Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful for family and friends.....for health and for good health insurance and doctors when we need them. For food on our tables, a roof over our heads and a working furnace to keep us warm.......for a Father who gave us the ultimate gift..... We are so blessed!
We are going to my parents to celebrate with my family today.  It will be a little different due to a change in a recent family dynamic but that's the way it is.  There is always change whether we want it or not.  I know that is something I have had trouble dealing with in the past.  I know it will hit me hard when my daughter goes to college but for now I can only embrace the changes and go with the flow.
Photo of the moon
Nicole, at a recent band awards ceremony

Lexi, at a Brownie Induction

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Beautiful November Weather!

Today our pastor gave a definition for remission:  "Letting go as if it has never been committed."  He was talking about forgiveness but it just struck me how it could be applicable in so many different ways.....including cancer.  I often want to just forget I ever had it but it will always be there no matter how much I want to forget it.  I think though that I have reached the point that i feel I can live again without all the debilitating fear that it will return. 

It has been such a busy weekend!
On Friday we went to meet a dear friend in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who had flown in from Seattle for a wedding.  I have never met this lady named Nancyjean in real life until Friday.  We drove many hours to spend a meal at the Olive Garden and then walk around the mall.  We also collaborated with a friend of hers who lives about an hour from us.  He wanted to surprise her so I had to tell her a little lie that i was babysitting an extra child so she would reserve an extra spot at the table.  The look on her face was priceless when she jumped from her chair shrieking his name.  I think the other customers wondered about her.    After we left her we decided to stop at the Flight 93 Crash site which is currently under construction.  We didn't have a lot of time as it was about to close but we were glad we stopped. 
Norm and Tyler braving Pittsburgh in his Eagles sweatshirt

Nancyjean, snapping photos of Tommy

"What?! No Eagles Store? (Tyler)

Norm, Ty, Lexi and I

Norm, Ty, Lexi, Nancyjean and I

Nancyjean and Tommy

At the Flight 93 Memorial

This Saturday was also Nicole's State Band Competition where they walked away with first place!

This weekend also busy with working in flower gardens, loads of laundry, birthday parties, a herd of deer, a pig roast, Christmas shopping ,choir Sunday and a fellowship meal at church................ I'm tired!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Autumn activities

As the weather cools, I am realizing that I am growing to love Autumn, particularly October when the leaves change to brilliant golds, reds and oranges.

 Nicole, homecoming dance
 Nicole and Coby

 Tyler had to dress like a hero for a wax museum at his school so he chose George Washington.  Lexi chose a cool girl for her Trick or Treat costume.