Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The best part about this trip has been the quality time we've spent together. We haven't jam-packed the trip chock full of amazing places to see, but it has been filled with lots of love, giggles, and grins. When my 5-year-old nephew saw me last Thursday morning (remember he's autistic) he said, "Auntie Anne, you're alive!!!" So although the nights have been late (I'm talking 1 or 2 AM every night!) it's been a blast! I trust you all have been as blessed as I have been during this Christmas season. And I think I forgot to mention the best part of it all: uninterrupted quiet time with the Lord in the morning... not having to worry about rushing out the door to get to school. That has been the sweetest time of my day...
Feel free to enter the contest in the post below. I plan on closing it out on Thursday January 3rd so you still have some time:o).
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Last night both of my brothers and their families came over for dinner so I just can't resist posting a picture of Ethan:o).
A few years ago I went to a Princess House show in Florida with my sister and won these four little snowflake holders! The hostess very excitedly told me I could use them as a candle holder (as pictured above) or as a placeholder for name tags for a dinner.
It was a really good idea and for a while I shared her enthusiasm, but since I came home from that trip, I haven't used them once (except to take the pictures for this post!). So I figured it was time to let someone else enjoy them!All you have to do to enter this contest is to leave a comment on this post. It would also be great if you linked here as well, but that's not necessary:o). When I come back from my adventures in the mid-west, I'll pick the winner!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Thanks Anne, We are praying for you also. Wish you were here ;-)
Chao Praya River, Thailand
Yeah, me too...
Lord willing, this next year will find me back in Thailand...
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I normally go with gift bags unless I'm watching a movie and want something "to do" and then I wrap.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Real:o)
3 . When do you put up the tree? For the past couple of years we haven't done one; when we used to do it, it was usually early December. This year we actually got one for free so we'll be putting it up soon!
4. When do you take the tree down? Right around January 6th or 7th.
5. Do you like egg nog? Nope.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? My Pound Puppy... he was my favorite for years!
7. Do you have a nativity scene? My mom has a pretty ceramic one she made.
8. Hardest person to buy for? Without a doubt, my dad.
9 . Easiest person to buy for? My sisters.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail Christmas cards for sure!
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A sketching pad when I was about 7... I hated to draw and it was one of a couple gifts I got that year.
12 . Favorite Christmas movie? I like Little Women because it starts out being Christmas. I guess It's A Wonderful Life would have to be the classic Christmas movie:o).
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? As I see things all throughout the year.
14 . Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? If I wasn't going to use it then yes.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Poppy seed Roll.
16 . Clear lights or colored on the tree? It depends... if all the decorations are quaint and elegant then clear. But if everything is a little more festive then color.
17. Favorite Christmas song? Hmmm... I'm not sure. I guess when I think of all the "traditional" songs it would have to be "Little Drummer Boy". But we've done cantatas for several years now and I always remember the song "Let the Joy Begin" (the real title is Joy to the World, but that could get confusing:o).
18. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star.
19. When do you open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Sometime on Christmas Day. We would always wait until everyone in the house came downstairs and then we would open the gifts one at a time, starting with Dad and finally ending with me! It was a really nice way to do it, and that way we got to share in everyone's gifts.
20 . Most annoying thing about this time of year? The covetousness.
21 . Favorite ornament theme or color? I have a few ornaments that were handmade by people who are no longer alive so those are kinda special.
22. Favorite for Christmas dinner? I'm not too picky besides having Cranberry Sauce! I LOVE cranberry!!!
23. Favorite Christmas memory? When we had 20 family members over for dinner.
24. What do you want for Christmas this year? I don't want anything (unless it's a ticket back to Thailand!) The Lord has abundantly blessed me by meeting my needs.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
What do most normal people do in a situation like that? Blog, of course! So here I am...
I went to the doctor's Monday afternoon and was shocked to see his son is now a doctor practicing with him! When did that happen? Oh sometime within the past ten years, seeings that I haven't been there since I was 14:o). After being checked by both doctor-son and doctor-doctor, they came to the conclusion I have a common cold.
While that's not as impressive-sounding as walking pneumonia or bronchitis (in my defense it has been a month-long process, so I was expecting something a little more than the common cold), I'm also thankful that I did go to find out what the problem is and that it wasn't the two mentioned above. I've never been to the hospital before (I mean for me. I've visited people in the hospital though:o), and I didn't want to start now!
So that's all it was. I do appreciate your prayers; I was expecting to pay $57.00 for the visit and medication, but instead the Lord graciously allowed me to pay $42.00! And when saving pennies for trips to visit the mid-west family next week and for Thailand, then every bargain truly helps!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Do you worship the Babe in the manger,
But reject the Christ of the Cross?
Your redemption comes not by the manger,
But the death of Christ on the Cross.
If you worship the Babe in the manger,
But ignore the blood of God’s Son,
To you Christ is only a stranger,
Til you trust the work He has done.
The Babe in the manger was God’s only Son,
Who came to the world to die.
The Babe in the manger could never have done
The work of His God on high.
The Babe left the manger and went to the Cross
To pay the wages of sin.
Your way of forgiveness is not by the Babe,
But the Christ who died for your sin.
– W. S. and Mildred Dillon
Saturday, December 8, 2007
This sounds selfish asking for prayer, but would you please pray the appointment and medicine wouldn't be too costly?!? I have no insurance (because I'm rarely sick - thanks be to God!) so I'm paying full cost for this one. To add to the whole interesting dilemma, my doctor is 50 miles away (yup, you read that right). I can't tell you the last time I stepped into his office, but it had to be at least eight years ago! I really like my doctor too... he's got this great accent and always clucks his tongue:o). I just try not to see him very often;o).
Thanks for praying!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly...
(One of my student's had to memorize this quote for Civics , and I was challenged by the man who is actually giving it his best by being in the arena...take it or leave it for what it's worth!)
Sunday, December 2, 2007
We started off in China Town, but didn't find that too interesting (I'm sorry to say it, but after being in foreign countries and seeing pretty much the same stuff, there really wasn't any attraction!) we headed up to Macy's and barely squeezed our way into the door! My one question is, how can anyone shop here???