Saturday, December 16, 2017
This is our "on sale at Christian Books dot com" paper advent calendar.
I read a devotion each night to the girls.
We seek out the day of the month and read the little quote from Charlie Brown's Christmas play.
It's all Christ centered.
The Christmas story from Luke.
Gosh. Seems almost unheard of in this day and age of our culture - to have a nationwide comic strip acknowledging the Savior of the world.
Maybe that's why it appeals to me so much.
From days gone by....but we are keeping it all current and alive.
We'll stay faithful to the true meaning of Christmas - when LOVE came down and rescued us.
Posted by Vicki at 12/16/2017
Monday, December 11, 2017
Emily's Snow Angel
Snow falling off tree limbs when Molly threw a snowball at the tree...Mary on the right. Emily under/in the snow falling.
They did this all morning.
This is what they looked like after their turns standing under "the Avalanche" of snow laden limbs...
Posted by Vicki at 12/11/2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017
My mother gave me this Christmas bell on her birthday....hmmmm....maybe 20+ years ago.
I wear it every year on her birthday.
We had a great day today.
Gorgeous snow day.
We took mom to eat Mexican food and
started the cooking process on our annual Party Mix recipe - no longer Chex but organic cereals, pretzels, and pecans.
I helped Mary bake her first cake last night - Nanny Carol's birthday cake.
We went through all the steps of gathering ingredients, preheating oven, and finding bowls and measuring cups.
I pulled out a fork for Mary to stir the ingredIents....she immediately picked up the cake mix box, flipped it to the back of the box with pictures, and pointed to the pic of THE MIXER.
She grunted, "Uh uh."
This girl wanted machinery.
She wanted noise.
She wanted to handle this tool and wreak some smoothness into that cake batter.
And she did!
We love you, mom. You are a treasure in our lives! Happy Happy Birthday.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Mary and Kaitlyn - her aunt lives in the group home and her mom works weekends here, too
The group home folks put on a play.
It was sooo touching.
Mary snd Joseph
Sam the Artist Man sketched the backdrop.
This is Cora, from India, with Mary...both home to their families for about the same amount of time.
Mary - 3 years
Cora - 2.5 years
This little darling is totally blind.
Her mom and I had emailed back and forth before I ever went to China to meet Mary. Mom is a friend of Marlene's, and that's how we sorta hooked up.
This morning I took the weekend folks to their handbell performance at a sweet little church, and lo and behold....this cool family attends here.
Chatted with Cora's mom, hugged necks, and was thankful for the opportunity to connect.
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017
We spent Saturday organizing and cleaning (as much as we could with the time we had)....been out of town.
Hurried to late afternoon wedding -
Mary's Music teacher at school
Kind, gentle young teacher
Marrying a kind, young gentleman
Beautiful little church
Lovely. Just lovely.
Got the Christmas tree out (per Mary's deep desire)
Gonna decorate it today
Been to church - super service
Headed to mom's later to deliver leftovers of veg-all casserole....gift from Marlene. We had gone by Mar's house after the wedding (4 blocks from her house).
We've had a full week - working, schooling, cooking, traveling, visiting with family.
Made some memories.
My favorite activity!!!
Tis the Season....
Posted by Vicki at 11/26/2017
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
*** Sketched by our friend, Sam. ***
Traveled to spend time with family out of state
Mom and girls in tow
Home cooked food in the trunk -
-sweet potatoe casserole
-veg all casserole
-fruit cake - mom orders it from her home state
Thankful we are!!!
Posted by Vicki at 11/24/2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
"Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son
let the weak say, "I am strong'
Let the poor say, 'I am rich'
Because of what
the Lord has done
Took my weekend group home folks to their handbell performance
out in the country
to a sweet country church.
My girls were there, too.
Some of those folks have been in that very church for 70 years.
I've been there through the years
on the weekend beforeThanksgiving.
Seems I tend to work this very same weekend because I love going back and visiting with folks at this precious church.
My girls pick pecans that come from an ancient pecan tree -- next to the cemetery. We did this last year and then took our load of pecans to a co-op to be shelled....for a really low cost!
The grounds are simply lovely on an Autumn day like today.
I'm so glad we have treasured traditions
that my girls enjoy!
Posted by Vicki at 11/19/2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
I'm working this weekend/week at the Group Home so we're taking some time (in their big kitchen) to whip up the Thanksgiving dressing.
Takes team work - for sure.
Makes it fun, too.
This is some of the decor in front of the lovely group home.
Making our traditional dressing
Aunt Ann's recipe
Chopping loads of celery, onion, green onion,
Adding chopped chicken, cornbread, a bit of rice, broth, a little stuffing mix, poultry seasoning, a tad of sage
Em is mixing the corn meal to corn bread recipe
Beverly Gayle's recipe - Aunt Ann's sister in law
We were watching David Crank on the iPad. He's a minister in St. Louis.