Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you WILL perform it until the day of Jesus Christ"

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Happy 90th Birthday Gee Gee..

My grandmother turned 90 years old today. My mother advertised a card shower for her for the birthday this year, as of today, she had received 92 cards. I was so pleased to see the outpouring of love and affection for my grandma. In my nursing job, I see so many elderly that have outlived their loved ones or are poorly cared for, and it is a blessing to see her so loved and well cared for. Here are a few pictures from our family dinner. There was a surprise visit from the Career class Bible Study from the church to add some caroling music to the night!

Monday, December 03, 2007

the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown..

This time of year there are many holiday specials on TV. Tonight, I was blessed to spend the evening at home with Peyton and Paige and watch some shows. There are tons of fun shows each year, as well as a bunch of commercials that advertise the perfect gifts to buy for others. Some of the shows try to emphasize family and peace, some of them just talk about presents and Santa Claus. Charlie Brown's Christmas is a wonderful breath of fresh air. This holiday special was made in
1965, and it is still well loved today. I was struck by how Charlie Brown was depressed about the season, and he didn't quite know why. Even in 1965, it was recognized that way too much emphasis is being placed on giving and receiving gifts. Now, don't get me wrong, I love finding the perfect present and getting to watch the people that I love open them. I love it when my house is decorated, and I can sit next to my tree as it lights up the room. I have watched two Christmas specials this year, and they are very different. The first was "Spongebob's Christmas." Now, the kids enjoyed it, and it was good for a laugh, but no talk of what Christmas is truly about. We just finished watching Charlie Brown's Christmas, and I was blessed by how it openly told the true Christmas story. Charlie Brown had been chosen to direct the Christmas play, and Linus recited the story of the birth of Jesus as it is written in the Bible. He finished with.."and that is the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown." I was glad that my kids were able to see this beautiful classic Christmas tale, and that I watched it with them.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Festival of lights parade

Peyton and Paige, Lauren and Brookelyn were part of a parade that we have each year to kick of the Christmas season. The Blue Kangaroo is a beloved downtown bookstore that we and our children love. The girls were on a float that represented the store. It wasn't TOO cold of a night..but the hot chocolate still felt good after standing outside for an hour! Elijah and I watched the parade along with Maddie, Olivia, Mandy and Amanda and RaeAnne. A good time was had by all!

click here the check out the website for the Blue Kangaroo

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween Fun

and now..we have SOOO much candy!!

check out the pictures..and the video of the blue hair's!

click on the first picture, and it should start the video...if not, click on "view album below the slide show and it should direct you to the site, choose the last picture, it is the video.

The Blue Crew



Nana and Amie had their hair sprayed blue today at Bismarck Grade school where they both work. This was in response to a fund raiser, where Marie (Nana) stated she would dye her hair blue if they raised over $500. From what I was told, they ended up with over $2000 dollars! Books were purchased at the Grade School's book fair to be donated for children to have books when they are in the hospital. Brittany and I headed up to the assembly this morning at the Grade school and took Lauren, Brooke, Peyton and Paige so they could see their Aunt Amie and their Nana with blue hair. I will be adding a video that shows Marie getting her hair dyed right in front of the whole grade school assembly, make sure you check it out!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

If I stand..

One of my favorite all time musical artists remains Rich Mullins, even many years after his death. This song was recorded by him, and I recently have been thinking about the lyrics to it. This song, which is now recorded by Jars of Clay, reminds me of God's faithfulness, even when I most definitely am not..

If I Stand lyrics

There's more that rises in the morning than the sun
And more that shines in the night than just the moon
There's more than just this fire here that keeps me warm
In a shelter that is larger than this room

And there's a loyalty that's deeper than mere sentiments
And a music higher than the songs that I can sing
Stuff of Earth competes for the allegiance
I owe only to the Giver of all good things

So if I stand let me stand on the promise that you will pull me through
And if I can't, let me fall on the grace that first brought me to You
So if I sing let me sing for the joy that has born in me these songs
And if I weep let it be as a man who is longing for his home

And there's more that dances on the prairies than the wind
And more that pulses in the ocean than the tide
There's a love that's fiercer than the love between friends
More gentle than a mother's when her baby's at her side

And there's a loyalty that's deeper than mere sentiments
And a music higher than the songs that I can sing
The stuff of Earth competes for the allegence
I owe only to the Giver of all good things

So if I stand let me stand on the promise that You will pull me through
And if I can't let me fall on the grace that first brought me to You
And if I sing let me sing for the joy that has born in me these songs
And if I weep let it be as a man who is longing for his home

So if I stand let me stand on the promise You will pull me through
And if I can't let me fall on the grace that first brought me to You
And if I sing let me sing for the joy that has born in me these songs
And if I weep let it be as a man who is longing for his home

Friday, October 12, 2007

Ice skating begins



Paige started ice skating lessons yesterday at the Civic Center. Lauren has taken them for several years, and Paige alone decided she wanted to join in this year. Brookelyn was off getting her lesson, and Peyton was busy earning a dollar for entertaining Nathan during the lessons. Here, Lauren and Paige are playing around on the ice after their lesson was over (they are in different classes at the same time). This morning, Paige woke up complaining of her backside being a bit sore, I can't imagine why!
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Brittany and I and the 4 girls set out on a mini shopping trip to Champaign last night. I had planned to go for myself, and Brittany wanted to go along. That was great for me, because she ended up spending most of the evening with all 4 girls in the jewelry stores, and then in the dressing room of Children's Place! The girls had a fabulous time posing in front of the mirror, and Nana's yearly Christmas dress purchases have been made! A smaller version was picked out for baby Mia Kate, and I'm sure that the lone boy in the group will wear something that coordinates! It was a fun night out for cousins and their mommies alike (we won't talk about the whiny ride home!)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Pumpkin Carving

Carlos and Ryan came for dinner, and then they got busy "helping" the girls carve pumpkins. In 33 years, I have no memory of ever carving pumkins, or even seeing it done, so this was kind of fun for me too! Of course, Betsy and I just didn't get involved much (except clean up!) The pumpkins got cool faces, but they also had the "Paige" and "Peyton" carved into them. It is hard to see in the pictures, but when the candle was lit on the dark front porch, their names looked pretty cool, and the girls were impressed!

Friday, September 07, 2007




Peyton and Paige are having a great time now with their webkinz! This morning, Peyton was on the desktop, Paige was on my laptop (with threats of death if she broke it ;) They had Lauren on speakerphone, and she was at home on her computer with her webkinz. I can't say enough about how much the girls enjoy these online pets. Here is a picure of Paige and Peyton here on their computers, and Brittany emailed me a picture of Lauren at home on hers!
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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Peyton's surgery went great!

me and Peyton in the holding room before her surgery

Peyton's surgery went really well! I had some specific things I was praying for, and am so grateful for the turnout. Right now, Peyton is snoozing on the couch while Aunt Jame, Grammy, Betsy and I sit by. Ella is standing guard over the patient! We were able to get the anesthesiologist that we wanted, and I was so happy to see all the familiar faces in Ambulatory Care and in the surgery holding room. Peyton's surgery went well, and she is recovering as well as can be expected. Her tonsils and adenoids are now gone, and she is sporting a brand new set of ear tubes. The ENT, Dr Uppal, was very kind, and he was very encouraging about the tonsilectomy being the best decision. I know that the next few days and up to two weeks might be a bit rough, but I am thankful that the surgery is finished and we are home. Thank you all who prayed for us, and please continue to do so!

Monday, August 20, 2007

picasa web album slide show, pictures from the kids program

more from the Quest




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The Quest for truth continues..




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summer program...The Quest for Truth




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A good birthday weekend!


Julie had a cake for me on my birthday...and she managed 33 candles on it! It is a good thing that we know so many people on the fire department! Aaron had to turn on the exhaust fan in my kitchen after I blew those candles out. Luckily I had help from Peyton and Paige and Lydia, or I would have needed the ambulance to come and bring me oxygen..Anyway, I felt very blessed this weekend. The kids church program went great, and I will be blogging some pictures of that soon. Thanks to all my wonderful friends and family who went out of their way to make this year special for me!
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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Fun with the firehoses

yesterday, even though the hot weather has cooled off a bit, we headed to the airport for the girls to play with the firehoses. They made new friends, Autumn and Alissa, and got to play with their good pal Lydia. The girls got thoroughly soaked, and then rode back to the firestation in the firetruck. Thanks Roger, Jared and Jordan for supplying the day's entertainment!

Friday, August 17, 2007

my birthday always means...the end of the summer

We kicked off my birthday weekend with a dinner out with friends at Garfields. We talked and laughed and ate-some of my favorite things to do! My 32nd year was definitely a doozy, and not one I would ever care to repeat, but I made it through by Gods grace, and a ton of help from people that I love! Coming soon, an album with pictures from my birthday weekend off of work.

me, Amie and Brittany-my sisters-in-law, and sisters of the heart forever! Thanks Brittany for putting together a fun night for me!

the end of the summer means back to school for the pool lifeguards also, here are Peyton and Paige with Damon on his last day before going back to college

Saturday, August 04, 2007

finally a new uploaded album

click here for the latest picture album.

a fun day...

It was a scorching hot week this week, so we beat the heat at the pool, nothing unusual for that with us! On Friday, Peyton and Paige got to play with Elijah ahd Isaiah at the pool and then with Hannah and Rachel. In the evening, we headed to see "Bratz" with Aunt Jamie. Jame was pleasantly surprised to discover that Bratz were real girls, and not animated versions of the dolls! It was a cute movie, enjoyed by all of us! Happy birthday, Aunt Jame!

Friday, August 03, 2007

a look back..

I have some cute new pictures from the day that I will soon get around to posting, but instead of uploading them, I took a look back over the archives of my blog. I had a call tonight to encourage me, and to let me know the topic to be covered in our Sunday School class over the course of the next few weeks. We are going to be covering David and Goliath in the context of overcoming giants in our lives. This prompted me to go back and remember what I had written about Max Lucado's book, "Facing your Giants" that I read several months ago. There is a link on this page to read a review, for anyone interested. This was a lifechanging book, and I am looking forward to a class that will be covering similar information. I was reminded again of God's way of dealing with the trials of our lives, and how that can be totally different from the world's way, or the way that seems naturally right to our own flesh.

I couldn't remember exactly when I read the book, so I ended up looking through several months of archives, and I was reminded of why I don't usually do that...because it really hurts, and I am not fond of pain! Tonight, we had a family birthday dinner at my parents house. We have been doing these dinners for years, nothing really new or different about this one..except that mine is the next one up, and I am not totally sure I am ready to face this birthday the same way I have every birthday for pretty much mopst of my adult life. I have spent every birthday since my 17th at least partially with one person..and I know that will not be true this year. As we sat at the table tonight for my sister Jamie's birthday...I realized how painful that might be...kinda like the look back at the archives.

Don't get me day to day life has actually been pretty wonderful this summer. My kids are wonderful, and I enjoy every single moment with them. I have many friends, both new and old, and I am thankful to God for what each of them means to me. I have a loving and supportive family. I am truly a blessed person. This new "normal" in my life is generally pretty ok with me. It is just every once in a just feel it..and the pain nearly takes my breath away. It is about then that I get a phone call, that either encourages me, or makes me laugh!

So, I am still not exactly looking forward to this upcoming birthday..but I know that it will be fine..that I will be fine.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Summer program pics...and we are SO glad Miss Gretchen is here!




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some of my favorites!




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Some recent pictures

I know that I have been away from blogging for awhile lately. Honestly, I have had so much trouble loading pictures lately, that it hasn't seemed worth it! But that isn't because there hasn't been tons going on! The girls have been busy with swimming, church day camp, church summer program, softball, playing with get the picture. I, of course, have also been busy with church, work, friends and the girls. Not to mention a LITTLE time spent doing house work! We are getting a room ready for my friend Betsy to stay with us for awhile...painting red over bright striped walls sure takes alot of coats! If you see my dog Ella, she still has a splotch of red paint on her back! Here are a few pictures, and I will add a link to an album of some recent pictures. We have had such a surprisingly fun summer...I feel pretty blessed.

click here for recent swim meet pictures

click here for pictures of the mother daughter limo night out