Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fabulous Blogs

Nikki has awarded me the "Your Blog is Fabulous" award!
Thanks, Nikki!

The two rules are: 1. Let people know that they have been awarded by commenting on their blogs
2. Let the person who awarded you know when your award post is up!
I now pass this on to:
Anna at Hope Road
Abigail at The Abbs

Congratulations, girls! Your blogs are fabulous! :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas....

....from our house to yours!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's Christmas Time in the City

Since many people enjoy watching Christmas movies, I thought I would give a list of some of our family's favorites this time of year.

What I Did for Love

A Christmas List

Christmas in Connecticut

A Christmas Card

The Christmas Shoes

It's A Wonderful Life

A Season for Miracles

(I do not take responsibility for possible inappropriate content on these websites - proceed at your own risk)

There are so many more that we could add to this list - we love Christmas movies! But these are just some of our favorites! Does anyone else like any of these movies or do you have any you could add to the list?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Trees, Plays, and Fellowship

I know that this post will definitely make it look like I'm really "picture-happy", but there have been so many things going on the past couple of weeks, so I have oodles of pictures! I just can't believe it's already the 15th of December and I have only posted once this whole month! Yikes!

So, I guess I'll start from the beginning. A couple of weeks back, our family took a night to set up our Christmas tree.

Each of us girls has a box full of ornaments that we have made or that have been given to us over the years. We have a good time each year going through the boxes and laughing at our "creative" side!

Busy cooking for our teen Sunday School Christmas party

Last week we traveled to Middlebury, Indiana for our annual Nazarene Evangelist's Gathering. We so enjoyed fellowshipping with fellow evangelists, and listening to the special speakers and song evangelists - people like Mark Murphy, Gary Haines, Adam's Voice, and Dr. Stephen Manley - just to name a few!

Middlebury is an Amish community and the motel and restaurant is famous for it's Amish decor and fabulous Amish cooking! They had this cool booth in the restaurant made to look like a buggy.

Some Amish people came in to eat while we were there and mom took this picture of their hats and coats.

With some friends and fellow evangelists, Jimmy Dell and his wife

Nikki with some friends of hers, the Rayburns

The beautiful landscaping outside the motel

The place was beautifully decorated for Christmas

We thought this sign was really neat!

Enjoying the music of Adam's Voice

We were FREEZING on the way home! I didn't have a hat, so my only option was to tie my scarf around my head! :)

(Photo courtesy of John H.)
Our other big thing we've had going on over the past couple of months was our church's Christmas program. It took place yesterday morning and everything went fine! Everyone remembered their lines and it went smoothly - praise the Lord! Everyone was pretty nervous! It was a children's version of the famous "A Christmas Carol". This picture was taken during rehearsal on Saturday.

(Photo courtesy of John H.)

Deanna doing my hair for the program

I played Peggy Sue, the angel of the past - it was fun to play a '50's girl!

Deanna was the choir director

Nikki played Buffy, the angel of the present

Aubrie as the adorable Mary

All the angels - Emma (playing Tomora, the angel of the future), Ashley (playing Carol, the head angel), Nikki, and I

(Photo courtesy of John H.)

(Photo courtesy of John H.)
Earning my wings!

After the play, we had our pastor's kids over for games

So, we have had a very busy December! Hope all of you are having a wonderful Christmas season!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Deck the Halls

I can hardly believe December is already here - has this year flown by or what?? I am in the Christmas spirit - playing Christmas music and watching Christmas movies. And to top it all off, we have SNOW! Yes, it came last Saturday - quite a bit, actually. It is so beautiful and makes it feel so much more "Christmasy"!

Our church looking beautiful in the snow

Making some cappuccino this morning - trying to get some of the chill out of my bones

Our Christmas decorations, ready to be put in their proper places

Our stockings

Mom comparing the size of her stocking to dad's!

Nikki proudly displaying an icicle she snapped off outside

So, all decorations are up except our tree, which we will be putting up sometime this week. The house is so pretty and cozy now!