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!!!!


Sisters said...

I am so glad you finally posted was becoming the Abby Jo Show on here!

Green Acres said...

Sounds like you've been very busy this Christmas season. The funeral you spoke of was for a very close family friend of ours that we've known for many years. We were not able to attend the funeral, but Big D did go to the viewing the night before at the funeral home, but I did hear that your husband did a really nice job that day. I'm sorry you all couldn't be together, but I hope you know he was appreciated very much where he was at the time.

Are you all doing art again? I hope to see you then. What are you reading right now? I've been reading Terri Blackstock and Terry from the library told me you read those too! I prefer the fiction too, just depends on what mood I'm in. Ok this is getting long, better go. Can you tell it's been awhile since I've seen you? I've got so much to say!

Happy New Year!
God Bless you and Abby and both of your families! Hope to see you soon!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to the sisters and their families and I hope that all are blessed in the new year.

PS: Julie, your children are so precious and beautiful. I know you are so honored to have such a wonderful family.