just love the look and the smell.  Another reason we are buying a real tree is because of its “green” factor.  You may think that cutting down all these trees is bad for the environment but your local farms plant 1 tree for everyoneWfmwsmallWfmwsmall they cut down.  The plastic used to produce an artificial tree just is not good for the environment.  Not to mention reports say they have some lead in the plastic used.  But don’t just pitch you cut tree in the trash.  These take up lots of room in a landfill that just isn’t necessary.  Treehugger has some good ways to recycle your cut tree after the season.  I would really like to mulch ours to put in the flower beds for the rest of the winter.  My plants really could use it!  Now I will say that I think the best thing to do is get one from a local farm.  I don’t get excited about the ones in shopping centers that have been trucked around and are drying out as we speak.  Get one from a farm so you know what was or was not put on the tree in the process of growing it.  Also if you don’t like to have a tree up for long and the weather conditions are right for it, buy one that you can plant in your yard!  Just remember that it will get rather big so make sure you have the space for it.  What are you doing this holiday?  And even more fun how will you decorate it? 

Chelsea

In all the holiday hustle and bustle I didn’t get the chance to post anything for my little sister, Chelsea’s birthday.  I did get to see her while we were in Ohio although we left the day before her birthday.  (11/24)  I was so thankful for the time I had to visit with her!  It is so hard living so far away from the people you love.   I just want to take this time to let Chelsea know I was thinking of her and miss her dearly.  As we were growing up we were never really close even though she is just 15 months younger than me.  After high school we became very close.  I am very blessed to have such great sisters.  Chelsea is the one who probably most understands me.  God used the time we were both single to bond us and bring us together in a great friendship.  Some of my favorite times then was when we read Let Me Be a Womenby Elisabeth Elliot.  I grew so much while reading that book.  It is a must for every girl to read!  Or when we tried to hang out at the coffee shop that we never fit in at.  Some of the most simple times are the ones I love most.  Like when she would come and stay the night with me and watch movies.  Or when we would go shopping together.  (Remember how rude everyone was from Kentucky when we went to the Gap?  ha-ha, Now I have married one of them and moved there myself!)  I miss the time we had together!  But now we are both married and Chelsea has a beautiful baby girl, Miriam.  She is a wonderful mother.  (I remember when babies scared her and now she wants lots of them!)  God has blessed her in so many ways as she is always so faithful. 

Chels, thank you for being a great sister and friend.  You are always there for me when I need you.  You always love me enough to tell me like it is, even if I don’t want to hear it at the time.  You have been so encouraging to me.  You are a great women and I look up to you in so many ways.  Thank you for all the times we have shared together.  We have had many times filled with laughter and tears and I would never change any of them.  May God continue to bless you as He is shaping your beautiful character and virtue.  I love you and miss you!     

Memory Verses

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Hopefully some of you can relate to me here.  I would love to just be able to spout out good scripture when I need it.  Instead I have to drag out the concorance and try to find a verse I am looking for.  I really need to have at least a few good fighter verses handy at all time during the day.  So I have been trying to figure out a good way to start memorizing some verses.  I found this pack of verses containing 500 verses on John Piper’s website!  I just ordered them for myself.  They are only 12 dollars.  I think this will help Blake out too with getting some verses memorized.  Check them out, they also offer packs for young children or church groups.

History Brought to Light

I was listening to Focus on the Familyyesterday on my way to work.  (How convenient that it comes on when I leave the house and ends right as I get to work!)  I thought the broadcast was really good.  They were speaking with Congressman Todd Akin about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.  It was so nice to hear someone in Congress who was willing to take a stand for Christianity and talk about how the founders of our country let God lead the way.  Check out this site to read a short article about the truth behind Thanksgiving.  

My favorite thing that Congressman Akin said was when he was asked, “if he was encouraged or discouraged about were we are as nation”.  He replied by telling a story about Hudson Taylorwho was a missionary to China.  Apparently one day the cook at the orphanage came to him and said they had just opened the last of the rice.  She said what a bad day this is.  He replied to her that it was indeed a good day because he believed God would be answering their prayers that day.  Later that day a bag of rice was delivered to them from England.  Akin said, “We are in a dark time as a nation right now but sometimes the very brightest days come after the very darkest ones.”  On that note I would just ask that everyone please pray for our country in these days!