Thanksgiving Recap

We commandeered Baby Jesus.
We decorated the tree.
We moved some ornaments above the four foot mark when the small ones weren’t looking.
We got a four-wheeler ride.

We posed for a few pictures.

We tried on Aunt Connie’s shoes.

We were treated to a dance show.

We pretended we were teeny tiny babies.We learned there is a reason for those seat belts. He’s sound asleep.
We got gorgeous roses for our sixth anniversary, which is today.

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In the news

Local Paper Police News:

2:30 pm Monday November 17: Someone from the junior high school reported a squirrel hanging around the school. Turned over to school resource officer.

For sale: 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 4×4 extended cab, short box, fully loaded. 105,000 miles, runs and drives great. $4900 or trade for an airplane.

Wallace’s Farmer November 2008:

PETA wants breast milk
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., urging them to replace the cow’s milk they use in in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman. PETA’s request came after news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers an substituting it for 75% of the cow’s milk in the food he serves. PETA says switching to human breast milk would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies and benefit human health.

Hmmm…Faithful readers, I leave the commentary up to you.

Current News November 20, 2008
Hilarity follows after an evening of chicken petting
by Susan Clauer
One day, I had a friend over for supper and afterward, I asked her if she wanted to see the chickens. By this time it was dark outside, so I grabbed a flashlight.

We went inside the chicken shed and all the chickens were on the roost. She had never petted a chicken before, so I held one and had her pet it.

The rooster became spooked, hopped off the roost and went outside in the run. We went outside into the run to chase him back inside.

While he was running back and forth, he kept running into the poles and fence like a drunk.

My friend was laughing so hard she almost wet her pants which made me laugh too.

Finally, I caught the rooster and put him back inside.

Still waiting for the hilarity? Me too. The irony is the author got paid $25 for this story!! I think my chicken story is way funnier. Maybe I should submit it…

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Here’s Cadrian. I have no idea what the heck he’s saying, but he’s saying it with gusto! He’s 3 months here.

Brielle sings the famous ABC song. She’s 2 1/4 here.

And here is Aviana at about the same age. It’s a neat comparison of language and style between the two of them.

It’s also interesting to compare how she changes…Aviana set up her “photo studio” and conned her dada into taping her performing various songs and taking her pictures. She’s 3 1/2 here.

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I miss it

When Brielle was born, Aviana was two. She used to call Brielle “Belle”. Then suddenly one day, she was “Bwee-elle” and has been ever since.

Now Brielle is two. She called Cadrian “Craisin”. If we called him Craisin, she would immediately correct us, loudly, emphatically, “NO! He’s CRAISIN!” Now suddenly, he’s Cadrian.

I miss Belle. I miss Craisin.

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Clean Water–dancing for water

We’re dancing for water. The sweet folks over at Dancing for Water are posting videos of people dancing in an effort to spotlight their blog, to raise awareness for water. It’s more than just cuteness galore–it’s an effort to get your attention.

Five thousand children die each day from water-related illnesses such as diarrhea, according to the U.N., partly because clean water is too expensive or inaccessible in developing countries.

More than 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die each year because they don’t have adequate sanitation or clean water.

Water for Christmas.

We are people. Moms, Dads, Sons, Daughters. United by the desire to keep our eyes and hearts open.
To increasingly live for things bigger than ourselves. So this Christmas season, we’re going to give up something. Big somethings. Little somethings. Going without so the people in Liberian villages can have access to clean water. The Moms, Dads, Sons, Daughters.

Statistics show that Americans spend 450 billion dollars on Christmas every year. Experts estimate it would cost 10 billion dollars to give the whole world clean water. This has become a national campaign to see if we can change these statistics. To swing the pendulum from consumerism to compassion.
To see what happens when we come together and buy Water for Christmas.

Our Advent wish in 2008— Water For Christmas.

Please. Consider a donation here. One dollar makes a difference. Twenty dollars can give a person in Africa clean water for twenty years. 100% of your donation goes to dig wells and fund sanitation projects.

And you could dance for water too—I’d love to see you shake your tailfeathers.

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Mama’s Daybook

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My Daybook ~ 24 November

Outside My Window … Rain cold grey

I am thinking … how much I’d like to accomplish in these three days before Thanksgiving

I am thankful for … my church–Real People, Real Faith: Our passion is to meet people wherever they are on their spiritual journey and lead them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ in order to change the world

From the learning rooms …Thanksgiving–we’ve got a turkey place mat craft on deck

From the kitchen … lots of recipes from Healthy cooking

I am wearing …grey flannel pants, purple shirt–but wishing I could wear some fuzzy pink leopard print footie jammas like Brielle

I am creating …Christmas presents. I’d tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.

I am going … to town, to MOPS, to Thanksgiving dinner at my in-laws

I am (still) reading … What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? —A super read. Packed with little known historical facts, Kennedy shows how Jesus and Christianity affected every aspect of the world as we know it. From literacy to infanticide to religious freedoms to treatment of women, our world would be vastly different without our Savior. A must read for skeptics as well as Christians.

I am hoping … I survive shopping trips to Target and Michaels today with my three cherubs.

I am hearing… Brielle talking nonstop, Cadrian crowing, Kevin doing his early morning grunting
Around the house … general cleaning/maintenance, finally getting some cross stitches & needlepoints my aunt and grandma created framed and hung


One of my favorite things … having comb and go hair


A few plans for the rest of the week … watching my friend’s boys after MOPS, bookmobile, Thanksgiving dinner, OUR 6th ANNIVERSARY is SATURDAY

Here is a picture thought I am sharing~

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A Favorite Thing

It’s a history book. It’s a cookbook. It has beautiful pictures. It has loads of traditional recipes from all over the country. Most recipes have a fun little blurb of the story behind the dish. I LOVE this cookbook. What could be better than some background of our great nation in the context of food? Not much, to my way of thinking. You really should look into it.

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Cadrian is four months old

Our little guy is growing by leaps and bounds. He’s got a perfect little melon and a wonderful personality. He is quite aware of what is going on around him. He’s an efficient nurser, sometimes he’s done in less than five minutes. But judging by the chub of his cheeks, he’s not missing any nutrition. He loves to laugh, and he tells the best baby stories you ever heard. He smiles with his whole body, and when he’s “talking” he uses his entire self to accentuate whatever it is he’s talking about. Brielle says he’s telling the story of when “him born.” He has a terrific rhythm to the day, for which I will be eternally grateful. He’s rolled over from front to back several times, and can sit in a tripod position for a short stint. He holds onto your finger with a Sampson like strength. He’s starting to reach out for something with accuracy, and get it to his mouth.

I’m enjoying his infancy so much!

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Brain, throw-up:

Aviana wants me to read everything. EVERYTHING.

“Mama, What’s the tag on my blanket say?” I let her pester me a bit, and then finally read the tag on her blanket in both English & Spanish. The first line was “Keep away from flame.”

“Huh,” says my four year old, “I thought it would say ‘Keep away from fire, bad storms, and big predators.'”

“Huh!” I said back, because really, what can you say?

If you’ve never heard of a Deliverance Ministry, you really should check into it. Here’s somewhere to start.

It’s life changing, says someone who is speaking from experience. God is an awesome God, a loving ALL-powerful God.
Kevin blessed me with lots of great girl time last night. He came in from the fields early so I could go out.

Love that! God created us for relationship. A perfect evening is just sitting around talking with people you love, people you trust, people who make you laugh.

And tasty appetizers are a bonus.

I went over to my mom’s today, ostensibly to help her organize her new home.

Between the baby overflowing his diaper, onesie and outfit, and us having to do the ensuing laundry, Aviana! having an ‘accident’, the girls clamoring to be fed everything in sight, Cadrian wailing to be fed, and held, and rocked, and otherwise pacified, Brielle hollering her entire quiet time (and promptly falling asleep in the car), I managed to hang up two kitchen wrap organizers, one of which promptly fell off and left sticky residue all over the floor and cabinet door, which my mom had to then spend a half an hour cleaning off. I also almost got a space saving over the toilet cabinet put together, but then realized I had put the bottom piece on backward, and when I tried to take it apart, I broke it.

All I really did was make more work for her. But she hugged me and loves me anyway.
Kevin and I had to go to the bank to sign a loan for a recent cattle purchase.

Did you know for every loan, we each have to sign eleventeen papers, some of which have to be initialed and/or signed three or more times on the same paper, a process which takes more than 20 minutes (and I used to teach; I signed a lot of hall passes; I can write my name lightening fast!) ?
If you are at all interested in the juxtaposition of raising up purity and the culture of today, you really need to add Virtue Alert to your daily reads.
And I really really like this craft.
Oh, and, I really like Facebook. Join and come be my friend.

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