Archive for January, 2010

SNOW 2010

January 31, 2010

Wow!  We haven’t seen snow like this in years.  We have all loved this snow.  Some of my favorite memories of this snow:

1.  When it first started snowing on Friday,  it was so beautiful and it’s always fun to see the  joy and excitement in the kids’ faces when they see the snow

2.  Sledding in our neighborhood.  We went to “Hollingbourne Hill” and saw lots of friends there.  Jerel brought his old fashioned sled and it worked the best of anything!!  One time, Jerel got on his belly, then Christopher on top , then Luke on the very top. They made it all the way down–even over the speed bump.

3.  Taking naps, reading books, watching movies, playing the wii.  It’s always fun to stay in PJs for a while.  We’ve been having Mario Kart Time Trials for the different races….. I’m the only one in the house who hasn’t won a championship yet.

4.  FOOD!  Something about snow makes us all want to eat.  We made a cake today–with homemade chocolate icing.  It’s so yummy—everyone is happy when there’s a cake around!

5.  CHURCH!!  Church was cancelled today so we decided to have our own church service here.  We had the best soloists anywhere! Bailey and Christopher sang a song for us ‘Beautiful One’  it was awesome–they  learned that song from their time at Connection Church.  We read the Bible story of David being anointed as king.  David was the youngest brother and he was out tending sheep-yet he was chosen over all the other brothers. We talked about 1 Samuel 16:7…. “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  We had an awesome discussion about this with Bailey and Christopher.   Who says you need a church building?  🙂

6.  SNOW FORT—-Around 5:00 today, the kids decided to go into the front yard and build something.  Christopher had the idea of a snow fort-the original idea was to build a wall but it turned into so much more——this snow was awesome for this because we could pick up hugh slabs of snow/ice pretty easily.  All 3 kids (and me too!) worked really hard for the next hour. We definitely got our workout for the day— it turned into a fort/igloo.  The kids are so proud of it—we have big plans tomorrow to play in it. I wish this picture was better—-the fort goes almost all the way around.   Our hard work was rewarded when Jerel came home with McDonalds for the kids and Qdoba for me and him.  The snow fort will definitely be a memory for a long time!

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DANA

January 26, 2010

My sister, Dana, is visiting this week from Hawaii!  My kids are so excited to see Dana and we have so much fun together.  This week will be filled with FUN–that’s just how Dana is.  I’ll blog about her visit after she leaves!

Friends

January 21, 2010

My 9 yr. old daughter, Bailey, has a lot of friends.  It comes natural to her–to make friends, to relate to a lot of different people, to introduce people, to include people.  I love seeing that in her.  She has one friend in particular that she totally loves!  They met on the school bus in kindergarten and it turned out that we lived about 10 houses from each other and had never met!!  Now, they are in 4th grade and they are BFFs!  This friend invited Bailey over last week for her birthday dinner.  The girl’s mom made dinner , then they had cupcakes and made marshmellow kabobs.  Last year, they went to the circus together , and for Bailey’s birthday-the two of them went on a horse-back trail ride.

This friendship got me thinking about my friendships in the past.  When I was in elementary school, I (like Bailey) had a lot of friends.  But there was one (Nancy) who I just clicked with.  We didn’t have a ton in common except that we enjoyed being together.  She was a horse-rider, had lots of dogs, very sporty– when I would go home with her after school—it was always an adventure.  She was a “walker” because she lived “near” the school—I say “near” because to me, near is like a few houses.  But her house was actually a quick walk/jog through a few neighborhoods, hopping a few fences along the way.  (I was NOT a fence-jumping kid)—but something about that was so fun to me.  We wouldn’t be allowed to walk that far from school today–but this was back in the 70s.  One thing we did when we were little (like 1st/2nd grade) was get under her bed and read books with flashlights.    We went to different junior highs and while I did go to her wedding many years later, we eventually lost touch with each other.

I have been blessed with so many friends in my life.  I have been thinking through a lot of my friendships lately–like the ones way back through elementary school, junior and senior high, UNC-CH, Raleigh, UNC-G, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Meck, and Huntersville, Connection Church, Northstone.    God has put so many people in my life to encourage me and to live life with.  I am very thankful to God for each and every one of you!!

Do you have a favorite memory of one of your friendships from your past?  Have fun remembering…

Happy Birthday Luke!!

January 12, 2010

Well,  our ‘baby’ turned five this weekend.  We had some serious Star Wars going on at our house!!   We had a Jedi-Training party on Saturday for Luke and 7 of his friends.  They were all so good—and we had such a good time.  Both sets of grandparents were able to come, so that was really special too!  Luke is growing so fast and is such a big boy now.  We played a game at dinner the night before his birthday –everyone was to say something they loved about Luke…..and all of us said something to do with being fun, funny, friendly, happy or joyful.  He has such a positive outlook on life and he loves God! Click here to see.

Here’s a picture of Luke the day before his birthday at preschool celebrating his birthday….

These are the Jedis-in-Training….

Jerel’s parents found the Jengo Fett costume (that we were unable to find for Christmas)–and he screamed for like 10 seconds when he opened it. Here he is with his outfit on and his Command Center:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUKE!!

Why do we say that?

January 5, 2010

I was driving Luke to preschool this morning and he was singing a song…actually one of our meal-time blessings–, “Oh, the Lord’s been good to me and so I thank the Lord for giving me the things I need like the sun and the rain and the appleseed.  The Lord’s been good to me.”  It’s one of top 3 blessings at our meals–along with the Indiana-Jones version of God is Great, God is Good….and right up there with the “real” blessings said in our own words.

So, this morning, Luke stopped singing and here is our conversation:

Luke:  “Mom, why do we say that?”

Me:      “Say what?”

Luke:  “Why do we say ‘The Lord’s been good to me.’?”

Me:     “What do you mean Luke?  Of course we think God’s been good to us.”

Luke:  ” No, I mean–why don’t we say “The Lord’s been GREAT to me.”

So, then I started to cry and told him that that was the best thing I could ever hear him say.  I then had to explain that mommies have tears of joy a lot—and of course, he thought that was crazy.

But I am SO thankful that Luke has the attitude that YES, God has been GREAT to us…   To be honest, when I was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago, one of my fears was that my kids would struggle through this and I prayed that it would not affect their view of God or their love and zeal for Him and life.  So, this morning, when Luke said that, I felt such a peace that God is SO looking out for us and YES, he is GREAT to us.