Monday, December 22, 2008

Snow "showers"

This was described in the news today as snow "showers". It snowed all day. I told Shade I think they missed the mark again and should have been calling it a blizzard. We now have over a foot of snow. Very unusual for Oregon.

We did head out and bought items for the Christmas Family our church is sponsoring this year. The only way to get around on the roads was with chains--something very foreign for this Mid-west girl. Thankfully my sweet husband was doing all the driving.



We lost our power last night for 5 hours. I know the picture is dark, but that is how it was. Shade and the boys completed their Risk game they had started earlier. I read and Destini tried to survive. When Delani awoke she just crawled everywhere like there wasn't anything wrong. Thank the Lord we had a gas fireplace to some heat, else we would have been frozen!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snow/Ice Storm



We went to bed with snow and woke up with it all covered in ice!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Stockings were hung...



We actually have a mantle to hang the stocking from. These stocking were all made by me and thankfully I had an extra one since I haven't got Delani's made yet.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ahh, finally finished!


The 2008 christmas cards are sent! (Almost 60 cards.) Destini was such a big help. She put stamps and address labels on. This morning they went out to the mail box. There is another load off my mind.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Love

I heard this touching story on the radio the other day and thought I would share it:

Christmas Love
by Candy Chand

Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. But
once again, despite my plans, chaos prevailed. I had cut back on nonessential
obligations– extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and yes, even the
all American pastime, overspending. Yet, still, I found myself exhausted, unable to
appreciate the precious family moments, and, of course, the true meaning of Christmas.

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a
six year old filled with hopes, dreams and laughter. For weeks, he’d been memorizing
songs for his school’s “Winter Pageant.” I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’d be
working the night of the production.

Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me
there’d be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to
attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed
happy with the compromise.

So, just as I promised, on the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in 10 minutes
early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw
several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I waited, the students
were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged
on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as
“Christmas,” I didn’t expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment — songs
of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer. The melodies were fun, cute and
lighthearted, but nowhere to be found was even the hint of an innocent babe, a manger,
or Christ’s sacred gift of hope and joy. So, when my son’s class rose to sing, “Christmas
Love”, I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.

Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red
sweaters and bright snowcaps upon their heads. Those in the front row — center
stage — held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the
class would sing “C is for Christmas,” a child would hold up the letter C. Then, “H
is for Happy,” and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented
the complete message, “Christmas Love.”

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her — a small,
quiet girl in the front row who was holding the letter “M” upside down. She was
entirely unaware, that reversed, her letter “M” appeared as a “W.” Fidgeting from
side to side, she soon moved entirely away from her mark.

The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at the little one’s mistake.
But in her innocence, she had no idea they were laughing at her as she stood
tall, proudly holding her “W”.

One can only imagine the difficulty in calming an audience of young, giggling
students. Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter
continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together. A hush
came over the audience and eyes began to widen.

In that instant, we understood — the reason we were there, why we celebrated
the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos there was a purpose for our
festivities. For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Over the river and through the mountain passes--to Idaho we went to enjoy Thanksgiving.

Following the Thrifty Fifty

If only I was this inspired, but for now I'm following along here.


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