Saturday, December 27, 2008
Then it was time to head home for the unwrapping of presents. This was the year of the snowflake--literally as well as figuratively! Wally spent countless hours cutting out huge snowflakes which I discovered tucked everywhere on Christmas morning when I got up early. Pretty cute!
What a luxury to spend a quiet day with family and with the Lord at the center!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
It occurred to me that God uses the "advent calendar" of His Word to speak to us in well-crafted word pictures on a daily basis. It doesn't matter how many times I read the same verse over and over, He still finds new ways to enlighten me with his truths. It's like unwrapping a Christmas present every day, peeling back the layers of His wisdom as He finds new ways to give me those delightful "ah ha" moments. Each day I open the "present" that He intends for me to use for such a time as this. What a mighty God we serve!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
And if you don't have the luxury of a gas fireplace, you have a husband who comes up with a clever alternative, at least from and aesthetic standpoint....a candlelight fire
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We have 6" of snow on the ground and more on the way. The school district finally decided to call off classes tomorrow. Today we had a 2 hour delay in the start time, but it snowed heavily all day and it was quite the fiasco watching people try to get out of the parking lot and up the hill to the main street...especially those newly licensed sophomores. Even though I'll bemoan the make-up day in June, it's nice to have this surprise time off to catch up on last minute Christmas stuff...translation: I need to decorate the santa cookies! Jess has had 3 snow days in a row in Portland. Thankfully she'll be taking the train up on Sat. instead of trying to out-guess the weather and drive it.
Christmas village made by Wally's Mom
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
In past years I have railed against winter and its leaden skies and all pervasive darkness. But what does that accomplish? Is it any less dark at 6:40 am when I leave for work? Is it any less dark at 4:30 pm when I get home? No! It occurred to me that I was only making myself miserable. So, if I can't beat it, then I need to join it, right?!
I am learning to embrace this season. True, the holidays help because there are colored lights and music and frivolity everywhere (as long as you're not trapped in a mall!) But aside from that, I'm creating a routine of sorts when I get home that is helping me to turn the blaaahs into ahhhs. I light my pine-scented candle, I plug in all the twinkle lights, I put on Windham Hill's "Winter Solstice" album and settle in with a cup of tea before I launch into dinner preparations and other chores. It's working!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
But they saved the best for last when the Sweet Pumpkin Marimba band showed with their 7 (yes...count 'em, 7!!) marimbas and their two bongos. Now for someone who is as percussion/rhythym addicted as myself, this was sheer heaven and they did not disappoint...3 fabulous pieces from Zimbabwe and South Africa and I wore a hole in the floor in front of my seat where my feet couldn't resist tapping!
Monday, December 1, 2008
The betters and the man with a mission...
The food including....
Grandpa Waynee's surprise pie. The list of ingredients includes: cheesecake, peanut butter, cool whip, unknown berries...ummm.....yeah...
Friday Jess, Wally, Stacia and I did Christmas in Fairhaven..fun!and....we ran into Emily who was serving her very first tapas special at Avenue Bread
In his proper role at last!
The king and his princess!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Baby quilt for niece, Eliza's, first baby due next month!
baby sweater and hat for Maria Pineda's little girl, born last week. Maria is a Latino, whom I met while working at Shuksan Middle School. We share a birthday! Maria is a 2005 graduate from Sehome, but we keep in touch.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Miss Whitaker says, "welcome to my class!"
Teacher Wally working with a reading group!
That night Jess and her roommate, Heather, made us a fabulous dinner and we played weird games with her buddies!
Stars among stars!
All too soon it was time to head back to B'ham? :( Thanks, Jess, for such a special time!