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A Few Wedding Photos!

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Yesterday was the day!

Afternoon photos were planned, so we started with hair and make up at our house at 10:00am.  1 bride, 8 bridesmaids, 1 flower girl, and 2 Mama's were getting ready here!  Also my friend Amy came and spent the day with me.  She really was a help to me in setting up the facility and then later during the reception.    She and I actually had to chance to go get a late lunch, early dinner and spend a quiet hour and a half before we needed to be back at the wedding venue.  It was a gift!


Our pastor's wife did Emma's hair and make up!  She also helped with 2 other girls hair.

Our friend Julie (who cuts our hair regularly) came and did my hair, Lindsay's, Rachel's, and Sarah's. This is Rachel's hair.

 Here is Sarah.  She was a beautiful woman yesterday.

My friend Susan does amazing arrangements with flowers.  She, Emma and I had all gone to choose flowers last month.  This is what she did with what we chose. Susan sent me these photos from her p…

A Brief Break

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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  We did!

We spent it with all our kids, and our granddaughter, my parents and our friend Denny, and our long time friends Rick and Jane. So really it was a family day.

We've been friends with these two for 26 years.   Nate was 3 months old when we met them!  We have shared our lives over the years and love them like family.

Very fun, and laid back, just how I like it.

Tonight Tim and I are going with our friend Denny to see Star Wars.  That should be fun, too.

The wedding is now 3 days away.  So very exciting! Monday we will pick up our desserts, and the sheet cakes (the wedding cake will be delivered on Tuesday to the venue), have the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.  Emma's out of town bridesmaid flew in this afternoon.

I am going to take brief breakat least until after the wedding, but perhaps until after our anniversary on January 2nd.

I am so thankful for all the Lord has done in our lives.  How He has brought my children their spouses, h…

Merry Christmas!

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He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, He the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute." Augustine





If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: "God with us." We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth! John MacArthur











"A Hallelujah Christmas" by Cloverton from Ross Wooten on Vimeo.

Momentous Moment

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Rachel is now a licensed driver!

Woo Hoo!



 Congratulations!



Sitting In The Quiet On Christmas Adam

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Today is Christmas Adam, the day before Christmas Eve.  It's quiet this morning with the kids sleeping in, and Tim off to work.

I'm spending time talking with the Lord - praying about details for the wedding, work for Tim over the winter months (especially with the rain), the day ahead.

I'm going to get my hair trimmed today, and then I pick up my dear friend Jane from the train station.  She is coming in from NYC which she has been visiting as a birthday treat with her oldest daughter.  Her husband, our pal Rick (we've known them 26 years), is driving up from Florida and visiting some of his family in Maryland before he arrives here!  We are so excited to have them spending Christmas with us!  They are going to visit some other friends between Christmas and the wedding, but will definitely be here for the wedding.  The kids are excited that today is the day they come, and so are we.  They're family, though not by blood.

That is all that is on my 'official' sc…

Well, The Weekend Flew By

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Incredible.  Here we are on Monday of Christmas week!  Time is flying by!


I hope you are savouring the moments, and enjoying a good cup of tea, now and then, and listening to good music and enjoying all the joy of this season.

 Emma's fiance' Vinnie arrived early as a surprise to her!  We all knew he was coming, and it was hard to not tell her.  They are getting their license today!  

This is a full week for us, so I'm not sure how much I'll be posting.  Tim turns 50 on Thursday, and that is also the day that Rachel takes her driving test.  She's ready, but a bit nervous.  So excited for her.  

Our long time friends Rick and Jane are coming on Wednesday to spend Christmas with us and celebrate Tim's birthday.  His brother is home from Africa so we get to see them too!

Christmas is a favorite day around here, then we have the weekend, and the rehearsal on Monday evening, then the wedding!  I told someone at church yesterday that in a blink of an eye, it'll be ove…

Wedding Planning: 12 Days

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Can you believe it?  I can't.  Wow.

Here is where we stand.  

Brides Gown, shoes, and accessories - Ready!

Brides Hair and Make up - Trial run a success!  Good to go for the big day!

Groom and Groomsmen clothing - Emma decided to change out the ties this week.  So new ties on the way. Everything else good to go.

Bridesmaids - Ready!

Flower girl and Ring Bearer = Ready!

Flowers - ordered.  I pick them up early on Monday the 28th and drop them off to my friend Susan!

Cake - ordered!  It is going to be a petite masterpiece!

Centerpieces - Ready!

Plates, flatware, napkins, cups for hot and cold drinks - Ready!

Ceremony details - Work in Progress

Photographer - Lined up and Ready to Go.

Home Keeping: Holiday Baking

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I have been doing a lot of baking this Christmas season.  I've made low carb Snickerdoodles (pretty decent) and Cowboy cookies (I made a modified regular chocolate chip cookie with 4 kinds of chips), and a lot of Cappuccino Muffins.

These are always popular and this year they were made a bit more special by the addition of some special chocolate chips that I bought at Aldi.  They were a seasonal item and I haven't seen any more there, but I may just have missed them the last time I was there.


The recipe is originally from this Gooseberry Patch cookbook -

 These muffins are very good anytime of year, not just in the autumn. 

The sign of a well loved recipe is the cooking stains on the page!  I double this recipe and use a regular sized muffin tin and I get 36 muffins.


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