Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry CHRISTmas!!


I saw a snowflake gently falling
From the sky this Christmas Eve
And a voice so gently calling,
"My Child, do you believe?"
"Do you believe in miracles,
And in faith, can you see?
As you celebrate this Christmas,
Do you believe in me?"
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Then he showed me a vision
Of the manger dark and lorn
That the shadow of the cross was present
The night that Christ was born.
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"Do you believe in miracles,
That this was planned for you?
That even then I knew the cost
To bring you life anew?"
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"Tell me child, do you know the gift
First given long ago?
But most important, do you believe
It washes white as snow?"
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I saw again the snowflakes falling
From the sky this Holy Eve.
Yes Lord, I believe in Christmas,
And yes Lord, I believe.
©1989 Charles Pore

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From our family to your family.....A Very Merry Christmas!! Enjoy the celebration of THE Greatest Gift of all! He loves us THAT much!!!

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Christmas Blessings,

 

Friday, December 19, 2008

Life is Good!!!

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We woke up to a snowstorm this morning....you all know that I do not like snow too much. Well, if I did not have to drive in it...I would probably like it. But look at the joy in this sweet face as we suited up to go outside to play in it.

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I could not tell who loved it more...Ella or our crazy puppy. lol! They both enjoyed it so much and Daisy was sticking to Ella like glue. She knows where to find fun!

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I could only get a few pics as it started to sleet and rain and I wanted to get my camera inside, but the looks of joy and wonder on her face in the ones I did get.... were priceless!
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Here is the gingerbread house we made that was also a very big hit!
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TA DA!!!!!
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Living life through the eyes of a child....is there anything better??

Have a wonderful week-end!!!!


Blessings,

 

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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Please see post below.........

 

Praise Report and Flowers

It has been a long time since I have posted! I actually had this blog on hold for a while as it is my plan to make it private. No one big reason for that, just something I would like to do. I have not yet gotten around to doing that, though...hopefully after the holidays. I want to share a big Praise with you all.



For those of you who do not know...the last few weeks were quite an emotional roller coaster. My gyn. had been urging me since I turned 40 a couple of years ago, to go get a mammogram. 40 is the suggested age when you have no family history or any other concerns. I have always been very healthy and have no cancer history in my family, so that along with the fact that I really do not have anyone to watch my kids for appointments...I put it off. I am very good about getting any other routine check-ups that I am supposed to, but for whatever reason....I felt this one could wait. My doc urged me again when I went for my annual check-up in October...so this time I listened.



Well, I found myself back and forth to the hospital getting many tests as what was supposed to be just a baseline mammogram...turned up showing abnormal cell growth/patterns. In the end, the last test which was biopsied, showed the cells to be benign, but I have to go back two time a year for a while so they can watch for changes in the cells.



Many of you prayed me through this and were on your knees with me praying for Healing from the Ultimate Healer. I praise God for healing me and for continue healing! What an Amazing and Loving God we serve!

Thanks to my prayer warrior friends for praying me through the last few weeks. Your prayers were truly my coat of armor. Thanks so much to my dear friend, Connie for this Angel of Hope. Connie, I collect these Willow Tree figurines and she fits in perfectly with the rest of my angel collection!



Also, thanks to my sweet friend, Colleen. She had a blog give away and I was the lucky recipient of this beautiful book, which I have been wanting since I first read about it. I should thank Colleen AND Allie for the gift of this book. You can read more about that in the give away link above.



She also sent this lovely ornament...in which I could not get a picture that gives justice to how pretty it is. Thanks, Colleen...you are one of the flowers in my garden!



And for all of you that have such loving hearts and are such an encouragement to me and so many....you are all a flower in my life's garden!!


We had the privilege of meeting some blogging friends over the week-end. Thanks so much, Jen for inviting us to your Christmas party! We had a wonderful time!!

Santa visited Jen's house while we were there and I am shocked that both of my girls sat on his lap! lol! They will usually not get within 50 feet of the guy in the red suit or anything is costume, for that matter. But for whatever reason, when their name was called, they each popped up and sat on Ho Ho's(that's what we refer to him as) lap!

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Now, you will note the solemn looks on their faces and there was no sort of eye contact whatsoever...but, hey....huge step for these two girlies. : )

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How cute is this picture with all of the kids gathered around Ho Ho?
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Christmas blessings to all of you and please go get those mammograms, ladies!!!

 

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Ella!

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Look who's 4 years old now! Where does the time go? As we watch our sweet girl growing too quickly, she is soooo excited to be such a "big girl" now! Almost every sentence lately ends with the words, "because I am four now!". She wants to make sure that we all remember. She also points out quite often that she is older than Sophie now. Although that won't last for long as Sophie will be four in January. But we will let her enjoy her reign for the next few weeks.

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A beautiful princess cake!



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I am four, four, four! See the pretty flower that my auntie can make from palms.

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And in case you missed the news...I am four! And my Ba Ba bought this huge #4 balloon for me to celebrate with.



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She sooo carefully and methodically opened her gifts this year and loved each and every one. Most of my present opening pics did not turn out so well.



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Here is the new dollhouse that she received that she is loving along with her new Little P*t Shop.



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Ella and her cousin Hanna



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The newest addition to the Walker family is Dave's sister's baby...named Myles. He is a beautiful baby and very, very good baby! This picture is not so good and I did not have a chance to get too many pics of him with the party going on. Trena, Dave's sister, kind of surprised Ryan(who is not a fan of baby holding!) by placing Myles in his arms ...note the look on his face. lol! I had to capture that!


The slide show below is Ella opening gifts from her Hengdong brother, Sam. They were best buddies and crib mates in China. We do not live close to one another, but Sam's mom, Tammy, and I make sure the 2 keep in touch and remember one another. I want to share these pictures so that Sam can watch Ella "She She" open the gifts he sent her. Oh, how she loved her gifts! And the Mortimer Christmas Manger book is wonderful...if you don't have it, keep an eye out for it while you are out shopping. Cute story about a mouse learning the story of Jesus!





On another note....I want to apologize for my slacking lately in Blogland. I do not have much computer time these days and having to work full time while being Mom to four is catching up with me lately. Please be patient with me as I hope to regain some ME time and to be able to catch up with everyone more regularly after the Holiday season. Blessings to YOU!!!!


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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Operation Christmas Child

It's that time of year....Operation Christmas Child or sometimes known as Operation Shoebox organized by Samaritan's Purse. To learn how you can participate, including praying for this project, please take a look here.


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This morning us gals went shopping for our shoebox or as we referred to it..."for our boy".
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In the past, we have always chosen to make a shoebox for a girl, so this year I thought we would make a boy's shoebox!
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Trying to figure out how to squeeze everything in.
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Ella always loves to make artwork for any outgoing mail. : )
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Ta Da!!!!
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Such beautiful eyes.........
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Tomorrow, (Friday) is a very dear friend of mine's birthday. Please stop by her blog and wish her a Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday, Robin!!!
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Have a great week-end, everyone!!!!!

 
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