Thursday, December 31, 2009

Three Words ...

Happy New Year!
Kevin & I have had the most amazing Jesus Year! Our family has been SO graced with His love. If you want to have a Jesus Year {and I know you do!} then I offer this to you my dear ones ... no matter what happens, good or bad, stay in the living breathing word of God! It truly is the bread of life! Blesssings to you and yours, bring on 2010!

A Little More Picture Fun ....


....playing in the food pantry closet with glow in the dark sticks. ...Grandma's mustache!
... Keaton's fat lips!
... a really stinkin' cute lunch tote and photo wallet for Andrea - my favorite (only) daughter. {Note to Boys - daughter-in-laws are welcome and encouraged.} ... a book for Clayton. Any book will do. But a really good comic book kind of book is the bomb!

... Scooters for Clayton & Rhegan! Need I say more?
.... Uncle Keaton, Math Teacher Extraordinaire' is really a big kid in disguise. Probably, a daughter-in-law is not adviseable at this time, unless she has the patience of Job, and enjoys a stand up (fall-down) comic.
HAPPINESS IS a way station between too little and too much.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Colts Fans Are Crazy

We went with 40,000 of our best friends to the Colts game on Sunday. The boys were excited to see Lucas Oil Stadium. We walked several blocks in blinding wet snow to the stadium, joined the hype happiness inside and rode escalaters to the ceiling and back down again, and then we left the boys on their own to go "discovering" while Kevin & I found our seats. These pics are the result of their adventure. Do boys ever grow up??!!
Peyton and his buds gave us a good show most of the game ... until the coach took him out and THREW THE GAME!! Oh my heck, the fans were mad. Mad might be a mild word. The poor quarterback who "tried" to pull it together for the rest of the game's offensive plays was met with BOOS from 40,000 of our closest friends. Fans literally got up and left the stadium. Our undefeated season record was bombed. Trash-ola. Nix. Nadda.

Do you think we'll get over it? Playoffs --- here we come! BLUE is still my color.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Indulge Me - Holiday Highlights 2009

Church Program --- starring my favorite (only) granddaughter, Miss Rhegan!

Highland Springs Luminary Night and Santa Visit

Christmas Day Presents

Merry CHRISTmas 2009

It's THE day! Christmas Adam has past. Christmas Eve has past. And it's THE day! There is no white snow, only wet dreary rain that has absolutely no bearing on the joy of this day. Today is Jesus' birthday, and we are going to celebrate in style!

Thoughtful Christmas presents, wrappings all around, O'Malley jumping through it - tugging at the ribbon strings. Then it was Christmas omlets, al-la-chef Brandt, while Kevin's taxi went to collect Mom & Jane. Brandt took charge of cooking potatos while Math Teacher Extraordinaire' Keaton cleaned up the messes ... all that was left for me to do was take a shower! Ohhh the joys of adult children! LOL

Dinner is done and everyone is like an overstuffed pillow. Time to relax, reflect, and remember why we celebrate this day. I could not make it through the singing of Silent Night during Christmas Eve worship service last night ... it was one of my dad's favorite songs (as if the wonderment of Christ's birth isn't enough!). When I was growing up, my family always went to Christmas Eve service and dad always made sure me and my lighted candle were doing well together as we sang Silent Night in the flickering light. It's a precious memory to me.

What's a precious Christmas memory of yours?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Precious Precious Holidays

Well – I am on Christmas Holiday for 2 full weeks (starting today!) and I’m looking forward to enjoying time with family & friends! We’ve already had our annual luminary in our neighborhood --- the night when we host a get-together for my extended family and Santa comes around in a sleigh with gifts for the little ones. My dysfunctional bunch runs amuck throughout the house, while the snow falls, and there is food and fellowship in abundance! Last weekend, we also had the pleasure of attending my granddaughter’s Christmas program at church and she was the most magnificent 5 year old in the bunch (did I mention she’s my favorite (only) granddaughter?!? LOL)! Rhegan did her part in the play and sang her songs to Jesus, with the gusto of a hurricane and made Grammy and Papaw smile!

Our boys are beginning to arrive ---- Keaton flew in yesterday from Florida. I SO love that boy! He & I are somewhat kindred spirits, we’ve been through much together, and his wit & humor make every minute of everyday a picnic! He is getting his weather wish – coming from warm, sunny Florida, he always wants us to have snow so he can get a taste of winter! And God delivered on that one! We have a light covering on the ground right now, and a winter storm is predicted within the coming days. Keaton may not be so enthralled with the glistening white wet stuff when he drives 2 hours south, later today, to pick up his brother! LOL

Brandt is traveling from DC. He is riding with a buddy to Louisville and Keaton will pick him up. Then Brandt will be home for 5 days, staying through Sunday so the four of us can go to the Colts game, and then he will fly back to DC on Monday morning. We LOVE our Colts! We go giddy, along with the rest of the 40,000 fans when we are at the stadium! GO BLUE!

We will all attend church on Christmas Eve and then some friends are coming over to join our family for an evening meal. Then on Christmas day, my mom and Aunt Jane will join us for dinner. (A family can NEVER have too many Christmas meals!) LOL On the day after Christmas, we will meet up again with my daughter, son-in-law, and the grandkids. I'm praying that Child Protective Services will not apprehend my grandchildren before that day .... did I mention 2 out of 3 of them have had "mishaps" with "N"th degree burns lately? Ouch. (It's okay Andrea ... you are still the world's greatest momma, and this too shall pass!)

I’m hoping to have some craft time the week after Christmas. Lately, I’ve been smitten with a mixture of shabby chic and vintage designs! My creative streak longs to dip lace in tea, and wrap beautiful fibers around creamy white cards full of glitter and bling! I did get a chance to make some Christmas card/gift sets lately – and if you’ve seen my other blog, you saw the mini notebook journals that I whipped up for the Women’s Christmas Tea. SO very fun to do!

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! May God’s favor shine especially warm and tender in your family this holiday. May His mercy be served up to you fresh and new each morning, in just the exact amount needed for that day, and again the next day and the next in just the right measurement. All this – because Jesus the Messiah was born. Born to save us.

Grace! It's my "word" this past year. What's your word for 2010 going to be?