Saturday, April 19, 2014

FBC Home School Formal 2014

Well, last night was our Home School Formal.
We had a very small group this year.
Some graduated and some just couldn't make this year.
However, I think the kids had as much fun
(maybe more) because they were mostly all the same age. 
They laughed and giggled and seem to have a wonderful time.
I am so happy that we can do something special like
this for our kids. 

 Emily and her friend Toni from church.
Em and Toni have been great friends practically all
their lives. Toni was born just a few months
after we came to our church and Emily was just
a baby. They are super close. 


 Emily and Ryder.
Ryder is a sweet young man
who has been a good friend to Emily
ever since his family joined our church.
They were "companions" last night for the formal. 



 Four very sweet young people from a small
christian school in our area.
They are all very nice kids and we are happy
to include them in our activities. 

 The entire group.
Aren't they a nice looking group of young people?
They are all very sweet kids. They were very
respectful and appreciative 
of our efforts to do something special like this for them.

 Bro Jonathan Snow-our youth director- gave
a very good devotion.
He also had some games and stuff for the kids to do. 
They were so fun and hilariously funny. 
The kids were very good sports too.  (except for
a couple girls who flatly refused to eat baby food)
I'll give you a guess as to who those girls were. ;)
Even  an ITunes gift card (which was the game prize)
could not entice them to play. 



So they had a great time. 
Now that that's over, it's time to
get ready for our annual ladies meeting- which is
coming up in just a couple of SHORT weeks!!! 
There is still much to do, but we are praying
and looking forward to it.
Looking forward to the Lord blessing it, as He always does. 
And then, just a few weeks later....Vacation Bible School.
These are busy days...but truly, I wouldn't have it any other way. 
I heard an old preacher say years ago, "I'd rather wear out for the Lord
than rust out"! So there you have it! lol.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Princess Anna Visits the Library

"Princess Anna" from the movie "Frozen"
visited the Wartburg Public Library today. 
We had a fabulous turn out today...21 kids present!
That's our best number yet. It was really fun
and the kids LOVED Anna! ;)









"Anna" was also invited earlier this week to participate
in a Literacy night at a public elementary school
in our area. There were many excited little children
(girls mostly but a few little boys) who came
out to meet "Anna" and listen to her read
stories in the school library.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Random

There's not much new to tell, that's the main reason I haven't posted.
There's no news yet on the weight loss front. Our weather has just been
so cold and wet and yucky, I haven't gotten back into the whole walking
thing fully. So, while that is getting off to a slow start, I will get back into
it when I get the energy. ;)

This time of year is just so full of busy days. We're coming off of the winter
months when things tend to be a little slower (for our family anyway)  Since
January, we've been cutting and splitting firewood (for the next two seasons)
We have one of those new-fangled wood stoves that is EPA approved...and
let's just say it's a little bit more picky about the wood it will be burn. We have
discovered that oak (which is our preferred wood) really does need two complete
years to be seasoned enough to burn properly. Sheeshh...that makes for a TON
of trouble with cutting our own wood--because we have to keep the wood
cut ahead two years. But, with all the savings from heating costs, it is definitely
worth any trouble we have to go to. I heard folks this year talking about three
and four hundred dollar heating bills. Our highest electric and natural gas bills
for any one month during the winter was about $120.00. So, we'll just cut
wood, :)

We are in preparation stages planning our second home school formal. The
formal is a lot of fun. It's just a little something special that we like to do
for them. An opportunity to get all dressed up and do something extra special.That
will be on April 18 (also Emily's 15th birthday)  Yikes! How did she get to be
so grown up? And she's studying for her driver's permit. I can't bear the
thoughts of all this. Makes me sad.

Our ladies meeting is coming up in May. I am so excited about it. The Lord
always amazes us with the special work that He does. There is still much to
do to prepare for it. But, it's coming together. I can hardly wait.

After that (in June) is VBS. That is always a big deal for us. It is our biggest
opportunity to reach out to our community. There are many children who
live in just a short distance from our church. We try to canvass the area,
with invites to come. We pray we make a small difference in the lives of
these precious little ones.

And, of course, with summer comes gardening, mowing, and catching up
with stuff around the house that gets neglected during winter months.
It makes me tired thinking of it all, but after the long cold winter I am ready
for it.

Well, this has probably all been boring, but that's the way it's been around
here. lol..

***Soon, I hope to post a video of Emily playing the song, "Let it Go" from
Frozen. She has done a fabulous job learning it, and has just gotten it
memorized (it is eight pages long)  But so far, she won't let me record... :(
***she's a BIT of a perfectionist! ;)

That's all for now!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Notice My Ticker?

Well, as much as I hate to admit it, I have gained a few pounds. :(
We (and husband and I) managed to get all the way through the summer
without a weight gain. ***We had started watching our diets more closely
and walking together daily the summer before...so we had managed to lose
some weight and keep it off for a whole year. But, this fall and into the early
part of the new year has been tough. It's been really cold here~which meant
many mornings it was simply too cold to walk outside. At first, I was good
about the treadmill but in all honesty, I don't enjoy that as much, so soon that
kind of played out too. And the more I put it off, the more I dreaded it and got
out of the habit, I guess. I began to notice some of my clothes getting a bit
snug, but I've been procrastinating about ACTUALLY get on the scale.
But, I finally did, and I don't know whether I am glad or mad. Needless, to
say, I gotta get back to paying attention to my daily calorie intake and back
to consistent exercise (and if it's too cold--then it's on the treadmill or
treadclimber)  So, this post is just for me...and as a way of helping me get
back to better eating. I have to REALLY watch it as far as food goes.
Some people can just cut back on soda and that makes a huge difference for
them. But, I don't drink soda (very little) as in probably less than one per month.
I drink water...all day long...except for my two cups of coffee in the morning.
I rarely eat dessert, I don't really crave sweets, never have. And I do eat
very healthy...lots of fruits and veggies, and very little fried foods. So, it's just
a matter of keeping the calories down to 1200 and exercising daily.I want
to use the little ticker on my sidebar to help me...to be encouraged to see
the numbers go down. Not fun, but I do want to be at a healthy weight.
I want to take care of the temple God gave me. So here we go again...

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! God has been so good to us in 2013!
Looking forward to 2014. I want to love, serve, and honor Him
more than I ever have before. He's been too good to me for me 
not to give Him my best.

Love to All!
Joshua 24:15

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

2013 FBC Secret Prayer Sister Banquet

We had our Secret Prayer Sister Banquet last week.
I thought I'd just share a few pics. 
Some of them didn't turn out well (the lighting in the
fellowship hall messes with my camera and since I am
so totally an amateur, I don't know how to fix it--please excuse) lol

I can never resist taking one of the lovely fireplace. 
 Miss Barbara did a very nice job with the tables this year.
I would describe them as "simply elegant".
She did a great job mixing the burlap and decorations to
bring out a "Country Christmas" look.


Next are just a few randoms shots as our ladies came in. 
I love to see them all standing around fellowshipping together.
It really blesses this pastor's wife to see our ladies all loving
each other...no cliches...just precious relationships. :)

Mrs. Tonia and Lindsay~ A sweet mother and daughter

Mrs. Peggy and her daughter-in-law Becky...you can see Becky's mother
in the background...I don't know what she was doing back there. ;)

Some of the earlier ladies grabbed the table closest to the fire. lol

Mrs. Teresa and her daughter-in-law Misty. 

Emily with some of her friends.

 One of the group.
It was hard to get a good picture-this was the best I could do. 
I could have used my Iphone and got a panaoramic...didn't think of it at the time. lol

Mrs. Tonia did our devotion and did such a wonderful job.
It was very timely...as it dealt with where several of our ladies ARE right now
and the situations they are currently dealing with. 
The Lord is so precious...He always knows EXACTLY what we need.

 Now, for the good part...the eating! :)

Miss Barbara

 Miss Barbara and Miss Faye~ they do so much
I could never begin to tell how much they mean to me
and to all of our church family. It makes this pastor's wife
life so much easier because I know that I can count on them. 



I appreciate Mrs. Robin too! She had some really fun
games prepared for us (I count on her a lot for this too) and
she always comes through. ***She was not having the best day either
but she came right on and I am so glad she did. 

 Games are always so much fun...we have a great time
laughing at one another. 
 In this game, we were drawing pictures while the plates were on our heads.
I thought mine was good, but I only got one point. :) lol


The next few pics are of a game we played where we had
to "act out" the names of different Christmas songs.
It was hilarious. 







And for some reason, I didn't think to take pictures during
the "revealing" and the gift exchange.
Our ladies have really enjoyed doing the Secret Prayer Sisters.
It has given us all an opportunity to focus on another lady in our church, 
to pray specifically for things that are important in their lives, to
watch for times when they've been sick or just might
need some special encouragement. I think that's it's helped us
to become more empathetic toward others. At least, I hope it has.
I can't wait to see who I get to pray for next year. :)

Next Sunday, we have our Christmas dinner. I am sure there will be a few pic
of it too. And our Christmas play and program are scheduled for Sunday night, Dec. 22nd.
Please pray...we always have a lot of visitors for that service and usually some sinners in attendance.
It is a wonderful opportunity to share the gospel with some
who only ever come to church one service during the year.

The Lord has been good...He deserves our love, praise, and adoration during
this season. After all, HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON! 

Merry Christmas!