Saturday, November 30, 2013

It's beginning to look a LOT like Christmas!! (at our house, anyway!) my kiddos reminded me today.."Mom, it's only 6 days until you leave! Yes, sweetie, I know!" I am trying to check things off from my list of MANY things to do before we leave. One of them was to get totally decorated for Christmas as we will arrive home one week from Christmas.  Glenn had already hung the lights and the wreaths outside many weeks ago. (Yup..we were the first one on our street to do this!--smile) what was left was the inside of the house.

Yesterday we were privileged to have a visit from Nicole's Memere. She helped us put up the Christmas village houses. That was fun. Okay..check...and so today, (Saturday), Glenn and Grace and Elisha had to work this morning. So Jon and I went and got our tree. Yes..we broke tradition, and we bought an already cut tree from our favorite tree farm. Shoved it in our van and headed home!

Take a peek!!

When Rosie went to sleep for her nap, the tree was in the van. Then when she woke up, it was lit up, set up, and twinkllng! She LOVED it!! She even put her own ornaments on the tree, too!

By the way:  Here are a few shots from Thanksgiving. Dinner for 20 was served! It was such a blessing!

Isn't this just precious...Auntie Lishie and Marlie!

Rachel wanted an updated cousins picture! Look at them all!

Then Rachael wanted to recreate a cousins photo from years ago! Here it is!

We are truly blessed! Thank you Lord!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Check it out! This is awesome! I LOVE it!

Give Thanks--With a Grateful Heart!----Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

...Rejoice in ALL the good things the Lord your God has given to you...Deuteronomy--26:11
May your world be filled with beauty and God's grace at Thanksgiving and always! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Scarlet Pimpernel!

This past weekend, the Lamplighter Homeschool Theater (of which 6 of my kiddos are a part of) performed The Scarlet Pimpernel. It was absolutely wonderful!!! Take a peek!

The cast and crew!
The whole cast!! A bit silly!

Some of the girlies with Holly the director!
Madelyn was the narrator and stage manager!

Opening scene in the village!

Marguerite and Chauvelin

"The news from France is the very worst!"

Brogard the rather grumpy inn keeper!

Chauvelin and the "Jewish Man"

The soldiers

2 of our favorite actresses!
 Many hours were spent getting ready, and of course there was the infamous "make up", even for the actors!

 One of my favorite jobs was back stage Mom, which was hanging out with the actors and actresses between scenes and keeping them as quiet as possible!

Our own lady Grenville!

It truly was a wonderful production, and everyone did a great job shining God's light through the Lamplighter Homeschool Theater!