Friday, November 27, 2009

Being Thankful!

One of my most favorite verses in the Bible is from 1 Thess. 5:16
Be joyful always, Pray Continually and give THANKS in EVERYTHING for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.
The first two, I'll admit are not always easy for me at times. I would like to think that I am always joyful, but I am sure my family would disagree with the ALWAYS part.
Praying continually--another area to work on :).
In EVERYTHING give thanks--YES!
I KNOW without a DOUBT that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has a plan for my life, so I AM thankful. I am thankful to HIM, first of all for " pulling me out of the pit, out of the miry clay, setting my feet upon the rock and steadying me as I walk along".
HE put a new song in my heart, and I will forever sing His praise--even if I have to sing alone. There are MANY things I am thankful for, and here are a few--not necessarily in order :)......
I am thankful for ....KISSES BABIES...
A Grandpa who loves his grandkids and still cries when he prays....

FAMILY (especially mine!)


A GRANDMA (and mother) who loves her family and the Lord

A HANDSOME, hardworking, God-loving, one-of-a-kind husband...

AND... Beautiful kids!!!

Thanks be to God--great things HE has done!

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Vacation has started! Demolition has begun! We are redoing our sun room. We took off all the bricks earlier, so our day started with loading them into the trailer to eventually take to the dump.
Charlene came early to help--and we put her right to work of course! This was her "action brick toss" shot

This is what the sun room looked like before we started

Kate, David, and Amy came to help us too! THANK YOU SO MUCH FAMILY!!

Owen got right in on the action with the drill

Pat had to pull out the swamp cooler
Amy did great with the crowbar

Charlene was a HUGE help! Thank you friend!
This was Katie's "no more window" shot

Then her and Jenna did a little 'mime" action
We had to break for a Popsicle!

And Owie had a little coffee break
The girls worked hard while the guys went to the dump. We took out the rest of the walls and only left the 'main beams". GIRLS ROCK!!!

Then Kate HAD to sweep up. We are tidy girls :)
Pat wanted to save the redwood, so Amy and Kate pulled out the thousands (literally) of nails. Such dedication!!!
We have the BEST friends and family in the universe!! Thanks you SO much! We love you!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


We took Owen for a "Day out with Thomas" at the Orange Empire Railway Museum on Saturday. He had a BLAST to say the least. He is a HUGE Thomas fan (he can tell you the names of EVERY engine). We think it's a little weird, but we are supportive :).

Our day started with a stop at the temporary tattoo parlor--he chose the tattoo of James, but it was a tough decision.

Then it was off to the train tents where they had a bunch of train sets set up for the kids to play with. He would have stayed here all day if he could have.

Jenna was the "ever supportive" sister. She was a great sport and made the day fun for her brother.
At 10;00 it was our turn to ride on Thomas the train!! We waited for a few minutes in line...

Jenna carried our boarding passes

Thomas arrived....

We tried to get a picture with Thomas in the background, but it didn't work!

When we got on the train and took our seat, they had Thomas music playing and Owen got a Jr. engineer certificate.

After we started, Owen stood up in his seat to get a better look.
By the end of the ride he was taking it easy.

Jenna got one, too
After the ride, they exit you right into a shop--of course!

Jenna and Owen played on a few toys while we waited in line to take a picture with Sir Topham Hat

Exciting, huh!Then we got some ice cream--Jenna's favorite part!

Owen sporting his stylish 'Thomas Shades"

We got to ride the streetcar and the trolley
And we ended our day saying goodbye to Thomas!

It was well worth it! We had a great family day, and Owen is still talking about his train ride on Thomas.