Sunday, November 30, 2008

Virginia Thanksgiving


Oh boy, what fun we're having!! We just finished driving one way over the bridge tunnel and now we're stopping at the look-out to take some pictures and enjoy the scenery. After this we stopped for lunch at the bridge restaurant...YUMMY! There will be many more pictures added of all the other fun things we did. I will put them on Shutterfly when I get home.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Activites before headin' to the Ozarks

Travis preparing to do some last minute discing in his fields before he leaves for the weekend...

We have the tree lighted and decorated...

Travis is Mama's wonderful helper when it's time to start packing! He dashes to everyone's drawers, grabs a handful of clothes, and throws it into the suitcase...packing DONE! :)

We are hoping to be pulling out at 4 in the morning...and arrive early in Eureka Springs, Arkansas to pick out a great restaurant to eat our Thanksgiving meal! Yum! ...can't wait...no cooking or cleaning up for me this year!
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! Goodbye...until December 1st!

Monday, November 24, 2008

We are SO blessed by God!

Sunday the 23rd...Thanksgiving Sunday! Here are pictures(by courtesy of Saundra Hoffert) of The Horn of Plenty. A huge cornucopia overflowing and spilling out w/every kind of produce you can think of. Remember to click on the photos to see them larger.

Anna and Allyson looking very cute...

All the produce is pre-ordered from a local grocery story, and the members in the church pick what they would like to buy to contribute to The Horn of Plenty. We bought 80 lbs. of red cabbage...LOL...if you look at the picture of Anna and Allyson you can see some of the cabbage to the right of Allyson.

Kevin singing in the choir...can you find him...

And here are the kindred spirits...that is what Allyson calls Anna. :)

...and Mama and her beautiful, sweet daughter...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mera playing at the park

We went to the park for today for a short time and Mera was so excited she went for the fastest slide first.
She didn't know it was the fastest ! She has no fear yet.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A day...Wednesday the 19th

Starting out the day w/a hearty breakfast of cereal and juice...Kaleb is drinking is favorite...cranberry juice.

Allyson doing her chores...

Having school...

Going to ice skating lessons...

Mama watching Allyson skate. I'm so proud of how much she's learned. :) This last lesson they were working on twirls and spins.

Travis looking as cute as a puppy...his innocent puppy face...

Kaleb making a carnivorous dinosaur face...

Allyson and Kaleb taking their books back to the Iowa City Library...

Playing w/the train set in the kid section...

Travis and Kaleb could do this all day. After a while, Allyson leaves in search for a book...

At home eating pretzels and watching Duck Tales...

It's 6:30pm! Putting our coats on and heading to church...

At the end of our day...it didn't take long for three weary kids to fall fast asleep...


...We did have lunch and supper in there somewhere :)

"for the LORD seeth not as man seeth"

*But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

*Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

*The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

*Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

*But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hello Everybody ... Remember Me?


Hey everyone! There's a song I heard in church a couple of weeks ago for the first time. Eric and I both thought it was one of the most beautiful songs we had ever heard. I wanted to share it with everyone else. I searched on the internet and finally found a video on You Tube with a church choir singing it. They do a really wonderful job. I hope everyone else enjoys it as much as we did.
"To Rescue A Sinner Like Me"

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008



Like Spain, we have just capitulated to the extreme Islamists and the George Soros socialists. The apathetic, and greedy self-interest voter, has made his/her choice. The voter has chosen; European style socialism over the capitalist free market system, Islam over Christianity, bondage over liberty, and punishment of achievement over self reliance. President Bush took the War on Terror to the enemy and his soil; Obama will capitulate and bring the war to our soil, and we will defend our borders with a smaller military. Instead of learning the lessons of other failed socialistic governments, sadly we have decided to join them.

History has proven that a democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) usually followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations have progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith
From spiritual faith to great courage
From great courage to liberty
From liberty to abundance
From abundance to complacency
From complacency to apathy
From apathy to governmental dependency
From governmental dependency back into bondage

Thanks to these duped voters, we will now progress rather quickly from the complacency to apathy stage to the apathy to governmental dependency stage. And, then we will awake some morning and find ourselves in the governmental dependency back into bondage stage!

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. . . . . Ronald Reagan

Monday, November 10, 2008

Our weather in CA.

Well, we haven't had any real weather yet  Just shy of an inch of rain in the last three weeks. 
 We did get some rain last night,and had some nice clouds this morning but no pics. So I wanted to show this picture from last weekend on 11/01 at the beach. It may look cold but it was actually very nice out. Warm and humid. I think Kristin put some other pics on shutterfly of the same day with Mera in them. Anyway this is typical for this time of year.    

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Our weather


Snow. In Iowa, we are seeing the first snowfall of many yet to come. It's not bitterly cold yet...for which I am thankful for. :)
How about the rest of ya...Virgina, California, and Florida? ...how about a weather photo post from all of you? I know Mama and Daddy are enjoying beautiful fall colors right in their own backyard!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Crusaders Club

Crusaders Club has been practicing songs and verses for weeks to do as a special in front of the church. Last Wednesday night, they sang The B-I-B-L-E and Get the New Look...and quoted many Bible verses! They did an awesome job! It was SO precious and sweet! :)
Can find our cute little Allyson?

They raise their Bibles when they sing this line..."Get the new look from God's Word!"

Family picture taken for directory at church