Friday, November 25, 2011

Giving Thanks

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name;
make known His deeds among the peoples!
1 Chronicles 16:8 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
1 Chronicles 16:34

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
Psalms 9:1

God is good!  We have been so very blessed this year.  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch with a family from church who have boys in our youth group.  Then we had dinner with our dear friends that we knew from Norfolk, that just finished up seminary and are working locally.  Tonight, we are getting together with a bunch of friends to have a Thanksgiving let the festivities continue!  

God has been so good to give us such a rich community of friends here in St Louis while we are so far from home.  Today I am looking forward to some more baking and cooking for tonight, setting up our Willow Tree Nativity set, ordering Christmas cards and trying to talk Marty into setting up our little artificial tree.  We may even squeeze a Christmas movie in there as well :)  I hope y'all are enjoying the long weekend off with family and/or friends! 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gobble Gobble

I wish my table looked like this, all white and beautiful! 
We are super excited for Thanksgiving this year.  We are staying in Missouri for the second year in a row and are looking forward to the three dinners we have planned :)  Here are some of the dishes I am trying this year... 
Honey Glazed Carrots 

Bacon Braised Green Beans 

Sweet Potato Biscuits
 We have missed country ham ever since moving to Missouri.  Marty's Mother so graciously sent us some in the about exciting!!!  We are going to make these sweet potato biscuits with the country ham and some peach preserves.  Delicious!
Paula Deen's Crunch Top Apple Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

These are just some of the new things I am trying this year.  What are you doing for Thanksgiving?  What new dishes sparked your interest this year?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Christmas wish list

This year more than ever, I had felt strange about making a Christmas with list. I know it is very helpful to people who want to know things that we want to receive. I understand all the logistics behind the with list, yet this year it seems harder than most years to find anything to put on the list. I find myself wishing for things that cannot be put on a wish list. They are things that cannot be bought at a store. So here is my wish list, until I can think of a real one... 
  •  a sleepover with my college roomies filled with late night chats, freshly baked cookies, arrested development episodes and a Starbucks run in the morning
  •  a family game night with my family which includes the game Clue and refried beans and lime chips
  • snuggling with my dear friends new little ones LK, Caleb, Luke, and little Baby Hill ( when she arrives) 
  • an outdoor shopping trip in Richmond with the Cates and an Olive Garden lunch 
  • a crazy Christmas dinner with my HHS girls filled with life updates and the Greed game 
 That is my 27 year old wish list until I can come up with some real "things" to ask for :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


My sweet hairdresser did a great job yesterday.  I decided to get some of the length cut off and do some long layers.  Nothing is better than someone else washing and styling your it!  I discovered that the last time I was there was February, and if that didn't feel like a long enough time, my hair dresser was 7 months pregnant and I didn't even know she was expecting until arriving :)  Here are the results of the not so dramatic hair cut...  
Still long, but touched up and layered 

Thanks for caring :)

Monday, November 14, 2011


I am getting a hair cut tomorrow.  I am in a "I can't stand my extremely long hair anymore" mood.  The last time I went to a hairdresser in this mood, I cut all my hair off in this awful bob, and cried the entire way home ( dramatic, I know).
Awful bob, posing with a Disney princess ball.  This is one of the only pictures I have of the bob which says lots about my true feelings for the bob :)

 I can't decide if I should go for a conservative trim, or a more dramatic style. These lovely ladies are sporting some hair styles I like, yet am not sure that I can pull off.  They are also blond and I am pretty sure do not have naturally wavy, uncontrollable hair.  We will see what tomorrow holds :)

Friday, November 11, 2011


Well Hello November!  Where has this Fall gone?

This is what we have been up to...

We took our middle school and high school kids on a Fall retreat.  We had a dance party on Saturday night which was a decades theme.  I always love a good excuse to dress up in 80s work out gear.

Most of the girls were 80s, because that is what is "in" right now.  We had a few 50s and 70s girls as well.

Field games at the retreat

Marty dresses up most Wednesday nights for youth group in some kind of silly skit costume.  Christmas card pic?

Couch-A-Rama in STL...awesome.  We carried a couch under the arch, and were kindly asked to promptly leave after taking our picture by the nice Cop.

Happy Weekend!  This weekend, we are raking leaves for the elderly, attending a chili dinner and a 30th birthday bash.  Enjoy your weekend!