Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Lesson in Bread Baking

Emily and I had a lesson in bread baking on Tuesday.
She loves homemade bread, and we hadn't made any
in a while (mainly because my husband and I have
been dieting and not eating much bread). Anyway,
she loves helping in the kitchen, especially baking!
So, we took a few minutes from her book work to
have a "home ec" lesson. We had a lot of fun, she
followed my directions carefully, and we had yummy
bread for dinner.































Friday, April 17, 2009

Happy Birthday, Emily

Ten years ago, today, the greatest gift
in my life (outside salvation) was bestowed
upon my husband and myself. A beautiful
little 6 lb. 9 oz. baby girl was born into a
family that had once been told by doctors
that they would never have children. This
new life was truly a miracle, one that
I have never gotten over. Today, my baby
girl turns 10. How in the world did she
get here so fast? Where has the time gone?
I can't believe how quickly the time goes
by.

So, in honor of Emily's 1oth birthday, here are


10 Reasons I LOVE this girl!



1~ I love that your very life is a miracle from God!



2~ I love the fact that since you have come to us,

your daddy and I have had all our dreams

fulfilled.



3~ I love that you are such a sweet girl.



4~ I love your sweet smile.



5~ I love your cute little freckles sprinkled

on your nose.



6~ I love that you are obedient when daddy

and I speak.



7~ I love that you haven't questioned us

when daddy and I have had to do things

that you didn't understand.



8~ I love it when you help me in the kitchen-

you are going to be a great cook someday.



9~ I love how creative you are, how you are

always creating works of art for me to

treasure.



10~ I love that you are always singing.





There are many, many, more things that

I love about my girl, but for the sake of the

"10" , I will stop for now. I do want to say,

though, that I am ever so grateful that

the Lord gave us our "miracle" when He

gave you to us. You have made our lives

complete. I can't imagine how we ever

made it before you came to us. May

God Bless You Sweet Girl, and may

you ever keep HIM first in your heart

and in your life!

~Our Emily today~

Our little Emily a couple of days after
we came home from the hospital



My very first Mother's Day!

I don't know if I've ever been

as happy as I was on that day!

~~Maybe my wedding day...:)




A Day at Dollywood

Sometimes our family gets season tickets to
Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. We don't
usually take many vacations, so we do this
to be able to take Emily away for a day of
fun. It's within ninety minutes of home so
we can drive there and back in a day. It is
a very clean park, not nasty and gross like
some places we've been. Also, it is VERY
family-friendly. There are places in the park
that one can go to hear music if they want,
but it is NOT blaring all over the place,
(which is very important to us)
There are no alcholic beverages allowed.
Overall, it is a very nice place, one that
we don't have to feel apprensive about
taking our daughter to. Emily will have
her tenth birthday (double-digits) ,
HOW SAD!!!, ( she is growing up so
fast) and she was hoping that
we would have our season passes by
then so we could go as part of her bday
celebrations. Well, I saved for weeks but
we were able to do it. We invited a new
friend she has recently met. Another
young lady who is also ten, a missionary's
daughter who lives our area. She is a
very sweet girl. Emily and Brittney
have alot in common, and enjoy each
others company very much. I hope that
even though they won't see each other
often, they can atleast get together for some
play time and possibly build a new and
lasting friendship. Anyway, that's all for
now, I'll be posting tomorrow with more
on Emily's birthday.





On the trolley when we first got there
Notice how "dry" they look!


This was taken just before we left the park. They had
changed into a set of dry clothes, after being soaked
on a couple of water rides!



Here they are, cold and wet after being on three
water rides in a row!



Would you want a piece of this pie?




Pizza for lunch! Em's favorite!!!




She looks satisfied, doesn't she? ( I think by this time
she may have been getting "over" the camera) :)





How nice that Brittney also loves pizza!





Emily LOVES the Ferris Wheel. This was Brittney's
first time to ride one. I don't think she liked it much.
Can't say that I blame her! There's not a roller coaster
made that I can't ride, but I HATE the Ferris Wheel.!








Getting ready to ride the Shooting Star!
This one is lots of fun!







Snacking on delicious home-made ice cream!









Posing in one of the cars! The girls actually didn't ride
this one, didn't want to stand in line, as this is a very
popular ride, and usually has long lines.











Posing by the Imagination Train
So, this pretty much describes our day. The girls
had loads of fun. I am thankful to the Lord for
allowing us to be able to save the money for the
season passes, and for allowing Emily's friend,
Brittney, to accompany us. This made the day
very special for Emily. Being an only child can
be lonely sometimes, so when we get an
opportunity to encourage a "God-honoring"
friendship, we do our best to do that.









Saturday, April 11, 2009

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday! It is the day
we celebrate LIFE!!! Our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ, died, and rose again on that
first Easter morn. It is because HE lives,
that we can live forevermore, IN HIM.
I LOVE the good old hymns, that
magnify and glorify the ONLY ONE
who deserves our praise. This hymn by
Charles Wesley is one my favorite Easter
hymns! Doesn't it do a tremendous job
of proclaiming why we celebrate today?


Christ the Lord is ris'n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav'ns and earth reply, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting?, Alleluia!
Dying once He all doth save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave?, Alleluia!
Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened Paradise, Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Follow'ing our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!
Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fun and Fellowship

Last night, we had a few friends over for fun,
food, and fellowship. We had a great time.



Emily in her new "dress-up dress" that
Ms. Becky brought to her.



Bro Tommy Lanning and Miss Carrie



We were playing OUTBURST ~ Girls Against Boys
Note the look on my honey's face...hilarious
The girls won-by the way! (But only by one)











Thursday, April 2, 2009

Twenty-Six Years



Twenty-six years ago yesterday, my husband
asked me to "go steady" with him. Since he
had asked me on April Fools Day, I didn't
give him an answer until April 2nd. (Bret has
always been a funny guy, I was afraid he was
"fooling" me when he asked me) Anyway,
on April 2nd, 1983, Bret and I began
officially "going together". A few months later,
he asked me to marry him the following summer
and of course, I agreed. So,
Happy 26th Anniversary , honey.
This was where it all began. We will
celebrate our 25th WEDDING anniversary this
year. I am grateful and thankful for the
wonderful husband the Lord blessed me with.