Tuesday, November 30, 2010

You know you live in the Midwest when...

your school handbook states that children may play outside for recess unless it is below 20 degrees.

I think I need to update the winter wardrobe with some of these to survive the winter here...


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy 4th Hayes/ Thanksgiving

We have some good friends from our home church in Norfolk that are also in seminary here at Covenant. They are in their 3rd year, and live on campus with us. To say the least, they have helped in our transition to St. Louis a ton. In a new place, it is so nice to know people that already know your story.

Yesterday, we celebrated their youngest child's birthday along with them. It was Toy Story themed with a yummy Buzz cake! He is turning 4, so we decided to get him some Legos. There is every theme of Legos out there, you can even build Hogwarts and Harry out of Legos. I decided to get him a knight theme set with a castle and a catapult. When he opened it up this is what he shouted...

"Its Legos and it has the shooting thing I've been dreaming about!!!" He came up to me and gave me a big squeeze and said Thank you Thank you Miss Meredith.

He continued to come back to the Lego set throughout the party, and look at it and study it and talk about putting it together.

This is such a neat picture of thanksgiving for the smallest of things. There are so many times I covet what others have, or grumble about having one very small salary. But, we are truly blessed. We have been provided with jobs, support, a great apartment on campus, friends at home and friends going through seminary with us. We have never had to rely on the Lord for our finances until this year, and He has provided and will continue to provide. Praise the Lord that we are healthy, we can fix dinner every night, we can pay for tuition and books, and that we can give to others that are in need. All too often Marty and I take these things for granted, and do not stop to say "Thank you Thank you" like little Hayes. What a wonderful day of the year to have the opportunity to stop and praise the Lord for His love, grace and provisions.
James 1:16-17-
"Do not be deceived, my beloved dear brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Target Ads

I love Target! My sweet friend, Amanda, and I used to spend hours in Target when we were roomies at Tech and when we both lived in Hampton Roads. This holiday season, Targets ads are seriously cracking me up. The over enthusiastic shopper in BIG pears, side ponytail and sweat suit is hilarious. I hope there are more Target shopping tips to come :)
Have a laugh:




Holidays

I can't quite believe that the holidays are right around the corner.  It feels like we just arrived here in St. Louis with all our belongings and no clue as to what this huge life change was going to look like.  Teaching around the holidays in a Christian school has been a completely different experience than I had in public school.  We are putting on a huge Thanksgiving play, complete with pilgrim and Native American outfits for the children.  In this play, the Pilgrims praise the Lord for their safe arrival on Plymouth Rock and sing hymns of joy.   I can't wait to prepare for Christmas with the little ones, and be able to talk about Jesus' birth for the first time in school. 

We are staying in St. Louis for Thanksgiving this year, and having dinner with friends. We are attempting to make part of the Thanksgiving meal and are looking forward to making the turkey, sweet potato casserole, pecan pie and Marty's grandmother's tea rolls.  Yum!

Happy Saturday! 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stacy's Wedding

We had a wonderful time in Virginia celebrating our friends wedding.  We were in central Virginia, about 45 outside of Charlottsville.  No cell phone reception, no cable TV, just a good ole' country weekend with friends.  We stayed in a cabin with two other couples and stayed up way to late catching up and doing puzzles.
The wedding ceremony was held in a quaint old church near town.  The reception was held in a picnic lodge, and was decorated with lights on the ceiling white pumpkins as centerpieces, and a huge fireplace warmed up the room.
Cute little country church up in town




There were mason jars hung from the ceiling with candles inside.  The place cards were tied onto the branches in the center of the table.

We wrote Stacy and David a note and put it in these tiny envelopes attached to a scrapbook.


The ceiling was covered with stings of white lights and a huge fireplace warmed the room.

White pumpkins with gold splattered paint were the centerpieces.

Cute stamped napkin rings and apple butter as the favors

We had such a wonderful time visiting with friends in Virginia.  It made us miss living on the east coast a lot.  I am glad that Christmas is right around the corner and we will be able to visit again soon!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Virginia...

We are flying back to Virginia tomorrow to celebrate the marriage of our dear friend, Stacy. Here is the happy couple:
We can't wait to celebrate with these fun folks:
And I can't wait to visit with my two sweet college roomies Friday morning!
I got 5 magazines and 3 books from the library, the new Taylor Swift CD is on the ipod, and clothes are packed...we are ready to go! Pray for safe travels, and for Marty to get some studying done on the plane.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Christmas card promo!

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is receiving Christmas cards in the mail from friends and family. I especially love the cheesy/sweet photo cards! I remember one Christmas in high school, my Mom put a picture of my sister and I in our marching band uniforms ( yes, we were in marching band...) on our Christmas card. We had on tall hats with a huge feather on top, high pants and all...super cute! We ended up being mocked for the entire holiday season, yet I still love photo cards! Whether you enjoy photo cards, or mock them endlessly people enjoy receiving cards during the holiday and feel loved by the gesture.
My friend, Ashley, found this Shutterfly giveaway. All I had to do is fill out a simple survey here. They e-mailed me today and I just have to post about this giveaway and I will receive a code for 50 free cards. Here are some of my favorite photo designs!

The card above is my favorite so far. I think we may add a verse in the green section on the bottom.

I loved the polka dots incorporated in most of the designs. They have a lot of different styles to choose from, I don't think I will be able to choose just one! You can look at the following links for other items that Shutterfly offers:
Christmas Cards
Desk Calendars
Greeting cards

Have fun exploring their website!