Wednesday, January 14, 2015

So, this happened...



Since my computer - even the Dell - will no longer load any pictures - I cannot show you the very clever graphic of how they have designed "National" so that the capital "A" is an "8" because we (Ohio State) has won in our program's history, now 8 national championships.  However, because this was the first ever College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship, they are also showing graphic of "OH1O" State where the "I" in Ohio is changed to a "1".

I wish I could load the graphic.  Instead, here are the links to the shirts I ordered.  I always order the morning after the game for maximum availability and then I return the ones I don't like.

"OH1O State"


I also liked this one:

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by my team.  We have this uncanny ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, as my father would say!  We turned the ball over to Oregon four times and yet still won.  The number one rule in football is hold on to the ball.  The number two rule is refer to rule number one!  We typically get up on these national stages of huge bowl games or something and then roll over and play dead, or another team comes out in our uniforms (or costumes as a 7 yr old I know calls them!) pretending to be us!

However, we did beat Oregon and we beat them by 21 points, so that is decisive.  And I can't wait until my box of shirts comes so I can pick out the ones(s) I'm going to keep.  This is the one I kept from my Sugar Bowl champs order:


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Great promises for a New Year

So, I hope the one or two of you that read this had a great time celebrating our Savior's birth. 

I would post more often, but I can't post from my iPad, and I can only post on the work computer because Blogger doesn't seem to like to find pictures from the iPad, and what is a post really without pictures?  :)

I am working on a cross-stitched picture for my youngest niece, Miss Alyssa Jane.  For her sister, Kaelynn, I did the priestly blessing in Numbers 6.  For baby Alyssa, I chose one of my favorite verses, Zephaniah 3:17. 

Of all the times and in all the translations I have read this verse, it never really dawned on me that this verse is a promise.  I have finished the below and needed to move the hoop (that keeps the material taunt so the stitches are even and smooth).  I looked at what was there and thought, "wow, I'm so glad He is."

Then after I had been working a couple days more, I saw the actions - The Lord..He is...He will..He will...He will".  Our God is not passive-aggressive.  He is a God of action.  Sometimes it might seem like He's letting a situation fester, or the evil win out, but the Bible is clear in other places that He is righteous and holy and vengeance is His.

I think maybe that's the best promise we could have for 2015: The Lord is with us (Emanu-El).  Facing tough job decisions?  The Lord is with you.  Health concerns?  The Lord is with you.  Relationship issues?  The Lord is with you.

He is with you.
He is for you.
He will take your hand,
He will quiet your heart,
He will never leave.
He will. He will.  He will.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

What it's all about

One of our traditions in the M family is that my Dad would read the Christmas story from Luke's gospel on Christmas morning before we would open our presents. I just came from the first Christmas Eve service I can remember where my Dad wasn't there, because he was in too much pain to sit that long. (He had spinal fusion surgery in April.)

It's been a hard year. But praise God, He cares about Dad, about you, about me. The first glimpses of that in human form came in the form of a helpless baby. Here it is, what this season is all about...

1 At that time Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 When this first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria. 3 Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own hometown.4 Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of King David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David. 5 He went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him. She was pregnant, 6 and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. 7 She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger—there was no room for them to stay in the inn.The Shepherds and the Angels8 There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks. 9  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid, 10 but the angel said to them, “Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. 11 This very day in David's town your Savior was born—Christ the Lord! 12 And this is what will prove it to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”13 Suddenly a great army of heaven's angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God:14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased!”15 When the angels went away from them back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger. 17 When the shepherds saw him, they told them what the angel had said about the child. 18 All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said. 19 Mary remembered all these things and thought deeply about them. 20 The shepherds went back, singing praises to God for all they had heard and seen; it had been just as the angel had told them.--Luke 2:1-20 | GNT

Merry CHRISTmas!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday, K!

So this goofy Cinderella Ballerina, with this face, has gotten me through the past few hard weeks:

Whenever she is asked to hold her sister's hand, she actually holds her tiny arm, right above the hand, like this (notice the same face; no idea where this came from - haven't seen it before or since - but it's made my day many times!)

Then, this past weekend, she had her THIRD birthday party. Her day is actually the 28th, but that's a holiday weekend, so I think they went with something easier to get the friends and family out to.  Here is the guest of honor posing for Mommy:

Then here she is, walking down the sidewalk to her party.  I just love the look of wonder and joy on her face:

Happy 3rd birthday, sweet goofy K.  You have weathered this past year and all the big, big changes, very well and Aunt Sarah is so proud of you.  You are a very good big sister and are such a big girl - no more be-be (pacifier) and no more diapers! You are in a big girl bed and are in the big girl classroom at school. 
Time goes by so quickly.  It seems like just the other day you were as little as "baby 'Lyssa" (as you call her).  I hope you always approach life as you do now - 100% full speed ahead, ready for any and all adventures! I love you so much!  You were my very first favorite redhead! (shhh!  Don't tell Mommy!)  :)

Aunt Sarah :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quick check in

So, contrary to how it may appear, I have not fallen off the face of the earth. But I cannot update the blog with pics from my phone or iPad, and my computer is so old I don't use it any more. I often update the blog at work but there's not been time to do that working 7 days a week for a long time.

There is quite a bit to share, but for now two prayer requests: 1) family of my friend who passed away suddenly as a result of surgery going wrong and 2) Dad is having a lot more pain and had a CT scan done today. We are hoping doctor has some ideas on Thursday.


Friday, September 19, 2014

My trip to see the redheads...part 3

At 2.5 yrs old, Kaelynn has several games that we "played", but never by THE rules, always by hers.  For example, here is a Hello Kitty game much like Candy Land.  Here are Aunt Sarah's cards...

And here are Kaelynn's cards!


We actually never got past that point in the game; I can't remember what interrupted us.  :)

Another thing she likes to do is stickers:

And while you can't tell from this page, most of the time, she likes to pile them all on top of each other instead of spread them out...I don't understand that.  She called her puffy ones "bouncy".  The mind of a two year old.

By far, my favorite game was the instructions for Hungry Hippo.  It was a loud game so we had to go upstairs so as not to disturb the baby.

I got this many marbles...


And this is what K had...

"Reading" the instructions...but she already knew them because before this picture, I said (so I would know her rules) "Kaelynn, how do you play this game?"
Her precious face got very serious and she said "No eat balls.  Get stuck in froat.  Make tummy sick.  Don't eat!"  I assured her I would not.  It was all I could do to keep a straight face, but I was glad she understood swallowing them was dangerous.
However, about an hour after this, she had a coin in her, Mommy had a "that's not ok" talk about those.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

My trip to see the redheads...part 2

So, Miss Kaelynn, age 2.5, has already very established opinions about what she will wear: tutus or dresses with leggings.  And not all dresses mommy buys, you understand.  Only certain dresses!

One morning while she was at school, my SIL, baby Alyssa and I went shopping for some more 3M sleeveless outfits for the baby.

One we found was this.  Ironically (or maybe not) enough, this is what Big Sister wore to school that day:

When we picked up K from school, this is what I saw:

Literally 5 seconds before this, the little boy in the far left corner had the Storm Trooper mask on and K was fake screaming and beating him on the head with a spatula!  Then Miss Priss I-only-wear-tutus-and-dresses took the Storm Trooper mask and put it on.  This is a great summation of her personality right now.  I am a girly girl, but you better not mess with me, 'cause I can be tough!!!  :)  I just thought it was funny!

Well, we got home and Kaelynn looked at the baby's outfit (she is nothing if not fashion-conscious), and seeing the maybe 8 inches of tulle declared, "A tutu!  Soooo cute!"  :)

Baby Alyssa loves to be on the big soft rug and stretch out and I thought this pic of the sisters looking each other was precious.  2 seconds later, big sister was smothering baby sister in a hug & kiss (they're still working on gentle kisses)...  :)

K loves to dance.  She is in a dance class and had her first recital in June.  She loves to watch the video and dance to it as evidenced above and below.  Notice the silver tutu above - it was something we found that day shopping.  We found some cute and inexpensive things at Osh Gosh B'Gosh (owned by Carter's) - among other things,  "My sister is my BFF" shirts for both girls, and for winter a sweatsuit for K - hoodie and pants.  It had glitter on it but when Mommy showed it to her, K saw the pants and said "I no want that"!!  :)

Best of all, for me, is when she dances with Daddy.  There is nothing that makes my heart melt more than watching my brother be a Daddy to his baby girls.  :)