Sunday, November 30, 2008

One Little Indian . . .

Sue Myers helped the kindergarten class with this costume.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Annie Visits

Andrew spends many lonely hours without a playmate, so he was delighted when his cousin, Ann Marie, stayed overnight with us. They played together all day!! When she left this evening, a little boy's heart was crushed!

Cousins Game Night

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner at AWC

Once again we gathered for a Thanksgiving dinner in the dining hall at AWC. The Student Council did a great job of decorating for the event. The kitchen crew provided another superb meal. Joe Ball and Miss Ritchey shared memories of God's blessings and Thanksgiving. Susanna Sturtevant, Kasia Cope and Valerie Quales sang a special. We all joined together to sing a couple choruses of praise. All in all, it was a lovely evening! Here are some pictures of the decorations.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Time for a Coat

just out the door

a final goodbye to mom

We are thankful that we have the church academy nearby. Andrew leaves just before I do in the morning. He goes over to the Quales where he waits with Brittany and Brooke Quales for Barb Sannes to pick them up. In the afternoon Valerie Quales brings Andrew, her two girls, and Barb's two boys, Victor and Bradley, back from school.

Andrew has enjoyed every moment of his school experience for which we are very thankful.

The Beauty of Snow

Outside kitchen door


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Shopping before the Christmas Rush

After spending nine hours overtime this week at the office, I was more than happy to go Christmas shopping today with Mom. Andrew does not always look forward to shopping, but he soon fit right into the mood with us. We started out at Lion and the Lamb right here in Salem and then moved on to Value City in Alliance. They are closing in just four days and had everything 70% off. I did not pick any Christmas gifts up there, but did find some things for baby showers. (I always like to have things tucked away, so that I do not have to make a special trip to town just before a shower.) We then went over to Carnation Mall. I was able to find some things there for people on my list. We did not think our day would be complete without going to Ollies in Canton. I found some really good buys!!! The day was very profitable, and I was able to get gifts for most of the people on my list. The delightful part of Christmas is giving. It is so rewarding when you know that you found that perfect gift for someone special in your life. A bonus--I will not have to shop with the larger crowds next week after Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dust of Snow by Robert Frost

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Going to a Birthday Party

Andrew was invited to go to a birthday party for Brooke Quales. She is turning 10. Since the Quales live right next to us, Brooke and Andrew play together.

In his eagerness to go to the party he put his hoody on backwards.

All set to go!!! (At the last minute my brave little fellow wondered if I would go with him to carry the bag!!)

Andrew and Brooke

Friday, November 14, 2008

Family Project...Fall Evening

Leaves...rakes...a wheelbarrow...tag...smoke balls...bean soup...homemade bread...bonfire...aroma of leaves burning...blinking jets...twinkling stars...full moon...glowing of a family.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Kindergarten Field Trip

Andrew and his two classmates recently enjoyed a trip to the fire station in Salem. They learned valuable information about what to do in case of a fire.

Andrew, Brentin Duvall, Clayton Myers

Saturday, November 8, 2008

After Election Jitters!!!

This is what I saw when my doorbell rang at 8:30 p.m. Enjoyed the girls stopping by for a visit!!

Lynn Nevseta, Jenny Troyer, Stephanie Washburn, Danielle Leamer, Sarah Nevseta

Sweethearts Forever

My first roses from Andrew. I guess I will be the lucky girl for the next several years!!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Remembering My Father

November 5th marked 11 years since my father passed away! Memories still bond us together even though time flies on. I still deeply miss him. There are a lot of little things as well as big things that I would like to share with him. I am sure that he would enjoy Andrew. Dad always had time for the little ones. Dad, just want you to know that I deeply miss you. I am looking forward to the time when we will be reunited in heaven!!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sunday Afternoon Walk

Susanna Wesley's Prayer

I thank you, O God, for the relief and satisfaction of mind that come with the firm assurance that you govern the world; for the patience and resignation to your providence that are afforded as I reflect that even the tumultuous and irregular actions of the sinful are, nevertheless, under your direction, who are wise, good, and omnipotent, and have promised to make all things work together for good to those who love you.

"I lift up my eyes to the hills--where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2