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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Church Christmas Program: Which One is Not Like the Other Ones Part 2

Well, we improved from last year, when he just sat on the stage and wouldn’t wear his lamb head no matter how much coaxing…

This year…

He’s standing a little apart with his back to you…looking at that BIG SCREEN!

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Yes!! We have a lamb’s head but no motions…not a single one. the entire time. just a dazed look…in his defense we missed the stage rehearsal because we were all sick and we’re a little scattered these days of travel and transition…

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Sitting, though it took him a while to do that, standing when the others were sitting…someone had to pull him down!

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There was even a little hoof wave to the people sitting by him…

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And a smile too!!!!!!

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Shutterfly Offers For Bloggers

 
Hey Everyone!  Here I am again (same day) with another great offer from Shutterfly for bloggers! I am excited to get some great pictures or projects with the help of this gift certificate!  Nothing blesses us or our family as much as a piece of us through pictures:)
"Help us (Shutterfly) spread the word. Embed a project and receive a $25 gift certificate. Here’s how:
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Here is the Mother's Day Photo Book I did for Jared's mom.  It was a great gift to be able to give her.  I love Shutterfly's photo books.  If you haven't made one yet through them, you should!

Click here to view this photo book larger

Running Behind…But Still Going For the Christmas Cards through Shutterfly!

I am so excited to check the mail these days because I am getting so many fun Christmas cards and I love reconnecting through faces with many dear ones that I am far away from…If you are late in sending your cards like me, don’t worry, I will love them whenever I get them!  And even if you’re on time, we will probably still miss it as we are traveling north the end of this week.  But please still send them!!!  It is so great to come back and have so many cards waiting!!!

This year I am making our Christmas cards (we really like the Christmas Photo Cards) again through Shutterfly. It's amazing how easy it is to make your own card through their website and there are so many styles to choose from that you really are able to get exactly what you want. There are all types of photo cards, whether you want to share just one family picture for your card, or if you'd like to have several pictures on your card, you can be sure that they will have exactly what you're looking for.  If you've never checked out their website, I encourage you to take a look and see all that they have to offer :).

And for those of you who have a blog, go HERE and find out how you too can get 50 free cards this year!  It’s not too late if you are anything like me and running behind!!

Also, if you are wanting to make a New Year’s Day invitation, there are options for that too!  And, you will really love their photo books.  I have made a few through them and love them!  There are many other gift ideas there too!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Some of What You Missed This Fall…

Namely because I didn’t share it…sorry…some of you we will see soon…others, sadly, no:( Hope you enjoy…God is so, so good.  All the time.

Carving our Jack-o-Lantern at Pre-School

Picking out the pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch

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Anita reading the “Pumpkin Patch Parable”

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Smiling like the Jack-O-Lantern that lit up the porch in the book…

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JJ sick and sleeping on the couch:(

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JJ’s best buddy Brandon’s Birthday Party

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Air Craft Carrier…Isn’t Brandon’s Mom creative?  I’m taking tips:)

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His big birthday gift was an Air Craft Carrier

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The kids and I joined for the second night and they had this miniature golf course…of course JJ loved it! He could have spent hours there!

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Some of my budding photography pics;)

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I got to know these two girls a little…I don’t usually get to do very much, but the students see our family together and this is a huge witness:)

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Susie, Qsie, taking her bath in the sink that evening…

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The morning at the Fall Retreat, I was given the incredible gift, the third in a set, of being able to behold an incredible sunrise…

I talk about what it teaches me here

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And finally, this was our extremely creative Trick-or-Treating Ensemble

GO EAGLES!!!! Susie says…

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My football guys…JJ loves football (surprise;) and he can throw an amazing spiral!!!  Well, there’s no midgets in Hungary, so it will be interesting what happens to this love as he grows up in non-football dominated country;)

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Brandon and JJ were superheroes at the last minute!  Anita didn’t even know where it came from as they haven’t watched or seen any (Super Why, maybe:)…they were great last minute superheroes though…

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JJ was afraid of our neighbor Alejandro…the Transformer?  He is like me, I was terrified of masks through about third grade (so was my twin…’it’s a twin thing’ as her hubby would say)

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There was a couple of guys moving back into the neighborhood and they didn’t have candy, but all of the kids jumped into their moving truck…

Aren’t my guys handsome?? Jared looks like some professional football player here…what a cutie!! I mean cuties!!!:)

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It’s amazing, JJ didn’t know what ‘trick-or-treating’ was when we started and til we were done, he was like ‘TRICK-OR-TREAT!!’  I’m glad he got to experience it this year as it may be his only year…ever to go trick-or-treating…

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Lighting our World:)

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Congratulations if you made it this far!

I hope you enjoyed this little journey…it was good for me to remember as I created this post…I have been busy writing on my other blog and as much as I want to ‘do it all’ have been neglecting this one…I wrote 27 posts at ‘Fan the Flame’ in November…I can’t believe it…I am trusting my writing will reach a sane level, but, for now, I am enjoying it so, the more I write the more I understand and grow.  It isn’t a light thing to do…it is peeling back the layers of my heart and causing me to desire more of Him…I am so, so thankful for an exceeding number of gifts this Fall (not officially over) and can’t imagine needing one. single. thing. for Christmas:)

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