Friday, December 31, 2010


I started "Friday Photo Flashback" because I have so many pictures from my PRE-digital camera days. I thought it would be fun to scan them and share them here with you. I'm having so much fun doing this, that I would love for you to join me, too! So dig out the photo albums and put your scanner to good use! Don't forget to sign in to MckLinky so we can all visit and comment on each others blogs!


If this picture looks familiar to you, it's because I used this for a FPF back in July! I wanted to share this again since it is perfect for New Year's! This my friend Anna & I (and some friends), having a great time celebrating!! I was just 21 years old!!!


Thursday, December 30, 2010


As I reflect on 2010, there are so many things that I am thankful for. Many of which I have mentioned on my blog already.

This year, especially, He has really taught me not to lean on my own understanding, and more importantly, not let my emotions rule my behavior. I have really put the fruits of the Spirit to the test, and of course, I failed...everytime! But, God is so gracious. He showed me how hard my heart was in a particular situation, and how I was behaving in my flesh. I also learned that I can't control everything, and also how other people choose to behave.

I'm thankful that the Lord is so patient, and that He is continually molding me to be more like Him.

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."-John 16:33 

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Who can resist?

Certainly not I!


Thanks again, Lis!!!!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Only one week left of our Christmas break. We haven't really done anything but veg out at home. But, the kids haven't complained once. I think they have enjoyed not being on a schedule, and honestly, so have I! It will definitely be an adjustment getting back into the swing of things!

I tried to watch my carb intake today, but that totally went out the window when my sister in-law brought over cookies and stuff to make clam dip! Who can resist these homemade goodies?

I was so behind this year that I didn't send Christmas cards out. In fact, I don't even take a picture of all the kids like I normally do.

Did I mention my dog is pregnant? Her puppies will be so cute! They will be half Chihuahua and half Bichon. I know it's going to be hard not to get attached to them! She looks like she is due any day now! Any advice?

There's a really popular Chinese take out place that has the best egg rolls (they're actually known for that). They are busy EVERYDAY! These don't last at our house! We just had to have them with our Christmas meal!

My mom got me a giftcard at Macy's, and they are having this awesome sale. I've always wanted one of these! I thought it would be perfect since we have home fellowship at our home, and I'm always serving a hot dish! I can't wait to use it!

My kids got Twister for Christmas, and it was a CRACK UP watching them play (and cheat)!

And finally, it feels so good to have been able to visit your blogs, and catch up with you!!!

Monday, December 27, 2010


Wow..Christmas came...and went! All the worrying and stress that can come with this holiday isn't worth it once it's over. The kids don't even realize it, and at the end of the day, they end up playing with one or maybe two of their favorite things. I'll have to keep a mental note for next year!

In the hustle and bustle of them opening gifts, can you imagine how hard it is to have them STOP for a second or two so I can take a picture of them? Yah, right! I was only able to get these shots because we let them open one gift on Christmas Eve. Forget Christmas morning. I had to video tape them instead! And can you believe I don't have my oldest daughter in any of the pictures? Crazy, I tell ya!

So, here are some of the "still" shots that I was able to manage!

Danny excited that he got Bionicle's from my sis in-law!

This is funny. The ONE gift Eli chose to open was his box of tape that he requested from my sis in-law! Remember, he's our future architect. He's always making something with tape and paper!
Photobucket of her favorite movies!!

Isaiah trying to decide should he open one now or tomorrow morning?

And some of the mess the next morning!


Is it like this at your house too?

Sunday, December 26, 2010


"Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you."-1 Samuel 12:24

Saturday, December 25, 2010


I pray that each and everyone one of you is having a very Merry Christmas!

It's so easy (I'm guilty of this myself) getting caught up in gift giving, and all the traditions that come with this holiday, but let's try to stay focused on the reason we celebrate this day.

We have already received the best (and free) gift....EVER.


It's not about us...

It's all about HIM!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010


I started "Friday Photo Flashback" because I have so many pictures from my PRE-digital camera days. I thought it would be fun to scan them and share them here with you. I'm having so much fun doing this, that I would love for you to join me, too! So dig out the photo albums and put your scanner to good use! Don't forget to sign in to MckLinky so we can all visit and comment on each others blogs!

For the month of December, I want to share all things CHRISTMAS! Of course, you don't all have to do it, but I had so much fun doing this last year!!!

I posted this picture a couple of years ago, so I'm hoping nobody! This was at the Children's Christmas Tea at our church in 2007! I can't believe how much my kids have changed in just three short years!!!

Merry Christmas Eve!!!!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010


My family loves taking their picture with Photobooth! For some reason, they like to make the goofiest faces, so it's hilarious when I come across them when I didn't even know they did it.

Case and point...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Last week, our church had a Leadership Appreciation Dinner. I always look forward to these because 1., I know there is going to be delicious food, and 2., I can count on laughs and great fellowship throughout the night. They also have games (which I never win), but it's always fun to play!

Yummy salad with blue cheese dressing!

Appetizers! YUM!

Main course! Chicken breast topped with mushrooms, garlic mashed potatoes, garlic bread, and steamed veggies.

My FAVORITE dessert. Cheesecake!

I think my husband is happy!

And they had a contest of who could answer the most questions correctly! FYI, I didn't win!

Monday, December 20, 2010


Our school started their very first girls basketball team! At first, most of the girls were hesitant to play, but the more they were talked to about it, the more they started to warm up to the idea. They hardly had any practice time (except during P.E.), and they knew the basic fundamentals of the game. Little did they know that after only a few weeks of practice, they were going to play their first game! 

We were all nervous, but excited at the same time! They all played well together (although they lost), but that didn't discourage them. Some of them really caught on to the game, and I know with a few (alot) more practices, they will be a winning team. They already have a great attitude about it (win or lose).

My daughter, Miranda, absolutely LOVES playing now (that's her on the far left). I think with her already being athletic, it has helped her alot. She's an aggressive player, and not afraid to get in the mix!! 

I look forward to seeing this team grow!! I wish I was this athletic at her age!



Sunday, December 19, 2010


"But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; the LORD will hear when I call to Him."-Psalm 4:3

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


I could probably eat a burger five days a week and not ever get tired of it.

When I was a kid, we'd go to a Mexican restaurant, and guess what I'd order? That's right..a burger!! What's even funnier is that my 10 year old son orders hamburgers at our favorite Mexican spot, too!

When we go out to eat, I'm also game for a burger, and I'm really not that picky about where we get it. If I'm looking at a menu for the first time, I automatically look for the "burger section."

Recently, we went to Applebee's with my sis in-law. I think I've only eaten there once before, and that was years ago! She recommended the burgers, and let me tell ya, it was so good!

I was going to order this. The "Philly Burger."

But, when I read the description for the steakhouse burger, I had to get it!

My husband ordered the "Cowboy Burger." Mmmm!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


This weeks theme: Pet Faces

This is my "baby," Junior! He's almost a year old, and he is half Chihuahua & half Bichon. 

Isn't he sweet?

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Monday, December 13, 2010


Our kids participated in their very first school Christmas play! Yes, they have been in involved with different things at church, but this was their first school function! If I had not seen or heard them practicing all week, I would have been teary eyed watching them perform!!

All the kids did an amazing job, and it literally felt more like a musical than an actual play. The songs they sang were wonderful!!!!!

Here is my son, Eli (on the right), with his buddy, Michael!

Danny getting ready!

Veronica! Can you see the difference with the picture quality? Her picture was taken with a DSLR camera!

Some of the choir!