Sunday, December 21, 2014

December Birthday

Today we are celebrating Daughter #7's 10th birthday!  WOW!  How is it possible that all my children are now in the double digits?  Our tiny preemie is turning into a beautiful young lady.  She is a corker.  She comes up with some pretty witty sayings that have us laughing and repeating them at random!

Store bought icing is NOT a good icing for writing,
but was a yummy addition to a cookie cake!

D#7 has loved elephants for as long as I can remember.  So when I made
this card at a card club in the spring I knew I had to save it for her birthday!
The only downside was she was not allowed to go through my card box to look at
my cards.  So she "bugged" me quite often about her card in the box!  It became
a fun little game!
She finally got an Aristocat watch that she has
been dreaming over since early summer!
A dear friend bought and American Girl riding outfit
for her Jubilee doll.  (D#7 saved her money for a couple years
to purchase an American Girl doll.  But when looking through
a Vision Forum Catalog she fell in love with Jubilee!)


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Newest Family Photo of Son #3

Daughter-in-love #3 and Grandson U came home from the hospital today!  Son #6 and I took Big Brother K home to Mommy, Daddy, and Little Brother.  I was able to take some pictures of Grandson K meeting his new little brother for the first time!

Just a little bit of lovin'!
First time to see Lil' Brother

First family photo
Daughter-in-love #3, Son #3
Grandson U, Grandson K

Three Generations

Proud Uncle, Son #6, holding Grandson U for the first time

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
 Psalm 127:3

My Favorite Pass Time

Okay, I LOVE to create cards.  Sometimes I CASE a card, sometimes my little ol' brain will come up with something by itself!  *I really love that when it happens.*  I enjoy sending out cards and letting someone know that I am thinking of them.  In an age of technology it seems that snail mail is used only for receiving junk mail and bills.  Gone, almost, are the days of receiving a card or letter from a friend/family.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my notes in my email box, and sweet notes left on my blog.  But sometimes it is nice to have a piece of mail to hold, read, and look at. 

I recently made a set of baby shower announcements.  Mom-to-be had an idea of the theme, but not an announcement.  So she went to her favorite site--Pinterest-- and started searching.  Below is the announcement we came up with.  This is not an original idea of mine, but I changed it up with texture, left off a couple of things and changed color for Mom.  She was pleased with the results!

All cardstock, ink, stamped image, and texture are
from Stampin' Up! (my favorite go to company
to supply my habit!)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Picture Time!!!

I love it when our family gets together.  We are noisy, well, down right loud at times.  The house if full of fun and chaos, but I love it.  It is on a rare occasion that we get to enjoy every one at the same time.  Hubby's birthday celebration was one of those rare occasions.  He turned 58 on the 13th of November and we had a dinner to celebrate the following Saturday!  This time instead of trying to get all of together in ONE photo I asked to at least get each family's picture.  I honestly think it is easier getting everyone in ONE photo than trying to round up each family. (I know it is certainly easier to post one picture!)

Son/Daughter-in-love #2, Granddaughter J
Son/Daughter-in-love #3, Grandson K,(Grandson U growing)
Daughter/Son-in-love #1, Grandson E
Son #4 with my sister, Amy, the favorite aunt!
Daughter #2 with Alex
Hubby and Myself with our 14!
S#3,  S#2, S#1, Hubby, S#6, S#4, S#5 D#1,
D#3, Me, D#2, D#6, D#4,
D#5, D#7, S#7
Son/Daughter-in-love #1, Grandson C
Granddaughter A, Grandson B, Grandson A, Grandson P

That's our family!  Lots of noise, lots of mess, but a whole lot more love!!!!!!!


I'm Here...and Our Family Grows by Two Feet

That's right, our little family has grown...again!  Grandbaby #9, Grandson U, arrived today at 11:16 this morning weighing in at 9 pounds 10 ounces and 21 3/4 inches long!  Mighty big man!  He is Son #2 for Son and Daughter-in-love #3, and little brother to Grandson K.  Mama and Babe are doing well despite the hiccups in the road.  "Little" man is in NICU and will be there probably until tomorrow.  He had some breathing and oxygen issues they are trying to straighten out. 

As of yesterday, the hospitals in our county are not allowing visitors under the age of 18 in the hospital because of the flu, and the maternity unit is only allowing parents and grandparents.  Needless to say there are some very disappointed aunts and uncles, not to mention our Daughter-in-love who can not see Grandson K until she is released for the hospital on Friday.  

I tired posting some pictures we took from Hubby's birthday mid-November.  I don't know what happened, but as I posted pictures they moved and my writing was all over the place!  I will try again...

Life is full of bumps in the road.  Sometimes those bumps can become burdensome.  Sometimes those burdens become very heavy and drain one spiritually.  That is where we found our selves this summer.  Our spiritual cups were not running over, as a matter of fact they were starting to dry.  But God, Who knows exactly what we need, had a plan for refilling. 

Since the beginning of August, God has taught us many great lessons.  It started by taking a month break from the ministering Hubby was doing at our church.  We were in need of having our spiritual cups refilled, so we took the month to attend a church Hubby ministered in over 14 year ago.  God is good, He knew exactly what we needed to hear in sermons.  Hubby lost his job the middle of August.  God knew our hearts needed mending and cups needed refilling to accept His plan. 

We returned to our home church excited to see what God was going to do and how He would use us.  But within a few weeks we realized that God nudging that's not right, um, prodding us....poking do some closer examining of what He really wanted to do in our lives.  After much prayer and some counseling during September - November we knew we needed to move our membership back to the church we attended in August.  That meant leaving friends who were like family.  It meant our teens were being uprooted from their friends in the youth group.  It meant I was being moved out of my comfort zone!  "Lord, really?"  "Yes, trust Me", was the reply.

Hubby was in charge of two ministries that he wanted to finish up through this month, but once again God had other plans.  At first I was a little hurt and even angry about  Hubby not being able to finish the ministries.  As I silently poured my heart out to God, He reminded me that He was wanting us to make a move and though we were willing to finish up the ministries He had a better plan.  So I knew that God was not nudging, prodding, or poking us...He was PUSHING us!  I was reminded of Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

So this week has been a week of many blessings; we joined a "new" church, received a new grandbaby, and finish our first semester of school tomorrow.

What does God have in store for us?  I don't know.  We are still unemployed, nothing even on the horizon, but that is okay. "I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my  our hand."