Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The kick-off of the '08 Preaching Jubilee and 35th Anniversary Sunday

I think this is such a cute picture...Anna watched over Kaleb very well.

The toy on the right is what Kaleb is sliding down.

This past Sunday was our Pastor Brown's 35th anniversary of pastoring Marion Avenue Baptist Church...AND for Marion Avenue Baptist because the church has only ever had ONE pastor...Dr. Larry Brown. The following pictures were taken at the fairgrounds by Saundra Hoffert. The bus kids spent their Sunday morning at the fairgrounds...hearing preaching and playing at the carnival...that's where Kevin and the kids were all morning helping out. Kevin was the ketchup man...he said he squirted 1,200 hotdogs! Allyson and Kaleb enjoyed playing on all the huge blow-up toys! :) ...as you can see Kaleb demonstrating above.

The below post is a picture of Marion Avenue Baptist Church...the kids and I eating cake before Sunday evening service...the choir singing(can you find Kevin?)...and Pastor Brown, Mrs. Brown, Pastor's mother and sister(who the church flew in from NC as a surprise for the Pastor on his 35th anniversary). Their were over 900 in the auditorium for Sunday morning service and over 100 people got saved total at the church and the fairgrounds!

(Can you spot Allyson, me, and Kevin?)

We were able to attend today's Tuesday morning services of the Preaching Jubilee. The preaching of Pastor Jack Schaap, who is pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana and Chancellor of Hyles-Anderson College...and the preaching of Pastor Mike Ray, who is pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Napa, California was just wonderful!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

picture of the week....

Hows is every one? It has been a little while since I put a picture on. I have been busy sorting out some other pics. I am done with those and this is one I liked. 
 This is one of favorite places to go when we go to the beach to relax. Hope you all enjoy.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Capitol Grille

Ok, so we finally used our gift card. I did not take pictures at the restaurant because there were several other couples around us and the atmosphere was such that a camera flashing would have been awkward. However, rest assured that the food was just out of this world and the service was impeccable. When we arrived, they ushered us to our table like we were royalty. They table was decorated with confetti and a gorgeous candle for Eric's birthday. There was also a card on the table signed by all the wait staff that said happy birthday. We each had a different type of steak which was by far the best steak I've ever eaten in my whole life. Then she brought a piece of choclate cheese cake with a candle in it with raspberries and more chocolate drizzled all over it. There are no words for this cake. I've never tasted anything like it and if I knew where to buy it or how to make it, I would never eat anything else. Also, our table was in a private dining area where you had to have a reservation to eat and also be celebrating a special occasion. So thank you everyone for our wonderful evening. We had an absolutely amazing time and we both wish we could go there every single week.

Kathryn Gulyas was Tagged

4 Things I was doing ten years ago
1. Living in Washington State
2. Starting my career as a legal assistant
3. Bought my dogs Jodie and Sarah
4. Took my first trip out of the country (Canada)

4 Things on my to do list today
1. Make it through another day with my crazy boss
2. Give Gracie a bath
3. Solve Candace's new riddle
4. Have dinner with Eric's family

4 Things I love about Eric
1. He wants every aspect of his life to be pleasing to God
2. He loves taking care of me
3. He is honest and trustworthy
4. He loves his family

4 Jobs I have had
1. Librarian
2. Kmart
4. Daddy's secretary :-)

4 Movies I have watched more than once
1. Facing the Giants
2. Anne of Green Gables
3. Little Lord Fauntleroy
4. Goodbye, Mr. Chips

4 Places I have lived
1. Alabama
2. Virginia Beach, VA
3. Port Orchard, WA
4. Strawberry Plains, TN

4 Places I have been
1. Victoria, Canada
2. Portland, Oregon
3. New York City
4. Bahamas

4 Places I want to visit
1. Europe
2. Australia
3. Alaska
4. Grand Cayman Islands

4 TV shows I watch
1. Hannity & Colmes
2. Andy Griffith
3. I Love Lucy
4. House Hunters

4 Things you may not know about me
1. I am scared of clowns and anything wearing a mask
2. I hate Snickers bars
3. I used to flush my egg salad sandwiches in the 1st grade (until I got caught)
4. I am a terrible cook

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Kevin Hanna was tagged

4 Things I was doing ten years ago...

Serving in the United States Navy

Fishing in the Pacific Ocean

Keeping my uniform ironed and shoes polished

Working out 2 hours everyday

4 Things on my to do list today

Have family devotions

Mow the lawn

Feed the chickens

Go to work

4 Things I love about my wife

She loves the Lord and wants to serve Him

She is drop-dead gorgeous

She is a wonderful mother

She is my best friend

4 Jobs I have had


Mow lawns

Pizza Hut


4 Movies I have watched more than once

Facing the Giants

How Green is my Valley


Charlotte's Web

4 Places I have lived

Mt. Vernon, IA

Williamsburg, VA

Memphis, TN

Silverdale, WA

4 Places I have been

Grand Canyon



Canton, NC

4 Places I want to visit

the Deep South


Boundary waters of Canada and US

New England

4 TV shows I watch

The Honeymooners

Andy Griffith

Little House on the Prairie


4 Things you may not know about me

I am a homebody

I have short, wide feet

I would love to be a farmer

I played the trombone for the Barnum & Bailey Circus

Caleb was tagged

4 Things I was doing 10 yrs. ago...

1.     Mowing lawns

2.     Getting ready for college

3.     Riding bikes to lion’s bridge with kristin

4.     Living in the Jamestown apts.

4 Things I like about mama

1.     She is sweet

2.     She cooks me food

3.     She takes me to Costco

4.     She saves me a seat at church

4 Things on my to do list today

1.     Go to work

2.     Update POT report

3.     Do my EL schedule

4.     Watch USC vs. Oregon state game

4 Jobs I have had

1.     Tommy Gardner Heating and Air

2.     Year round lawn maintenance

3.     Print shop at PCC

4.     Northrop Grumman

4 Movies I have watched more than once

1.     Lady and the Tramp

2.     Rage at Dawn

3.     Come Out Fighting

4.     Black Stallion

4 Places I have lived

1.     Asheville, NC

2.     Knox, TN

3.     Pensacola, Fl

4.     Newport News, VA

4 Places I have been

1.     Canada

2.     California, CA

3.     New Your City, NY

4.     Atlanta, GA

4 Places I want to visit

1.     Grand Canyon

2.     Santa Maria, CA

3.     Biltmore House

4.     Miami, FL

4 TV shows I watch (all on DVD, don't have TV)

1.     Sports Center

2.     Around the Horn

3.     PTI (Pardon the Interruption)

4.     College Football Live

4 Things you may not know about me

1.     I am a sports fanatic

2.     I like Georgia Bulldogs almost as much as TN Volunteers (sorry, Candace)

3.     I don’t use a strainer when I cook noodles so they are all slimy when I eat them

4.     I haven’t washed one dish since I have lived at Windward Towers (Thanks, CJ)


Mormor Was Tagged

4 Things I was doing 10 yrs. ago...

1.     Swimming at YMCA

2.     Driving to the store everyday

3.     Cooking everyday

4.     Walking everyday

4 Things I love about

1.     He cooks for me

2.     He is a very kind man

3.     He is handsome

4.     He took me to Norway

4 Things on my to do list today

1.  walking

2.     Brush teeth

3.   Eat chocolate

4.     Wash my hair

4 Jobs I have had

1.     Delivering false teeth to dentist offices

2.     Babysitting

3.     Waitress on boat

4.     Waitress in Canada

4 Movies I have watched

1.     Godfather

2.     Sound of Music

3.     Lady and the Tramp

4 Places I have lived

1.     Oslo, Norway

2.     London, England

3.     Montreal, Canada

4.     Brooklyn, NY

4 Places I have been

1.     Philippines

2.     China

3.     Germany

4.     Thailand

4 Places I want to visit

1.     Anna Greta

2.     Susan

3.     Kristin

4.     Norway

4 TV shows I watch

1.     Andy Griffith

2.     I Love Lucy

3.     News

4.     Deal or No Deal

4 Things you may not know about me

1.     Volunteered at a hospital

2.     I legally blind

3.     I have no memory

4.     I am 84 and I can still touch my toes



Saturday, September 20, 2008

Mama and Meradeth

The family went to the beach and Kevin snapped this picture. I really liked it and thought you all might too. I think that I look like daddy in this picture.

Friday, September 19, 2008

I Was Tagged

4 Things I was doing 10 years ago
a)Living in an apartment
b) Walking everyday
c) Living on 1200 calories a day
d) Losing weight
e) One more, home schooling

4 things on my to do list today
a) write Barbara a letter
b) do my walking w/my weights
c) listen to Dr. Hubbard on the radio
d) get things ready for daddy to have a relaxing evening

4 things I love about my husband
a) his faithfullness to the Lord
b) his Godly example to his family
c) his love for God's Word
d) his kindnesses to me

4 jobs I have had(now I know you are all rolling on the floor w/laughter waiting to read my answer to this one) Should I list them in order of how long I lasted.
a) during my teenage years: babysitter, worked in a doughnut shop and a bakery, and a hotdog stand at the beach.
b) homeschool teacher
c) substitute teacher
d) shipyard worker

4 movies I have watched more then once
a) Little Lord Fauntleroy
b) My Man Godfrey
c) Anne of Green Gables
d) the old Pride and Predjudice

4 places I have lived
a) Canada
b) Brooklyn
c) Huntington,LI
d) Knoxville

4 places I have been
a) Grand Canyon
b) Norway
c) Yellowstone
d) Nantucket

4 places I want to visit
a) Alaska
b) Death Valley
c) Nova Scotia
d) Costa Rica

4 TV shows I watch
a) news
b) antiques road show
c) McNeil news hour on PBS
d) really old Robin Hood shows produced in England on DVD's

4 things you may not know about me
a) I was young once
b) The first time I saw Jimmy I thought he was the cutest hunk in the world
c) I still think he is the cutest hunk in the world
d) If I could go back to college for free I would and get proficient in word,excel, and access

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I was tagged

4 Things I was doing 10 yrs. ago...

Lifeguarding at the YMCA

Taking a Pre-calculus class at Thomas Nelson

Trying to get into as much trouble as I could

Wrecking my bike everyday (usually caleb’s fault)


4 Things on my to do list today

Spend time with family

Work on Kevin’s album

Make chicken for tonight

Call Caleb, Ellen and Katie

4 Things I love about my husband

He is such a wonderful Christian

He loves spending time with me

He never complains

He wants to be with me the rest of his life

4 Jobs I have had

Housecleaner, Mowing, dishwasher/kitchen help, Lifeguard, Library worker, Cashier, Teacher, Volunteer, Caregiver, Swimming instructer, Tutor ( I know there are more than four here but oh well)


4 Movies I have watched more than once


The Princess Bride

Captain’s courageous

The Hunt for Red October

4 Places I have lived

Carrollton, VA

Santa Maria, CA

Pensacola, FL

Asheville, NC

4 Places I have been

Baja Peninsula



Papua New Guinea

4 Places I want to visit

Grand Canyon




4 TV shows I watch( all on DVD, don't have TV)


Dirty Jobs


Little Einsteins

4 Things you may not know about me

I have my motorcycle permit

I was really stupid and got a tattoo when I was young (did I mention I was stupid?)

I am still a “tomboy”

I have always been afraid of being alone

The 2008 McCain/Palin Road to Victory Rally!

Allyson and I had the opportunity to attend a rally at the Eastern Iowa Airport this morning! We had so much fun...and it was absolutely amazing! I've never been to anything like it in my life! In the above picture, as you can see, is John McCain on his way up the platform...shaking hands as he goes.

Here is Sarah Palin! And walking behind her in the dark suit is her husband waving at the crowds.

Palin spoke first...and I have many more pictures and video of this thrilling event that I will be adding to hannafam and my video site.

And McCain closed out the rally. Because of a nice older gentleman, Allyson was able to see most of the rally very well. He held her up above the crowds! :) I got to see McCain and Palin's plane fly in and they walk off w/many bodyguards swarming around them. Allyson and I waved our little American flags and did much cheering! :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I'm still thinking political...

Who am I?

I am under 45 years old,
  1. I love the outdoors,
  2. I hunt,
  3. I am a Republican reformer,
  4. I have taken on the Republican Party establishment,
  5. I have many children,
  6. I have a spot on the national ticket as vice president with less than two years in the governor's office.

Did you guess? (scroll down)

I am Teddy Roosevelt in 1900. Hmmm - so Sarah Palin is not qualified but Obama is?
Now let's look further into their experience:
From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United State Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working. After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World .... 143 days.
You couldn't get a job at McDonalds and become district manager after 143 days of experience.
You couldn't become chief of surgery after 143 days of experience of being a surgeon.
You couldn't get a job as a teacher and be the superintendent after 143 days of experience.
You couldn't join the military and become a colonel after a 143 days of experience.
You couldn't get a job as a reporter and become the nightly news anchor after 143 days of experience.
Strangely, a large sector of the American public thinks Obama's lack of experience qualifies him to be the President of the United States, but Sarah Palin's far greater experience disqualifies her to be the vice-president.
Only a liberal Democrat would be dumb enough to come to that conclusion.
Come on folks, we are not voting for the next American Idol!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Obama Caught Cheering for Stock Market Collapse, Oprah Boycott Planned
By Jackson Simpson
Sep 16, 2008

Does Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama want to see the stock market collpase? The Obama campaign has hot a snag of late and there are even some women that are planning a boycott of the Oprah Winfrey show as they believe she has been unfair by not giving Republican veep candidate Sarah Palin a forum to promote her historic run for the White House.
But now it appears that the Barack Obama campaign has gone over the top and a CNN report details that the campaign is thrilled that the stock market dropped over 500 points on Monday and they were hoping for the direst economic news possible.
While Americans were losing lots of value in their retirement plans and in their portfolios on Monday the Obama team was giddy according to CNN's Candy Crowley. Newsbusters notes that on Monday she confessed that Team Obama was happy as the stock market plunged. Crowley said this, "I mean, (the drop in the stock market) is what (the Obama campaign) wanted. They believe, of course, that the economy is one of their strengths and that they can paint John McCain as George Bush." How wrong is that - cheering for economic woes for every day Americans so they can score cheap political points. It looks like the Oprah boycott might be the least of Obama's worries.
From his radical stance on abortion to his prominence in the corruption scandals that has been virtually ignored by the mainstream media, Barack Obama is not fit to be Senator -- not to mention the next President of the United States.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Time to put your thinking caps on...

I've been intending to add a "back to school" post to the blog. We began on September 2nd...so school has been in session for nearly 2 weeks. Allyson and Kaleb have had a busy and fun summer! They went on camping trips and airplanes, the zoo, apple picking, to Disney World, the Holiday Inn water park, church outings, to Pee Wee Pony Camp, swimming, biking...and many other adventures! Now, it's time to buckle down and put our noses to the books. When I asked Allyson and Kaleb if they were ready to do an abundance of learning this school year, they gave me the thumbs up! :)

Kaleb decided to try two thumbs up.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Best Friends

I could take a million pictures like this. Whenever they sit next to each other, they always cuddle like this. Here they enjoying a Little Einstein's episode. I don't know what they are going to do when they don't live together. I hope it wont be traumatic. They do everything together.