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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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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Thursday 11/22/12 Happy Thanksgiving…

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
We will be having Thanksgiving soon. Before we eat, we have a newer tradition of writing what we are thankful for on a piece of fabric. It is musslin. I don’t think that the type of fabric matters, but ours is musslin. The material is about three yards long, so that we can use it for a long time. We put newspsper under it so that the permanent marker that we write with won’t bleed through to the table under the material. Each person writes what they are thankful for this year and puts their name and the date. This last year my brother passed away. We have his thankfullness from previous years…The table will seem emptier this year.
We do have so many things that we are thankful for. We have settled into a new church, my youngest child has turned sixteen years old, we have a new cat that has really taken her place in the family, everyone is healthy…the list could go on and on. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Gobble…Gobble…

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