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.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017
The children's Missions Group at church is making Christmas cards -- in October.
An annual event held at church for elderly and "shut ins" -- is expecting hundreds MORE this year.
So...folks are prepping now to be ready.
It's a phenomenal gathering, and all guests are treated like royalty.
I'm thrilled children can impact lives in such a meaningful way.
Posted by Vicki at 10/20/2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
That, my friend, is The Space Station traveling across our night sky - 270 miles above earth...
In one of its 15 daily orbits our planet.
When we caught our first glimpse of it (we were outside waiting for it to appear)...it was approximately 10 states away.
It traveled in our line of vision for about 6-9 minutes.
As it disappeared, it was actually several states away.
Totally blurry - in the dark
But "you get the picture"!
Posted by Vicki at 10/18/2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Anna Katherine and my girls
Laura and my three
Drum roll - The Birthday Girl
Robin and Forrest's daughter
1 of 8 kiddos (5 adopted from China)
Dear, dear family friends
Happy Birthday Miss Shiyan! You're a blessing to our lives!!!
We were at a skating party (dark-ish inside....lots of glow in the dark stuff going on - thus the flash photography.)
Posted by Vicki at 10/15/2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017
This setting spoke to my soul!
Old, salvaged wood
Church pews from a variety of places
Seats from school auditoriums
Candles in the Windows...in all sorts of glassware - mixed and matched
Old ceiling fans
Some folks were dressed up
Others were in jeans
My teacher friend, Jennifer-The-Kind-One, well....her daughter got married.
A black lab puppy walked down the open air aisle
Acoustic guitar playing Canon in D major
Wooden cross outside behind bride, groom, and preacher
I left weekend job to attend this event out in the country.
Mom came to hold the fort down for me for a few hours.
So nice of her!!!
Sunset at the reception
Rolling hills with green grass
Posted by Vicki at 10/08/2017
Friday, October 6, 2017
See the moon rising?
Photo of kids (and one dad holding a newbie....only home 2.5 months)
Folks eat moon cakes during this celebration (....not us....don't care for them - some stuffed with black beans and others with egg yolks)
They're pretty, tho!
Kids who could get together that evening
-- parents (mostly moms ) and kiddos
It was worth the effort to meet up with these friends -- on a rushed school night.
Stir fried noodles - our dinner before we headed to the gathering.
We cooked them at home.
Still sentimental to observe Chinese traditions
Posted by Vicki at 10/06/2017
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Marlene's table at a "celebration" event for women
This is the night before...my girls peeked in to see her decorated table and the other ones. They did not attend the actual banquet.
Not sure HOW many tables were set up....maybe 75?
Missions oriented for many of the table themes
I like this 'saying'. It was part of a table's decor.
I took this photo the next night at big event.
Mom and I went together.
Hundreds of women -- sweet gathering
Time to just be together in commonality of loving the Lord
Posted by Vicki at 10/01/2017