Sunday, December 28, 2008
Most of the pictures - still not all - are posted on my Facebook account and will be on my MySpace tonight as well.
Monday Dec 22 - Slept in!!! Then did a tad last minute shopping at Grapevine. Monday night we went to Medevil Times in Dallas. It is like a Dinner Theater where you eat while you watch the Knights fight. Our Knight was the Green Knight (he was the bad guy) so we had to cheer LOUD for him! The kids really enjoyed this. Wonderful experience!
It was really an awesome thing to see it all in motion! Highly recommend this if you ever have the chance.
Tuesday Dec 23 - More shopping, we ate at Rainforest Cafe, and then the guys and Hannah went to watch the Dallas Mavericks play Memphis. They really had a great time and the kids were all excited that the Mavs won!!! It was great to have the means and the time to let the kids experience some events that we normally wouldn't get to do.
Wednesday Dec 24 - was spent at my sister's house relaxing and playing games. That evening instead of a Christmas Eve service at church, we had a family concert and the kids acted out the Christmas Story. Tyler made a great Baby Jesus!
Friday Dec 26 - Shopping Day - kids all had money burning a hole in their pocket and the opportunity to shop at BIG malls was too irresistable! In the afternoon, we had family picture time. It was fun to coordinate clothes and take pictures at the park!
Saturday Dec 27 - Another long day of traveling back to Colorado. However, one advantage to having both my sister and Joel's sister live in Texas is that we often get to see both families when we travel there. So we met Joel's sister Jana and her family at McDonalds in Amarillo for lunch. We decided that everyone needs pictures taken at McDonalds - right?
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This weekend has officially "kicked off" the Christmas spirit for our family! Yesterday - Malachi helped out at the hospital "Breakfast with Santa" by being an elf and I took the pictures! It was an incredibly fun time and of course Malachi was adorable!
This afternoon, Kestra got to make her first cake for her cake decorating project in 4-H. The reindeer is still needing his antlers but other than that he is finished!
Tyler had his Christmas program at school Friday night and he was a riot of course!!!
This morning, Hannah sang "Breath of Heaven" in church with one of my close friends from Bible Study Dani Vaughn. It is so hard for me to believe that my "baby" Hannah is now singing in church as a young lady but I am SO very proud of her.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Today was a bitter sweet day as we said farewell to our dear friend and deacon Bob Bixler. You know, in ministry you meet lots of people and work with lots of church leadership. However it is really rare that you find someone as close to perfect as Bob Bixler. Every time I saw him, beginning with when we came to interview, he was smiling and encouraging. Bob was the type of man that you just automatically liked! He had a great sense of humor and he enjoyed serving people.
Today at his memorial service, I was reflecting on how do I want to be remembered? Do I want to be remembered as always so caught up in my own life that I forget the needs of others or do I want to be remembered as one who was always looking to serve others? Do I want to be remembered as serious and carrying the weight of the world or do I want to be remembered as laughing and enjoying life?
The Bible says - "I have come to give you life more abundantly" John 10:10 Christ came to set us free from the bondage of sin and this world. As Christians we need to live that abundant life to it's fullest! No things are perfect here on Earth, we may be disheartened or dismayed by politics, yet "I know in whom I have believed and am persuaded that HE is able." 2 Timothy 1:12
Bob's life is a reminder to me that I am to LIVE in Christ and HE in me! Praise the Lord - Hallelujiah! My challenge to you: How do YOU want to be remembered?
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This month as you may or may not know is Pastor Appreciation month. In a lot of churches we have served in - the pastor is recognized but the support staff isn't so much. This church has literally SPOILED us rotten not only this month but every month since we have been here. They are so supportive and loving towards our family. They let us know all the time how much we are appreciated and are always willing to go out of the way to help us or serve us in anyway they can.
Thank you is not enough for all they have done. We so appreciate the baked goods, flowers, gift cards, money, etc that people have given us this month. However more than that - it is the encouraging words, hugs and overall love they have shown us. They have embraced our family with open arms and truly have let us call First Baptist Bayfield - HOME.....
Thank you church family for all you do! WE LOVE YOU....
Last night the kids had a Fall Carnival at the school. They really enjoyed dressing up and having fun. The really neat part was that we told them we would ONLY buy things from the thrift store for their costumes. So yesterday morning we loaded up and headed to Durango to the thrift store - they all did a great job finding things. Malachi actually found all his "Indiana Jones" stuff at home... It was fun watching them figure it out.