Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to our family and friends. We just got back from spending a special Christmas Eve with Steve and Kris and friends John and Suzanne Mizer. We look forward to this evening every year, spending time with family and friends. Great food, laughter and stories and praying together giving thanks to the Lord as we celebrate the birth of His Son. While we were there we had our family photo taken. We send you all our love and wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Front Row: Randy, Charles, and Ethan Back Row: Becky and Scott

Snow Storm

Saturday we woke up to 4 inches of snow, well maybe 3 inches, but it was enough to cover the grass. We get so excited when it snows as it doesn't happen very often in Tennessee. It was a wet, heavy snow that caused many trees to fall and power outages. Our power flickered several times, but stayed on. Our phone line however was out for several days. Charles was up early building a snowman and rolling snowballs into the road. The big snowballs only made it as far as the ditch in front of our house.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

O Christmas Tree

This evening Charles and I went out back on our property to cut down our tree. It's becoming a family tradition. Charles got the chain saw ready and tied on the 4-wheeler and we were off. We stopped by our Holly tree and got some cuttings for our fireplace mantel. We found the perfect tree and as I'm posting this blog, it's in the house with lights on and ready to decorate with ornaments of years past. My nativity scene I made back in college is out and our mantel is decorated with stockings hung. Our little country home looks warm and inviting and filled with the scent of cedar.

Charles getting some cuttings from our Holly tree.

Look at the mountains...snow!

Charles cutting down our chosen Cedar.

Here I am with our Christmas tree this year.

Charles loading up the 4-wheeler

Packed and ready to go home. Thank you Charles for taking care of your mom:)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Awana Service Time

I love Awana, our children's program at our church (East Rogersville Baptist). It's so exciting seeing these kids grow in Christ and "hiding" God's word in their hearts. There's also lots of opportunity for these kids to serve the Lord and that's exactly what they've been doing. Recently our 3/4 grades each wrote a letter to a Recovering American Soldier at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Can you just imagine the blessing these soldiers will have when they open these letters! Our older girls in grades 5/6 made 'Missionary Bean Soup" in a jar for our Lottie Moon Auction. All money raised at our church auction went to missionaries throughout the reach others with the gospel. Now that's some "Good News! "

Our 3/4 grade T&Ts (Truth and Training) holding up their letters.

Here is our 5/6 grade T&T girls holding their "Missionary Bean Soup"

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ethan Is On The Road

Today, Ethan is an official driver. We had made the appointment for his drivers test at 4:30 and arrived plenty early. I could tell by the smile on his face when he got out of the car that he had passed. Congratulations Ethan!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family To Yours

Happy Thanksgiving from Tennessee. We spent our special day with family and and old. Nana and Steve came from Johnson City and our dear friends Frank and Susan Farrow and their friend Tony, who just recently returned from Africa. Charles friend, Kenny, stopped by at the perfect time and ate with us too. He's "family" and Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without him. We spent several hours around the table eating and visiting, sharing stories and laughing. We give all of our thanks to the Lord who has blessed us beyond measure. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Charles with Susan and Frank Farrow

Steve and Nana

Nana, Becky and Randy

Sitting around the table: Frank, Ethan, Randy, Charles, Kenny, Becky Scott, Tony, Kris, Steve and Susan is taking the picture.

All the men L to R front row: Tony, Frank and Kenny. Back row: Ethan, Charles, Randy and Scott.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hay Fort Grand Tour

This hay fort is so cool I thought I'd give you a personal tour. My cameraman, Charles, did a great job at a difficult task...having to go down the fort backwards to film. We started at the top and worked our way down to the opening. So come along and experience the hay fort. Hope you have as much fun as we did making it (...okay, professional I'm not!)

Scott coming out of the fort.

It's a tight squeeze.

Scott got home from Indianapolis. We are glad he's home. Now we're just waiting for our Randy!

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Haircut For Ethan

Charles has been cutting Ethan's hair lately. I bought clippers many years back and have been cutting their least Randy and Ethan's. I just put on a 1/4 inch blade and I'm set. These boys are pretty simple and like their hair short. Well, last week Charles surprised Ethan with a mo hawk. I quickly got the camera. He didn't have it more than a couple minutes, but it was worth a picture. You got to love boys!

Charles buzzing Ethan's hair.

I don't think Ethan is quite aware of what Bud is doing.

Ethan looked in the mirror and saw his reflection.

Getting ready to shave off the mo hawk.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hay Fort

So what do boys do with a barn full of hay?...why build a hay fort of course. Charles and Ethan have been working all week on this cool hay fort with tunnels, caverns and secret openings. They started their plan on the kitchen table designing the fort with Legos. Then each evening they headed out to the barn, rearranging the hay bales, bringing their plan to life. I believe they're having a great time. When you go into the fort you'll need mining lights to see. Some of it s pretty tricky and took some effort to get to the next level...I'm not as thin or fit as I used to be, that's for sure. What a blast and I took lots of pictures.

Ethan moving the bales around.

Ethan coming out of the fort.

Looking up from the ground.

Here I am ready to go into the fort.

Stopping for a pose :)

Whew..I made it out!
I took this picture from the top of the barn looking down.

Charles can climb anything!

Ethan working on the top layer of the fort.

Duke...he loves the fort too. Anywhere the boys are, he is.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My BeeKeepers

Today Scott and Charles replaced the supers they took from one of our bee hives. I love to watch them dress in their white coveralls, boots, gloves and hats with veils of mesh. Scott had his smoker ready to make the bees drowsy. Scott loves his bees... and he's so gentle with them. Next time I'll go with them and take more pictures.

My BeeKeeping husband

It was a warm day with the bees buzzing around.

Scott helping Charles with his mesh hat.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Beautiful Rainbow

I woke up this morning and noticed the golden glow of the mountains. I was still in my robe, but went outside to check on things as we're expecting a storm any time...and found the most beautiful rainbow right in front of our house. It went from the mountains on one side of the road to the other and so close I could almost touch it. Sometimes y0u wonder where a rainbow starts and ends, but it was right in our valley! It was awesome. I quickly took a picture, wishing I could get the whole thing in, but I was just too close. And of course the pictures don't do it justice.. It was the most beautiful site and I thank the Lord for His gift! My men are still sleeping, but they'll be able to see the rainbow on the blog.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Hills Of Tennessee

I love fall in Tennessee, with the hills the colors of gold and rust. These pictures really don't do the mountains justice...they are so much more beautiful in person. Sometimes the sun shines just perfect on them reflecting God's glory. You just can't improve on perfection.

Taken from our front yard.

This picture was taken from the hill in back of our house.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Snakey Visitor

We walked out our back door and found this guy in our planter. Looked like a green snake to me. I looked him up in our Audubon Field Guide and sure enough it's a Smooth Green Snake. Pretty little thing that camouflages, blending right in with the grass. I immediately thought of my brother, Brad and his love of snakes and all our childhood memories of pet snakes.

TDR Meeting

Scott and Ethan spent their Saturday attending a TDR (Turbo Diesel Register) meeting at Don's Truck and Tractor, Church Hill, TN. Scott is a member of TDR. Periodically all the men get together and talk about what else...diesels! and learn new ways to make their engines run better. I spent my day running errands, doing my Bible study and making a big pot of stew and peach cobbler for my family. I thought of Randy when I made the peach cobbler. He loves it so.

Look at all those diesel trucks!

Scott's diesel truck.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Back To The Cowboy Cafe

On Friday it's country music night at the Cowboy Cafe, so we all headed back there to hear some of our favorite singers. We were blessed again to hear Larry Begley, Jim Bowman and Hale Vance among other fine East TN musicians. We could listen to them all night. It was also Friday night all you can eat catfish so we ate good too. It was quite entertaining watching some of the locals dance along to the music. Everyone there had a great time. The biggest blessing was having our whole family together.

Randy just drove in from college. Grandpa and Grandma and Scott.

Ethan and Charles refused to look at the camera. By the end of the night they were smiling and having a good time :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Smith Family Theater

We just got back from Pigeon Forge seeing the Smith Brothers at the Smith Family Theater. It kind of reminded me of a Las Vegas show if ever I had gone to one. They sang a little country, rock and roll and gospel music with some impersonations of famous singers. The music along with the dancing girls and audience participation made it quite entertaining. Afterwards, we stopped at the Smokey Mountain Knife Works (which is a favorite place of ours) and ended the evening at Cracker Barrel. Below are some pictures to remember our special outing with the Littles.
The Smith Family Theater, Pigeon Forge, TN

Front row: Chuck, Lillian and Scott. Back row: Becky, Ethan and Charles.