On Friday our schools were cancelled for an ice storm hitting Northeast TN. We woke up at 6:00 am with sleet hitting our windows and roof and by mid morning everything was covered with ice...the safest place to be was indoors. Even Scott stayed home from work. He spent his day working from home on his computer and I spent my time reading and doing crafts. I had ordered some Valentine craft projects from Pebbles earlier and they arrived that day of all days. I haven't done crafts in years! I opened my box (packed by Ashlee) and got right to it. I ordered the Flutter Heart Banner and the Be Mine block wood project. I'm not the most crafty person, but it was easy... I just followed the directions. I still have to mod podge my wood, but I thought everything turned out cute and my window is now festively decorated for Valentines day. If you're interested in some cute Valentine projects check out my sister's web site at Pebbles In My Pocket .
Sunday, January 20, 2013
I've seen people wear scarves around their neck for a while and wondered how one would look on me. The practical side of me wondered what their purpose was, but they are so beautiful and add to an outfit. I decided to break out of my mold and try something new...so I made a scarf! The other day I was sorting through Great Grandma's Timber's yarn I'd received and found several skeins of mauve yarn, perfect for the scarf. I then searched on Pinterest for a crochet scarf pattern, nothing too frilly mind you, and found this pattern and fell in love with it. I like how there's a slit in the scarf to put one end through...quite unique. So what do you think? I love it and am thinking I should make another :)
Friday, January 18, 2013
Woke up to blue skies and cold temperatures. We got about 3 inches of snow...enough to turn our world white and enough for Charles to play in. Not quite enough snow for the snowmobiles, but we still have lots of winter left :) Charles rode the 4 wheeler to the top of the mountain and said there was a good 6 inches of snow up there. We've had quite the winter week with over 6 inches of rain and our wet snowfall.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
We've been out of school since Tuesday with rain, floods and washed out roads; a stationary front that has settled over northeast TN. Today the rain turned into snow, a heavy wet snow with the largest flakes you'd ever seen. It sure is coming down...a couple inches already, and to beat all it's thundering and lightning. Our neighbor Steve came over to check on me and our cows and asked if I'd heard the thunder... Also asked if we had a source of heat in case the power should go off. I sure love our neighbors! Boom, it thundered again! I got kind of sentimental watching the snow fall through my kitchen window, thinking of days past when all the boys were home with their friends. They'd be getting the snowmobiles and sleds out about now. Old habits die hard so I spent my time cooking, wearing the apron my girls sewed me :) There's chicken soup on the stove and a berry cobbler in the oven. Charles and Scott should be home soon. This blog is for Randy and Ethan...a sight of home♥ I'll take more pictures tomorrow as it's a snow day :)
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Ethan left this morning for TTU as his classes start tomorrow. After loading up his truck, which didn't take long, he was set...boys sure are easy. I did notice he's very particular how he packs and everything is neat and organized in his truck, a blessing he inherited from his mother (some might not call it a blessing though!) His thoughts and mannerisms however, are so much like his dad. They spent a lot of time together this break hanging out in the garage and on the farm. After a quick prayer, Ethan was on his way. We love and miss you!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Our first "snow day" of the school year turned out to be a rain day! This morning I received an automated message that our school system was on a 2 hour delay due to possible localized flooding. A couple hours later, school was cancelled. Many surrounding schools that were already in session were dismissing early due to rising waters. I'm so glad we were on a two hour delay so our roads could be assessed. I'll tell you, when it rains in the east, it pours! I keep checking the weather to see when our snow is coming; nothing in the foreseeable forecast. I think everyone would like at least one good snowfall to remind us it's winter, plus we have all these snow days to use :) Bear and I got out and took some pictures of our creek and the field across our house with no sign of our beaver dam. PS. I just watched the news... our school system and all surrounding systems are closed tomorrow with lots of flooding and roads closed.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Ethan just arrived home from the Passion 2013 Conference. Scratch that previous number... there were over 60,000 college students and leaders represented from all 50 United States and 55 countries and 2200 college campuses at the four-day conference. That's a lot of people! Several of the speakers included John Piper, Francis Chan and Beth Moore. There were 3 sessions a day in the big dome (see below), then they split up in "family groups" (groups of 8) for a more personal time several times a day. They had the same family group the whole conference and one of the guys in Ethan's group was also attending SouthEastern...small world. Besides listening to great speakers and music, these students also raised over 3.2 million dollars to go towards ending slavery/human trafficking. Not only are these victims being rescued, but they're also being restored and given the gospel. If you'd like more information, check out End It. Way to impact our world! Ethan had an awesome time worshiping and growing in God's Word.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Happy New Year! We woke up early this morning to see Ethan and our young adults off to the Passion 2013 conference. 45,000 college students are now heading to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to begin the new year, gathering in the name of the Lord. Four days they will be worshiping and praising the Lord and lifting up the name of Jesus, plus they'll be praising the Lord with Chris Tomlin. What an awesome way to begin the new year!
Our ERBC college students. Ethan is in the back.