Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas 2007

This is me and my oldest daughter. What a beautiful young lady she is becoming.
Me and Hubby with 2 youngest daughters.
This is my Mother and Father In-Law, with me and 4 daughters.

AND here is the Cinnamon Bear!
Well, I think our surprise went over fantastic. No one guessed what it was until we got right down on the docks. My mother-in-law couldn't stop thanking us. She loved it. I am so glad.
We had a wonderful Christmas. God is so awesome. I am so BLESSED!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Birthday Dinner Cruise

This photo was taken on my birthday, I turned 36 this year. I forgot to share it with you back when we took the cruise. My husband surprised me with this dinner cruise up the Columbia Gorge, the same route taken in the Mel Gibson Movie "Maverick". It was beautiful, the evening was perfect and my hubby was awesome. I was reminded to share this photo ater my last post. I had forgotten that I didn't share this wonderful evening with you all.!!!!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Happenings around here

Well, I have been working hard to get the Harvest Corp group their Christmas schedule set up, their outreaches scheduled, and their new teachers lined up for 2008. In Feb. we are bringing in a teacher of Theology, and then we all head off to Kirkland, Wa for an exciting Conference with other groups like ours. The group hosting this is called MAsters' Commission which is our sister group. I am thrilled because I get to go along, and while the students stay at the Church, my home church wants to put me in a hotel for the 3 days there----YES!!!!!!!!!!!

If any of you have not been able to read "The Shack" by William P. Young go get it! What a book, it is an amazing book. And it is set in my local area. It takes place in many of the places I myself have visited. We had the students read this book, and we are bringing in the Auther in the spring. He happens to live just across the river.

On the homefront, my girls have been sick and gotten better on time for school dramas and choirs, they are so beautiful my girls. They have each done a wonderful job on their parts. Hubby and I have gotten all shopping done, wrapped and under the tree. YES!

I am looking forward to Christmas--we have a Christmas Eve River Cruise planned for the girls' and for my In-Laws. In the 40's my mother-in-law grew up listening to the Cinnamon Bear Radio Series. When my hubby took me on a Columbia Gorge River Dinner Cruise for my B-day, they were selling tickets for a Cruise with the Cinnamon Bear. They are re-introducing the story and characters as well as a new book. So I told hubby we had to take his mother on this--so we chose to make it a family gift. It is a surprise to our girls and the grandparents. My mother-in-law broke her hip 1 yr ago, and her shoulder 2 yrs. ago. She hasn'e been the same since, we see her maybe once a month and she has been very depressed, the falls have aged her 2o yrs I think. I hoping this Christmas Cruise will lift her spirits.

Christmas day is always the same---at my house---I make a big breakfast, we open gifts, spend the day together and then make a big Prime Rib for dinner. Dinner time my hubbys' sister and her husband come over as well as his cousin and her 6 kids. My house is full----and I wouldn't have it any other way!

God has been so good to us this year. I feel so blessed at the beautiful life I have! It's not perfect, but it's blessed!

Blessings to you all!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Getting Ready for the Holidays

Here at my house we have spent the last two weekends getting the tree up and lights around the house. It is beautiful.

Though, I live two hours away from Vernonia, the town on the news that was completely flooded this last week-end, the devastation is so real. Here in Vancouver everyone is working hard to get groceries and toiletries to the town, they are also sending local daycare services, as all the schools are closed until January. Everyone there lost Christmas gifts and such so here people are trying to get the local Toys For Tots to expand their services to include trees and gifts for the adults.

I was thinking today as I rose early, making hot chocolate for everyone as they woke, how SO VERY blessed I am, I have never known this kind of devastation, and how would I react if this was my town to be flooded and my kids who lost everything. My mind can't even comprehend this.

Please pray for everyone here. They are saying the rains are headed back in, so the river that overflowed could rise again, these poor people need time to heal.

Blessings everyone, I am so enjoying all of your blogs, even though I can't leave comments to often.