Looking at all the Thanksgiving crafts ideas, I liked the Thankful Turkey best. It was something we could all participate in. I wrapped a styrofoam ball in brown yarn, made a ball of light brown yarn, cut out feathers from construction paper and attached them to toothpicks, cut out a beak and that red thing from construction paper, glue face to the head, attached head with toothpick to body. Then, we were ready for making our thankful feathers.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
The advantages of living on the down-slope of the hill. FUN!
I thought I should get in on the fun too. Jacob didn't like it until I let him ride with me. No, I didn't make Kevin pull us back up the hill.
Beth was busy singing and balancing. We think we may start her in gymnastics in the spring. Oh, see that wave in the back of her hair, that's natural, and one of the few things she inherited from me. So, while the kids really resemble Kevin, I did get a few genetics in there!
Computer Time. Beth showed Yaya her favorite website- starfall.com. Oh, I have GOT to find that stuff for nail biting. WM doesn't carry it anymore, couldn't find it at Target. Any ideas?
Popi and Jacob had work to do too.
Sunday morning comics.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Every fall, our church holds a good ol' fashioned Round Up Weekend. Folks around the church really look forward to it. The sanctuary is decorated in antiques and quilts. Some people get really into the spirit and wear old-fashioned prarie clothes or western wear (not too much of a stretch here in Texas on that).
On Saturday, there's an event for the school age kids. I went along with Beth to see what all the fun was about. The kids started with a Bible lesson then it was off to the games. There was barrel racing (riding stick horses around barrels), calf roping (see below), buckin' bronco riding (see below), a hay ride and hot dog lunch. Beth's K4/K5 group even got some playground time. All before noon!
Sunday started with a cowboy breakfast of pancakes and sausage, cooked over an open fire. Some folks had their horses out to see and pet. Service included a concert by Brian Free and Assurance. Wow, good music! Of course, good preaching too. The sanctuary was packed for both services. Then, for a fajita lunch on the grounds.
I'm so thankful for a great church with fun things for families to do, fellowship with other believers. Being a Christian doesn't mean you have to be boring!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
If you were to call her on the phone, don't expect to get a word in edgewise. It doesn't matter if her medicine makes her mouth dry, she's still going to talk your ear off. She'll tell you the same story that you heard last time you called. When you jog her memory of something, you'll hear a story you've heard 100 times, but she tells it like it's the first time she's ever told it. We love getting her going on a story! On the other hand, when I lived close to her, I would enjoy time with her, getting to hear a new story I truly never had heard before, learning more about our family history. In her lifetime, she has seen more change in America and in scientific advancements than in all the years before that. And, I assure you, she remembers it all.
There is nothing better than celebrating with family. Nanny has 5 children and 2 step sons. She has 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Many cousins and longtime family friends came for the celebration as well. Nanny's best friend, Elsie, came with her husband, Bob. Elsie likes to tease Nanny about being older, by about 3 months.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
This year's theme was "Life is not a bowl of cherries" (sometimes you get the pitts). It also had an old-home feel of decorations and activities, returning to when women took care of the home in every aspect. No, I'm not inspired to spin my own cotton to make clothes with. But, the team went all out with trailers full of decorations to make the theme up right. This lady on the stage was in full time-warp mode, talking about how things were done way back when, all while she spun wool.
- Bend your knees before He breaks them. Submit with a gentle bow.
- What is keeping me from God's promise of abundance? John 10:10 talks about having life abundantly
- What is MY sacrifice for Him?
- God already has in me what I need in order to serve Him. I just need to do it. I Corinthians 1:27- I have no excuses! Acts 13:36- David served his generation- I need to do the same in mine.
- In order for my life to bear fruit, I have to overcome fear of failure and humiliation.
- Revelation 12:12- Satan already knows his time his short, and he's gonna work to do everything he can to keep us from God.
- Have I considered God's will for my children vs. my hope for them?
- Don't allow fear of the world to remove the wisdom of God's Word.
I really enjoyed the quick trip away to learn and grow in God and friendships. I am already looking forward to next year and hoping my mom will come along.
If you are curious about this God I yearn to serve better, please ask me. I'm happy to tell you about the joy in my life because of Him. I'm even more excited to tell you about the joy I have in knowing, without a shadow of a doubt, where I'll spend eternity when I die. I want you to know where you'll be too. Yes, know, not hope or think you'll be.