Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Campus Outreach National Conference

This week Randy is attending the Campus Outreach National Convention in Chattanooga. While at college, Randy's been involved with Campus Outreach, a christian college ministry at TTU. College students from around the surrounding area will gather together at the conference listening to speakers and music, strengthening their personal relationship with the Lord. We are so proud of you Randy.


Randy, leaving for the Campus Outreach Convention.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Jette and Amy's Wedding

Tonight we attended a very special occasion, the wedding of Jette and Amy. Randy and Jette were childhood friends, growing up together in the same schools and church. Before the wedding the bride and groom had a slide show of their growing up years...where has time gone? It was a beautiful wedding and the best part was seeing many of our friends that we hadn't seen in a long time! The reception was held at the Capital Theater in the historic part of town which was pretty cool. It was a wonderful evening, celebrating their marriage with dear friends and family. Congratulations Jette and Amy.

Scott, Becky, Randy, Ethan and Charles

Jette and Amy with all of us.

Our dear friend Bruce with our men. Bruce was their youth pastor at RUMC.

Parents of the groom...our dear friends, Sherry and Tom.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas From Tennessee

Merry Christmas! We spent Christmas Eve with Steve and Nana and had the most wonderful evening visiting and just being with family. Our dinner was awesome...thanks mom. While we were there Steve took our family picture (see below). This morning we all went to church, spending time hugging members of our church family and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.
It was extra special worshiping the Lord on this Christmas day. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Cor. 9:15). We hope this finds you celebrating the birth of our Lord near your loved ones too. Merry Christmas everyone.

Scott, Becky, Ethan, Randy and Charles

This picture was Steve's creativeness.

Our nativity. I made this back in my college days and bring it out every year. It represents what Christmas is all about...the birth of our Savior.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Holiday Baking

My holiday baking is in full swing. This morning my men were all nestled asleep while I was up early baking cookies, listening to Kathy Mattea's Christmas CD. I enjoyed my time, thinking of all my men under one roof and how pleased they'll be to wake up to more cookies! There's no such thing as a single recipe of cookies in our home... In the last couple of days I've made a double batch of spritz cookies, chocolate crinkle cookies, peanut blossom cookies, and this morning sugar cookies and ginger snaps. I've also made a nut log, New York style cheese cake and as I'm blogging there are two pumpkin pies in the oven. Last night all the men came in and we snacked on home made goodies while watching the DVD "The Christmas Card." A mother's heart know that times like these are cherished ones. I went to bed, listening to all the men talking in the family room into the late hours :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bethlehem Night

Last night was Bethlehem Night for our Awana kids. Months of preparation went into the special night and I praise the Lord... as it was awesome. We had the most wonderful members of our church acting out the nativity from Luke 2. We presented the drama four times during the night for over 150 children and leaders. And the best part was the Holy Spirit was moving incredibly and we had 4 children accept the Lord as their Savior! I took one picture after the night was over so you could see everyone and the costumes...yes, I sewed most of them :) A big thank you to our church family and to all those who serve faithfully in Awana.

Bethlehem Night in Awana

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Timothy Award

Today in church I was recognized for something I've been working on for the past 3 years in Awana...I received the Timothy Award. The Timothy Award is given for those 3rd through 6th grade T&T (Truth and Training) clubbers who complete their four handbooks. I've been blessed to be the Awana commander at our church and I decided to do the program along with the kids. We work through each handbook, memorizing scriptures and completing other requirements like bible study, christian activities, service and mission outreach. I completed the program in three years, plus completed the Silver/Gold sections which are an optional requirement. Let me tell you, it was not an easy task. Over the three years I've memorized and passed off 374 new verses and recited a total of 898 verses, which includes all the review verses you have to say over and over. I am most proud of our Awana kids who come week after week, working in their handbooks and passing off their verses. We have the most awesome Awana kids!

Becky and Pastor Steve

Monday, November 28, 2011

Herculiner

Ethan and Scott took advantage of the nice weather this weekend and lined Ethan's truck bed with Herculiner. It's a rubberized coating to protect the bed of the truck. They got the first coat done; the second coat will have to wait for another day. It was a good father-son project and it turned out way cool.

Scott and Ethan painting

They stopped for a picture.

The finished look.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Longs Bend Clean Up

No black Friday for us...we spent our day at Longs Bend cleaning up our friend's property, along with Randy's buddies, Josh and Preston. Randy had arranged for two dumpsters to be delivered to their property that morning. All the men were there early and one dumpster was already filled time Scott and I arrived. You couldn't ask for more beautiful weather to work in. Many hands make light work! They still have more to do, but made great headway on clearing the place up today.

Ethan and Preston taking down one of the trailers

All the men working.

The first filled dumpster on the other side of the trees.

Ethan, Randy, Preston, Josh and Charles.

Working hard.

At the end of the day...look how much cleaner!

A picture for Mike and Pam :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving...we are thinking of our families across the miles and wish we could all be together! We had a wonderful day filled with good food, warm weather, family and friends. Scott and I got up early, made the dressing and stuffed the turkey the same way I remember my mom used to do growing up. Randy is home from college and was out before sunrise hunting with Josh. We spent our special day with Nana and Steve, Brittney, and dear friends Susan and Frank. Sitting around the table all together again was a special blessing indeed..the Lord is so good! With all of our hearts full, we each went around the table expressing something we were thankful for. Kenny stopped by which made our day even more complete. We wish each of you a blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Praise God from whom all blessings flow...♫

Scott, Becky, Charles, Randy and Ethan

Nana and Steve

Group picture

Charles and Brittney

Nana and Randy

Scott carving the turkey

Brittney, Frank and Charles

All of us at the dinner table :)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pressure Washing the Porch

Today Charles and I pressure washed the back porch; didn't realize how dirty it was until we started spraying. Due to the humidity in the east, things tend to get mold and algae on them...yuk. Plus our chickens have been roaming the yard and pooping on our porch (that's a polite word) leaving stains. Trust me, our porch needed a good pressure washing! Scott and Ethan worked in the garage and in the evening we had a huge bonfire as our burn pile was getting high. Work never seems to end on a farm. I told Scott I wish we had a month to stay home and get things done...maybe one day. The chickens are back in their house with the door shut :)

I wasn't going to take pictures as I knew what I looked like. Charles got the camera out anyway!

Charles' creativeness. See the difference after we pressure washed?

Charles pressure washing the walkway.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Fall Day on the Farm

We spent part of our day outside puttering around the farm. Last week Ethan and I raked up pine needles at our city park. Today I put them around our blueberries tucking them in for winter. Scott fed the elk corn stalks from our garden. When they see him head to the garden, they come quickly to the fence, knowing it's feeding time. I look out and the hills are turning a burnt orange color....how I love fall. Happy fall to you and your family:) Miss you Randy and think of you all the time!

Scott feeding Samson


Baby Rachel

Rachel and Sarah

Our roosters....they bring on the morning with their crowing. When I'm outside, they follow me around the yard like I'm their mother:)

The blueberries all tucked in for winter.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My Quilt of Many Colors

I finished my summer project several weeks ago; a quilt for our bed....colorful isn't it! I used fabric on hand so it didn't cost me anything to actually make it. My dear friend, Lisa, machine quilted it with lots of squiggly lines, making the quilt machine washable and durable. The quilt is on our bed now and the first thing you notice when you enter our room....oh yeah, it's colorful!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Myers Pumpkin Patch

Enter if you dare, scream if you must. Your night of fright begins at dusk.... Tonight Charles, Brittney, Shawn (Brittney's brother) and I braved our way through the haunted corn field at Myer's Pumpkin Patch. We went through five acres of cornstalks 10 foot high with zombies, goblins, evil scarecrows and clowns spooking us and of course lots of chain saws. The creepy part was entering the barns, sheds and graveyard. Shawn's arm is probably bruised as I held on tight the whole way. Great first impression as this was my first time meeting him. After the haunted corn field we headed to the corn maze. It was getting late and we were the last group taken out to the field; we had to be out by 11:00. Didn't know they could grow corn so tall. We had three options..easy, medium or hard.. We chose the medium first. We turned all our flashlights off and went by the light from the stars which were brilliant overhead. We made it through in about 20 minutes. Surely the hard one would not be so difficult. Part way through, the guys pretended to leave me. I kept on walking and thought I'd just get out before them. We were separated in a second. It was kind of creepy being in a corn maze in the middle of nowhere all by yourself....I kept on walking. After about 20 minutes I heard them calling. I heard Charles say "Stay where you are!" Was I happy to hear his voice! They all cut through the corn maze in order to reach me, right through a bur patch. You should have seen Brittney's hair. It looked like a horse's tail filled with burs. After spending time removing the burs we all stayed together. Charles started marking the paths we tried with an X using cornstalks. We finally made it to the exit, with 36 minutes to spare. We were in that corn maze for 1 and 1/2 hours...it was a challenge to find your way out of 24 acres of corn, especially with your flashlights off. We'll all remember this night for sure.

This picture was taken right before we entered the haunted corn field (Shawn, Charles, Brittney and Becky).

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My Cup is Full

Well, Becky and Ethan are heading back to Tennessee. I have learned through years of visits to not plan too much for a couple days after she leaves as I re-adjust again to life without her here. We took her to the airport in my pjs, then came home sad and slept. It felt good to embrace the feeling of missing her [Scott, Charles, Randy & Ethan too]. Would I considered my cup half full or half empty? In my relationship with Becky, it's full... and that helps me on the days when my cup feels half empty in other areas of my life
-Brenda



Final Day

Memories of our last day:
Visiting Katie's home and helping to hang pictures. Conrad likes to sit near Becky and hold her hand. Conrad read us The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear. Walking to Ashlee's. Thank you Ethan for mowing the lawn. Doing plenty of grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning for the OHS Sadie's Hawkins dinner Friday night... Abby & her group of 14 kids. The guys taking turns 'hunting' on Becky's ipad, Conrad smashing ants and putting together puzzles on Becky's ipad.
-Brenda

Uintahs

We headed up to the Uintah's today. Is there anything better than outside fresh air? Especially for the ones that made the long drive with Phoebe in the car. We first stopped at the Upper Provo River Falls then headed up to hike into Clegg Lake. With the storm we had last week, I don't know how I could have been been surprised with the 5+ inches of snow at the trailhead... down to 45 degrees too. With the little kids, we passed on that and headed to Mirror Lake to explore and walk around. Days are counting down 'til Becky & Ethan go home, so we all took our picture with her, as we do each trip.

Have you ever had one of those places that you drive by for years and can't figure out? Well the Beaver Creek Nudist Ranch in Kamas is just one of those places for me. I think we have driven passed it for 35+ years and it makes me smile. We stopped by the sign for pictures and believe we will be better prepared next time we pass by in warmer weather [I think they have a gift shop]. Imagine that. We know we are far from being their ideal poster girls, but it is tempting :)
-Brenda