Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Time

This has been a weird Christmas for us.  One it's just my fam and Julie & Bro.  Two: Rob worked 12 hr shifts all weekend. So he was barely home.  We didn't go to his side of the family at all for the holiday.  Christmas Eve, Julie, Bro and Sara came over and we hung out together. We had kielbasa and pierogies, of course.  Uncle Jeff also came over to hang out for a bit.  

Christmas morning, Rob was home with us for a bit. Santa had ate three of the four cookies that were left for him and drank a whole bunch of  the hot chocolate that Nadine had left for him. 

 Yesterday, (12/29) Rob and the two little ones went out to play in the backyard. Nadine ended up buried in snow with Rowan on top of her!  They had fun!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Decorating Grandmas's

 On Saturday night, we went to Grandma McQueary's to put up her tree and decorate it.  Tomorrow will be 5years since Jack passed away.  It doesn't seem to get any easier for her.  She misses him dearly, as do we.  There isn't a day that we don't say that we wish Jack would have known Rowan. They would have loved each other so much! Rowan loves playing in his garage and is amazed at all the things that are still laying around.  Nadine doesn't remember him at all really.  She was far to young. 

Jourdyn just wrote a memoir for school about Grandpa McQueary. When she gets it back I'll post it. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sifting through the past...

Over the past few days I've the opportunity to sift through the past at Rob's cousins house.  Lillian passed away about 10 years (it doesn't seem that long ago, but it was.) I'm a sucker for nostalgia, so for the most part I look for heirlooms, letters, pieces of people's lives.  During the tornado cleanup this summer, we found letters from Rob's grandpa to his grandma and dad when he was in the service. We found pictures and mementos that are priceless and we treasure the fact that in that huge mess we were able to pick up those few precious pieces.  So as we went into Lillian's house over the past few days, not much was different.  I picked up Bibles that she had. That most people just tossed to the side. I picked up baptism certificates, grade cards that she had cared enough to save for over 70 years.

When I came home I was surprised to find in her Bible, letters to God tucked away. The letters were written in the 70's and tell so much of what was going on in her life at the time.  I found pieces of her history, like the fact that she was in 1944 training to be a pilot.  We knew this already, but she had a deep love for music and after all the things that we have found, I am left thinking that she just had a deep love for living life to the fullest! Experiencing everything and anything! Reaching for the stars!

She clipped newspapers and had I had the time, I could have found out what it was that she thought so intriguing in them.  But I did this in a small little wooden Bible from England.  A snippet she had clipped from a magazine or paper.

Things We Can't Afford

Regardless of the amount of wealth a self-respecting person possesses, there are things which he cannot afford. 
An unknown poet has enumerated a goodly number of such things in the following poem:

"We can't afford to win the gain
     That means another's loss;
We can't afford to miss the crown
     By stumbling at the cross.
We can't afford the heedless jest
     that robs us of a friend;
We can't afford the laugh that finds
     In bitter tears an end.
We can't afford the feast today
     That brings tomorrow's fast;
We can't afford the farce that comes
     To tragedy at last.
We can't afford to play with fire,
     Or tempt a serpent's bit;
We can't afford to think that sin
     Brings any true delight.
We can't afford with serious heed
     To treat the cynic's sneer;
We can't afford to wise men's words
     To turn a careless ear.
We can't afford to feed the flame
     And make it fiercer burn.
We can't afford for hate to give
     Like hatred in return;
We can't afford to lose the soul
     For this world's fleeting breath;
We can't afford to barter life
     In mad exchange for death.
But blind to good are we apart
     From Thee, all-seeing Lord;
Oh, grant us light that we may know
     The things we can't afford."

We certainly can't afford to be without Jesus Christ as our Savior, Lord, Advocate, Friend, High Priest, and coming Bridegroom.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Rowans new fad

Dad these are the things that Rowan is into right now.  They are all individual pieces and he builds cool things like this! :)

Lights Before Christmas

This past Friday we went to the Lights Before Christmas with my friend, Bonnie and her son Orion.  Rowan was absolutely excited about the train exhibit. He spent a good 20 minutes just staring and then we had to move on.  Jourdyn ran into some of her friends and hopefully she will become a ZooTeen next summer.  It was cold, so we had hot cocoa and coffee! It seems the lights weren't as fancy this year.  

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