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Ringing In The New Year...

We've had a lot going on around here lately, Tim and the girls have put in many extra hours at work, we have taken fun trips, celebrated my husband's birthday, then Christmas.

So I think tonight we are going to lay low.  We were going to do a big party like we used too, and then let Lindsay open gifts at midnight, but with New Year's Day being Sunday - we had to let that idea go.  So for tonight we will eat taquitos and won tons, chips and dip, chocolate cake and who knows what else.  We have our sparkling red grape juice, and Mexican Coca-Cola.

We'll probably watch a movie and maybe play a few games!  When midnight hits we will hug and kiss, wish each other "Happy New Year" and the kids will jump into bed and hopefully they will be able to wake up easily for church tomorrow!

I like the start of a New Year!  Everything is fresh and exciting.  There will be challenges and changes, joys and sorrows, and well, life.  I am so thankful for the Lord and His goodness a…

Playing With My New Camera

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Sarah sleeping away in my bed the other evening while I was reading...


My favorite lantern - it makes it's way around the house - currently on my desk.


I rearranged my room this week and I am enjoying it very much.  This is a photo of my new camera.  Panasonic Lumix with a Leica lens...


I was reading a few favorite bloggers...Melissa, my niece


And Rosie, my friend.
Todayit snowed a bit, very soft, light snow...

My lamppost in all it's Christmas finery...


and the garland, lights and bows.  These will stay up for a while, even though the tree came down today.


In my bathroom...
Holly over the kitchen table...


Sarah's new walking stick...


Maxx asleep on my bed...


Festive garland and lights over our bed...


Greetings from friends far away...


I am enjoying learning to use the camera.  Thanks for letting me try it out on you!

The Fun Continues

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From far away my tree is still so beautiful...


Up close the poor thing is so dry and the needles are falling fast!


The fact that the tree is able to hold the ornaments and other decorations is amazing.
I really should take it down, and I will....soon.



Right now though we have been having fun - we went to see Tin Tin on Monday night, and Tuesday my mom came and hung out with us, after we finished school.  Then we watched the old BBC miniseries Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy with our friend Denny.  We actually started it Christmas night but it is 6 hours so we did half then and half tonight.  It was good, in a slow moving, espionage kind of way.
Tomorrow when Tim gets off from work we are headed up to Cabela's with my folks.  

Yep, that tree is going to have to wait.

Afterglow...

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We had a lovely Christmas...

Sarah
Rachel
Kyle
Lindsay
Mom and Dad
The Family
Emily
Anniversary's coming...
 Nate, Kamryn, and Kayleigh
We finally got our family photos done...we usually do them around Thanksgiving...oh, well.

I guess people will be getting their cards for New Year's this year!

More to come in the next few days....

Merry Christmas!

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

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And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14



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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16
The older I get the deeper I feel Christmas...it is not all lightheartedness - it is deeper a joy that is increased by knowing that there is much sorrow.  
Among the new babies and marriages, there are those who have lost dearest loved ones and they hurt.  This is why Jesus came...to save us, to bind up our broken hearts, to free us.
I am full of deep joy...I pray you are too!


Blessings...


Deanna

Welcome Winter

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Winter has come, at least to the Mid-West.  Here in the Mid-Atlantic it is so mild.  In fact it is so mild that the Swallowtail Butterfly that spun a late chrysalis emerged today.  She is beautiful, but we do not know how it will survive - there are no flowers to get nectar from.
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Instead of the lovely snow in these paintings, we have rain.  We are running around in light coats or sweaters instead of wool coats.  www.allposters.com

Christmas is just days away and I must say that I am excited.  It is a wonderful holiday - one in which we celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus.  We went to Sight and Sound yesterdayto see The Miracle of Christmas.  It was very good and an excellent way for the kids to be reminded again about why He came.
The next few days are pretty relaxed but then Tim's birthday, Christmas, and the next weekend Lindsay's 20th birthday and our 24th anniversary.  I will try to blog as much as I can, but with so much going on (as wel…

Christmastime In New York City

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We took a trip into New York City on Monday.  Yes, I drove.  Once we got into the city our friend Denny and I traded places.  He used to live there and knows the city very well.


Here is the Freedom Tower on the site of the World Trade Center.
It will be a total of 1776 feet when it is completed.


Lady Liberty...


The girls shoes with a tiny Statue of Liberty in the background...





Brooklyn Bridge...


Metropolitan Museum of Art


Denny had a bit of shopping for his store to do, so Emily and Tim goofed off....

I had taken Rachel and Sarah to the American Girl Store which is only a block away from...


Rockefeller Center...Sarah wanted to skate there very badly, but did I mention how crowded it was in the city yesterday?



Woody was hanging around so I got their photo with him.  We took it for Kyle who spent the night with our good friends the Eldredges! He had a blast!  Thanks so much!

Watching the skaters at Rockefeller Center...



The photos do not do justice to the beautiful windows in St. Patrick's Cath…