Friday, November 26, 2010

A wonderful Day to give Thanks

Our Thanksgiving morning started at 5am with Marvin and I getting the 25 pound turkey in the oven.   Marvin washed the bird while I made the stuffing.  By 5:30 the turkey was stuffed and in the oven. 
Around 7 our daughter Jennifer called
They were headed to a friends house to have a Thanksgiving Dinner.
Logan got on the phone

He sang me the ABC song perfectly.  He said that they were going to "Shells" house to eat and Emma was not going. 
Emma then got on the phone and indeed she was going Logan was just teasing me

She sang the turkey to me.  In this picture she is modeling on her new bedding that she picked out. 
We miss our daughter and her family so much but the call today made my day!
Holly and Ricky had slept at our house and soon they got up and Jeremy, Sara, Kayla and Morgan arrived.  This is what our day looked like.

looking for deals and watching some football
We played candy land and Kayla and Morgan played Doctor on Uncle Ricky and Aunt Holly.  When Sara got ready to snap the picture of us playing candy land Max wanted to join in the fun. 

Kayla stopped to help papa peel, wash and cut the potatoes
 and then it was time to eat

After the feast and the cleanup we took a walk, played Balderdash (I have never laughed so much) my sister Joyce called, I called my mom and I called and talked to my daughter Jennifer again since I missed their presence.  Marvin also called his sister Lorene.    We have been so blessed! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It snowed and it is cold here

Last night it snowed about 1 inch.  When it does that this city shuts down because we are not used to.  The temperature dropped down to 22 and that also is a little cold here.  I made it into work at about 11 this morning.  I love it when it snows as long as I don't have to drive.  It is supposed to get slick tonight. 
Isn't this picture pretty with the leaves still on our little tree and the blue sky?
My poor roses are done for the season.
Max did not want to play in the snow even though he is an American Eskimo.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving this year

 " Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (New International Version)

I just love that verse.  Although we celebrate Thanksgiving on one day of the year we should be giving thanks everyday.

Can it be almost Thanksgiving already?  The hustle and bustle have already began.  Christmas is everywhere.  I love this time of year.  People seem to be more cheerful and giving.  I often wonder why we aren't like that all year around. 

This Thanksgiving will be at my house this year.  Holly, Ricky,Jeremy, Sara, Kayla and Morgan will be at our table.  We may have extra guests as well.    We will place a call to Georgia and speak to our daughter Jennifer, Matt, Emma and Logan.  We will also place a call to my moms and hear about her day with all her family and friends at her table. 

What can  my family expect?  A lot of food, laughter, noise, prayer, and just enjoying the time that we spend with each other.  We may even sneak in a game oh I forgot the parade and football. 

Now about the menu, I am still working on it but I do know for sure these things will be served, Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, pickle and olive tray and rolls.  This year I am making a new dessert, a Harvest cake.

I am wondering about everyone else.  What are your Thanksgiving plans this year?   I hope your time is full of family and friends.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

We are so very proud of our soldier Matt

This flag flew in Afghanistan while Matt was there.
This post is to honor our Son-in-law Matt and all the soldiers that have fought and are still fighting for our safety.
Our son-in-law Matt is a Major in the Army.  He has been deployed three times.  He has been home from Afghanistan since December 17th of 2009.  We are so very proud of him for risking his life to help keep us safe here.  When our soldiers are gone it is very hard for families and friends at home to resume daily life.   Our daughter Jennifer has been there every step of the way.   I cannot say I know how she feels because I am not the one that has suffered loneliness, being a single parent, taking care of everything that comes up.   I can tell you that I worried the whole time Matt was gone and in my prayers each night I asked God to keep Matt and all the soldiers safe.  Every news cast that came on I was glued to see what unit the fatalities were in.  I still felt raw even when I found out Matt was safe.  I was feeling the pain of other families.   I still feel the pain everyday. 
Last year I sent out an email to families and friends.  This is what it read:

Dear Family and Friends

I don’t even know his name but his life was spared yesterday by the grace of God in Afghanistan.  The bullet meant to harm him lodged in his helmet.  How do I know this because my son-in-law Matt witnessed it.  When my daughter Jennifer was telling me about it I asked her where the bullet came from.  She replied “the enemy.”  It hit me like a ton of bricks that this is real very real.    Our soldiers are there so we can be here in the “safe zone”    You are not going to see this one in the news and the many others that have similar stories.  Every one of those soldiers are heroes. .    Please pray that they are kept safe.  

Some pictures of Matt taken while he was in Afghanistan

Here are pictures when Matt was welcomed home.  Our daughter Jennifer and grand kids Emma and Logan model their shirts especially made for daddy's homecoming.  This homecoming took place at 2 AM. 
Jennifer and Matt first welcome home kiss
the kids seeing their daddy

The happy family reunited at last

So today we are honoring our Veterans for keeping us safe, and for giving up their families to keep us safe.  Everyone of them we honor.  I am proud to be an American and a soldiers mom in law.  We love you Matt.  Thank you.......You are our hero......

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Our family loves football but is it Nebraska or Oregon

Marvin and I were born and raised in Nebraska and all of our kids were born in Nebraska.  The Nebraska Corn huskers have always made quite a name for their football team.  But 22 years ago we moved to Oregon and soon became Oregon Ducks fans too.....Okay maybe I am speaking for myself but come on the Oregon Ducks are number one in the Nation.  Holly and our son in law Matt graduated for the University of Oregon. 
To get the festivities underway for tailgating this morning Holly cut up some Jalapenos for Jalapeno poppers.  Man we were all coughing and poor Holly was even crying.  We also rolled some Olives up in Bacon so they could grill at there area this morning. 

I forgot to say it was raining this morning when we got up.  It was not in the forecast.  It has cleared off and I hope they all stay dry. 
The crowd arrived and they were off to tailgate leaving me at home to babysit for the dogs and cook up so stew for when they get home. 

Marvin is in the picture but his true love is for the Nebraska Huskers.  He is so devoted that last week this is what he did. 
Our daughters Jennifer and Holly and our son in laws Matt and Ricky all went to the Oregon-Tennessee game.

Last year during my birthday celebration we all watched the Ducks play in the Rose Bowl
I think we have that bright red husker blood in us with a love for the Oregon Ducks.  

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Golden Hours

Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours.  They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge.  If you had all the money in the world, you couldn’t buy an extra hour.  What will you do with this priceless treasure?  Remember, you must use it, as it is only given once.  Once wasted you cannot get it back.    Author unknown