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December Recap

Here is a quick recap of our month:

While Micah furiously studied for finals, the boys and I spent a week of our lives participating in our church's Living Christmas Tree.Micah finished his first semester of med school and with excellent grades as well!We took a trip to see the lights at Rhema which has become a December tradition in our family.We had a great visit to my parents' house in Illinois where we were disappointed to have our flights to New York cancelled, but enjoyed extra time with family.  The boys were able to go sledding and play in the snow and had a blast playing with their cousins, grandparents, and aunt and uncles.We enjoyed going to the Christmas Eve service at my parents' church and doing some service ourselves on Christmas Day.  I loved seeing the joy and wonder of the season through the eyes of the boys.We have safely packed away our holiday decorations until next year and are looking forward to spending some time with good friends before Micah has to…

Christmas Recap Final Installment

Well, if you are still with me in the Christmas recap, you just might deserve a medal.   I know that it has been long, and honestly, I don’t expect that anyone is hanging on my every word about our Christmas holiday, but this blog is as much about helping me to remember our life as it is about sharing with friends and family.  The day after Christmas, mom and dad watched the boys and Melissa, Brian, Micah and I met up with our brother and had lunch and visited the mall long enough to get our fill of the crowds and to pick up some Whitey’s Ice Cream which is a tradition in that area of the country (okay, I have to confess that I had originally typed out 'neck of the woods', but scratched it because it sounded downright hickish, but then it kind of cracked me up!).  That night, the kids cooked for mom and dad to celebrate my dad finishing up his master’s degree.  We are all very proud of him and wanted to recognize what an accomplishment that it is.


Sunday morning, we woke up to …

Christmas Recap Vol 4 Christmas Day

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We woke up Christmas morning and ate cinnamon rolls that, thanks to me, were almost ‘drinkable’ in the words of my brother-in-law.  Not really, the edges were done, it was just that there was a lot of dough and unfortunately, we were not patient enough and the centers of quite a few were really dough (or raw, however you want to put it).  Everyone still seemed to enjoy them okay though.  Then, we moved to the living room where it was time to read the Christmas story before exchanging gifts.  This is something that my parents always did with us growing up and although the kids are so excited and maybe not really listening, I love the reminder and tradition of doing it and remembering that we celebrate and exchange gifts because of the great gift of God’s Son Jesus Christ.  The boys and their cousins had a great time opening and exclaiming over their presents and I managed to get some great shots of them enjoying their new things.  Again, there is a video here.  Xavier’s reaction to his…

Christmas Recap Vol 3 Christmas Eve

We woke up on Christmas Eve and Brian had decided to take all four kids to the McDonalds playland to get them out of the house.  He wrote a poem and I think posted a video about it on his blog here.  Bless his heart, I think he might be a saint and certainly earned another jewel in his crown for that little venture.  When they all left, Melissa, Mom and I got cups of coffee and just basked in the silence of a house at 9:00 in the morning with no children.  Then, we needed to get busy making the icing for Jesus’ birthday cake and making potato soup for lunch.  Brian and the kids got back around eleven and we had lunch, sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and talked with the kids about what we were going to be doing the next day.  We had decided that as a family we wanted to do something together to honor Christ’s birth and had decided that we would make little bags of party mix and cookies tied with ribbons to a nursing home to distribute to those who were unable to join their families for th…

Christmas Recap Vol 2 Baking Day

I don’t know if our family is unusual, it seems perfectly normal to me since it is how I grew up, but Christmas always means sweets and lots of them.  We would always make different candies and cookies and make platters to share with neighbors and friends.  Over the years,  Melissa and I have taken on these traditions as well--baking some of the same things that we grew up with as well as adding in our new favorites.  So, when we all get together for Christmas,  there is always an abundance (or excess, although I prefer abundance because it doesn’t sound so bad) of good eating to be done.  This year was no exception, except we had decided that we would do some of our Christmas preparations together.  I don’t think that we had really planned on spending the entire day baking and cooking, but that is what happened last Tuesday.  First, I had brought the ingredients to make Smores Popcorn Balls since they are really best when they are fresh.  Then we decided to go ahead and get the Oreo …

Christmas Recap Vol 1

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I thought that I would do the recap of our  Christmas visit  in a couple of installments.  So, you already know about our cancelled New York trip and honestly, I spent the first few days after we cancelled it wondering why in the world it was cancelled.  I know in my head that ‘all things work for good’ and I know that we can’t always know or see why.  Sometimes because of so many things that have happened in our life where our disappointment with current circumstances has later proven to be God’s provision and care for us, in light of those memories/thoughts, my mind immediately went to ‘why is this happening? Is my cancer back and that is why we weren’t able to go?’  and those were the thoughts that were clouding my mind and echoing often for the first few days.  Now, a week later typing them out, I realize how crazy it was and self centered to think that basically God  caused a snowstorm to wreak havoc across the east,  causing 1200 flight cancellations, and probably ruining thousa…

Obviously....

....I do not know how to schedule posts very well, so throughout the next couple of days Christmas Recaps Vol 1-3 will be showing up...

Back home

We arrived back home last night and have spent the day trying to get caught up on work stuff, housework stuff, mail stuff, putting up the Christmas decorations stuff, and other stuff.  It is nice to be back in our own home and beds, but we had a really wonderful time at my mom and dad's house.  I spent some time yesterday on the way back typing up some recaps that I am going to publish in separate posts because, well, because I know that everyone is too busy to read a really long post and there is a lot of recapping that I did.

Change of Plans

Written Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Well, today I was supposed to have been having my revision surgery in New York City.  Last night, Micah and I were supposed to have gone to see the Broadway show Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theater and I was hoping to have eaten some John’s Pizza and maybe had a Crumbs cupcake or two by now and most definitely have gone ice skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park.  But, if you haven’t heard, the east coast got a truck load of snow dumped on them this past weekend wreaking havoc on many traveler’s plans.  We had originally planned to leave on Saturday from Oklahoma to come to my parents’ house in Illinois, but because of that same storm they were expecting some snow on Friday and Saturday, so we decided to come on Thursday instead.  We enjoyed spending a few extra days with them and were a bit anxious checking the weather  in New York, but I was feeling pretty confident that the storm systems would all be moved out before we arrived……until Saturd…

just popping in

...to say that I am still alive, but feel like I am barely making it.  How does life get this crazy and I work from home and Micah is home with me this week, so in theory, I should have more, not less time to get things done.

We had a fun but busy weekend that included:

end of the semester holiday ball/dinner for Micah's schoolChristmas parade in frigid weatherbirthday partychurch that included nursery dutylunch and gift exchange with Micah's parentsSunday School Christmas party--where Micah scored a Snuggie in our dirty santa gift exchange!I did manage to get a few pictures, but haven't had the time or energy to load and edit them.  Tonight we let the boys open their Christmas presents from us and enjoyed watching them having fun playing with them and went to visit a huge Christmas light display in Tulsa that we go and see every year.  The boys called it "wonderland" and it completely cracked me up every time they would reference it as we were walking around.   …

He made it

...well, almost, in about 5 1/2 hours from now or earlier, Micah will have completed his first semester of medical school.  It has been a ride, let me tell you....well, I guess I don't have to because you have lived much of it with me through the ol' blog.  Thank you to so many who prayed him into school and who have continued to pray for him throughout the semester. I know that the journey is far from over, but it is nice to have a portion of it completed.  The boys and I are looking forward to seeing more of him for the next several weeks and recovering from the last two where we rarely saw him.  It has been especially difficult on the boys.  They haven't really seen him since Sunday night because he has left before they wake up and doesn't get home until long after they are asleep.  He always goes into their room and hugs and kisses them, but they don't remember that, of course.  Their behavior is definitely showing the fact that they are missing him--yesterday …

Thankful Thursday

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Today, I am thankful for the following:

for my sweet husband who has only two finals left (today and tomorrow!)...I am thankful that he only has two left, that we are going to get to see him for like an entire month (we have missed him these last couple of weeks) and that God has helped him through his first semester of med school and he has not just passed his classes, but excelled--God is good!that we have such a sweet marriage relationship, everyone has their specific issues that they struggle with and we have ours, but God has blessed us with each other and I am particularly thankful for that this week.for health, mine and my family'sfor the reminder in 2 Corinthians 4:7 that we are earthen vessels containing the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, that has worked in the hearts and lives of so many great heroes of the faith through the generations--and we have that same power at work in our lives.for a house that keeps us warm and food on our table.for sweet memories li…

Pictures

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As promised, here are a few pictures from the last couple of days. I don't know if you can read the writing on the pictures, but the first one is from Monday. I was working in the office and heard the boys playing in our room and when I went in there, they were all snuggled up in our bed playing 'polar bears'--too cute!


These are from yesterday:  the chocolate all over William's face after spending a day with Grandma and the superheroes....they are exercising!  seriously, that is what they have been doing lately, setting up all their superheroes like this and telling me they are exercising.




And I have a layout I managed to finish over the course of several days. I have been wanting to scrap these pictures of Xavier from their first Christmas forever, but have been waiting for just the right thing to scrap them with and finally discovered it in the BYOC at the LilyPad this month.



And apparently, I haven't uploaded several of my recent layouts, so here they are:



These ne…

Tuesday already?

Seriously, how did it get to be Tuesday night already?  So much for my grand plans of updating all December long...I have been getting my pictures of each day, just haven't had a lot of time for processing and posting.  I wanted to go ahead and type up a post though so I don't forget what has been going on.

Last weekend was pretty much packed with performances of the Living Christmas Tree at church. This was the 13th year  that our church has done this and it never ceases to amaze me.  It is almost a two hour long production, with amazing music, light show on the tree, kids performing (which honestly can not be beat for sheer entertainment value), a drama, and then at the end the presentation of the banners with the names of God.  These banners are honestly just beautiful and made even more special to me because they were sewn by one of the women in our church.  My friend Angela and I did a narration while they were bringing in the banners and we got so many compliments on it…

Random sayings from our house that may or may not make sense!

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Hey, moon, shine in our car!We going to reindeer school--as they pack their toys in their backpacks and crawl around on all fours (not hands and knees, but hands and feet with their hind ends up in the air!)He's Rudolf, I'm Firebolt.  Hey, Rudolf, let's go! Woohoo, it's pajama night at the living christmas tree!Xavier literally breaking out in sobs when I ran back in to get something I had forgotten after getting 5 minutes down the road--he thought that I was coming back and his grandma was going to leave, I have never felt more loved!That was hilarious.I love my teehee rex all the time.i said a good prayer, i said all the same words. ( This said in a very proud tone....I think they are missing the point of us telling them NOT to say the same words all the time!)Talk to me about that--when they want to hear a story.I hungry, my stomach is starved, it's grumbling.  I need a snack.Xavier spent what seemed like hours drawing 'bones' on the Hulk figure I drew f…

Thankful Thursday

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Yesterday was a very busy day at our house.   The morning started with getting a phone call from my mom letting me know that my sister Elizabeth's father in law had unexpectedly passed away the night before.  So, I spent a lot of time yesterday thinking about his family, my brother in law and Elizabeth and just praying for comfort for them.  He was not very old and while we know that he is in heaven and is better than he ever was in life, it is still sad because I know how much he is going to be missed and it makes me just want to grab everyone that I love and hug them and tell them just how much I love them and appreciate them, because you never know what the next moment brings.

I continued the Christmas baking preparations by making buckeyes (peanut butter balls) that are my absolute weakness and favorite Christmas candy. My freezer is currently full of them and I am planning on them staying there until time to make up goody boxes.  You can see from the picture below how the boy…

Documenting December

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Okay, so I am not going to make any rash promises of hopes that I will be able to follow through on this, BUT after looking through my pictures and realizing that I hardly took any pictures in November, I am determined to not let December go by without proper documentation.  So in that spirit of things, I am going to attempt to get at least one picture each day that kind of sums up what our day was like, what we did, or didn't do, etc.  Now, you know that I often have lofty goals, but don't always follow through, so we will see how hectic my December gets and if this is just one more way for me to feel like a failure!

On Monday, which I realize was still November we bundled up and I let the boys play outside for a little while. Xavier has finally figured out somewhat how to ride his bike without me right there to get him started. He was quite proud of himself and spent a good deal of time riding back and forth between our two neighbors houses.  William, as you will see, would …

Exhausted from grief

Something that I have been ruminating on for the last several days is that phrase 'exhausted from grief' that is found in Luke 22:45. It is in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus has left His disciples asking them to watch and pray with Him, and yet three times he went back to His disciples to find them sleeping and in verse 45 it says, He 'returned to His disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief.'  As I have written before, I am reading the Chronological One Year Bible and so as I have gone through the Gospels, I am getting the perspectives and stories from that part of the Bible in quadruplicate which tends to reinforce different things.  This particular retelling of the event from Jesus' last days was the third time that I had read it that morning and that phrase just kind of stuck out to me, so then, I had to go and find it in another translation to see how it was translated. In the NASB, it says 'exhausted from sorrow.'  So, I just be…