Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Year in Review

Here are some of the highlights from 2009.

1. In January, I started memorizing 2 Bible verses a month. I just finished memorizing two this month, which makes a total of 24 verses I memorized this year. I love how God's word energizes me and makes me a stronger believer. Here are a couple of my favorite verses:

"Find rest, o my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; my fortress, I will not be shaken." Psalm 62:5-6

"Ah, Lord God; behold You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You." Jeremiah 32:17

"Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are compassionate, generous and righteous. They do not fear bad news. They confidently trust the Lord to care for them." Psalm 112:4, 7

2. In February, the Panda Bear became my new obsession (yeah, right)!

Also, in February, a great friend and wonderful person (and fellow blogger) Janel, a.k.a "Miss Wanderlust" got married to a wonderful man - Adam. It was a beautiful ceremony that my hubby performed and I had the privelege of being one of a few guests. It was great celebrating their marriage again in April, when they got back from their "cruise" wedding celebration.

3. In March, I officially signed on and became a Facebooker....or as some people like to call it an "FB stalker"..... hahaha

4. In April, I reached the 1,000 blogger viewer other words, supposedly 1,000 people have checked out my blog/profile. Or,maybe it's just 2 or 3 people who have hit the site a couple hundred times each, just to make me think I have people looking at my blog!!!
5. In May, was Mac's wedding. The whole family was involved. It was quite fun. We traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa...(let me just say that there was only 1 restaurant in Council Bluff that had menu's (jk) but it was still fun, even though it was a small town; the wedding was wonderful.Rebekah (our middle daughter) was the maid of honor (in yellow). Mark officiated the wedding. I sang and played the keyboard and Jake was the ring bearer. Quite a family affair.
Some of the cool parts about this wedding were the "worship painting" that an artist was painting during the ceremony while everyone could see it. (An original work of art that came out beautiful). Also, the fact that the best man prayed over the entire wedding party during the ceremony. Also, the purity ring that the bride was able to present to her new husband on their wedding day.....just a fantastic, godly event.
6. In June, I got to go on a little R&R trip to Tarpon Springs, Florida where my good friend and fellow Pastor's wife, Helen, lives. She treats me so well when I am there....pampers me and makes her homemade chocolate chip cookies that are to die for (best I've ever had!) She started her own cookie business....her company name is "Nana's Best Cookies and Cakes." She is a "Nana" just like it!

7. In July, Mark and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary. We took the family out to eat. It was great fun. Our girls and grandson are a lot of fun to be around. We laugh our heads off sometimes. That night was one of those times. Here's a pic from the fun celebration.

8. August was my "bloggaversary" and I celebrated with a give-away. I love it when people who have never won anything win - it's so much fun.

9. September brought a trip to Disney World in Florida, with our grandson Jake. I must say that it is so much fun going to Disney World with a 6 year old. He loved it and so did we. The pic at the top of the page was from that trip.

10. October was Mark's 51st birthday and Rebekah's 22nd birthday. It's hard to believe my husband is past 50 and my middle daughter is past 21....yikes....I'm getting old....but, alas, that comment is for December!

11. November is the month for Thanksgiving. That is my favorite holiday. I have sooooo many things to be grateful for. I'm thankful for Jesus and his gift of salvation; for family and friends; and for so many everyday blessings. Thank You, God!

12. Yikes...the month I turned the BIG 5 - 0! Wow, that's hard to write. It was a great month of celebration that started at the end of November with a party of 100 of my closest friends!!! And continued right on to December 17th which is my actual b-day. Of course, my b-day is not the biggest one in December - that honor belongs to my Savior, Jesus, the Christ, who came so many years ago to this earth, lived a sinless life; died on the cross for my sin and rose again to conquer death!

Thank You, Jesus for a great 2009. I look forward to a wonderful 2010. No matter what the year may hold, I know You will be holding me so everything will be alright.

How about you? How has 2009 gone? What are you looking foward to in 2010?

Thanks to all my blog friends for making this a great year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas to all...

Hope you have a blessed holiday season. I am thankful to have made so many new friends in the "blog world" this year. I pray that each and everyone of you will have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Spiritually Healthy New Year!




......and to all a good night!!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

It's Hard to Believe

A half of a century - It's hard to believe I will be 50 years old this month. And, yet, my family just won't let me forget it. They threw me a surprise party. My middle daughter, Rebekah, took charge. She really out-did herself. The whole room (including the guests) were decked out in black and white. Every table had red roses (100 of them in all!!)
Rebekah told Mark and I to wear the outfits she bought/picked out. My hubby said we were going on a special date night. So, off we went all dressed up, only instead of it being just the two of us, it ended up being just the 100 of us. Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate. Your friendship makes my joy complete.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

How can it be?

Oh, November, where have you gone? How can your friend December be here already?

Anyone else feel that way?