These two cuties bring so much joy to our family!
Happy Monday, Friends! I’m enjoying a slow day/snow day at home with the kids. I spent most of last week in Florida attending a funeral and visiting with some of my family, so now I’m playing catch up around the house.
We had great services at church yesterday, and a few couples hung around after the evening service for a fun Valentine’s game. I received “sweet” Valentines from my hubby, children, and Secret Sister. Yesterday was also Shay’s birthday. It’s hard to believe that our Bookworm is now 18 years old!
My younger girls have their final regular season basketball game tonight, and then they have a playoff game tomorrow night. I really enjoy watching them play, but I’m about ready for the season to be over so that our evenings won’t be quite so busy.
I hope you have a wonderful week!
You might have noticed that I’ve been tweaking things here on the blog. Please excuse the mess while I get things tidied up. 🙂
Good morning! I hope your 2016 is off to a great start! Snow is gently falling outside, but it’s nice and cozy in the house. The kids’ Christmas break is officially over, and they headed back to school today. After having them home for a couple of weeks, it’s going to seem pretty quiet. I need to head out into the cold to run some errands in a little while, but first I thought I would give you a quick update on what we’ve been up to lately.
No matter where we’ve lived over the years, we’ve always gone “home” for Christmas. This year we didn’t. Steven’s parents made the long drive from Florida to celebrate Christmas with us. Even though they were only able to stay for a couple of days, we were so glad that they could come for a visit. I missed getting to spend Christmas with my mom, but she was still able to watch everyone open their gifts thanks to the miracle of FaceTime.
On New Year’s Eve, Steven took two of the kids to youth activities that were going on in our area. The two older girls stayed home with me. We enjoyed a “girls’ night in” and watched Pride and Prejudice together. I was in bed by 10:30 and slept through the ringing in of the new year.
All of the kids received some money for Christmas, so we headed to the mall on New Year’s Day to hunt for bargains. Hope was the only one who didn’t spend a penny. She is definitely the saver in the family! We were able to enjoy a meal together at a nice restaurant thanks to a gift card we received from some friends.
Along with the happy times we’ve experienced lately, there has also been some sadness. Two of our elderly church members passed away last week. Both of these dear ladies had a testimony of living for Christ and loving their families, so their memorial services were very precious. I’m thankful for our church folks who pulled together to prepare and serve meals for the grieving families in the midst of the busyness of the holidays.
Yesterday we had great services at church. The music a blessing, and the preaching of the word of God convicted my heart and encouraged me to want to walk more closely with Christ in 2016. I’m not big on making New Year’s resolutions, but I think that it’s a good time to examine my spiritual condition and dedicate the year to the Lord. What are your plans for 2016?
Good Monday morning, Friends! It’s chilly, overcast, and rainy at my house today. Doesn’t that sound delightful? I’m thankful for a warm, cozy house and my fuzzy slippers.
We had a nice weekend. Saturday morning whizzed by. I made the drive to a nearby town to do some grocery shopping and also picked up the proceeds from my most recent consignment store drop off. I usually donate most of the kids’ outgrown clothes to our local thrift store, but occasionally I consign some of the nicer items and use the proceeds on new purchases. Every little bit helps!
After I got back home, I put a turkey breast in the oven to cook so that I could take it to our ladies’ Christmas party at church later in the day. Our ladies group always has a great time fellowshipping together. I am so thankful for the ladies in our church! We enjoyed a delicious meal and exchanged gifts. Those who participated in the Secret Sister swap learned who their Secret Sister was for this past year. I received a frilly purple apron, a box of gourmet chocolates, and a yummy scented candle from my Secret Sister. One of the ladies shared a very timely devotional entitled “Serving a Cup of Christmas” about how we should fill our cups to overflowing with cheer, love, joy, memories, and hope during the Christmas season. She gave each of us a special Christmas mug to serve as a reminder of what we should be focusing on in the midst of this busy month. The picture below is the mug I received.
Saturday night we had the first of our family Christmas movie nights. I don’t know that I have made a conscious effort to actually put these movie nights on the calendar before, but I’ve added them this time around. Steven got the first pick, and he chose Scrooge, his favorite Christmas movie. He only likes the Albert Finney version from 1970. Despite my valiant effort to stay awake, I apparently fell asleep on Steven’s lap at some point because he woke me up as the final credits rolled. Oh well, I tried!
Sundays are busy days and just seem to fly by. I always enjoy the chatter of my junior high Sunday school class. Most mornings they are full of energy, and yesterday they had plenty. My heart was stirred by the choir special about our Saviour during the worship service, and Steven preached a great message from Romans 6. I was able to sneak in a short nap after lunch, and then it was back to church for choir practice. I got to love on five little ones in the nursery during the evening service. So, yes, Sunday was a busy day; but it was a very good day.
I’m off to tidy up the house, take a peek at my weekly calendar, and then get ready to drive to the girls’ basketball game this evening. Have a wonderful day!