Sunday, December 26, 2010

A "Almost" White Christmas

I have never seen a white Christmas. Here in the south where I live snow is a very rare event. But we almost had a white Christmas this year!  It began snowing in the wee hours of the morning this morning and we woke up with a beautiful blanket of snow on the ground.
My youngest child getting hit with a snowball
The snow fell steadily until about 1 this afternoon and then we had some flurries even during the late afternoon today.  It was just perfect! Here is a picture of me and our 3 sons after they plopped snowballs on the top of my head!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Family Christmas Traditions

When our first child was born, we started a tradition of buying a special ornament each year for her. As we began decorating the tree, the first ornament that went up was the new one. We made a big deal out of presenting the special ornament. She liked ballerinas so every year she gets a special ballerina ornament.

This tradition has carried on as we had more children.
My oldest son loved trains, so each year he gets a train ornament.

My middle child used to like cats, but now she likes owls so she has a owl & pussycat theme for her ornaments.

Our next son has quite a collection of adorable Christmas bears.

Our youngest child gets the cute snowmen!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Traditions

The first day of December has arrived, rather quickly I might add. Didn't we just pack up Christmas decorations from 2009? Time does have a way of flying by quickly, especially the older we get! But, here we are full swing into Christmas of 2010. We have our tree up and our outside decorations up and a candle in every window.
Yet I haven't wrapped the first gift.
They are all hidden in the secret hiding place for gifts, waiting to be wrapped. Shhhh! Don't tell my children or they will be searching all over the house for my secret hiding place. Anyway, I have been thinking about Christmas traditions.There are certain things that we do year after year that help to make the Christmas season special. I will attempt to share some of these traditions as we go through the month of December. But first, I would like to encourage you to read this book by Noel Piper called Treasuring God in Our Traditions. You can even read it right now, FREE and online by heading over to Desiring and look at online books or click HERE. I think this book is thought provoking and helpful as we consider the traditions that we develop and how to make sure they are God centered.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Last week was a very bad week. Being a person who has never had a cavity or
any dental problems for that matter, I found myself in the denstist's
chair not once, but 3 times last week.
I went to the dentist with a major toothache on Wed. He sent me to an oral surgeon who extracted an impacted wisdom tooth on the same day. The next day was so painful that I called the dentist back and he had me come back in to see him that day. I ended up having a partial root canal on a different tooth just a few teeth down from where the wisdom tooth came out.
If that wasn't enough.......
My story of craziness just gets worse when my daughter calls me to tell me that she is driving and holding her driver side door on at the same time. The pins fell out while she was driving & the door had fallen off!!!
Yep there's more....
The next night at 1:20 in the morning I wake up to a strange hissing/spitting noise. I got up to investigate thinking that it was the heater but as I walk towards the hallway where the noise is coming from I notice that my slippers feel squishy & when I turned the hallway light on I see that I am standing in 2 inches of water with a river of water flowing from the bathroom down the hallway! A hose connection had burst and water was shooting out of the hose flooding the house!!!
Even in the midst of these difficulties there is so much to be thankful for in each situation.
1. the wisdom tooth that had needed to come out for many years was finally dealt with.
2. The root canal was done and prevented an even worse health situation, since this happened I have heard of people who have lost their lives from not getting to the doctor in time. I spoke with one gentleman who said he was in intensive care for 95 days for not receiving proper treatment for a tooth that had abscessed. What a scary thought!
3. My daughter did not have an accident & she didn't lose the door! She kept her calm, held on to the door and arrived home safely!
4.With the flooded bathroom and hallway incident.... well, I am just glad that I woke up when I did or it would have been much worse. As it was we were able to clean it up with a lot of towels and it only got a small portion of carpet wet. My youngest said "Wow Mom!!!! The bathroom floor got really clean this time!!!!"
I'm choosing to look at the bright side!!!!!

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, 18 Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. 19 TheLord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places. Habbakuk 3:17-19
Photos are courtesy of PhotoXpress

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ABC's of Having a Meltdown

I love listening to the program Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I feel like Nancy is my own personal mentor even though I do not personally know her. God has used her teachings and ministry to speak to me and nurture me in my spiritual walk. Her current program that is airing right now is The ABC's of Having a Meltdown and looks at Psalm 34.

Take the opportunity to listen to this program by heading over to Revive Our Hearts.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What a Great Event!!!!!!

originally uploaded by Charleston Southern University.
Magnificent music, seeing old friends and honoring the memory of a great man, Dr. David Cuttino, were the elements of the Cuttino Choir Reunion Concert this past weekend at CSU , (formerly The Baptist College of Charleston) the college that I graduated from.
My freshman year in college, a friend came up to me and said "Hey Myra, I know you like to sing. You should audition for this singing group called "Warm Summer Rain" that is a select group of singers from the Baptist College Choir, The Singing Bucaneers." I had never auditioned for anything in my life but for whatever reason felt prompted to audition and to my surprise I made it and was selected for an alto part in the group. To sing in the group you had to also sing in the choir so I began attending rehearsals for the choir even though I did not sign up to receive any college credit at the time. Our choir director was Dr. David Cuttino. I can honestly say that I am a better person today just by knowing Dr. Cuttino. He had a profound impact on my life and soooooo many others that came across his path.

Cuttino Choir Reunion

originally uploaded by Charleston Southern University.
Yes I am in this photo! Can you find me?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Do you have a dream home?

I have a dream home.  It's just down this avenue.

It's an old southern plantation that actually belonged to my grandparents. Here is a photo of them. I never knew this set of grandparents. They were my Daddy's parents and they died before I was born.
In the early1900's they purchased a plantation that was used as their summer home.  When their other home called the Leesburg Plantation burned to the ground they decided to make Laurelwood Plantation their permanent home. You can read about it here.  The home and property is for sale and I would love to see it purchased by someone who has the means to restore her to the beautiful southern plantation that she once was.  I like to dream about it being back in my family. I love historical homes and South Carolina history.  This home has special meaning to me so I will be following it closely. If you have a special interest in the restoration of old homes make sure you head over to my other blog the Legacy of Laurelwood and become a follower.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

You'll never guess--- (a $100 giveaway)

I have been in the mood to so some sewing lately but just haven't had the time.  I certainly find a lot of inspiration on sewing blogs that I've stumbled upon.  I love the new mod fabrics and new patterns that are out right now.  Here is a giveaway that might inspire you! Head over to Pioneer Beauty to enter.
You'll never guess--- (a $100 giveaway)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It's Fall Nesting Time!!!

Happy Fall Y'all! It's time to get our nests ready for Fall. My favorite season Summer is over but my 2nd favorite season Fall is about to begin.  For great ideas on how to get your home ready for Autumn head over to the Inspired Room. She is having a Fall Nesting Party.

While you are sprucing up your home listen to today's Revive Our Hearts Program by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. She says that our homes are intended to be places that reflect God, that reflect the gospel.
One of the statements in the True Woman Manifesto says, "We will seek to establish homes that manifest the love, grace, beauty, and order of God, that provide a climate conducive to nurturing life and that extend Christian hospitality to those outside the walls of our homes."  It is my desire to have that type of home.

What is Bargainomics?

Have you heard the term Bargainomics? I recently listened to the radio program "Living for Joy", and heard an epidsode about bargainomics. Judy Woodward Bates says that Bargainomics is money management God's way.  What better way is there?
I was hanging on her every word. Please go to the Living with Joy site and hear for yourself about how you can save money.  I was extremely encouraged and motivated to be a better steward of our finances. Of course with 5 kids I am all about finding good bargains!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Summer is officially over today. Labor day where I'm from marks the end of wearing white shoes & white pants. You can't bring them out again til Easter.
 Labor day also is the marker that says SUMMER IS OVER.  Boo Hoo! Summer is my favorite season. I love the kids being home and enjoy the slower pace of living. Of course I love the BEACH! We did get to spend some time away this summer at Pawleys Island. So in honor of Summertime here are some of our summer pictures.
We found this shell on the beach our first day at Pawleys & it had a smiley face on it! It had cracks & holes in the shell that made it look like a smiley face. I told the kids it was saying "Welcome to Pawley's Island!".  

My youngest looking for shark teeth!
My oldest son practicing his kite flying skills!

It really did fly!

Middle son & my hubby luvin' the waves!
My daughters enjoying the sun!
We had a great summer break! Goodbye Summer hello Fall!

Monday, August 30, 2010

I have a new teenager in the house!

Today my #4 child turned 13. I have another teenager in the house!!! My how quickly they grow.

Here is a picture of me and #4 that was taken at the first part of the summer. My children are outgrowing me!
Here are a few of my favorite pics of #4. Here is a pic of him & his little brother when we lived in New Orleans.
Here with his first girlfriend!!!!!
And here on the Gulf of Mexico. See! His hair WAS blond and straight!

This one was taken at the Outer Banks during a winter trip. I love this photo!!!!!
I am sooooooo proud of you son & all you are accomplishing. Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Twentieth Birthday!

My oldest child turned 20 today! Wow! How do they grow up so fast?
It really seems like yesterday that she was a little girl, catching butterflies and playing in the sand at the beach.
This picture was just a few years back while we were enjoying a day at one of the beaches on the gulf.

She is very silly & likes to have fun!
She wanted Texas Roadhouse for lunch today. I think she was ready to dig in!!!
My kids wanted to make sure the waitress knew she did a great job so they left her a message with Peanut hulls!
Happy Birthday to my amazing young lady! God has great things in store for you!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tic Toc Candy Shoppe

Oh the sweetness of it all! And I'm not just talkin'about the candy!

While at lunch with some friends I heard about a new candy store in town.  My middle child loves to go on little outings with me and I love to try to do one on one things with each of the kids.  So, I came home and we went to check out the new candy store. It's adorable!!!!
You have to go check it out.  It's called the Tic-Toc Candy Shoppe located in 5 points in Columbia.  They have candy, candy and more CANDY!!!!! And with a name like Tic-Toc you know there has to be a clock somewhere.  Well, they have this really awesome clock that does the neatest thing when it chimes! You have to see it! I took a picture of the clock but for some reason when I try to post it it comes out sideways even though I rotate it. So you will just have to hop right on down to 5 points and check this place out!
We met one of the owners and she is incredibly sweet too! She let us try a sample of a chocolatey treat called clodhoppers. Yum!!!! 
Warning! I am not responsible for any weight gain or cavities that may result from your visit to this sweet shop!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

For the love of Sewing!

I love to sew and l adore beautiful fabric and all things handmade! I also have an addiction to sewing blogs! To me it's like a never ending magazine of beautiful creations and inspiration. Here is a new sewing blog that is sure to please your eye and offer you some sewing inspiration.  Head over to Pleasant home to see Sew Picture Perfect now and enter her giveaway for this jelly role of fabric called Birdie! It's adorable!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My baby is not a baby anymore!

My baby turned 10 today!
I had to post a few baby pictures of him 'cause he's just so adorable!!!
Here we escaped seminary for a day & headed to the gulf of Mexico for a day at the beach. Those are 3 of my other children in the background. They all have grown so much since then!
Below was on Easter Sunday our first year back in SC. I loved this little sailor suit.
Here he is today  (Still ADORABLE) and he is still getting lots of huggin' & squeezin' from me!!!

We enjoyed his favorite pizza for lunch!

Can't believe that time has gone by so fast. Here is a picture of him when he was smaller along with my kitty that he put in the washing machine while it was running! Boy could I tell you some stories about this child!!!

Thankfully she survived & to this day she enjoys water & getting baths!!! Here is a picture of my kitty so you know for sure that she's alright! Isn't she beautiful?

Happy Birthday to you dear son! Your silliness & sense of humor never fails to entertain us & make us laugh! Here is another favorite photo of my youngest child. Don't you just love those dimples?

You truly are a gift from God!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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I've got the "no-vacation" blues!

Looks like this summer will be a no-vacation summer. Before you feel sorry for me, let me say that our family will probably take several 1 day getaways/adventures. As far as a week long get away, "vacation", it's not going to happen this summer. I have a few moments here and there when I feel a bit down about not going away for an extended period of time. Or I will day dream about places that I would like for our family to go & feel some disappointment because we are unable at this point in our lives to do so.  But I also think that a vacation can be a state of mind! There are MANY ways that we can pause from our ordinary routine to "vacation" without spending a lot of money or even spending the night away from home! We happen to live in a location that offers many area attractions,  like a great water park just minutes away,

 and we are only a few hours drive to either the coast or the mountains. Some of our best memories together as a family have been these 1 day mini-vacations.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sunset on Ocracoke

Wishing I could see the sunset off Ocracoke Island again. Soon! I am in need of a vacation!  We took this picture several years ago during a winter trip to the Outer Banks of NC.  I would love to go back in the summertime.  We were riding on the ferry when we took this picture and it was such a beautiful site to see.