Like many of you yesterday I decided to take a day of silence in blogland and devote as much time as possible to prayer for all the parents, grandparents, and friends of all those who were involved in Friday's tragedy. My heart is STILL very heavy over this, and I will continue to pray for what can be nothing besides a very difficult time for them all.
I have had a VERY busy last few days (as I am sure many of you have as well) so I am going to try to catch up here as best I can, so sorry in advance, it is kind of long. Let's see... Last Friday afternoon I picked up my DIL Leah and headed down to San Diego for the women's Christmas dessert at church. We left early so as to not only avoid traffic, but to be able to spend some much needed one on one time as well. What a wonderful time we had. Soo much to talk about. We did spend quite a bit of time discussing Fridays horrible events of course and shared both tears and prayer over it all. We decided to do a little shopping once we got there and realized we had plenty of time to do so. I bought Leah a beautiful new coat for Christmas as she needed one soo badly, and it looked soo good on her. I intended to take a picture of her in it, but I ended up forgetting so you will just have to take my word for it, haha. After shopping we had dinner at a wonderful Mexican restaurant and visited and chatted our time away. After we finished eating though we noticed it had begun to rain HEAVILY and I became concerned about finding my way around a city I am not very used to in the dark and the rain. Luckily, I managed to get my son on my car (HOW I HAVE LOVED HAVING ON STAR IN MY CAR!) phone and he easily got us to where we needed to be. The dessert was WONDERFUL! And I didn't even eat any of the desserts, haha! Between my gluten free diet, the need to avoid sugar now as well...sigh, and my "fluffy type" figure, I am sure it was all for the best. But they did look yummy, and I enjoyed some tasty herbal tea. But the highlight of course of the evening was the guest speaker. It was Sandy McIntosh from Calvary Chapel San Diego! I was soo excited to hear her. And I was not disappointed! What a wonderful ministry she has. She spoke to us for almost an hour on the subject of Christmas and how it affects all of us, but mostly all of us women. It was just soo good, soo inspiring, and soo timely. She has us all both rolling in the aisles laughing, and wiping tears as well. But I will never forget some of the things she said, and the simple truth of the gift of Jesus at Christmas, and what it means to us believers. It was over at 9:30 and I needed to get gas so we scurried out right away. By the time I took Leah home, driving S L O W L Y in the pouring rain, it was almost midnight before I got into bed. But it was worth every minute. My other DIL Larissa was in charge of putting this whole event together, and so I know first hand how much time and effort it took to accomplish this. But the Lord sure blessed her efforts, and I was happy it all went so well. Here are a couple of pics.
|This is of the associate's Pastors wife on the left, and my DIL Larissa on the right. (she had on the prettiest red shoes! haha) Such beautiful, sweet natured women of God.|
|SOME OF THE CROWD. THE CENTER PIECES WERE LOVELY!|
Then on Sat. hubby and I had to brave the crowds and go out and find a couple of gifts I was having a hard time with online. One of them took us to Toys R Us, and I guess I don't really need to say more about that on the second to last Sat. before Christmas! Oh my! What a mess...BUT! we did FINALLY find what we were looking for after traveling to a few of them. I told hubby it made me feel like the dad in Jingle All the Way, haha, What we will do for our grandkids though! After we finally finished up our shopping (all done now btw) we had barely enough time to go home and change so we could go to the Candlelight Pavillion for their annual Christmas play/musical. It is just something we have done every year since Melody was 3 years old. It is a wonderful dinner and then a fun play about the wonder of Christmas. This year we decided to take a couple of our grands, as the whole experience is so much more enjoyable with little ones. We took Lindsey and Jeffie. They only live about 10 minutes from the place so that helped make our decision, and next year we will hopefully take another set of them. Anyway, WHAT fun we had. I honestly loved every minute. I think the rest of the evening can be told through my pictures, so here you go....
|LINDSEY AND JEFF IN FRONT OF SOME OF THE TREES IN THE LOBBY.|
|THEY GAVE THESE LITTLE GINGERBREAD MEN AND SUPPLIES TO DECORATE THEM WITH TO THE KIDS BEFORE THEY SAT DOWN FOR DINNER. HOW DARLING IS JEFFIES?!|
|PUTTING HIS DECORATION ON!|
|IN FRONT OF THE KID TREE!|
|THEY ALSO GAVE THE KIDS THESE LITTLE CARDS TO WRITE THEIR LETTERS TO SANTA!|
|AND PUT A MAIL BOX BY THE KID TREE FOR THEM TO MAIL THEM|
|JEFFIE MAILING HIS!|
|POSING WITH GRANDMA AT THE TABLE|
|AND NOW WITH GRANDPA!|
|THE KIDS GOT THEIR OWN BOTTLES OF ROOT BEER! SOO GRANDPA!|
|JUST HAVING FUN!|
|ENJOYING DESSERT DURING INTERMISSION|
|JEFFIE LOVING HIS CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM WITH STRAWBERRIES!|
|TOWARDS THE END OF THE SHOW ALL THE KIDS JOIN SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS ON THE STAGE. NOTICE JEFFIE LAUGHING AT ONE OF THE ELVES. HE SAID, " THEY KEPT TRYING TO MAKE ME LAUGH GRANDMA"|
|CLOSE UP OF JEFFIES FACE...SOO CUTE!|
|CLOSE UP OF LINDSEY'S. AT 12 SHE WAS A LITTLE SCANDALIZED TO BE UP THERE WITH ALL THE LITTLE ONES, BUT SHE SECRETLY ENJOYED IT I THINK, HAHA!|
|SPORTING HIS NEW SHIRT AND "CHRISTMAS" SOCKS FROM HIS SISTER|
Reading this back over this morning, I decided to add that I took my mom to the neurologists yesterday and she is doing very well. No seizures for over two months now, so we are going to cut back a little bit on her medication to see if we can't get the same results with a little less side effects. I am going to begin praying that this indeed does happen, as mom struggles so when so heavily medicated. Hope you all have a wonderful day!