Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

2010 is coming to an end.  Julianne invited a bunch of her friends over and they are having an "all-nighter".  Michael put up the screen and hooked her xBox to the projector so they could play.  So far, they have been sitting around and talking.  Oh, and eating!   I have barbeque meatballs, various sandwiches, little quiches, along with some brie and apples, and various cakes and cookies.  And lots of soda!

I want to leave you with this quote from A. W. Tozer as a reminder for this coming year.  God's timing is perfect!  Whatever the coming year brings, know that you can trust God with everything.  All things are for our good and His glory.  There's much peace in that.

There are no deadlines against which God must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves. —A.W. Tozer

Monday, December 27, 2010

Operation Christmas Child

My family has been sending Christmas boxes through Operation Christmas Child for many years now. This year is the first time I've given online so that my boxes could be tracked. I received an e-mail a few days ago that my boxes were sent to Zambia, Africa. How exciting. Here's some pictures of children receiving their boxes. Such beautiful smiles!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas at Home

I've had this since early in our marriage.  It's my favorite.

Yummy candies on top of a table runner
I bought when I was in NJ earlier this month.
 A lady who bowls with my  mom quilted it.  Beautiful!

Cheery snowmen on my kitchen window sill.

I love this tree.
My sister and I each bought
one a few years ago. 

I've had this little mouse for about 30 years!!

Jared gave this to me when he was in 1st or 2nd grade.

I have all these nativities set up under a little Christmas tree. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ten Questions to Ask at a Christmas Gathering

From Don Whitney:

Many of us struggle to make conversation at Christmas gatherings, whether church events, work-related parties, neighborhood drop-ins, or annual family occasions. Sometimes our difficulty lies in having to chat with people we rarely see or have never met. At other times we simply don't know what to say to those with whom we feel little in common. Moreover, as Christians we want to take advantage of the special opportunities provided by the Christmas season to share our faith, but are often unsure how to begin. Here's a list of questions designed not only to kindle a conversation in almost any Christmas situation, but also to take the dialogue gradually to a deeper level. Use them in a private conversation or as a group exercise, with believers or unbelievers, with strangers or with family.

You can find the questions here.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Outside my window…a very cold morning with a bright blue sky

I am thankful…for our new heat pump; the house is toasty!

From the learning rooms…I ordered Julianne’s graduation invitations and her cap and gown. It’s really happening!!

From the kitchen...enjoying a leftover blueberry muffin from the other morning

I am creating…cards and finishing up some Christmas gifts

I am reading…Waiting for Your Prodigal: Daily Thoughts and Prayers  This is such an excellent book; it has been very encouraging and helpful to me.

I am hearing…only me typing on my laptop

Noticing that…it isn’t even winter and yet we are having our second snow event and possibly have another this weekend

Around the house...I’m hoping to finally get a chance to put up Christmas decorations!

A few plans for the rest of the week: a surprise birthday party today; tomorrow (if the snow isn’t bad: lunch with a friend, co-op Christmas party, Bible study; dance for Julianne on Friday night and dinner out with our Fellowship Group on Saturday

Here is a picture I’m sharing….. 

Bluebird and Goldfinch on my backyard feeder
If you enjoyed this post and would like to read more like it, please go over here to The Simple Woman's Daybook.  Bring some hot cocoa and relax for a few minutes.  Perhaps post a Daybook entry of your own?

Monday, December 13, 2010


Last night the weatherman mentioned we might have a few flurries in the morning.  Here's what arrived:

The dogs' water bowls
Flower Pots

The Backyard

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

More Pictures

The Lunch Bunch at The Jefferson Hotel
Yours Truly ;-)

Lunch at The Jefferson

I went to lunch today with the Lunch Bunch ladies at The Jefferson Hotel.  It was decorated so beautifully for Christmas.  This tree is in the main lobby coming down the grand staircase (watch the introduction pictures to see the staircase).  Stunning!! 

Thursday, December 02, 2010

My Hiding Place (Psalm 119:114)

My Hiding Place

Hail, sovereign love, which first began
The scheme to rescue fallen man!
Hail, matchless, free eternal grace
Which gave my soul a Hiding Place!

Against the God who built  the sky
I fought with hands uplifted high--
Despised the mention of His grace,
Too proud to seek a Hiding Place.

Enwrapt in thick rebellious night,
And fond of darkness more than light,
Madly I ran the sinful race,
Secure--without a Hiding Place!

But thus the eternal counsel ran:
Almighty love, arrest that man!
I felt the arrows of distress
And found I  had no Hiding Place!

Indignant Justice stood in view;
To Sinai's fiery mount I flew;
But Justice cried with frowning face,
This mountain is no Hiding Place!

Ere long a heavenly voice I heard,
From God's own holy, precious Word.
He led me by His matchless grace
To  JESUS as a Hiding Place!

On Him almighty vengeance fell,
Which must have sunk a world to hell!
He bore it for a sinful face,
And now can be your Hiding Place!

Should sevenfold storms of thunder roll,
And shake this globe from pole to pole,
I've trusted Christ's amazing grace,
And now He is my HIDING PLACE!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

A Busy Week

Since Thanksgiving I feel like I have been in a fog.  It seems there is so much to be done!!  I don't go to the Black Friday sales so I was spared all that craziness.  I did do some shopping on Monday during the day when the stores aren't so crowded.  The kids are all getting big presents this year so I just needed to pick up some small things and items for their stockings.  Every year I ask them if they still want stockings and every year they say "yes"!!  I guess it is a tradition they enjoy!
Also on Monday our new heat pump was installed.  I took the three dogs to the kennel so they would be out of the way while the men worked.  Since they would be going inside and out and leaving the back gate open, we thought it was best to have the dogs out of the way.  Michael stayed home from work so make sure everything went ok.  It was so nice to have "real" heat that night!!  And it's amazing how efficient it is.  Tuesday morning I turned it up to 68 from 65 and it only took a little while to reach the temperature.  Our old unit would have run for an hour or more!  I know our bill for this last month will be high because we were  running on emergency heat but I'm looking forward to seeing what it will be with the new unit! 
We have our claim into the power company and hopefully they will accept it and reimburse us for this unit.  Please continue to pray for us!
I'm driving up to New Jersey tomorrow and will be back on Monday.  No internet!  I don't mind being without the internet but I do miss e-mail.  Oh well, I will enjoy the peace and quiet.
See you next week!