a little pretend

Today my drop-dead-gorgeous sisters modeled for me for a pretend bridal/flower-girl shoot.see? i told you she was gorgeous. exquisite, actually.- and they only get prettier :-)just for a little fun...
"Pause a moment and consider the wondrous works of God" Job 37:14
Today, I got to pause and thouroughly enjoy my sisters.


Christmas Update

The most beautiful family room in the world, thanks to my mom:So, Christmas was, wonderful, as it has been every single year my entire life. Each one has been different, but each has been so special.
Once, we spent Christmas in a cabin in some California mountains with my mom's family. One year we were in an empty home with only a Christmas tree, presents and one mattress (we moved to CA on New Years Day, so the holidays were a little rough). Another time, about 20 ladies came and wrapped our presents because my mom was preparing for surgery and chemo. Once we had a newborn baby (Ladybug!) and once we went swimming outside because it was 80 degrees . This year was more low-key (which makes me so grateful!)
Does anybody in the world have a good Christmas morning picture? We never doMore sports games! Yes!Lauren reading the newest "member" of our family, Emily, the Christmas story. Emily is the most spoiled baby-doll ever.
Looks like December 25... in San Diego!!! This had been the best Maryland winter ever.These raindrops should've been snowflakes, but they weren't. Because it was 68 degrees outside!This sidewalk should've covered with snow because Timmy wouldn't have shoveled it yet, but it's wasn't. Because it was 68 degrees outside! I was cleaning the fridge out and this caught my eyes (These always scare Katie - seriously, ever time she opened one and it "popped" she gasped and jumped back. Gotta be smarter than the dough, right Katie?)And...I got to talk to one of these lovely ladies for about an hour (or more...)The last time I saw her we did this:

How we got from the first picture to the second? You wouldn't understand, even if I tried. But it was so. much. fun.

(I trick myself. I pretend it's spring by putting fake flowers in my room.) I liked all the different blues in this picture:
And, thus, ends my Christmas post.
Oh come, let us adore Him!


sigh, then shiver

"...but, how do you wait for Heaven?"
-- Sarah Evans Born to Fly"The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar." 2 Peter 3:10

Oh. Wow. Can you imagine just sitting in school or playing in a sports game and all of a sudden seeing the sky rip open like cheap-paper? And then see Jesus coming down? The sky is supposedly going to melt. Melt! aaah. I wish I could see that.

check out her pictures from last night --> http://www.lydiajanephotography.blogspot.com

I have no transition. Here are some pictures from school:

"Someday my [car] will come..." Snow White
So far, waiting around at school has been fine, but I am rapidly running out of things to photograph there.

Christmas day over-view: COMING IN TWO HOURS


"and they shall call his name..."

(which means, God with us)

Last night our family went to go see "The Nativity Story" and for the first time this Christmas season, I was moved to tears about the unbelieveable miracle of Jesus' birth. I cannot believe that that is how the Savior of the world was born. I can't believe that Mary obeyed, despite the cirsumstances she was in. I can't believe Joseph remained faithful and trusted God, even when it seemed crazy. I can't believe that prophesy after prophesy was fulfilled as Mary and Joseph made their way to Bethlehem and had Jesus. God is simply amazing. He truly, truly is.

Last day of school in 2006: Some classes went all-out to decorate their room:After going outside in the drizzle and mild coldness...... for some American and European football with Mr. B (I won't put up any other pictures - way too embarrasing!...)...we went to the rockin' Christmas party that student council put together.The party featured a bake-off (Julie got to fulfill a dream and check it off of her list! She was a food judge!),
... some special, festive costumes...
...Leo......and a moon-bounce!
It was super fun, to say the least :-)

Later that day, Skweegy and I pooled our building-skills together and constructed two gingerbread houses with the kids.

The icing was sooooo hard. My arms were sore the next day from trying to keep the mixer in it the bowl.
(Lyd and I broke into our own version of the slightly-sad-country-classic "Concrete Angel": "Through the water and the sugar, it stays hard as a stone, in the bowl that we can't lean up on... Concrete Icing!")

It stayed up! It stayed up!The kids were relatively patient while we constructed the homes and they were so excited when we finally called them up to decorate!
Looking good...
Priceless. Possibly one of the ugliest little things ever, but I love it so much. And so do the kids. And, most importantly, it is still proudly standing in the kicthen (with fewer and fewer candies on the roof as each day passes...)!!!
hmmm. yep, that's the way we do it...

Merry Christmas everyone!