Monday, December 22, 2014

Missing you Peepaw

On this day I am remembering Peepaw.  This is the day he passed away in 2005.

I have been thinking about him a lot lately and missing him.  He's been in my dreams often it seems. I have so many wonderful memories and so many things make me think of him.  I'm blessed to have these memories and that Caleb got to know him for a short time too.  He made such a difference in my life with his love and support.

I will always miss his calls and going to get ice cream with him.  Sometimes I imagine that I hear him pounding on the front door on Saturday mornings when I'm sleeping late as he did so many mornings when I lived at home.  As Christmas approaches I will always remember that morning that we put up a few decorations in his hospital room.  It was the last time I saw him, he passed away that evening.  

I am blessed for the memories we shared and that he was my Peepaw.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday

I can't believe that Christmas is next week!  It just doesn't seem like it's time I guess or something, I'm not sure!  But the days are passing and we are already half-way through December. This week has been less busy than last week for which I'm thankful!

Here is my thankful list for this week:

~ fun weekend with my husband last weekend. We saw Steven Curtis Chapman as part of a Christmas concert. We also ate lots of good food (including El Fenix and Olive Garden) and did some shopping. It was so nice to be together.

~ going to my boy's Christmas party and helping them set it up. This year they had a breakfast with the homerooms bringing a different item (donuts, muffins, fruit), and then we set it up buffet style. The kids all enjoyed it. (And I did ask a teacher who has a daughter in 6th grade, and she said they don't do parties there which I didn't want to think about it being his last one.)

~ all the baby movements are wonderful, and it was extra special this week to have both my husband and son feel them for the first time.

~ a less busy week at school and home. Not much homework, I did my regular errands, being home in the evenings, no practice after school Tuesday--Thursday this week, snack day with my boy.  It's just been nice.

~ Christmas cards in the mail always make me smile.

~ this season of traditions and memories together.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Time magazine has selected The Ebola Fighters as their person of the year for 2014. Do you agree, and if so who would you say is a close second? If you disagree with their choice, who do you think should have been chosen? Yes, I think it was nice they were chosen.  They have given so much to help those with ebola. I don't know who I'd pick. 

2. This question comes to you courtesy of Susan who blogs over at Stew Mama Says. She knows we have a wedding happening any minute now, and she asks, 'What's your favorite-something old? something new? something borrowed? something blue in your home?  Be sure you hop over and say hi to Susan today! 
Something old--a spoon that was my great grandmother's when she was a baby.
Something new--lots of wrapped Christmas gifts!
Something borrowed-- dishes to return to my Mom that she has sent with us filled with freezer meals. 
Something blue--a blue bowl we got as a wedding gift.  

3. Fudge-yay or nay? Your favorite flavor? Do you make it yourself? With nuts or without?  
Yes, I enjoy fudge!  I like plain chocolate and can't imagine what other flavors would taste like.  I have made it but normally just eat my Mom's.  She always makes it without nuts, so I'm not sure my preference on that!

4. December 17th is Wright Brothers Day, commemorating the first successful flights made by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  How old were you when you made your first flight? Do you like to fly? Have you ever been to Kitty Hawk or other parts of the North Carolina Outer Banks?
I was in high school when I went on my first flight.  I went to NYC with my high school choir two different times.  I was so nervous about flying but enjoyed it as much as I remember.  I haven't had other opportunities to fly but would like to again one day with Caleb. No, I've never been to North Carolina Outer Banks.

5. Do the people in your family tend to follow a particular career path, and if so what's the path?  Not that I can see.  

6. What is one thing you absolutely, positively must accomplish today? Well I've spent a good portion of the day wrapping gifts and that was what was on my to do list.  

7. This Christmas I hope___________________________________.
we can find our stockings. haha When we decorated the tree we did not find the box with the stockings and they still have not turned up!  (Kind of a funny answer to fill in this blank!!)

8. Insert your own random thought here.

This week has been more "normal" without parties and programs.  Tuesday night we made Christmas treats.  Caleb had told me earlier in the month he couldn't wait till we dipped stuff in chocolate. I had about decided we'd skip that this year, but when he said that I knew we should if he was looking forward to it!  He was so excited about it last night and can do the whole process by himself now. We have peanuts, pretzels, and pb crackers. We shared some and kept some.  My husband made another pan of magic cookie bars and some M&M cake bars to go with it too.  It was a nice festive evening, listening to Christmas music as we worked.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday

It's been another super fast week for us with lots of activities keeping us busy.

Here is my thankful list for this week:

~ my husband coming home early from work Monday to help me get some things done. He surprised me when I was so overwhelmed. But we were able to get things done, and I felt I could handle the rest of the tasks before me.

~ my boy's wonderful music program Tuesday and also that he competed in UIL contest this week.

~ finding some ideas to try for the baby's room. I started a Pinterest board to keep track of these.

~ going to the ham club Christmas party with my boys. They did an ornament exchange, and it was fun to see Caleb's face as he anticipated his number being called to pick an ornament.

~ getting Christmas cards done and ready to mail.  I think this is a few days earlier than I nomally get them finished. My husband put the stamps on them tonight.

~ poinsettias and other Christmas decorations. Caleb sold poinsettias for a fundraiser, they are so pretty. I love seeing them and all the other Chriatmas decorations like the lights and snowmen and gingerbread houses.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thankful Thursday

It's late but I wanted to add my Thankful Thursday.

Today I'm thankful for...
~ my husband rubbing my feet.

~ going to a fun night at my boy's school. The classroom teachers have games and fun activities for kids to so with their parents. They had a winter wonderland and cave today as two of the activities.

~ being 20 weeks with our baby!  I love feeling him or her moving.

~ fun time at Secret Sister party tonight. This is such a wonderful group of ladies. My SS gave me a new journal and bookmarks.

~ packages arriving that I ordered the last week. It's fun to see what is in the packages as they come to the door.  Now to get them wrapped.

~ having a friend picking up the poinsettia order (from a 4H fundraiser) for us. It saved me a trip and was much easier for me to get them from her vehicle than upstairs at the courthouse.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What is something in your life right now that feels a little 'hodgepodge'? We have the floor done in the baby's room and Caleb's room.  But that is as far as we've gotten.  I've sorted clothes out of Caleb's dresser that no longer fit and those are in separate piles.  Plus we are getting a new wall book shelf from The Container Store so Caleb's books off his other book shelf are still in tubs in the baby's room.  

2. What does 'peace on earth, goodwill to men' mean to you?  Being kind to others.

3. Which edible treat you are most looking forward to sampling this December?  There are so many!  I love my Mom's Christmas cookies and was thinking of those today.  Caleb told me he can't wait to dip pretzels and peanuts in chocolate, we will be doing that soon.  

4. It's that most wonderful time of the you agree, and if so why is it so wonderful?  If not, what would you say is the most wonderful time of the year? Yes I think it is a wonderful time of year just because of all the memories associated with the holidays and the traditions.  I know it is a very hard time of year for many people who have lost loved ones so I try to remember it's not necessarily "wonderful" for everyone.  

5. What was the last word you looked up in a dictionary (actual or online) and why?  This morning I did a search of a word (don't know how to spell it now) online that was on the doctor's report from the ultrasound.  

6. Besides a Christmas tree, what is your favorite thing to decorate this time of year?  Probably the mantle and the bar. I like putting out my little Precious Moments Nativity with Caleb.  

7. Share one thing you've learned (about yourself, people, or anything at all) in the Wednesday Hodgepodge, or through blogging in general.  Blogging is a nice community of people, and I've met some nice friends through blogging as well as through the Hodgepodge.  I don't participate every week in the Hodgepodge but the questions are always interesting and make me think! 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We had our big ultrasound last Friday and got good news.  The doctor said our baby is perfectly healthy.  We are very thankful, and it was fun to see the baby again on the screen.  It is amazing to me to see all the parts so clearly formed already.  We were amazed to watch the screen as the technician was checking the heart and telling us all the different organs.  

Have a day of blessings!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Giving Thanks Challenge 2014

Today I am thankful for....

11-1: the progress made preparing for our new baby today while remembering this date that was my due date for our previous 2013 miscarriage.
11-2: our wonderful church family and their love, support, friendship, and encouragement.
11-3: ears to hear so many books, phone ringing, music, laughter of my son, my husband's I love you
11-4: rain, rain, rain!
11-5: telephones
11-6: standing outside on a cool fall night and seeing the stars and moon.
11-7: watching my boy give a presentation on ham radio to his science class.
11-8: going to bed early when I was very tired out.
11-9: watching both my boys at skate night with the church group.
11-10: wonderful lunch with my forever friend, sweet surprises in the mail, and a time of encouragement with a great lesson at our ladies' Bible study
11-11: hearing the strong sound of our baby's heartbeat and my wonderful husband driving me to the appointment on his day off.
11-12: warm clothes, coat, bed
11-13: my thoughtful husband warming my car for me on cold days.
11-14: having such an enjoyable day up at school.
11-15: my doctor. So glad we went back to her this summer for a second opinion.
11-16: fun gift from my Secret Sister (boxes of cards) plus the pretty snow falling.
11-17: feeling those sweet baby movements through the day plus Caleb reading a book to the baby before he went to bed.
11-18: lunch date with my husband.
11-19: sunshine and the higher temperatures today compared to recent days.
11-20: having Thanksgiving lunch at school with our boy and making our "thankful pictures."
11-21: seeing my boy get his awards today for another great job he did through the 2nd Six Weeks.
11-22: safe travel in rain and fun times playing "spoons."
11-23: nice visit with the family.
11-24: beautiful fall leaves on the trees in our yard.
11-25: remembering to turn off my school alarm before going to sleep.
11-26: laughing and remembering old memories and making new memories today.
11-27: nice Thanksgiving celebration. I'm thankful for so many blessings and all the family we've seen the past week.
11-28: hearing the words "Congratulations, your baby is perfectly healthy" at our ultrasound.
11-29: home safely and hearing my boy tell about his hunting trip.
11-30: a month of blessings too numerous to even helpful loving husband, my son making us smile and laugh, our growing baby, our home and health, our friends and family.

Have a day of blessings!