So good…

… to catch up on what you all are up to. I’ve sure missed reading all my friends’ blogs. I’ll do an update post soon, hopefully tomorrow, but it all depends on how busy we are. Enjoy your New Year’s Day. I sing in church tomorrow. I’ve decided to ask Amie to sing with me. Pray for us. We’re doing “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

We’ve had lots of fun!

Yesterday, my Dad, Jeremy, Amie, James, and I went up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was closed to vehicle traffic because of snow, so we hiked about a mile up. I threw snowballs at the kids and we looked for animal tracks. We saw tracks of raccoon, dog (big and little ones), and bear. I asked the ranger about the bear when we were helping him fix the lock on the gate. Apparently, with the warmer days we had, some of the bears have woken up. They do that sometimes. He said he’d had some trouble with bear hunters forcing the locks on the gates and thinks that’s what had happened with that one. Last night, the kids painted some pictures.

This morning, the kids, with the exception of Noelle made houses with graham crackers and all kinds of candy. This afternoon, the kids, my Mom, and I went outside and played a while. My Mom took a walk with Amie and I took a walk with Noelle who couldn’t walk so fast. We didn’t even get half an mile from the house because she saw a dog and had to bark at it over and over. She thought it was great when the dog barked back. I was just glad the dog was on a good chain. After coming back, Mom got out the rake and got a pile of leaves for the kids to jump in. The yard is all slanted since they live close to the bottom of Cold Mountain. Noelle couldn’t keep her balance and kept falling and rolling down the yard a few times. She didn’t like it much, so I took her up to the house. My calves are really sore now after the walking around in the yard as well as yesterday’s hike.

Not sure yet what we’ll be doing tomorrow.

Funny thing… Amie was singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. After Santa asked him to guide she sang, “Then how the reindeer loved him, as they shouted out with Lee.” My Dad, Jeremy, and I just burst into laughter. She got slightly offended, so we shared some times when we got words of songs wrong. (Me when I was young thought the words of Winter Wonderland said “Later on, we’ll perspire as we dream by the fire.” Made sense to me… still does. LOL)


Oh what a beautiful day! We got up at around 7 am and had a cup of hot chocolate to help us adults wake up a little. Then we went into the living room. We sang to the little saviour (actually, Christine was singing “Happy Birthday, God” with her own little tune) and then passed out our stockings. Noelle was thrilled over each and every little thing she pulled out. When we got done, we passed out presents. We do it one at a time to let everyone see what each person got. That way the person who gave is able to see the reaction of the receiver. We all laughed at AnnaBeth’s reaction almost everytime she opened a present. They were all in boxes. She LOVES boxes, so she got excited over getting a box before she even found out what was in it. (Another box! Yay!) I’ll tell you what we got the children… Amie got a “big girl” purse, a nice Hello Kitty one. James got a Bible along with a cloth camoflage bible cover that says “Army of God”. Christine got a scoot-board (scooter, but wider and with 4 wheels, so steadier). AnnaBeth got a pink suitcase and Noelle got a bonnet and broom because she keeps trying to take my broom while I’m sweeping. Now she can help me.

After opening presents, we got dressed and went to church. It was an informal service, but my girls, except Noelle, wanted to dress up. Amie was actually offended that church on Christmas would not be a dress up time. Jeremy and I wore our nice pants and tops because we couldn’t go to church on Sunday morning in anything less, but it was still kind of informal for us.

My brother and his girlfriend along with her kids came for dinner. It was nice visiting with them. I felt bad. They got presents for us, but we didn’t have anything for them.

My brother gave his girlfriend a ring… and she’s wearing it. Yay! A wedding in the future.

Well, I’m going to go join my family for a little longer before bedtime. I hope everyone else had as nice a Christmas Day as we did. God bless you all!

North Carolina!

I love the Smoky Mountains. I grew up down here, except that we lived on the TN side back then. It’s so beautiful. Snow on the tops of the mountains and fur trees and laurel putting a nice green color below the snow. We went to the Christmas Eve candlelight service at my parents’ church. It was nice, though I had a slightly restless baby on my lap. Noelle had a toy lion she was playing with to help keep her happy, but she got kind of loud at times. We sat up front because my Dad was reading scripture. Everyone around us enjoyed her though, so it wasn’t as bad as I thought. They all said how much they enjoyed listening to her talking and it didn’t distract them from the service.

Have a good night and I hope your children (if you have any) wake you at an hour when the sun is barely over the horizen to sing “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” before tearing into the presents you’ve so carefully wrapped.

Busy, Busy, Busy!

We’re leaving tomorrow morning to go to NC to my parents’ house, so I’ve been doing laundry, packing, and trying to find everything we’re going to need. I’m taking a small break right now, but I’ll be back at it as soon as the dryer finishes. Thankfully, the three older kids are packing their own suitcases. I have to check to make sure it is what it is supposed to be, but at least it makes a bit less work for me.