Christmas collage

well, we made it through Christmas time with thankful hearts and time with our family and friends. i am reminded every Christmas of how great God really is! He came as a baby and grew to a man who died on a cross for my sins and yours! He is an amazing God! i am using a lot of exclamation points because He deserves it!

that is what i came away with this Christmas. below is a picture collage of our fun and some of our new toys... we had Christmas dinner with my parents, and carrie came too. the first is a blurry picture that carrie took but we liked it a lot. pete took the picture of the candle, well done. the next picture is of my brother craig (i don't know if i have put a picture of him on here before?) the last picture of dinner was taken by pete of our table, my parents, and the shiny trees in the background. the next pictures are the actual opening of presents, pete received an ipod speaker dock that works great in our house (thank-you) and i received a shiny pink ipod that i love (thanks to pete) the last picture is for documentation purposes. we ate at home last night with carrie cooking most of it, i helped.

anyway, hope you enjoy the collage, have a great day.

He came!

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory,
glory as the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth." John 1:14

for my friend

lisa, i pray for your family during this time of loss.

i pray for your mom, brother, husband, stepmom, stepbrother, aunts and uncle and everyone who impacted your dad's life.

you are so beautiful in the eyes of God and your friends and i pray God will send you comfort to make it through today and tomorrow.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4

i love you


"some people just need to grow a new personality!"

help me

i have a request for anyone who reads my blog. i have been asked to sing/play a song for Christmas at church. i would like some suggestions as to which one to sing. i am having a hard time finding one. i would like it to be for 2-4 people and one or two guitars. i am struggling, so give me your ideas please!
thank-you in advance for your wonderful ideas and suggestions

o Christmas tree, o Christmas tree!

okay, this post will shock and amaze you. pete and i bought a Christmas tree. but it is not just any normal, run of the mill, 6ft. green tree. no, i bought it on my own (pete does not like it) anyway, it came from target. and as we all know, target has some interesting items for sale in their store. i was looking around, minding my own business, when it jumped out at me (caught my eye) there it was, sitting with its friends on the top shelf. there were all kinds, big, small, different colors, and even one with berries. but the kind that caught my eye was teal (my favorite) with peacock feathers.

feathers you ask, yep! our tree is about 18" tall with all blue feathers. my rational in buying this outrageous item is because we do not have kids, or anyone who cares for the tradition of decorating the tree. pete and i did that last year. i still decorated the house with a nativity scene (i'll put a picture later) and other Christmas type things like a wreath. but i wanted to be a little crazy so i bought a tree made of feathers.
here are some pictures to tickle your fancy (get it, feathers, tickle...haha)

the lamps now have a friend!

i also bought a tree for my classroom. it is awesome retro looking some like to say iredescent!

the cups are white, but i think they look better this way. (more fun with my new camera)
have a wonderful day (maybe the trees will bring a smile to your face)

pictures with the girls

on monday the cheer team and their respective coaches (me, sarah, and kelli) went to avante photography to get our team pictures taken. this is the first year they have done that, but they wanted to get their hair and makeup done before the picture and avante does both. i have had bitter experiences with those types of photo places because of high school, but i agreed to let them experience it for themselves (some had the same experience as me). anyway, sarah, kelli, and i got our hair and makeup done too. it was really fun being in the coaches shoes because avante gives the coach a free picture package which includes a free 8x10, 8 wallets, team photo, and an eight pose photo session. kelli, sarah, and i took a couple pictures, then sarah and i took sister pictures. it was really fun and we had a great time. the girls were still themselves, but we survived nonetheless. shout out to kelli and sarah for making it so i didn't have to do that alone and you're the best coaches ever!

p.s. my new profile picture is from a picture that pete took later that night (with my new camera, post to come about that) while my hair and makeup was still pretty. i think the makeup was too much, but it looks good in pictures.

so overall this post was directed towards the girls, but i'll post again soon so everyone can enjoy it.

what am i doing?

sometimes i think about everything else except what i should be thinking about.