Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Thanksgiving Week

Sunday- Church. Dad gave an awesome sermon on thanksgiving. See later post

Monday- I went to guitar lessons, then me and mom went to the grocery store and got food for the feast! After that I got together with some cousins to practice fro the talent show.

Tuesday- All us girls took Aunt Heather and her girls (and Destiny) to go to the gingerbread houses showing. It was awesome...I'll post on it later. Then we did some more grocery shopping :)
Then off to speech club!

Wednesday- Me, mom, Karissa, Aunt Tami, Jodi and Heather all went out to eat for the birthday girl- Destiny! It was a very delightful meal, we went to the Jacksonville Inn. After that we walked around Jacksonville, looked at all the cute shops. Then mom dropped me, Karissa and Destiny off at Ross and she did more grocery shopping. While there we tried on about 20 different outfits and all I bought was a jacket and sweatshirt. Karissa and Destiny picked out these cute dresses, which they wore at Thanksgiving.

We went home and started the baking. Karissa and Destiny did other stuff and I made Pumpkin Rolls until 11pm! It was a very LONG day...but fun altogether :)

Thursday- Thanksgiving Day! Mom was up at 5 and went to the building to put in her turkey. I made a Pecan Pie then did a post, then got the kids dressed and bathed. Then we were off to the Rogue River Grange (because we had to house to fit us all in). We ate around 3 then started the Talent Show around 5. Which lasted for about two hours and we had dessert then cleaned up. At home, Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Troy and Dad all had a glass of wine and a good talk. Me and David worked on our duo while Kaleb and Kolten finished their Xbox game. I went to bed around 11 while everyone was still here. So that is a short summary of Thanksgiving Day.

Friday- Went shopping at 11am got home around 7pm.

Saturday- Hung out at home.

*note- not all the Talent show was videoed, so you only get a small taste of what you missed out on :)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

May this day be filled with thanks to God for His many blessings, good eating, and fun family fellowship! I'm hoping to see posts on what everyone did.

First Proclamation After Plymouth

Governor Bradford of Massachusetts made this first Thanksgiving Proclamation three years after the Pilgrims settled at Plymouth:

“Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.
Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.”

—William Bradford
Ye Governor of Ye Colony

Monday, November 19, 2007

What do You Give a God Who has Everything? –Kenny Anderson

These are my notes from Dad’s sermon yesterday. He did his sermon by going through Ps.116 and expounding on each verse (you can read the whole passage by clicking on any one of the references below and above). But Verse 12 was his main one. It’s in honor of thanksgiving which is right around the corner!

Ps. 116:12-“What shall I render to the Lord, for all his benefits to me?” What can we give God for all that He has given us? What can we give someone who has everything, who gives all? God gives us everything, what can we give Him that is already not His? Are we grateful for all His benefits?

Let us name a few-

  • God- the Trinity. We are given the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Covenant- we are blessed to be in a formal relationship with God.
  • Life- He sustains and gives every breath we take.
  • Day- The opportunity to live another day.
  • Family- We normally don’t pick our families. God gives us to them, and if it turns out bad, He may give us another chance. “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” Prov. 18:22. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Ps. 127:3. Family is indeed one of the greatest blessings ever given. Limbs- What would we do without our elbows or thumbs?·
  • Nature- The beauty of creation. God could have made everything grey, but instead He made variety, color and beauty.
  • Our Five Senses- The ability to taste, smell, see, hear and touch are a great blessing.
  • Animals- pets and animals to eat…though I prefer pets.
  • Thought- To be able to process thought, do philosophy and so on, are a great aspect that God has blessed us with.
All these and things and many more, as matter of fact everything is from God! Everything in this world is of God. How can we repay Him? We are only stewards of His stuff. Everything we own is His and is given to us as a blessing, we own nothing that is not His already.

Look at the next verse in the Psalms- “I will lift up the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.” Ps. 116:13.
We can only take His cup of salvation and be thankful for it. Praise Him for saving us. Salvation is a free gift from God, we did nothing to deserve and can do nothing to earn it. We can only accept it as thanks to all the blessings from God.

Christ needs nothing nor will take anything from us. But we need Him and His cup of salvation. Christ took the cup of wrath and has given us the cup of righteousness. He took the cup we deserved and gave us we we don't deserve.
So take it, lift it up, and honor Him.

Ps.116 is all about being grateful for the grace of God.
Be grateful for the grace of God.

What blessings have you received from the grace of God? Please…tell me :)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I Thank Thee -A poem

O Thou whose bounty fills my cup,
With every blessing meet!
I give Thee thanks for every drop—
The bitter and the sweet.
I praise Thee for the desert road,
And for the riverside;
For all Thy goodness hath bestowed,
And all Thy grace denied.
I thank Thee for both smile and frown,
And for the gain and loss;
I praise Thee for the future crown And for the present cross.
I thank Thee for both wings of love Which stirred my worldly nest;
And for the stormy clouds which drove Me, trembling, to Thy breast.
I bless Thee for the glad increase,
And for the waning joy;
And for this strange, this settled peace
Which nothing can destroy.

—Christian Victory

I put this on since thanksgiving is coming up.
May it be a season that we be thankful for all the blessings God has bestowed on us out of His rich grace!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Grandma's and Kaylee's Birthday

She really wanted that doll!
Yes! she got it :)

Tami wrote a song, in place of a card. It was a very beautiful song and Tami has and extraordinary voice.
Lined up to read our cards

Last night we celebrated Grandma's 60th birthday and Kaylee's 1st birthday.

Here's how it went, in my view-

First, after 3 hours of Omnibus school, we got everything set up and decorated. Around 6 people started to arrive, though the birthday girl was 2nd to first, and everyone else a tad bit late. Then everyone just sorta mingled while the mom's got dinner ready, and we Omnibus kids (plus Kaleb) all practiced a little something we're doing for Thanksgiving.

Finally it was time for the presents. Kaylee went first, and boy did she get some adorable clothes. Kaylee is the cutest thing, she reminds me of a doll, such a perfect face.
Then Grandma opened all her presents. First each of her kids read their card to her, and she cried through it all (a happy, loving cry).

After that we did a play I wrote up, for Grandma. It's called "A Saturday with Grandma". You see, she loves to go to yard sales (a lot) so that was the theme of the play :) It was really quite fun and funny (thanks to Dad. He gave me all theses funny idea's).
Then all the grandkids lined up and read their cards to her. She is words of encouragement, so you can guess that through it all the tears where flowing (it shows how much she loves us).

Then we all lined up and got our food, sang birthday songs and enjoyed some homemade ice cream, complements of Uncle Steve, with some lemon muffins, compliments of Mom.
Finally us Omnibus kids (plus Kaleb) closed the day with a worship song.

God has sure blessed me with a wonderful Grandma and a beautiful cousin!

Thursday, November 8, 2007


Hello everyone!
I have been so busy with school and all, that I have not been that active in the blog world. 'Tis crazy, I know.
These are some pics that I took the other day. Esther and Katrina were matching, so I couldn't pass up the moment. Karissa made the dresses they are wearing. I had Ellie get in because she is never there when I take pics :)
What do you think?

p.s. Aaron and Des told me to post so this is all I have to offer :)