Farm and Family, Pictures

Truly Grateful

11 Thankful for ChristmasDSCF8480

12 Thankful for Hannahisms

13 Thankful for meteor showers that aren’t at 2amDSCF8543

The sky was as clear as you could ever ask for, there was no moon, and it wasn’t bitterly cold. We got to see more shooting stars in those few hours of the Geminid Meteor Shower than I have ever seen in my life. Adam, Claire Meg and I laid in the orchard in sleeping bags and basically on each other for a few hours. With some of the stars you could point and everyone else would have time to look at it, were with other ones you either saw it or you didn’t. I can’t wait for next years shower!

14 Thankful that God is in control no matter what crazies doDSCF8608

15 Thankful for Mom and Dad getting married 22 years ago

16 Thankful for finding the movie Elf

17 Thankful for getting a haircut that didn’t make me cry and looks really cute

18 Thankful for great, spontaneous  friends and awesome movies!

On Tuesday Meg, Claire and I went to go see the Hobbit with some awesome friends the Flowers (as I will call them) to celebrate SFlower’s birthday. The movie was amazing. Without giving too much away; It was a good bit less dark than the other Lord of The Rings movies. I really loved how they portrayed Smeagol especially. I won’t say anymore because I think you should go see it yourself, I really want to see it again in fact. When the movie was over I leaned over and said “Anyone have a time machine?” I can NOT wait for the next movie!

19 Thankful for cute little kids

20 Thankful for first snows coming earlier than St. Valentines day!DSCF8615

21 Thankful for fun at the White Elephant party with Mom’s Family

22 Thankful for artDSCF8630

23 Thankful for my silly family, long drives are never uneventful

24 Thankful for getting to cuddle brand new cousin PB for the first time!

25 Thankful for Jesus Christ coming as a baby to grow up and save the worldDSCF8604

26 Thankful for our neighbor letting Bunny hang out with his herd, complete with bulls, for a month or so. She wanted nothing more. 😉 lol

27 Thankful for Aunt D, Uncle B and the cousins EB, MB and PB, and Oma and Opa

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Returning Thanks

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

First, go check out my Christmas Page before it’s too late!

2 Thankful for Walmart (yes, evil, giant, Walmart)

3 Thankful for being homeschooled

4 Thankful for actually getting into the Christmas spirit this year

Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.- Mark Twain

5 Thankful for the availability of classic literature

After seeing it referred to many times in the last few weeks, I ordered _The Princess And The Goblin_ from the library. I began reading it a few nights ago and found it to be a basic, classic princess fairy-tale. Perfect for reading aloud. It just so happened that that night Hannah was having a hard time going to sleep. We have been reading it before bed every night since.

6 Thankful to be able to debate with a group where we pray before beginning the tournament

Thursday we had a debate tournament. It was truly a great day. My partner EM was absolutely amazing. I am so impressed with all the first year debaters. I remember my first tourney. I had a partner I didn’t really connect with, who was also first year. Neither of us gave very long speeches. I just stood up, thanked the judge, the other team and my partner, said about the first 5 words of our plan and sat down. We didn’t win a single debate that day. I’m really amazed at all the first time debaters who not only did AMAZING but won the majority of their debates! I didn’t win my majority until about my third or fourth tournament!

EM and I had three great rounds, and won our majority! The first round we were Government and did a case about free speech in public schools. This round went pretty well. The next round we were Opposition and had to refute a case about shopping online. We would have done very well, and might have won, but we forgot to uphold the value and focused on side issues. I think that is the round we lost. The last round we did my thrift store shopping case. I really love that case. 🙂 I have worked on it, filling in the holes, for a while now. I first ran it when LD and I were partners two years ago. This one we definately won. After everyone was done with the third round I talked with Claire and her team. She was with LD and ElM, EM’s little sister. It turned out that LD and I had  the same idea and ran the same case at the  same time! I almost forgot to say something very important! Not only did Claire’s team win their majority, Claire won Most Quotable Quote for saying in her intro “”…and I would like to thank my comrades, for comrade-ing?” It was supposed to be “colleagues” but all day Claire had been saying comrades. So proud of her!

7 Thankful for my very original family

8 Thankful for funny movies that we can watch as a family

We were looking for a movie to watch and noticed “Elf” on Amazon. We had heard some people say it was terrible, and some say it was funny, both from trusted sources, so we decided to rent it. We laughed so hard. I’m not sure I remember the last time we all laughed that hard at a movie. Such a funny story. Get over the fact that he’s  grown man, he was raised by elves who never really quite grow up.

9 Thankful for Hannah-isms

10 Thankful for

Winter nights

Brisk walks

Cold air

Stars that shoot across frozen skies

Others that hang in the frostbitten air sparkling twofold a normal night

Frost on the grass that reflects the twinkling above

Musings, Pictures

Hemmed With Thankfulness

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.

30 Thankful for fellowship

Dec. 1 Thankful for Sanguine Panguin ClaireDSCF7400

Yesterday (or #30) I went to YABS, Young Adult BBQ Social. It’s kind of a youth fellowship games night thing hosted at, I’m not sure if he’s an associate pastor or deacon, whichever, it’s at his family’s house. NanR was talking about a book she had read about the 23rd Psalm. In the conversation I mentioned that “He leads me by the still waters” has always reminded me of stagnant water. After everyone got done laughing the conversation trailed onto NanR’s lifelong desire and apparent “calling” to kill alligators.

On the 45 minute drive home I got to thinking. Stagnant waters. Although I understand, that’s not what it means, I had a little thought. He does lead us by the stagnant waters too. He doesn’t just leave us to find our way through them, He leads us. Gently, our Shepherd Father leads us through times when we don’t feel the flow of living water. He leads us through the stinky, gross times and gives us rest.

He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul.

Musings, Pictures

Thanks and Thanks

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.  ~William Shakespeare

16 thankful for parents who pick me up out of my pitty party, set me up on my feet and tell me I can do it

17 thankful for friends to talk about LOTR with who have actually *read* them not just seen the moviesDSCF8328

18 Thankful to live in a family where watching Star Trek Next Generation and then Downton Abbey is a perfectly logical and normal thing to do

19 Thankful for Volleyball with good friends, and that it’s only once a week! Ouch.

20 Thankful for the availability of good Bible teaching

21 Thankful for good, creative modern music like The Piano Guys 

22 Thankful for getting to be with my family

23 Thankful for friends that have helped us move so many time, and that we now get to pass on the gift

24 Thankful for ever resourceful Meg

25 Thankful for reminders that I *am* a princess

26 Thankful for Hannah and Charity

27 Thankful for Hannah’s whims

28 Thankful for good health

29 Thankful for recipes written by my great grandmama Money, found by Oma and mailed to me. A sweet reminder of where I came from, where I’m going, and what I want to leave behind.