Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Today Ethan got together with a few of his friends for paintball. It was a beautiful, warm sunny day, just perfect for it. The game is called woodsball... as they play it in the woods! They split up in teams, strategizing together with one team on ambush and the other on recon. They've got plenty of trees to hide behind. It's a lot of fun, but you ought to see the welts they get from being shot. Check Scott out in the picture below. Can you see his gun? Usually when he plays he's covered head to toe in camo and leaves...I call him the "tree man." Today, it was just his gun...he plays to win.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


Welcome to my world...mud and men! Here is a picture of their boots on our back porch. Charles just identified them and yep, they're all ours. We've got several pair in our house just inside the door also. When you've got four men and they all have several pairs of farm boots, plus mud boots, 4-wheeler boots...well it's a boot world....a muddy boot world. They usually take 'em off before they come in, but more oft' than not, they can be heard saying "Mom, I just need sumthin' real quick" leaving muddy boot tracks on the floor. I love my men!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas From Tennessee

Merry Christmas to you all. We spent Christmas Eve with Kris and Steve and then went to the candlelight service at Rogersville United Methodist Church. The candlelight service is the highlight of our Christmas every year, seeing old and dear friends and sharing in the celebration of our Lord's birth. No gift can surpass the greatest gift of all given by our Lord and Savior... the gift of salvation. All we have to do is open it. We pray blessings on your family as you celebrate this special and holy day. Here are some pictures of our memories. We'd love to hear about yours...

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Pecans Are Dropping

We wait for this time every year. In December, when the weather turns cold,the pecans drop from the pecan trees. The East is loaded with them. We have our favorite trees scouted out, with the best one near the Methodist Church (our old church). Big pecans that are so tasty. This year the church choir was practicing their cantata and we could hear their voices through the windows. I savored the time. We picked up a couple buckets full, leaving plenty for others. What will we be doing during those long winter nights....cracking pecans.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Gift Boxes

This morning some members of our church met together to assemble and distribute food boxes to those in need in our community. The deacons in our church sponsor this event annually. What a great time of fellowship and service. We delivered our box to a young man who lived nearby. He was very touched and thankful. God is so good! Everyone who participated was blessed!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Good-bye Suburban

Randy came home from college broke and came up with this brilliant idea about taking our old suburban to the crusher for money. His Dad gave him the okay with stipulations: he had to remove the front and rear ends, engine and transfer case.... now that's a boy project, grease and all. Here are some pictures of Randy taking the front end off. See the big oil/transmission fluid spill? Yep..I don't believe his parents were happy about that! What a memory.

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Perfect Cedar

One of the many good things about having a farm is you don't have to go far to find a Christmas tree...just out the back door. Our property is loaded with cedars, not the most glamerous Christmas tree, but time you cut the bottom off and with some simple pruning, it looks beautiful.... and oh, how it fills the house with the scent of fresh cedar.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Live Nativity

Our church had the opportunity to participate in the live nativity held in downtown Rogersville as part of the Christmas celebration activities. It started snowing this morning which added to the excitement (and cold..burrr) of the day. Turned out that the snow kept most people at home! Scott was a wise man, looking very royal I might add, and I was an angel. I made both of our costumes the day before. It was a lot of fun except for our frozen feet. We had to stand for 2 hours in the cold, but it actually went by fast. What a perfect day with snow gently falling from the heavens.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

I came home from errands and found Scott and Ethan in the kitchen cooking. Now any of you who know Scott, knows this is unusual behavior as he's never been a man in the kitchen. And to find him making "Pumpkin Creme Brulee" was indeed a pleasant surprise (aka shock). Well, he followed the recipe exactly... almost. I sweetly asked "Whatcha gonna do with all those egg yolks?" He had accidentally put in all the egg whites instead of the yolks (and he was wondering why the eggs didn't look "frothy and lemon-colored" like the recipe described!) Anyway, he baked it as is and it turned out yummy and very heart healthy! The next night he made the recipe again with the egg yolks. Much more creamy and rich. My husband is still surprising me after 23 years!