Friday, November 28, 2008

~Merry Christmas from Kimberly, Sarah, Noah, & Elijah~

~Kimberly, Sarah, Noah, and Elijah posing with Noah's Christmas tree from his room.~
~Kissing their baby brother...the love of their life.~
~Our 4 precious children.~
~This isn't a great picture of Elijah, but it shows his 4 top teeth and his 2 bottom teeth, so I'm posting it.~
~"I think I'll eat this basket".~
~Our Blue eyed baby.~
~Our Elijah looking cute in Mommy's Feliz Navidad basket.~

From our family to yours...Have a wonderful Holiday season, and a very Merry Christmas.~

Thursday, November 27, 2008

~Our Thanksgiving preparation and day.~

~Our family shopping at the market for things that we needed for Thanksgiving dinner.~~We traced Elijah's hand to make the invitation that we gave to our Colombian friends to invite them to our house for Thanksgiving dinner.~
~On Monday we shopped for the food, and supplies for the dinner. On Tuesday we cleaned the house, and on Wednesday we BAKED all day. Here is what Elijah did some of the time while we were baking!~
~Sarah and Noah wanted to help me make the 64 rolls. They had a BLAST helping. Noah would get flour on his hands and then clap them together and say, "Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow! There was FLOUR everywhere. =D My kids were sooo excited to be baking and getting ready for Thanksgiving day.~
~Here Kimberly is getting the apples ready for me to make 2 big apple pies and one small one.~
~It was a really good time for Kimberly to learn how to make a pie. She asked a lot of questions, I showed her how to make a pie and then I let her make some pies by herself. (or nearly by herself.=)~
~Here is Kimberly and I with the 64 rolls and 2 apple pies.~
~Kimberly with a pumpkin pie.~
~Noah and Sarah wanted to make a miniature pie too. So, we prayed...and S-T-E-T-C-H-E-D that pie crust and Sarah made a apple pie (but we ran out of crust for the top) and Noah "made" a pumpkin pie. Two happy kids, and one happy but TIRED Mommy. =)
~Noah asked me if he could lick the bowl and I said, "Yes." But I had NO CLUE THAT HE WOULD PUT HIS WHOLE HEAD INSIDE THE BOWL!! =) You can imagine my surprise when I turned around to see a "headless" Noah...It cracked me up when I saw him. He had pumpkin ALL OVER HIS HAIR, and had to get a bath and wash his hair. Fun Memories!~
~2 yummy pumpkin pies.~
~The Lord helped me with the centerpiece. My flowers are actually a light yellow, but this photo makes them look like white. I was happy to find these cute little leaf dishes on which to serve the cranberry jelly.~
~2 yummy apple pies.
~A place setting.~
~I was happy to find these cute little orange leaves (That are actually Christmas ornaments) that had a clip on the back to hook to your Christmas tree, but I used them for Place Card holders. =} (Phillip got these for me for part of my Christmas gift, early. =)
~When we make Thanksgiving dinner there in the USA, there normally is a couple ladies, or more to help make the meal. But...this time it was just me to make it all to serve 20 people. So...I was very GLAD to have Phillip's help!! Sarah took this picture of us cooking away in the kitchen.~
~Our turkey. (I cooked it a little too long for it to be really pretty, =) But it was yummy...and our guests and our family enjoyed it!~
~The big table.~
~One of our 4 tables.~

~The 2nd table with Kimberly and Paula. (Leidy could not come due to having a test to take at school. She was very sad, and we were too that she could not come.)~
~The 3rd table with Phillip, Felipe, Marisol, and Karen.~
~The 4th table, with Noah, Sarah and Gaby.~
~Enjoying the "Comida Americana", or the American food. They seem to really enjoy the ham, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, creamed corn, rolls, 7 layer salad, cranberry jelly, southern tea, and apple and pumpkin pies. =)~
~Cleaning up.~
~God's presence settled down upon us as we each said something(s) we were thankful for, and sang hymns, and Phillip explained the history of Thanksgiving, and exhorted us to be Thankful to God in everything.~

We thank God that we had a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that y'all did too! Our Colombian "family" helped us not to be so lonely. =)

Monday, November 24, 2008

~Thanksgiving poem and Some pics~

~My Thankful Poem~
I have so many things to be Thankful for...
That I could list them all day, and still have more. =)
I'm very Thankful that Jesus died upon the tree,
So that he could save and sanctify me.

I've very glad that my sweetheart Phillip came into my life.
He is such a dear, kind, and Godly man, and I'm glad I'm his wife.
And I'm glad that God has blessed our happy home,
With 4 precious children to include in this "Thankful" poem.

I'm Thankful also for my sister and brothers and their families,
And I wouldn't trade my sweet Mommy and Dear Daddy.
And for food, shelter, clothes, and I could NOT forget shoes...(I LOVE shoes =)
And I'm thankful for all of y' dear friends too. =)
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~Heather~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
~I found these cute little ice cream cone candies and our children enjoyed them.~~They took little bites to make them last longer.~
~UH-OH...look who found the book shelf?!~
~Elijah says that books are the best thing to teeth on. =)~

~Look at the disaster he made. =) We named him right...he is a very intense baby. (Elijah the prophet was intense too. =) I'll probably not get much done when our Elijah starts crawling and walking. =)~

~I love Elijah's little crooked grin here.~
~Elijah...All squeaky clean.~
~Noah being silly trying to look like a miniature man kneeling in Daddy's shoes. =) If you look closely, you can see that his front tooth is bad.~
~This past Saturday, Noah got his tooth fixed. We thank the Lord for a good dentist here and that Noah has his tooth fixed up like new. =)~
Lord willing I plan to serve Thanksgiving dinner to 15 Colombians plus our family of 5. We are excited about this day, but have LOTS to do before then. =) Our Colombian friends are excited to see what Thanksgiving is all about. =) We plan on going around the table and each telling something we are thankful to God for, singing some Thanksgiving hymns together, and maybe reading a short Thanksgiving passage of Scripture. We Thank the Lord for answering prayer and helping us find a turkey to have for Thanksgiving along with our ham that the Union Friends sent to us! =) (They normally don't put out turkeys until December here in Colombia.)
~From our family to yours...Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!!~

Thursday, November 20, 2008

~Some more Scrapbook pages~

Whew! I had sort of a rough day yesterday. I'm still fighting this cold and could not breathe. Phillip was going to preach at Bro. Jimmy's church and Sarah and Noah wanted to go with him. Well, while I was doing Sarah's hair...I found a louse!! HELP! With our girls being around the poorer kids of our churches we fight this quite often, but we hadn't had trouble for awhile. So...that meant I had to strip the kids beds, wash their bedding, put the special home remedy on their hair that KILLS THE LICE AND EGGS INSTANTLY, leave their hair in a shower cap for about 30-40 mins. and then re-wash their hair. Last night I was miserable and NEEDING to sleep, but it's HARD to sleep when you cannot breathe. ={ Since I'm a nursing Mom, I didn't want to take drugs to help me, so I prayed and did some home remedies and God helped me be able to sleep well last night for which I'm very Thankful!
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Last week and this week God helped me to scrapbook 56 pages from Jan-April are some of my pages. Some of them I had already put the plastic protective page over them when I took the picture, so they are a little blurry. =(
~Feb. 2008. Our little 4 year old Noah learning to ride his bike without training wheels, while his sisters cheer him on.~
~In Feb. 2008 we invited Jimmy and Farly and their girls, his parents, and Farly's Daddy over for a meal. Little did we know that this was the last time Farly's Daddy (Don Dario) would be in our home. In July he was hit by a taxi and killed!! =(~
~Before we left for the USA we took this picture of our kids visiting the nice dentist that God has helped us find here in Colombia. And a pic of our goodbye meal with Carlos and Gloria.~
~Our trip back to the USA on March 19th, 2008. This quote that I put at the bottom of my page by Mark Twain cracked me up.
"I have traveled more than anyone else, and I have noticed that even the angels speak English with an accent." =)~
~Our kids and their Easter basket from Daddy and Mommy.~
~Our family on Easter Sunday. It was our first Sunday to be back in the USA...and we were SOOOOO HAPPY!!!~
~Our dear Christian Nation church Jr. Church presented our family with sweet gifts that Easter Sunday. Thank you, Church, for all you do for us!!~
~On Easter in 1999 we took this picture of our little Kimberly on the left and Bryanna Shirk on the right. This Easter (9 years later) we "re-in-acted" the picture and took one of them again. I think that both pics are so sweet!~~Someone had asked me to register for what I needed for baby Elijah, so here Laura is pushing me around in the wheelchair in Target. I had fun making this sisters page. I love Laura to pieces and am so GLAD that God gave her to me for a sister.~
~Deanna gave me a NICE private baby shower and invited some of my GBS college friends. I almost didn't make it to this baby shower for I was in the hospital for 5 HOURS that day with contractions. I kept in contact with Laura all day as to whether we were going to have the baby that day, etc. (I did NOT want to have a baby that day, for I was only 33 weeks along.) Finally, it was decided that I could go home, they moved the baby shower to one hour later and to Laura's home, and I got out of the hospital and rushed home and got home a half an hour before the shower started. Stephanie Ryan did a GREAT job making the little duckie cake. It was a very beautiful and special evening. THANK YOU, DEE and friends!~
~We were privileged to hold a short revival for our Dear friends the Kemps. Here the Kemps, the Roops and our family were eating yummy pizza and having fun visiting together. Thank you, Kemps and Roops for the wonderful time we had with y'all!~
~The Hausmans and our family took a fun picnic to River front in Cinci, OHio in April. It was a fun Spring day, pretty sunshine, and nice green grass and beautiful flowering trees. We so enjoyed getting to be with the Hausmans and our other family members while home for those months.~
~I have ALWAYS LOVED IHC! When I was a kid, I would have rather gone to IHC than to have Christmas...and that is the truth!! I STILL LOVE going to IHC and was sooooo GLAD that we got to go to IHC this year since in 2006 we were in Costa Rica studying Spanish, and in 2007 we were in Colombia.
My Daddy's 3rd book came out this IHC and so in these pictures he is seeing it for the first time with we family members gathered around him.~
~This is the first time that Nicole Cassady and I met. We had been "friends" by email and our blogs, but finally got to meet at IHC. Just as I had thought before I met her, she is a dear. Also, here our Noah and his cousin Bryan are enjoying using my wheelchair that I had to have at IHC due to being sooo LARGE and having sooo many contractions, and still having a month and a half till my due date. I was supposed to be on BED REST...but the wheelchair SAVED me, and I was able to come to my beloved IHC!!! =D ~
~The cousins enjoying IHC together. What fun memories they made. =)~
~My sweet sister and I, and our family at IHC. The Kemps, Daddy and Moma, the Hausmans, Paula Sproles and our family went out to the Spaghetti Warehouse on Thursday of IHC.~~Some cute pics of Sarah and her cousin Darla in their matching dresses at IHC.~
~After IHC, our family was privileged to have a mission Deputation service at Daniel and Angie Edwards church. Since I was having soooo many contractions, I didn't know if I would get to go with my family to their church. But, Thank the Lord I got to go, and we had a great time visiting with Daniel and Angie, Angie made us a delicious Sunday dinner, and Daniel showed our kids his farm...which they Loved! Our kids really enjoying playing with their kids.~
~Sis. Kennedy, Martha Goin, Rhonda Kennedy and the other ladies from the Greenfield, IN church gave baby Elijah and I a nice baby shower!!! It was VERY thoughtful of them!! Thank y'all BUNCHES!!~

~The Shirks, Pilmores, Hausmans, and our family went to McDonalds and had a fun time visiting. I was getting sooo big with Elijah that I was getting miserable.~
~Some cousins and friends enjoying being together at McDonalds after church on a Wednesday night in April.~

Thanks for stopping by. I feel like I've sat down with y'all and let you look at my scrapbook...and I enjoyed the visit with you. =)
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