Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Baking Day

Lately God has blessed our family so much and our lives have been so full, and it seems like Thanksgiving has just slipped up on us. Usually we would already have a lot of preparations done, but this year - well, we ended up doing most of it all in one day!

Last night Caleb got home for Thanksgiving break and had a surprise visit from one of his new college friends. Jedidiah wanted a picture of them in front of Raul's truck.

Today Caleb decided to work on some history assignments.
Jedidiah also had some schoolwork to do before heading outside to pick up some cans.

Meanwhile, I was catching up the laundry.

And Mom was cooking! :)

Peanut butter crackers

Nobakes (Caleb's favorite)

What would Thanksgiving be without pumkin pie?

Or a turkey?

Mmmm . . . chocolate!

Buckeyes (Jedidiah's favorite)

Also dipped in chocolate, of course :)

The result - just the sugar portion of our feast
(minus the kuchen which is my favorite and has yet to be made)

This is my new favorite family picture. Caleb wanted to be carried out to his car on Sunday afternoon when he needed to drive back to the Cumberlands.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Oh, Tame Me, Lord

Oh, tame me, Lord! rebellious nature calm,

Oh, tame me, Lord!

This heart, so tossed and filled with wild alarm,

Oh, tame me, Lord!

These human longings, let them end in Thee,

And let me be Thy bondslave, even me!

I will not ask Thee to account to me

For aught Thou dost;

For crosses sore, or paths I cannot see:

But I will trust.

No second causes shall perplex my soul,

Or stay from yielding all to Thy control.

The raging storm I dare not fight alone,

Ah, show Thy face! Say, "It is I!"

Thyself to me make known,

Ah, show Thy face!

Then what care I for darkest depths of woe?

Thine arms, O Christ, shall fold me close, I know!

Oh, save me, Lord! Subdue this stubborn will;

Oh, save me, Lord!

In spite of all, Thy purposes fulfil

In me, Oh, Lord;

I yield my self, and all I have and am,

To follow Thee, Thou all redeeming Lamb!

How can I fear? Thou art so near to me;

How can I fear?

I hear Thee say, "Believe, and thou shalt see!"

How can I fear?

I now believe, and trust Thy mighty power,

To save, to heal, to keep this very hour!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Prepare for Battle!

At the present moment the War Between the States is being dramatized behind my house. The characters are my brother and a neighbor. It seems that they are on the same side, however, as all interaction seems to have been friendly thus far.

Aagghh!! The enemy has spotted us!

Guard duty

On the run

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cheery Sun, Cheer Clinic, and Children

Okay, that sounds kind of dorky. But I want to share several pictures that don't exactly go together.

For starters . . . the sky has been absolutely beautiful lately!!! Have you noticed? "The heavens declare the glory of God" (Psalm 19:1).

The sunrise the day we went to the
Clays Mill Road Baptist Church Ladies' Conference

The sunrise again :)

Mrs. Fugate, Mrs. Tackett, Mrs. Corle, and Mammaw


The things you can do with balloons!

The sunset later that day


And again :D

Different day - babysitting Lindsey and Carly

"Carly! What'd you do that for?"

Her words, not anyone else's.

"Carly! Get sissy!"

Don't you love to hear little kids laugh?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Challenging Femininity

The second issue is out! I haven't read all the articles yet, but I'm really excited about the interview. You wanna know why? Because it's with Mrs. Gretchen Acheson from my favorite blog ever - Young Ladies Christian Fellowship!!! I've read that blog for about seven years (I think), and the girls have been such an encouragement to me! Here is the link for Miss Jocelyn Dixon's web magazine: