Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Somewhere in Proverbs it talks about "a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches"
What if the names we trace through history don't really make all the difference because we have the amazing resposiblity and opportunity to "choose " our name?
We choose what we do with our time, what we think on, what we pay for, what we keep, what we give, what we laugh about, what we celebrate, what we treasure, maybe even what we die for.
This makes our name....this goes down in eternity...this leaves a mark on all the future generations...this causes the ripple effect.
We got him a new pair of shoes for the occasion and he said he had a great time!
No pics were taken...we were all too busy talking about how great my cooking was!!! Ha, ha!!!
1. Paper or Bags for present wrapping?
Definitely paper on boxes. I love that traditional look.
2. Real of fake tree?
Fake...those real needles always make my knees itch
3.When to put the tree up?
The day after Thanksgiving
4. When to take it down?
Whenever the food is fully digested, usually 2 weeks after Christmas dinner!!!!!!
5. Egg nog?
Me, absolutely not but Jonathan loves it!
6.Favorite gift I have received?
A leather-bound study Bible with my name engraved on it from my parents. I was 15.
7. Do I have a nativity scene?
I did, but I cannot find it currently. It's from the dollar store and I'm not too fond of it.
8.Who's the hardest to buy for?
Jonathan's brother, Nathan....this year he'll get a gift certificate because I never can figure out what to get him that's personal!
9. The easiest to buy for?
My mom...she'll pretty much like everything1
10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Never heard of doing the second....definitely mail, although mine may not get out till New Year's!
11. Worst gift I ever received?
A White Elephant one that was a toilet paper roll decorated as a swan!!!!
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Home Alone, for sure
13. Have I recycled a Christmas gift? Many times, but you will not find out which ones!!
14. Favorite eats at Christmas time?
My mom's pies and her gobble-up salad, which my aunt will be making this year since we'll be doing Christmas with her
15. Clear or colored lights on the tree? I like them both.
16. Favorite Christmas song? O, Come All Ye Faithful and O, Come, O, Come, Emmanuel.
17. Travel or stay home? I like being home, wherever home may be...Arizona, this year!!!
18. Open gifts Christmas Eve or Day?
19. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Can't thing of anything right now, except the fact that I eat too much
20. Favorite ornament thing or color?
I like all the really old ones that we made as kids and anything sparkly
21. Favorite thing for Christmas dinner?
I love hot green beans almondine and fresh rolls.
22. What do I want for Christmas?
A roth-IRA opened in our name and a new cell phone since mine is a piece.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sometimes, I find myself nit-picky about the things my children do wrong or could do better at. Today, I will start improving on that. And my shopping budget went out the window on this Wal-Mart excursion as well, but I'm finding that I'm alright with that. It was WELL, WELL worth it!
Monday, December 10, 2007
We are here! In Arizona! We arrived late Friday, December 1 and it was an unusually rainy and cold weekend for Tucson. We are getting settled and have a beautiful view of the mountains from our front door.
I'm working on house pictures and will get those out soon!
The girls are adjusting very well and love their new home and friends. However, they do ask about their Houston friends and family often and that's good.
For those who may not know, we are expecting a third addition on July 18 and we're currently 8 weeks pregnant. I'm tired all the time but not too sick and that's something to be thankful for.
We are looking forward to this new baby and I'm reading all the advice I can get my hands on about how to manage three children when I only have two hands. A bit nervous about that, but we'll figure it out, I'm sure!
We are jumping in here at CommonGround Church to serve and help it grow. We love the people there. They are very nice and generous with their time.
I was able to attend band practice yesterday here and realized how much I had missed that. We had a great time.
The neighborhood just had a new grocery store open called Fry's and my first visit there was really fun. The girls and I tried all the samples!!
I am getting so excited about Christmas! We need to shop some more, me and Jonathan, for some more family members and I'm really excited about getting all the presents wrapped and "bowed!" I just love Christmas! I think I'll make home-made cinnamon rolls that morning. If you have a great recipe, I'd like it.
Well, I love you all dearly and cannot wait to see you and hear from you! Here is all our new information for now! We are renting so this won't be permanent.
181 E. Camino Limon Verde
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Friday, November 23, 2007
Ha, hilarious!!!!!I will post pics from Disney and everything else after we move since right now that's all I can think about.
Our little Grace is 3 as of the 18th and she lets everyone know it! This weekend is supposed to be really cold and rainy so if you're a Houston friend of mine, come over and drink some hot cocoa with us...
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
We don't watch the news much, but the following story makes me want to write and write and write.
About 3 weeks ago, a little girl was found in Galveston in a box. She had been dead for 2 weeks at that time. Since then, NO ONE has come forward to acknowledge that she belongs to them. Absolutely, no one claims to know her.
Well, a police detective who specializes in these cases, took it into his hand to giver her a proper burial with a beautiful wooden cross and pink flowers.He named this little girl Grace.
The ironic thing is she is suspected to be between 2 and 3, closer to 3, she has long blond hair, blue eyes and her name is Grace. The computer-analyzed picture makes her look just like our Grace. That hit home. Life is so precious and this little girl deserves to be remembered, to be honored. I'm so thankful she's with Jesus now.They held a beautiful service for her. We will think about her when we celebrate Grace's 3rd b-day in 2 weeks.
Please pray they find someone who knows what happened.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
"For twenty years I prayed but received no answer until I prayed with my legs."
-Frederick Douglass, escaped slave
Don't have any profound thoughts on this but I really liked it. This man didn't wait for an answer, he pursued it on foot and became a free man. If you like this quote too, tell why.
Beautiful day today!Not too hot or cold, just right! Jonathan and I spent the day together because he was off and the girls had school. Yay! Went to Whataburger, Target and Walgreens. Exciting huh?
I'll send out pics soon of the girls in their Halloween outfits!
Love to all!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
To make matters worse, Jonathan hears word of this and totally starts analyzing everything I eat(By the way, he thinks I don't eat enough, I, April, who can eat 5 slices of pizza at a sitting)
Anyway, now I've got his eyes on my every bite! I love that about my husband. He gets all up in your business and that means he cares about you!
Oh, well, all this to say giving blood is a great thing to do, but get your iron up!!!
Foods high in iron are red meats, leafy greens(like spinach) raisins and liver(uugghh!)
Oh, well, maybe next time I can become friends with the blood-hoarding needle of the American Red Cross!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I just learned how to post a picture and I'm so excited I almost peed in my pants! So, here's one of many more to follow. Glory and Grace enjoying icecream on the front porch.
Today is Sunday and we went and had our family pics taken so those will follow soon. We went out for icecream after that and tonight the girls are spending the night with their Aunt Pamela so it's a date night for us and we went to IHOP! I love date nights!!!!
2. He gives us amazing gifts(this is my love language, ok?)
Some gifts he has given me are:
a strong marriage
healthy, mostly happy children :)
a secure future with him
3. He was unafraid to think outside the box( I mean, would we think to make mud out of dirt and spit, tell a diseased man to dip in a river seven times and then heal him?)
4. He cheers for the underdog.
5. When I worship Him, everything else pales in comparison.
Friday, August 3, 2007
1. They tell you if you have spinach in your teeth!
2. They keep your children at a moment's notice and love every minute of it!! REALLY!
3. They are so darn cute when they're pregnant!
(This, of course, applies to my girlfriends only, especially my fried Lauren, in Boston, who is like a sister to me and will make me an aunt in January)
4. They cook great and share the food!
5. They act like they're listening even when you're rambling and sound like a crazy fool!
Today is Friday and I have this amazing thankfulness for my friends. I have many! At least, I think I do unless something has changed and they are all very amazing and God-loving!