1/6/14 ice skating, walking in the cemetery and a snow day, Day 6/365…

We went ice skating this last weekend. We took Beth’s boyfriend. It was busier that other times that we have gone. This time there were a lot of younger kids who were relatively new to skating. 1630c11

We went for a walk at the local cemetery the other day. This was the weekend before all of the snow started to fall. We like to wander around there. If some of the trees branches have fallen, we take them to the outside edges so that the city can pick them up the next time that they are there to mow the grass. Our cemetery has a lot of older head stones, a lot of the deceased dates are from around 1930. Some of them have been worn away by the weather. We have seen one new burial there since we moved into this house. Now and then someone puts flowers onto a grave. There is a buckeye tree in the cemetery so we go in the summer and collect buckeyes. marker marker 2 markers tree in cemetary

Today our town is shut down because of all of the snow. The kids were scheduled to start back to school today after the Christmas and New Years break. We shoveled twice yesterday and went inside at about 7:00 pm. We had the drive and the sidewalk clear. The drive is now full of snow up to the top of the drifts. It isn’t too cold out, about 14 deg, but it may get to – 15 tonight and – 5 tomorrow. The kids got some board games for Christmas, I am hoping to get to play them today.

Here are some pictures: 170 161 162 1615 1619 168 1616 1617 1618lady washing clothes roof spaces available

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

December 2013 Bible verse: “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his soulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 New Living Translation

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12/28/13 Christmas traditions, Day 362/ 365…

I have a friend who has six kids. At first when they had two or three kids, they opened all of their presents on Christmas morning. When they had a few more kids, it just didn’t work any more. They had presents from Santa, the parents, the presents that the kids were giving each other and some of the teachers sent home a present to all of the kids in their classes. It became too much. They decided to change and have the twelve days of Christmas. They start twelve days before Christmas. Each night has a theme. One night is presents from parents. The next day may be presents from teachers. They have a few of the kids give their presents to everyone one day and others give theirs the next. They have been doing this for years and it really works for them. Before there was so much unwrapping that no one could see what had been opened. Every family is different.

Here are some pictures: Christmas tree1 Christmas tree2Christmas trees birdbarter picturetrees automatic door button

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

December 2013 Bible verse: “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his soulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 New Living Translation

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12/26/13 Christmas…

Merry Christmas!

We had a fun Christmas. The day before Christmas we volunteered at church. We are still relatively new there so volunteering has been a good way to meet people. Maggie volunteered in the child care area and William, Beth, Beth’s boyfriend and I made hot chocolate.

On Christmas morning we finish the nativity set. When the kids were young we started Joseph and Mary in a different room and had them move each night closer to the nativity set…unless we forgot about them for a night and moved them an extra amount the next night…or the year that we got busy with homework and they made the whole trip Christmas morning. Then we bring in baby Jesus. We read a little from the Bible, the part about the census and returning to Bethlehem and the angles appearing to the shepherds. Then we open presents. Mom comes over on Christmas. We do have a large family, but mom is the only one in town.

I haven’t written in a while so if I repeat pictures or stories, I am sorry. I repeat myself a lot in real life too!!!

I can’t get the pictures to load. I will have pictures on another post.

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

December 2013 Bible verse: “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his soulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 New Living Translation

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12/14/13 putting up the Christmas tree, Day 348/ 365…

I’m sorry that I haven’t written in a while. We have been busy with school. I also lost my cord for my Nook. I can write on it until it needs re-charged, but I can’t transfer anything to the computer. I would like to say that the cats took the cord, but I think that it is too big for them to carry.

We put up our Christmas tree last night. We keep all of the Christmas things in the basement. We found the Christmas tree, which was at the bottom of the pile since we have rearranged the basement  a few times in the last year. After digging it out, we started looking for the base. We all looked and got a flashlight. Finally one of the kids said that she thought that we had put it in the Christmas tree box so that we could find it. It was there. We brought up the ornaments, which are now all in one big plastic tote, and the wreath for outside. When we got them open we didn’t have any lights. They were in the basement in a box which we had labeled “Christmas lights”. I don’t usually label boxes as well as I should so it was nice that this one had been labeled. We separated the tree branches by size and started putting up the tree. We have a long rope that we keep with the tree and we tied the center pole of the tree to the close furniture, to help the tree stay up. Then we put up the tree. By now Maggie had decided that she was too warm and had gone to put shorts on and Beth decided that she was cold and was completely wrapped in a blanket. But everyone was there. We put up the lights with all of us standing around the tree handing the lights to the next person until the whole string is on the tree. We decided not to use the lights that have a music box on them…when they are plugged in the music starts playing. The tree actually looked really good with only lights on it. Christmas tree lights We started adding the ornaments. We were all watching the cats. Our older cat doesn’t play with the tree much, but we weren’t sure what the new cat would do. cat2 (2) cat1 We have a separate little ”parade” of ornaments that go off to the side. They are the Christmas things that won’t go on the tree.parade1 parade2 Maggie set this up and William, Beth and I put up ornaments. Then later Maggie helped with the tree. We have enough ornaments to put about three on each branch, the kids pointed out that maybe that is why the tree falls over is because we have too much weight on it. I think that it is because we need a new base. If we put less ornaments on the tree, how would we decide which ones to leave off. We could rotate them, having a three year plan, but I like seeing all of them. Christmas tree1 Christmas tree2 The new cat started playing with the lower ornaments and climbing in the tree. This morning she was on the back of a chair so that she could look at the higher ornaments.

The wreath is up outside, the tree is up and the manger scene is set up except for baby Jesus who hasn’t arrived yet. Manger scene We have some decorations that need to be put up around the house and we will be all done.

When we were finished we took a Christmas picture in front of the tree with the kids. Except that William said that he wouldn’t be in it this year. We also got the cats to be in it. Except for our little cat who ran out of the picture. Some years we have everyone and some years we don’t.

I thought that we could finish the evening by watching a Christmas movie. The kids said that they already had ”Sherlock Homes” in. They had been watching it another day and wanted to finish it first. So we finished ”Sherlock Homes”.

So this is us. Our tree doesn’t stay up, we are in shorts and wrapped in blankets, we don’t get everyone into the Christmas picture and we watch ”Sherlock Homes” as our Christmas movie. But we are together, we get along most of the time so from out house to yours, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and you make a lot of fun memories of your own this next year!!!

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

December 2013 Bible verse: “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his soulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 New Living Translation

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12/5/13 decorating for Christmas, Day 339/ 365…

We are going to put up our Christmas tree tomorrow. We are starting to get into the spirit. We have started playing Christmas music while we decorate. We spend a lot of time putting up decorations in the house. Putting up the tree is it’s own event. Our tree doesn’t match the tree stand, so it wobbles. Some years we get it just right and it stays up straight. Three years ago we put up the tree and then tied it to all of the close furniture. If the rope is put in just the right spot, it is not seen, or we put a blanket over the rope. Three years ago we put up the tree and tied it up. It started to lean every day. We could always hear someone in the living room calling out ”tree” and we would all come running. We put it back up straight and re-tied the ropes. The next day it would lean again. Two years ago it stayed up. We carefully marked that stand (we have a few stands) so that we could use it the next year. It didn’t work. The next year it leaned a lot too. Last year was better.

There is now a company that makes stands with a sort of tube base. The stand is set down, the trunk of the tree goes into the tube and the tree stays up. I told the kids that we should get that stand so that our tree could stay up all year. They said ”no” it was our tradition to tie up the tree and have it lean all the time.

I used to think that  we were the only house that had a leaning tree. One day I was telling of our adventures the night before with the tree and someone else spoke up. He said that they always put their tree in a corner and leaned it toward the corner. His family also had a dog that pulled the tree down so they tied it up too. It sounds like a lot of memories were made around that tree.

Here are some pictures: tree art4blurr rite aidart5

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

December 2013 Bible verse: “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his soulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 New Living Translation

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11/30/13 Halloween decorations, car, Black Friday, Christmas decorations, Day 334/ 365…

We took down our Halloween decorations the day before Thanksgiving. We are usually more organized than that. The front porch looks so bare. Halloween decorations

Our car now has 350,000 miles.  Outstanding. miles

We went out on Black Friday. We usually aim to leave the house at five or six in the morning. Then we leave at seven. We usually go to the mall or to the book store. There are not many people there. They must all be at the electronics stores. This is our third year to do this, I think. The kids are older and they can help pick out presents.

We were going to put up our Christmas tree this weekend. Christmas now seems so close. But we decided not to. Having two big holidays in one weekend was too much…and we also just took down the Halloween decorations.

Here are some pictures: boxes drive thrucats sky1building1

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

November 2013 Bible verse: “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Collossians 4:5-6 New Living Translation

 

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11/28/13 Thanksgiving, peeling potatoes, Halloween decorations, Day 332/ 365…

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

We had a good Thanksgiving. Mom came over. We all finished making the meal together. It was fun, all five of us in the kitchen. The kids are old enough that they can make a lot of the meal with out instructions. We wrote what we are thankful for on the cloth before we ate. thankful

One of our traditions is that the night before Thanksgiving the kids and I peel the potatoes. We started doing this when they were really young, they were probably in early grade school. At that time they couldn’t peel a whole potato. The first year was a huge learning experience. They were able to see one piece of the meal and how it was made.  The second year they could peel the potatoes better. It is a time for all of us to sit down together and create memories. The first year we peeled potatoes for a long time. It seemed like forever. The kids kept saying ”this potato peeler doesn’t work” so I would give them a different peeler. They were little, so that one wouldn’t work either. After a while I said that they had helped me a lot and I would finish the job. They were too young to realize that they hadn’t peeled any potatoes. The second year it went better. Some of the kids peeled a potato or two. We spent a lot of time talking about how much they had grown up in the last year.  We didn’t need to switch any peelers that second year. We sat together for a while and peeled and talked. Then I finished the job. By the third year, the kids were pros. We did the whole bag together. It took a while, so we had time to talk about the last year and things happening today. Fast forward to a few years later. One year we set up everything and I went back to the kitchen to get an extra potato peeler. When I came back, the job was done. The kids were ready to clean up. We hadn’t gotten to talk. They didn’t know that part of the purpose was time together. They were ready to put everything away. The next year, I made sure that everything was in the room before we started. This year we completely forgot to peel the potatoes the night before. We should peel a batch of potatoes for Christmas.

Here are some pictures: blurr downtown1

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

November 2013 Bible verse: “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Collossians 4:5-6 New Living Translation

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11/27/13 have a great Thanksgiving, Day 331/ 365…

I’m sorry that I didn’t post this morning. I write in the evening and set the computer to post the next morning, but last night we had a lot going on and I didn’t get to the computer until eleven. It was too late to type in good sentences.

Happy early Thanksgiving. I have been thinking a lot about what I am thankful for. Tomorrow we will be writing on the cloth what we are thankful for. Since it is written and we use the same cloth each year, so people see it every year, we try  to think of new things.

The repair man came over today and looked at our boiler. It turns out that it wasn’t broken, it just needed an adjustment. I am really thankful for heat, and for my kids, who are kind heart-ed and fun, funny and thoughtful. There are so many things that could be listed this year: our church, which has the nicest people, my family and friends…the list could go on and on. I don’t write about our drama, this is a happy blog, but some years we have a lot of drama. Right now everything is calm. So the possibilities to write about what I am thankful for are abundant. I am happy to be writing each day. When I don’t write the words swirl around in my head and I try to remember all of the stories so that they can be written down later. Remembering takes a lot of my thinking time. It is great to have the creative time each day. In the end I think that being with my family and knowing that they are OK is what I am most thankful for.

I hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Here are some pictures: downtown construction

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

November 2013 Bible verse: “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Collossians 4:5-6 New Living Translation

 

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Sunday 11/24/13 Halloween decorations, Thanksgiving, snow and Day 328/ 365…

We need to take the Halloween decorations that are outside down. We don’t usually leave them up this long. They will be down before Thanksgiving, so I am not worried.

I checked the thankful cloth that we write on at Thanksgiving. The kids do write what the cats are thankful for. Well…they are part of the family too.

It snowed today. It was a good dry snow with big flakes. It only lasted about a half hour an then all of the accumulation blew away. Maybe winter is here. We can never tell in our town. We don’t have four separate seasons. In one week it could be 70 degrees and sunny, then rainy and then 30 degrees. Each day can be its own season. We keep an extra blanket in the car and dress in layers.

Here are some pictures: gorilla pay phone

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

November 2013 Bible verse: “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Collossians 4:5-6 New Living Translation

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Thursday 11/21/13 Thanksgiving traditions, Day 325/ 365…

We went to the mall last week. It is not even Thanksgiving and they have Christmas music playing. I love Thanksgiving and don’t like to see it skipped. It is my favorite non-religious holiday. We all get together and cook part of the meal together. There is something about having the whole family in the kitchen at the same time trying to cook. Everyone likes to take a turn mashing the potatoes. We also have some material that we lay out each year. We take a Sharpie marker and everyone writes on it what they are thankful for. At first it was easy. Most of us wrote things like we are thankful for our families. Some of us write more creative things like they are thankful for Google Chrome , weekends and the cat. It is difficult to think of new things each year. We starting thinking farther ahead each year to have something to write. We also put our name and the date by what we wrote. I am not sure if the kids write what the cats are thankful for. I will need to look.

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Here are some pictures:book drop painted wall

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

November 2013 Bible verse: “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Collossians 4:5-6 New Living Translation

 

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