Life keeps happening at lightening speed on Mission Rd. Homestead. Michael was gone for three weeks to the Balkans with the National Guard. The picture above was taken at the airport just before he flew out. He was able to see some of Lithuania and Romania. He decided boiled pig's ear wasn't he favorite food, but everything else was pretty good. We missed him terribly, but keeping busy helps the time of separation go faster. We were grateful he was able to be home in time for Christmas!
Awe, so much better!!!
I got inspired from some home decorating shows on Netflix and decided to try my hand at spray painting and then distressing. Somebody stop me!!! I was spray painting all kinds of things, including wastebaskets, planters and laundry baskets. I'm going to redo my chandelier next.
Rina's first pic with Santa. She lasted long enough to kind of smile, pull Santa's beard and then proceeded to freak out. At least I got one decent pic!
Just before Thanksgiving, my dad, who just had another hip replacement surgery a few months before, fell while feeding cattle and shattered his femur. It was a very scary time for our family. God got him through and has provided all kinds of help for him as he recovers. He is doing well, healing slowly and being very careful. Below is a pic of how they had to wire his shattered leg back together during surgery. He also had to have muscles reattached. We are so thankful he is on the mend and not is so much pain!
We continued our tradition of carolling with our local homeschool group at a local nursing home. This gal was 100+ years of age and was thrilled to get to hold Rina. It was a precious time!
We decided to do a "Little House on the Prairie" themed tree this year. Mostly handmade ornaments. The kids made popcorn and cranberry garland. Instead of a star, I used my parasol. I didn't take a pic of the bottom of my tree because we had to move all the decorations up due to a sweet little lady who is now old enough to pull all the ornaments/lights off the tree.
Christmas time rolled around before we knew it and Michael's folks came up for a visit. Rina got lots of snuggles from her Grandma Kay.
And lots of smiles and teasing from her Grandpa Ernie, who would never in a million years admit that he is a baby person. But trust me, he is!!!
Hailey wanted to make sure I had a lot of stuff in my stocking this year. She bought all this scrapbooking stuff for me with her own money. What a darlin' to make sure mama was thought of, too.
We found this sign for Michael to go into his shop. So him!
My camera was accidentally broken by one of the kids, but God blessed me with a better camera and I had fun trying it out Christmas morning. Rina tuckered out in the middle of opening presents. I love this pic!
Josiah was thrilled to receive a whole bunch of Boy Scout equipment from all of us.
Finally a good family Christmas pic!!!
We look forward to seeing what 2016 brings us. I'm sure it will be filled with adventure, love, heartache and uncertainty, but through it all we will continue to cling to Christ's promises for us in His precious Word. May we live for Jesus this year, more than last year. May we press in closer to Him and be attuned to His will for our lives. Lord, let us be lights shining brighter for You with every year that passes by.
Happy 2016, Everyone!!!