Sunday, December 28, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It's Beginning to Look alot Like Christmas

A package came from Grandpa and Grandma. Candy, cookie mix, candy canes, coloring books, crayons, gift cards, and most deliciously, Grandma's famously fabulous fruitcake cookies! There is alot of hoopla here today!

Mr. Rogers also sent a gift. We are thankful for all our gifts. Why do some bring tears to our eyes? Maybe they humble us. Maybe they make us reflect on the things most important in life, people and relationships. Maybe we realize how unworthy we are of the love and generosity others give.

My prayer is that you will reflect on the most important gift, God's Son, Jesus. How His birth, bloody death on the cross, and resurrection gives you the greatest gift imaginable, eternal life. How unworthy we are that the King of Kings, Almighty God, Sovereign Lord, loves us in all our filthy rags. I pray that you are humbled. As He gave His life for our ransom, can we give Him any less than our own life? It won't cost you much, just everything. It won't be painful, it will just kill you, as scripture tells us to die to self daily. I pray that the King will draw you closer to Him as you celebrate His first coming in flesh and anticipate His second coming. Are you ready?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Ball and a Park

Friday was the English Country Dance Winter Ball. We are still learning to use the new camera Granny sent us. Yes, that was the other package we got Friday.

Saturday was a trip to cold Silver Dollar City. It was so cold they shut down all the rides that used hydraulics. It was chilly, actually it still is with windchill at -5. The best part of the trip was how we actually got from the parking lot to the front gate. You see, they have trams that will shuttle you over, but Patrick wanted to take a short cut up the hill and through the forest. Yes, we were mountain climbing to the theme park with 2 strollers, 10 children (one a newborn) and a pregnant lady. Never a dull moment.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Another Package

This time it was from the Moncriefs. Summer sausage, oranges, apples from TEXAS, yes, it makes a difference. Cuisine is regional and our taste buds are homesick! There is also another box of wrapped goodies but we are trying to wait till Christmas to open those. One of the lambs suggested we hide them from ourselves. This was the first day UPS could get through in a week due to the snow and ice. Sunday's high is predicted at 20, low at 4. 4?! Better get to the grocery store! We got another package today also, but I will save that for another post a little later!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Favorite Books

Here are a couple of the littlest lamb's favorite books. We read them every day. Several times. She even reads, er, recites them to us when we get tired of reading them.

Wednesday's Quote

I'm a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I'm a disciple of His and I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I'm done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.
My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear.
I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He'll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear!

statement by a young African pastor, found among his papers in Zimbabwe after he was martyred

Maybe tomorrow?

Tomorrow we are finally supposed to get above freezing. There is plenty of white stuff on the ground that keeps us home bound as there are several inches of ice and snow on the roads. A couple of neighbors have had to be pulled out of ditches. No thanks, I'll stay put! I don't think we could even get out of the driveway if we wanted to. It's toasty inside and thankfully we have indoor plumbing once again. That is a luxury that is very hard to do without! Thankfully, The Ram stocked us up on bottled water and food before the snow and ice came, However, when we were without water, the supply that the Cooks sent us dwindled somewhat as I didn't want to dirty anymore dishes than absolutely necessary. Somehow I feel as if we are in a preparation time, and I am excited. God tells us not to worry, it's not worry I feel, but a since of adventure at what is ahead for us! Kinda like the feeling you get when you ride that huge roller coaster for the first time and you know you are almost to the top of a huge drop, you just can't see it till you get there. You know the feeling?

Monday, December 15, 2008

It's Cold

It's 12 degrees right now. The high is supposed to be 16. It's cold. No, it's really cold outside. Especially when you are used to the semi-tropics of SE Texas. But, there are no mosquitos and I haven't seen any snakes for a couple of months either! However, the roads are icy white and the lambs are on the way to go sled. Hopefully our well will be unfrozen soon and I can wash my hands, esp. after just milking that cow!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Not to be Outdone...

You have seen the shark feeding frenzies on the nature channels where the sharks are going bezerk? Imagine the 5 lambs hootin' and hollerin' and jumpin' around at the same time at high decibel levels for an extended amount of time this afternoon as UPS delivered another box. This time it was 50 lbs. from Aunt Janet and Uncle Charlie. Well, you know our history of waiting to open packages. You would have thought these lambs had won the lotto. Candy, books, candy, peanuts, candy, paint supplies, candy, beef jerkey, candy, crackers, candy, gingerbread house, candy, a puzzle, and oh yeah, some more candy. It will not all fit in my cabinets. One of the lambs said, "I have never seen so many Cracker Jacks in my life!" Another, "I want to eat the peanut butter and crackers on Christmas Day!" They are still in there dancing around on the packing peanuts and bubbles.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kodak Moments

The first "Kodak moment" was when I went for a walk the other day. The Boy had gotten a target for BB gun practice and hung it up. On the Hen Pen fence. He was shooting towards them. Obviously he didn't miss much as I saw no injured hens limping around.

The next was when a large package came from UPS. The lambs go kinda crazy when a package arrives. The UPS man knocks on the door, The Boy looks out the window and points down, as to where he put the box. Boy yells, "UPS!" A stompede is heard through the house and you see the UPS man go running for the safety of his truck. Our mail man is kinda funny also. The lambs usually race out to get the mail. Well, if he doesn't see them outside, he gives a little warning honk that he is approaching. The he sits backs and laughs as they pile out the door racing towards the mailbox. This time of year there is ice on the ground and they usually don't have on shoes. For some reason, the mailman thinks this is hilarious. I guess it is a little excitement in his day!

But the best in the past couple of days was what was actually in the UPS box. The outside packaging stated that it was from Hershey's and from Aunt Annie and Uncle Davey (as they call him). Well, of course, 10 pounds of Hershey's chocolate in the mail is cause for a celebration. You should have seen them, there were 8 different boxes of chocolate and everyone was all smiles. No, we usually don't wait to open packages around here.

Unless it is a box of Lamplighter Books from Granny. Some of us hid while the others opened the box to see which ones came this month. Some of us will read them in secret before Christmas and re-wrap them for the ones who want to wait for the 25th.