Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I'm here!

Hello all!!!
Because I'm sure there are those of you that read this that are like me and want to know all the little details of peoples lives, I will share with you what I've been up to.
At the end of November I was thrown for a loop, (there is a story there but I won't tell it) which put my December into sort of a funk. Don't you just hate it when that happens?
We went to a few Christmas parties, went Christmas shopping as much as the kiddos would allow, and decorated the house with the sights and smells of Christmas. We watched Christmas movies on tv and even movies that really weren't Christmasy at all (like Cars and the Incredibles-what is Christmasy about those?) The boys sang in our church's Singing Christmas Tree. Samuel had a solo and did a great job all 4 nights. I think we had something like 1400 people come see the tree. It was a beautiful service all 4 nights, the music was wonderful, the singers did great and Stephen did a terrific, God-honoring job of closing it each night with a prayer of salvation. Perfect event for this Christmas season.
We had our family Christmas with my dads side of the family one Saturday. Stephen had a funeral to preach so he wasn't able to have fun with us.It was the first time in all of our maried life that we had been apart during present opening.I debated on trying to attend the funeral or at least the visitation because I love that family so much and wanted to be with them during this difficult time but knew that they would want me to be with my own family for Christmas. I got to visit with some friends from our Leachville days. Man, it is always so refreshing to be with them. They know me just about as good as anyone and love me in spite of it all! It was so good to see the family too. I don't get to see them very much through the year so it is always fun to talk, laugh and enjoy each others prescense and presents! HA! play on words!!
Then we undecorated our tree and gave it to a family that didn't yet have one. Their kids were so excited! We packed up our presents and headed to the Fort. We spent one evening with my dear friend Cindy (Lou) and her family. We had such a great time together as 2 families. The kids just love to play with each other and Stephen and her husband really hit it off. Such fun! We also spent time with our aunts and uncles, and cousins. Anna and Grace had a memorable time playing together (isn't that right, Sarah!!)There was a lot of time to just sit and visit with each other. A easy relaxed Christmas. We also got to visit with some friends of Stephen's (mine too) that used to live there but don't anymore and just visit at Christmas. That was fun. Oh! I got to be at the airport when Emily and Nathan arrived with Owen. That was such a special time. Owen did so good and Emily and Nathan looked so happy and complete.
Well, are you tired of me yet? Hold on. Since this is New Years Eve and all I thought I would let you know what my plans are for the new year.I just read my goals for 2008 and let me just ask you to not scroll down, click on January and look at them. I'm pretty sure I completed 1 1/2 of them. Sadness! So this is what I have planned. The same as last year! Since I didn't complete any but seeing Mamaw and Uncle David and reading 1/2 as many non fiction books as fiction (it was probably 1/4), they were pretty good goals and this time I will write them out and post them in the office! So, Julies goals 2008 meet 2009! Lets do better this time! (that rhymed!!)
Happy New Year!!!!
Julie

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

L Family Christmas in J'Town

" You take the good, you take the bad..."
I got Facts of Life...YEA. She knew I loved Facts and got me the first 3 seasons.
My beautiful mother-in-law wanted a picture of us. How sweet of her...how vain of us! Lindsey took these pictures in front of our house when she visited in November. We used a couple on our Christmas card this year. Molly has helped us so much on our house that we thought it was most fitting to give her a photo of us in front of the house.

My father-in-law opening his new Craftsman drill. He needed a new drill because he had worked his to death. He is so funny about this tools. I wish you could all see his shed full of tools. It is amazing.


The hubs with his new GPS....he has named her "Ruby Route".

Thank you Ben & Molly. We loved our visit and our gifts.

Abby


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas with my Rand

I always wrap his presents so pretty...he of course forgets to put bows and name tags on mine.
I love him anyway!
He posed liked this on purpose in order to look "sexy" as he showed of his new wedding ring. Not sure he achieved his goal with this one...he is still cute though.
This is a Willow Tree Christmas and it excites me. These are the 2 he got me. One is for our new home and the other is for the happiness I attempt to bring into our home. He is super thoughtful.



We always go eat somewhere nice and exchange our gifts to each other before we head to the Fort each year. It makes our gift giving more personal and we are able to enjoy our gifts for a bit, before we have to pack up and leave. I hated doing it this way the first couple of years (it was all Rand's idea), but I have grown to look forward to it.

Abby

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Post of Christmas Memories

I found some random pictures and thought I would post a few. I love Christmas memories and these pictures flood my heart and mind with lots of good times.
Christmas Morning at Granny's 1985
I love this picture for lots of reasons. One is that Granny's hands and sweet little lap are in the corner of this picture. It melts my heart to see those hands. She was our great-grandmother. She died when I was in the 8th grade. Then, my sister who was super cool and in high school, is sitting in the other corner. I love Mama in this picture. She is passing out the presents. This is how she is pictured in my heart. Then there is Uncle Mike with the beard. My most favorite part is Sarah, Zach and me sitting on the organ bench in deep thought about the presents in our laps. Something that really catches my eye for the first time is the cards taped to the wall. Would you look at all those cards Granny got in the mail? She was loved big time! What a precious picture.

Christmas 1996 with Melissa

Yep, I loved a bow...and the bigger the better. Melissa always came over Christmas night to exchange gifts with me. Gifts are my love language but it is not her love language. She always gave me great gifts, despite it not being her "thing". We 2 girls were a mess and we still are! I now go to her house when I am home at Christmas and see her boys, exchange gifts and gab for hours.

Cabbage Patch Christmas 1985

My Daddy and me. I remember this picture being taken. I told him exactly how to pose and gave him the blonde baby because I liked the dark headed one the best. I am partial. I got both of those dolls for Christmas that year. One from Santa and one from my Meemaw & Peepaw. Santa Kathy now tells me she fought for that doll in the store with some other lady. Much appreciated. Anyway, my Granny made clothes for them both. They had robes, gowns, hats, etc. They dressed really well. I love that in this picture Daddy was just getting his white spot in his hair...too funny!

Our First Married Christmas 2003

Julie was pregnant with Sissy (Anna) and Rand and I were about to celebrate 1 year of marriage. It was a big year!

Abby

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Love

Christmas. It evokes the same feelings in most everyone.
It reminds those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus that it is indeed His birthday (and it is our earthly Daddy's b-day also)! We are reminded of the hope, the sacrifice and the joy that goes along with the birth of our Savior. It is a time to rejoice in the best gift ever given to all of us. I love that...we all share the same gift....we are all equal.
For many of us it also reminds us of the added, fun and extra part of Christmas - Santa Claus. Growing up we always had Santa at our house. We knew the reason for Christmas was Jesus, and Santa was just a nice fat man who kept us on our toes all year. I loved Santa and the mystery of him. I still believe in some ways. It is most fun that way.
For all of us it reminds us of gifts. Some of us give big, some of us give little, some of us give all we have and some of us are greedy with what we give. Yet, we all give. We grew up in a house that gave what was reasonable and what would make the other person's face light up with joy on Christmas morning. We still give like that, and I love that the most. We didn't base our love on the price tag, or vice versa...the gift was only a token, and always a nice one.
For everyone, it reminds us of food...and usually lots of it. homemade goodies galore and big meals are abundant. We all have our favorite thing. Mama and Julie love the oyster stew, Sarah and I love the garlic cheese grits, Randall loves the white almond covered tins full of goodies, The fab four love the sausage balls, Daddy loves the boiled custard, Stephen loves the divinity, and my mother-in-law loves the egg nog. We all have our favorites and they all make our pants fit a bit more snug by the year's end.
Love. Sadly, this is not the same for all of us and of all things listed, this should be the same for all. Everyone should feel loved this time of year. Jesus was born to show us real, true love...all of us. Rich, poor, nice, mean, smart or dumb. We are all loved. We all see those people who look lonely, sad or bitter. They are desperate for love. They need to feel the love of the Savior. Whether it is neighbor, a co-worker, friend, family member or sales clerk at Walmart - Show love...on your face, in your actions and with what you say. I need to hear this as much as the next person. It has been convicting me the last few days and I thought if it is convicting any of you, you might like to know you are not alone. It is so easy to love and it is sad that we make it so hard. Love is what Christmas is all about! Instead of making Christmas the stress it has become, let's strive to make it a blessing in the coming days. Be a Christmas blessing to someone else.

Abby

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Really?

I do not understand why men desire getting up at 4:30 in the morning to go wade around in water to kills birds, especially when it is freezing outside. Then, they try to be so quiet that they are actually loud. When they pull out of the drive the rest of the house is wide awake and not appreciating the birds, nor the hunter. I love my hunter and the excitement he gets over a flying peasant, yet the love of the hunt baffles my mind...my very tired mind.

Abby

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Parade Pictures

Randall and me with the St. B banner. Again, HE carried it in the parade. And yes, he wore those antlers.

Our humble float.

The "Boob Bus" always appears in the parade.
(I could so get fired for calling it that)
This is our mammography mobile unit.

Abby

Newcomers Christmas party

My first Newcomer friends - Melissa and Stacee.
I feel like I have known them forever.
My friend Paula. She makes me laugh outloud.

I love my new friends I have meet through the Newcomers Club. I am the VP for the Newcomers in 2009. I am a sucker, I reckon. Anyway, I wore my purple jacket again and feel like I got my wear out of it this season. I shall retire it to the closet or let my sister borrow it for the rest of the season. Only family parties left for me and that excites me. I can wear a sweatshirt and be in-style...now, that is my kind of party!
Abby

Monday, December 8, 2008

Get A Life!!

I saw this on another blog, and it was too fun. I won't tag anyone but please do this for yourselves. It is most fun and sometimes correct!
Instructions:
1.Put your music collection on shuffle 2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer. #. You must write that song name down NO MATTER WHAT!!

IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY,” YOU SAY? “Carry you to Jesus”
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY? “Whatever” One of the correct ones!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL? " Jesus speaks to me"
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE? " On my knees" Oh, I desire this to be correct
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO? "All I have to do is dream"
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU? Where there is faith" Another one I desire
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN? "Walking her home" Who is her?
WHAT IS 2+2? " Awake my soul"
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND? " I will be here" Really, how sweet is that?
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY? "The Great Divide"
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU? " My God" Don't laugh!!!!!
WHAT WILL (DID) YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING? Summertime
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL? "I will be here" Haunting isn't it?
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST? " Talk" CORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET? "When the wind blows" Too funny!!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS? "Steady on" The best kind
WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN? " Jesus Freak"
HOW WILL YOU DIE? " Beyond the curtain" No more playing in the drapes for me!
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET? " All things new" This is truly the funniest game!
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? " Sometimes by step"
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? He means all to me"
WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED? or DID YOU GET MARRIED? "Gentile on my mind"
WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST? "Jesus saves" This one is NOT correct!
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE? " Have I ever told you?"
WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW? "See the glory"
WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS? " Get a Life" Is that even a real song? I don't even know it!

Wasn't that funny? You MUST do this!
Happy Monday everyone!! Have a great week!

Julie

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Swap 2008

I hosted my annual cookie & ornament swap today in my new home with a new group of friends. It was great fun! I invited 18 and 9 came. I had several who could not make it due to other events. We managed well without them but hope to see them at the Swap in 2009!
Tad (Newcomer friend), Mama Sue (family friend), Callie (Newcomer friend), Linda (Newcomer friend)
Linda, Pam (I work with her hubby), Laura (my boss), Deania (work friend), Melissa (Newcomer friend)

Cookie Gangster - he melted the chocolate for my cookies.

Cookie Taste Tester - he ate the broken ones

Abby


Physicians Party

I never post pics of us from our social functions and I get harassed about it from several of you. So, I thought I would post the pics from the outing on Friday night.
I plan to wear this to my Newcomers party on Tuesday because I was not photographed in this on Friday night. Really, how funny is that?! I am most excited to wear this cute jacket again!
(Jules, you can borrow it when you come in 2 weeks...I know you will want to.)
Rand in his new black velour or corduroy sports coat (not sure which one it is).
Anyway...what a dude!

Abby


Friday, December 5, 2008

An email from Santa

Hey everyone! I just found this neat site www.emailsanta.com . Your child can fill out information telling Santa what they want for Christmas and you get an immediate reply from Santa, personalized just for your child. All 4 of my kids wrote letters and each reply was different. It was a lot of fun for them.
So, go try it out, you can even print the letter (that is if you have ink in your printer, if you don't have ink, you'll just have to do it all over again sometime when the kids aren't around!) and put it in your scrapbook!
HO!HO!HO!

Julie

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Newcomer


If you click on this, it will enlarge. I blacked my last name out for all the stalkers out there. I wish them not to hunt me down and kill me, rob me or ask for my John Hancock.
This is me in the December issue of the Jonesboro Occasions Magazine. I was one of the 2 newcomers highlighted, this month. This picture was taken at my desk. I am mad because they edited my motto and it looks like I do not know my scripture real well. I said "Count it all joy" and they added "as" in there. Great stuff. Oh well, means the same thing, I reckon.
I guess Randall and I have reached the top of the heap. We are in both "who's drinking now" (the slang name for the social mags in J-Town) magazines more than once this month. I realized today, I truly can't wear my new Burgundy velvet jacket to both Christmas parties this week, as I had planned, for fear of being documented at 2 events in the same outfit. Heavens. Yes, it is like social club days at OBU, all over again! so pathetic and a tad bit self-absorbed, really. We are having fun though, and I guess that is what matters.
P.S. "My Business" section cracks me up. The "ALWAYS" thing is a big part of our brand at the hospital. Being in PR/Marketing; I had to use it. I am a nerd.
Abby

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

It's Christmas Time

Yea!! It's officially Christmas on our blog.
Abby has had her Christmas tree up for a couple of weeks and mine is bought and lying in the back of Stephen's truck waiting to be put in a stand and decorated. Our houses are looking like Christmas, and thanks to holiday tea and mulled cider candles, smelling like Christmas. We just love this time of year, no matter what I might say that would lead you to think otherwise.
SO,I asked Abby to make the blog look and sound Christmas(y) and she did it! She even got up an hour early and sat in a cold room to do it. What a girl!
I say that to say this: Not all of the music that you will be hearing through your speakers and playing in your head is Sisters approved. There are a few songs that I like, but not ALL of them. The Dolly Parton song would not have been on my list of favorite Christmas songs and neither would the Alan Jackson song. BUT, since I don't know how to make any changes on this blog of ours I will not complain any longer. Well, not on here anyway! LOL!
Enjoy the Christmas music. Enjoy the Christmas season. Enjoy knowing the truth that God sent His Son, Jesus to earth so that we, just normal people, may have everlasting life! How great is that?

Julie

Elfing Around


This is the elf suit I have to wear to our employee childrens Christmas party at the Malco on Saturday morning. Those without children wear costumes...I need to get me a baby, I tell ya!


I am helping with the Santa photos, so of course, I am an elf. I am dreading those tights and the shoes...should be a good 4 hours of total humiliation and fun!




Abby

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Meet Caden


Meet our newest family member, Caden. We were there when he was born and I most excited about that. It was a first for me. I always arrive after the babies in "my" family are born. It was an experience, to say the least. We had our ears peeled to the doorway and heard him when he entered the world...it was so wild. All the guys literally ran to the end of the hall so they couldn't hear the noises and Kristen (Caden's soon-to-be aunt, come May, when she marries Caden's uncle Brandon)and I only wished we had access to a glass so we could hear better.

Caden is the son of Randall's cousin, Micah (and Caden is the new grandson of our faithful reader, Diana). Micah's wife, Tabby, was not due until Dec 15th. They both came to Jonesboro to go to the doctor for a check-up on Wednesday. I ate lunch with she and Micah before her appointment. She was feeling fine, looked good and we were all looking forward to turkey the next day. I then went home and began peeling potatoes in front of my sink, preparing for my T-Day feast and at about 2:30 I got a call that she was dilated to 5 and was being admitted to St. B (my hospital, of course) to have her baby. I dropped my knife in the sink. By 6:30-7:00, we had a baby. It caught everyone off guard. It sort of reminded me of the end of Steel Magnolias when they are all hunting eggs, enjoying the day and then she goes into labor.

Pray for Tabby and Micah as they begin parenthood. Pray for Tabby as she prepares for finals next week. She has to take them to pass this semester. God love her! Their life has changed in the blink of an eye.

I went to their house yesterday to hold the sweet little guy and he smiled at me...but I think he had gas!


Abby

Thursday, November 27, 2008

T-Day in J'Town with the In-Laws

We hosted our first Thanksgiving. Since we have a home that entertains well, we decided to bring Rand's Dad, step-mom, sister and her family to J'Town for turkey. I loved watching the Macy's T-Day parade from my very own TV. I have not done that since I was growing up at home. Anyway, hosting it was a lot of fun and a lot of work. I am very blessed that it all turned out so well. My smoked turkey was a bit dry, but we had so much other good stuff, that it didn't matter. I made my first gravy, ever! Giblet and brown gravy without any help...I must pat myself on the back, if that is okay. I have a few pictures of the day...enjoy!
This was the first time I had an excuse to use my Meemaw's Gravy Boat (or as wee like to call it, "The Skutt family Gravy Boat"...makes it sound real fancy.)I also got to use my great-great grandmother's serving spoon. It was really cool to polish such special heirlooms.
This is Rand's step-mom, Molly.
I am blessed to have her as my Mother-in-law. She hand washed the dishes and dried them for me.
I loved that!

This is Molly's baby. Can't you see the pride in her smile!
She has raised him like her own since he was a wee little lad.

This is Rand's sister, Misty. We rarely get together with her, so this was a treat.

Molly's girl. She was so glad to get a pic with Misty. I love that it was made at our home.
Special memories were made, I hope.

My sister-in-law and me. We had a fun day together.

These are serious shoppers. Rand's Dad, nephew and niece weeding out the deals for Black Friday.
(I think Katlyn was actually looking at my wedding album, but oh well.)

Priceless. Misty's son, Bobby was totally wowed by the rotating ornaments.
I loved his face..he was so still and had such a look of wonder.



Happy Thanksgiving from J'Town. Black Friday is coming early. I best get to making my lists.
I have to be at Sears at 5:00 am for some power tools and to Lowe's for some other "garbage". Why, you ask? Because my husband is duck hunting and I have to do it for him. Yes, I know... I am way too good to the man.

Abby



Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
We are so thankful for our families and our friends (even our stalker friends STACY!!!!).
Abby is cooking dinner for Rands family today. Her first Thanksgiving dinner, I'm so proud. And I am at my in-laws watching dinner be prepared. Just call me Mary and call Abby Martha. We know and we are proud of it!
Happy Thanksgiving. Give thanks to our God!

Julie

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Princess Anna

Stephen has been doing the childrens time during our Sunday morning worship since Jeremy left in August. He has done a good job and I think made some friends from the 3-5 age group. This past Sunday morning he began by asking the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up. One little boy said a professional hunter, one girl said a nurse, David wanted to be a soccer player, Daniel, after thinking about it while everyone else answered, wanted to be an ice-cream taster, and Anna wants to be a princess. Everyone laughed, it was funny and so typical of Anna.
When she got back to her seat I told her there weren't any princess jobs (I tell her this a lot!) She looked at me and said "yes there are" I asked where and she said" you know where Mickey is? There." So, it looks as if my daughter will be working at Disneyworld. Oh, what a proud mom I am!

Julie

ps. Do Christmas and car repairs always come at the same time? I mean really? Couldn't it just be a $50 part that needs to be replaced? Does it really have to cost as much as I spend on my kids for Christmas? UGH!!!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Big Boy

This is Rand's birthday cake that I had made at Hay's Grocery in J-Town. I have hidden it in the trunk of my car for his dinner party tonight....I am so excited about it. This is a pic of him on his tricycle and he has on his dad's ballcap...so cute! (it is cuter in person..the pic posted a bit blurry)
And yes, I do realize I did not make the cake and I should feel bad about it, since I am the cake lady...but I don't feel an ounce of guilt, really. Actually, it was nice to not have all that icing mess to clean up. Worth every penny...and a picture cake ain't cheap!

Abby

Silky O and Abby Jo

This is me with Silky O'Sullivan in the middle of Beale Street - April 2007.
This cracks me up..of all the pictures I have, this is the 4th one in the 4th folder. How funny.
Oh, the girl in the pic is the one Rand worked with that had an affair with his other co-worker...needless to say, we are not friends anymore. I am not friends with home wreckers!

Why did I post this pic, you ask? Well...My friend Trish tagged us. Here is what we are suppose to do:
We have to post a picture from our 4th folder, and it is to be the 4th picture in that folder. Then we are to tag 3 other bloggers. I am tagging Amanda, Lindsey and Stacee.

Abby

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday to my extra fine, hard working, steady, duck loving, determined, fun-loving, birthday boy!
(And if he blows that duck call in the house one more time...He is going to be the dead duck!)

Abby

Monday, November 17, 2008

Guess what they have in common

I had intended on posting a picture of an Ole Miss sweatshirt
a pair of Old Navy jeans(wide legged, really cute)
a red cable knit Duckhead sweater
a pair of brown Cole Haan shoes
but for some reason, I'm blaming blogger, but it could be my slow internet, it won't post.

Anyway, I was going to ask what those 4 things had in common. The answer is (actually 2 answers) they all came from my local resale shop and they all cost $4 or under! If the picture had posted you would have been much more impressed that I got all 4 items for $8. The most expensive item, get this, were the jeans. Not the shoes, they cost $2.00 and look brand new, the label on the inside of the shoe isn't worn at all. Truly amazing.

Abby and I talk often about loving a sale, so I thought I would share an example of my cheapskate finds. So, if any of you living in my town took those above mentioned items to A&E's, I say thank you!

ps.. I saved $19.65 in coupons at Walmart last week!

Julie

Festive and Friendly Fun

My dear friend, Lindsey came to visit us
over the weekend. She helped me decorate
my new house for Christmas. I loved it!

Lindsey & Rand preparing to
decorate the mantle in the den.

Perfecting our tree...or attempting it anyway
Our very unique tree crown/topper
The proverbial tree picture
Our first tree in J'boro...awe

The mantle in our living room.
Lindsey did a fabulous job on this!

We were so glad she came to visit. It was such a nice time.
We laughed a whole lot and
that was most fun!

Abby