Monday, December 31, 2012

Visiting Randy at SouthEastern

We visited Randy this weekend in North Carolina, about a 6 hour drive as we made several stops along the way. I happily sat in the back with a book and some Sees suckers; Scott and Ethan were up front, managing the directions...though Scott called me his "little helper in the car" from Christian comedian Tim  Hawkins...I monitored how fast he was going!   NC is beautiful with rolling hills and lots of pine trees.  We passed Pilot Mountain and Mount Airy, home town of Andy Griffith. Hopefully on our next trip we can stop and visit the museum. Randy mentioned he was working that night at Harris Teeter and we surprised him at the grocery store.  He was busy checking the isles so I walked up to him and said "Excuse me sir, I'm looking for a specific cut of meat..."  he turned around and hugged me, so happy to see us. Randy had to work that night at his second job sweeping streets and parking lots so we headed to our hotel.  We met up in the morning and I know he was so tired!  We let him sleep for an hour and then it was off to meet Randy's church family. Randy attends Treasuring Christ Church held at the Imax Theater in downtown Raleigh. The service reminded me of Nana's church in MT. City, except much larger. We were welcomed so warmly, with many folks sharing how much they loved Randy. I watched Randy visit with everyone and know the Lord is already using him to spread the gospel. We had an amazing service worshiping our Lord and our hearts are filled with joy and thankfulness for God's continued provision. After church we stopped at Randy's dorm, meeting his roommates, then lunch at a local Mexican restaurant and finally off to SouthEastern for a tour...we took lots of pictures for you all.  Randy starts his first class (Greek 1) Jan 2nd. We love you and miss you Randy...get some sleep:)   

Randy at work at Harris Teeter Grocery Store.

Scott, Randy and Ethan in front of the Imax is inside!

Inside the Jacumin-Simpson Missions Center

Binkley Chapel

Becky, Randy and Scott at the steps of the Binkley Chapel

This tree was loaded with mistletoe!

The men: Ethan, Randy and Scott

Randy, Jeff and Timon in front of their dorm.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Hobbit

Every year during the holidays we try and see a movie. Last night we saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure...the first of a trilogy.  We're big fans of  The Lord Of The Rings so we've been excited about the Hobbit being made into a movie and we weren't disappointed!  I had one of the theater employees take our picture for the blog and my family happily complied ☺

Brittney,  Charles, Becky, Ethan and Scott

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Eve At Nana's

We enjoy our tradition of spending Christmas Eve with Steve and Nana. We love being with family on this special night and Nana is the best cook.  This year we have a special memory of waiting for dinner to cook...  Nana had a senior moment, not reading the clock right so the turkey was put in several hours later than planned!  Needless to say, we got in plenty of visiting time :) The turkey was tender and the meal delicious as always and so much food that we took plenty of leftovers with us. My favorite time of the evening was sitting around the table sharing about our Lord and the unfathomable gift He's given us through His Son...yes, it's difficult to comprehend a love so great! We pray this day finds you surrounded with the love of family, a love that comes from our Heavenly Father to mankind below. Merry Christmas.

Nana returning from the neighbors.  Her oven had the turkey in it and she used her neighbor's oven to cook the rest.:)

Steve carving the turkey.

The men patiently waiting for supper watching "Living as a Turkey" and "Ip Man." We missed Charles who was spending Christmas Eve with Brittney and her family.

Scott and Becky

Christmas day..saying good-bye to Randy as he leaves for NC

Randy and his mom :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cross Stitch Completed

It took me two years, but I finally completed my cross stitch project.  I noticed last year (even with my glasses) I was straining to see the tiny stitches on the 32 count linen...time to get my magnifying glass out.  Mom Little had given me a big magnifying glass I could hang from my neck years ago. I never thought I'd use it at the time, but am happy to use them now. Whenever I do my cross stitch, I get tickled and think of mom Little and me being just like her :)  I love this cross stitch because of the's how we should live our lives; helping others in service to our Lord. I enjoy needlework and will proudly hang the sampler in our home. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

TRW Christmas Party

Tonight was Scott's work party at the Meadowview Convention Center restaurant in Kingsport.  Many of Scott's co-workers came and we all enjoyed the sea food buffet...delicious.  After dinner we did a Chinese gift exchange, with Scott leading the way in trading gifts; many had never played this game before. We came home with a blanket which will be perfect for Ethan's dorm. I enjoyed getting to know his co-workers along with their wives/girlfriends. It was nice having a date night with my babe :) 

Scott and I

Scott's co-workers at TRW