Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Dream Come True for Maddie and Grace---Their 1st Annual Formal Tea Party!

Maddie and Grace and two of their close friends decided they wanted to have a formal Christmas tea party. So...they got together and had many meetings to plan it. They each agreed to bring special food and formal china, and agreed on a location for the tea party, too! So...where does one go for an outfit for such an event?? Well...to Sally's boutique of course! a.k.a. Salvation Army Thrift Store! On half price day...which is Wednesdays! So....both Grace and Maddie found their dress there in the bridal section! 4.00 each! Such a bargain...so...with some creativity and hemming, they were all set! Enjoy these photos of the event!

On the menu:
chicken salad sandwiches
egg salad sandwiches
peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches
fruit salad
shirley temples
zucchinni bread
tea-- of course
sugar cookies
They had a devotion and time of prayer, singing, games and crafts! They planned it all themselves and had a great time!

All of the girls in attendance! Such a wonderful and blessed day!
The Mom's got a chance to have our own potluck lunch...very informal and have a time of fellowship during the tea party! That was precious, too!

Merry Christmas and Winter Time Fun!

We just love the Christmas season. We love to keep the focus on Jesus and God's gift to us in this world! We love the white snow reminding us of how clean Jesus' blood washes our sins away...as white as snow! We love that reminder! We also love to exchange gifts as a reminder of this gift of love! We are so thankful for the home God has given us. A home filled with love that keeps us warm and gives us shelter. This is our 8th year in this home!

The girls were so excited to get matching pj bottoms for Christmas!

We love to exchange gifts, too! It reminds us of God's gift to us!
Everyone was very excited at the gifts that others in the family got for them. Simple gifts, yet very meaningful!

After our breakfast and gift exchange we headed to "Winslow Mountain" in Deerfield for a celebration with Glenn's folks. Here is a couch filled with cousins! All of Grampa and Grammie's grandchildren on one couch! It was a nice reunion as Brittany hadn't been home for 4 months and hadn't seen anyone since well before she left for Michigan!

Ice Storm 2008

In December we had the worst ice storm in NH History with over 400,000 people without their power. We rested in the fact that God is still in control, even over the weather! We were super thankful for the use of a generator from Grampa Jon! We are now saving for our own as this was the 4th time in one year that we needed a generator! Yikes!
Here are a few shots!