Does anyone remember watching Guy Lombardo and his orchestra on New Year’s Eve?  We loved watching the people dance, and Auld Lang Syne at midnight.  That was our tradition, with my mom and dad…and we would also join in the dancing.





Happy New Year!  Here’s to a wonderful 2009 filled with many joys!

Today I’m remembering my dad, who was born 88 years ago today.  He left us in 1997 but lives on in our hearts and memories!!  He used to tell me how he was born on New Years Eve, 1920, and almost 1921.  Here’s to his mom, my grandma Nina, who I never go to meet.  I feel thankful for her legacy, in my heart, that I feel she left me.  Which I also feel towards my other grandma Katie who died when I was a baby.  Yeah for grandmas.

Also remembering John Denver, born 1943, died 1997.   Miss him and thankful for all the great music he left us with.

I have today off but I am bummed that Ed has been gone all week!  I thought it would just be Mon and Tues, then he’d be back.  Well, they have been travelling all day, and get in about 5:30.  They were in NC, and flew to NYC where they missed the connecting flight because the flight was late.  I’m thinking he is going to be a little worn out.  So that messed up ideas I had for New Years Eve.  But we’ll figure something out later.  This is the 31st anniversary of our first date.  That number keeps growing and making me feel older and older!

Hoping to go on the Christmas Bird Count on Saturday and thinking I better find some thermal underwear and get a warm coat!!

The guys gave me a great new bird feeder from Wild Birds.  I’ll put up a picture later.. the birds are loving it.

Dan and Jamie are out in Denver now with her family.  It was great having them all here for a while.  Rob is still here for a few more weeks.


God answered so many prayers this past year, and I give him praise and give him thanks. We had quite a roller coaster ride, but now I can look back and see that he was there with us. These scriptures tell some of what I feel.  On Christmas Eve we sang that song “All is Well” as the candlelight was passed around, and I tell you I just cried openly as I looked at my kids, and my heart was full.

Ps 116:1-7

1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
       he heard my cry for mercy.

    2 Because he turned his ear to me,
       I will call on him as long as I live.

    3 The cords of death entangled me,
       the anguish of the grave came over me;
       I was overcome by distress and sorrow.

    4 Then I called on the name of the LORD:
       “LORD, save me!”

    5 The LORD is gracious and righteous;
       our God is full of compassion.

    6 The LORD protects the unwary;
       when I was brought low, he saved me.

    7 Return to your rest, my soul,
       for the LORD has been good to you.

Let the merrymaking begin

Well, that title is misleading because I still have a lot to do, BUT, our boy is home!  Yeah!  His flight didn’t arrive until about 1:30 so we didn’t get to bed until about 3:00 ugh!!  I woke up about 9:30 or so, and I don’t feel TOO rotten.  So we missed the caroling at the truck stop but I let them know last night we might not make it.  We could still go do that again tomorrow afternoon.

Rob looks great.  I told Ed to watch for “lots and lots of blond hair” and I was right.  He hasn’t had his hair cut in 4 months, ha!  He was afraid to trust anybody out there he said.  So I will try to get him an appt. with our regular lady but I’m sure she is busy this week.  He had on a cool hat, his black suit jacket over a hoody, and he looked very “Californian.” 🙂  I will add some pictures in a while.  Boy, did our dog Toby get excited when Rob walked in the house!  He was all over him and jumping around like crazy.  He loves his Rob.

I love being at the airport and watching people have reunions, especially the soldiers that were coming home.  It made me cry. 

There was a bluebird in our backyard a couple of days ago.  Which made me happy.  It was a neat sight that I wish I could have gotten a picture of.  There was the bluebird, and nearby two bluejays, then also two cardinals.  The flowers of winter!

My boy Rob is on his way home from CA tonight!  He was supposed to get in to Indy at 11:30 but his flight is delayed, and should get here around 1:00 am.  Ugh!!  But I’m so happy to see him again, whoo. I have gotten a lot done this week in getting the bedrooms ready and also some Christmas decorating.  Still a lot to do but I think it will all happen or not.  Oh well!  My kids are coming home, that is the greatest!  Plus remember what Christ did for us, it is all amazing and wonderful. 

We are supposed to go caroling at the truck stop tomorrow at 9:00 am but I don’t know if we’ll make it since we’ll be up so late.  I just can’t seem to catch up on sleep this week and feel so tired.  Even on nights I got to bed early I couldn’t sleep well.  Being up late tonight won’t help but I think the excitement will get me through!  Yeah!

It’s cold here.  BRRR. 

Today I was walking into the hardware store through the wind and snow.  I passed a friendly old guy who was grimacing at the weather, and he said “Now I remember why I go to Florida!” And we both laughed.

That’s for my Floridian family members.  Although I happen to like this weather,  but I’ll be down to visit you when I can’t stand it anymore. 

It’s been a busy week!  Work, cleaning the house trying to get ready for Christmas and kids home, music practice for playing trumpet this morning, Ed’s business Christmas party where I boogied down, a Christmas concert tonight in Lebanon that was wonderful! Etc Etc.

Rob will be home in 5 days!  Can it be true I haven’t seen my baby in 4 months?  WoW.  Still a lot to do for me this week, to finish decorating, and then also getting the bedrooms ready for Rob and then Dan & Jamie who are coming for Christmas.  That means I am moving a bedroom from upstairs to downstairs.  Yes that is what I said!  I am taking the room that was my Mom’s (and I miss her) and making that the new guest room.  So I have to take the furniture from what was Dan’s room and move it down there.  Which equals moving LOTS of stuff around, and also it meant getting rid of a lot of stuff that was stored in that room, including a lot of stuff of my mom’s that I hadn’t dealt with yet.  So I got a lot of that done this week but now have to get Ed to help me with moving some big stuff around.  I am dealing with stuff that I should have done a long time ago, but at least it’s getting done now.  (I just used the word “stuff” a lot, and I think “stuff” is my enemy.)

The concert I went to tonight, and also church this morning were both very meaningful and moving to me.  I love this season.

Ady in the hospital

Adelynn got jaundice pretty bad and is in Clarion North this weekend. So I got to meet her and hold her for a long time, but not the way I wanted to meet her! Her bilirubin levels are improving but they were keeping her again tonight, and hopefully she will be well enough to go home tomorrow. I hope so, her Mom and Dad are really tired and miss their boys and I know they want to get back to normal. I loved getting to hold her and rock her. She liked her Aunt Christy. So very precious.  Aaron took some picture of us so hope those come out good.