Friday, December 28, 2007

Eye Candy Friday

Thank you everyone for your kind words regarding yesterday's post. I thought today we'd do something a little lighter and take a look at a blast from my past:

Here I am in Georgia as a first-grader. I love this picture because everything about it is so early 90's. The light blue jeans. The baggy t-shirt. The pink shoelaces. Too bad I don't have stirrup pants on!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas in Black and White

Yesterday Mike was telling me how he is at a loss for words when asked how his Christmas went. The quintessential “good” or “bad” don’t quite fit, but to explain why would leave the questioner - who in all likelihood was just making polite conversation - with way too much information. Our Christmas was good and bad, glad and sad…black and white.

In part, we had a lot to celebrate over Christmas. It was our first Christmas in our first house, and we enjoyed a quiet Christmas morning before heading over to my mom’s house, where there was good food and even better company. My brother was in town from Kentucky, and my grandfather was looking better than he has in a long time.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Christmas this year, it’s that the holiday is different when you’re an adult. As a kid, you’re usually sheltered from problems anyway, and the excitement of Christmas overshadows anything else. As an adult, the world does not stop turning for Christ’s birthday. Ongoing conflicts keep going. And the evening of Christmas, we learned that a family friend passed away early that morning – another black-and-white situation. On one hand, she had been diagnosed with a progressive, fatal disease several months ago, and while she could have lived for at least another year, what would her life have been like? She would have slowly lost the ability to function, eventually not being able to move at all. Maybe it’s better for her to be free of pain and with Jesus, whom she loved so very much. On the other hand, who am I to say what is better? Both of her children were planning weddings this year, and now they will take place without her there. Her husband is now facing a life without the woman he loves. It’s things like this that make me wonder what the heck God is thinking.

Now you’ll understand if we hesitate when asked how our Christmas was. It was definitely a black-and-white Christmas full of highs and lows.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Pictures

Sophie shows off her Christmas collar (which she barely tolerates for my sake!)

Morgan has commandeered this present as her new bed. She's the best present under the tree!

Sophie has devised creative ways to stay warm in the sub-seventy temperatures we've been having!!

Santa Paws relaxes after a long day of decorating.

And finally, Mike tries to get a good picture of me and Sophie:
"Be Still, Sophie!"

Mike catches me in a silly moment

THERE we go!!

"Can we be done with picture-taking now, mom?!?"

What a Cool Story!

A pastor in Ohio gave his congregation seven weeks and fifty dollars each to live out the Biblical parable of the talents. What happened next was truly Spirit-filled. Read the story here if you want to be blessed!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more."

~ Dr. Seuss' The Grinch

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I heard "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" on the radio yesterday, and something funny was true! I did not have a fit of sarcastic laughter!! It's finally turned cold here in Florida...cold enough that we had a fire going last night, and the space heater when we went to bed. I'm not much for cold weather, but seeing the number 93 on my car's thermometer in December was getting a little ridiculous.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Do you think this...
Could fit in this?!?

The answer is....mmmno. We went to a car show at the Villages yesterday and saw cars ranging from really nice to ultra-quaint.

The General Lee! Not THE General Lee, just a replica by a rabid fan.

I loved this car! I believe it was a Ford Woody.

From the back. Now that's a family car!

This was not from the car show, but we saw it at a gas station the same night. THIS is why I love living in a po-dunk town! You can see how big it is in comparison to the car at the next pump over. I imagine this guy spends a lot of time at gas stations!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

I think I need this cat to come live in my house...

Friday, December 07, 2007

Eye Candy Friday

This picture is from my new favorite site, ICanHasCheezburger? If you ever need a laugh, this is a great place to get it. I can't believe some of the captions they come up with.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Something to Decrease Your Work Productivity...

If you're looking for an escape from the monotony of work (who WANTS to be at work this time of year?!?), check out this way cool web site. You can make your own snowflake online!

Check out this beauty I made. Show this site to a kid you know!