Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Break '10

And yet another Thanksgiving has come and gone.
One of the things I was most thankful for this year were the five days of fun and laughter that filled our home.
Grandma, Kris, Allison and Emmy all arrived Tuesday, and of course Melinda came over too. We were happy to have everyone in our home! There's nothing like the laughter and noise of happy people!

We had such a good time together...




Jingle on Main

Cooking, Cooking, Cooking


Laughs and more Laughs



Sunday, November 21, 2010

To the Snowy White Arctic!

Yes, we went to the arctic this weekend. Well, maybe to be more precise, we went to Minnesota.

Kevin and I both took half a day off of work on Friday, and were just finishing up with the "loading of the car" when Tara pulled into the drive. We got her stuff loaded, and were headed north by 1:45.

Just over the border... SNOW!

It had been a week since their snowstorm, and the crusty white stuff still filled the ditches and covered the land!

We woke Saturday to sunshine and temperatures in the 30's. We enjoyed a day of visiting while we walked through craft stores for Tara and Ikea for me.

Tara, Kraig and Deb had never been to Ikea. I asked them how they could never have been to my favorite store before?

I had a great time showing them around.

Kraig now claims Ikea is his favorite store too, and has threatened to call or text each and every time he heads over there so he can rub it in. ( he only lives 40 minutes from the Minneapolis one. He said he may even go back today. How mean!)

After shopping all day, we headed home to the smell of roast cooking in the crockpot. Dinner was on the table 15 minutes after we got home, and we enjoyed a fun evening getting Lyn's closet put together, (Thank you Ikea ~ okay, AND Home Depot)

We looked outside around 10pm and there was a beautiful sheen covering everything! It was freezing rain!

So much for an early start home today. We had planned to be on the road by 7am, but roads were iced over and closed this morning. We kept checking the road conditions on the internet, and finally got on the road around 9am.

What a sloppy ride home, once again, half way out of Minnesota the freezing rain turned to drizzle, and then FOG!

Kevin and I are home, resting, waiting for our small group to arrive.

Poor Tara had 3 more hours to go.

What a fun weekend we had in the cold, wintery land of the north.

Isn't family great!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I think I've posted before how I love Sundays. But it is worthy of being posted about again.

I love getting up and enjoying a cup of coffee reading the paper and looking through the shiny ads.

Then off to church, and how I enjoy the sermons of Pastor John. He has such good sermons.

Home to have a good lunch, today was Kevin's favorite Chicken Casserole. One of my favorites to make too - so easy!

Time to read a book and enjoy some computer time.

Then time to get ready for our Sunday night small group. I made apple cake to share tonight.

Almost 2 hours of small group time of sharing and learning, and visiting. What a great time.

Sundays :-)

I think I enjoy Sundays so much because I don't feel guilty if I'm not doing something. I'm not supposed to work on Sundays right?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Frosty Mornings

Frosty Mornings are becoming a thing of norm these days.

Gone are the mornings of sitting on the deck drinking a cup of coffee and enjoying the warm morning sun.
Now I enjoy a warm robe and slipper socks while sipping my coffee with seasonal pumpkin creamer in it.
Thoughts of roasting a turkey and family are creeping into my mind as I silently cross off the days and begin my planning.
I've looked through my stash of Christmas gifts I have bought throughout the year, and find it sorely lacking. ~ I need to really begin looking for gifts.

But today, I will finish enjoying my coffee, clean the house a little, and enjoy this wonderful, sunny fall day in Iowa.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


At church this past Sunday, we were once again challenged to "walk the walk". There is no better guideline to follow then...

Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5: 22-23; But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.