Sunday, July 15, 2012
Thursday, December 29, 2011
So, in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, we plucked Thomas and Melissa out of bed at 6am, and drove them to probably their least favorite Christmas present of all time....the surgical ward at Children's Hospital.
The kids were great. Dressed in their favorite warm jammies, and holding their new cuddly friends close, they were in good spirits under all circumstances considered, and were actually telling jokes for nearly the entire 45 minute drive. Thomas could not get over being confused that it was really "morning" when it was still pitch black as night.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Here is the link to another of our songs, "Christmas is Here" by TobyMac. Again, only taken with my iphone. We are working on getting video plus music set together in a better format eventually!
P.S. I just added a video link where all three songs can be viewed under the "Favorite Links" on the right sidebar. Please let me know if it works for you....I can't tell because it auto logs me in anyhow from my home computer! :0)
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Click here to view "Let There Be Light" by Point of Grace:
As each year, it was a family project...one in which Bob does most of the work. Alex was once again instrumental in testing the lights, building a few mega trees, and organizing cords and inputs. Jonny really stepped it up this year and became Bob's protege. He is gathering ideas about the lighting concept and figuring out how it all works. He even made some independent decisions in his work which greatly helped in lighting organization. He is becoming more and more the clone of his father each day!
Bethany eagerly helped where she could, and was able to follow directions enough to be of great assistance in the area of stretching out light strings. With all the unbridled enthusiasm a two year old has to offer, her help was much appreciated at times (and at other times, not quite so much!). She loves to be a useful part of the family, being in the middle of all the action, and spending lots of time outside, even when it's freezing. And boy, is that girl smart....she'll probably be helping with programming in the next few years.
Crispy teamed up with Jonny on many projects, and helped do some cord work with Tubby. Those boys are so sweet and just so ready to do whatever is asked of them. Whenever asked. Wherever asked. No complaints. They just go and do. Amazing little (and not so little) helpers.
The girls? I'm not really sure....I believe they were helpful in the beginning of the process when things were easy and the weather was warm. Once the directions became two-step and the temps dropped below 50 degrees, they were nowhere to be found.
I didn't really do anything this year (how's that for honesty???). There is just so much to do inside with home schooling them all this year, trying to maintain at least a small semblance of order, and trucking kids around to various activities, lessons, and therapies. Oh...and feeding them. I feel like I am always feeding people. All day long. They never stop eating. And we are always out of clean dishes. *sigh* But I digress...
I am pleased that Bob is using the wreathes I made last year, as well as some lights. My main role comes in the spring during take down and organization. That is a project lasting several weeks and is crucial for things running smoothly during set-up. I must say, I think I did a smashing job this past spring, which allowed set-up to go more quickly this year. Oh! I am also musical consult at times, photographer, and videographer. OK, I feel better now....I DO matter to the show!
Bob has done another amazing job. People are always astounded when they learn that he does this all (ideas, hanging the lights, programming) himself. I really don't know how he does it....the creativity for this work is incredible to me! This year, he took two weeks off before Halloween to set up the majority of lights and to develop a quick Halloween show(I'll have to try to post something of that). He then took the week before Thanksgiving off to get the rest of the lights up, and to program the songs. Not only our songs, but tweaking three songs for his Glencoe Hospital display as well. Each song takes an entire day to program beat by beat for 200,000 lights. He plans on at least 9 hours of programming per song. We are only doing three songs this year, equalling about 12 minutes, to help improve traffic congestion in our cul-de-sac. Our neighbors have been so graciously patient and wonderful. Wonder when they are going to get sick of it and kick us out?
For more info about the show, click on the link in the right sidebar. Bob is going to try to update that more often, and we are going to work on getting a pictures and video tab up. Don't get too excited yet....that's going to take some time for him to squeeze in between his MBA homework!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
It was time to push the family reset button.
Let me be clear here: the family reset button is not quite as quick to reset as those tiny little dots found on many electronic gadgets these days. First off, believe it or not, it is even harder to find than those sunken little black holes. Many things "look" like the reset button, but they end up only being hooked up to part of the family system. Then one must look for the disconnect to find the next circuit seemingly connected to the whole. Which, as you may have guessed, ends up only being partially connected as well.
So one by one, little changes here and there were made, as well as little and bigger changes occurring naturally at the same time in the family flux system. To say "we have arrived" would be a show of great over confidence. We have learned many things over the past year. To have become more comfortable in our evolving as individuals and a family is exhilarating yet scary at the same time. What does it mean for the future? We will never know. Not today for tomorrow, as we have learned to plan on nothing, for committing our lives into God's hand means following His will for us one day at a time, under His plan, not ours. While hard to give up that control, it is amazing freedom as well. And yes, it is true. As we have seen time and time again over our last 19 years of being a family, God's plan is always best. ALWAYS.
So that's where we are today. Trying our best to live life on purpose each and every day. We started with our family. Focusing on God's truth and promises, learning the things He wants us to know through His word. We are learning how to live that out in the world we find ourselves living in. How to "live in this world but not be of it" is a very very tricky thing. We are working on it. And each improvement has been a good move. And we continue with our learning. And making changes. Moving closer and closer to the family God has planned us to be from the beginning of time. It's challenging. It takes effort and work. But it is lovely. And it is sweet.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
It has been two years now since my Grandma passed away. I miss her most in August when I would normally be taking the kids up with me to celebrate her birthday with her, just after our annual Watermelon Day visit with our friends.
Drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet or make small balls and press down with a glass. Bake at 350 degrees (11-13 minutes, til golden in color).