Sunday, January 31, 2010

"There will be a day with no more tears,
no more pain, and no more fears."

Saturday, January 30, 2010

It has been a busy week and a half.
Is it really the end of January already? After all the rain we have been enjoying some wonderful sunny weather. The mountains all around are covered in snow and very beautiful to look at and the sunrises and sunsets have been spectacular.

At work we are busy getting ready for a new semester which starts on Monday. We threw a welcome party for my new boss Ken and also celebrated the office January birthdays. This afternoon my friend Terri and I drove to Laverne for David Newkirk's welcome home party. God has truly performed a miracle in his life as he continues to recover and get stronger everyday. Click here to read all about his journey. God is good!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The best part of rain? A beautiful rainbow!I quickly pulled out my cell phone as I was driving to work this morning in an attempt to capture this beautiful rainbow. The picture doesn't really do it justice but I kind of like how the rainbow is reflected on the hood of the truck. The one below was taken with my regular camera.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Two wonderful weeks (well, almost two weeks!)
I spent the last two weeks having a wonderful time with my family. Mom was up here to see me the weekend of Dec 20th. We had a good time finishing up some Christmas shopping and going to the Messiah sing-a-long. After the long drive back to Imperial I started the festivities by taking "Nino" to Petco to get washed and groomed so he could be indoors for Christmas. That evening we did a little bonfire in the backyard, made s'mores and sang carols.

Christmas Eve was spent preparing for the evening festivities. We had Christmas dinner around 9:00 PM when Sara & Patrick arrived. After dinner and dessert we all gathered to hear Christine read the Christmas story. Around the stroke of midnight we began opening presents. It was so fun to see the kids open and enjoy all their gifts! It was 3 AM by the time I finally got to bed.

Christmas morning was time for the Christmas stockings. We enjoyed breakfast together as they looked in their stockings. We were all tired and sleepy but happy =) The rest of the day was spent relaxing and playing with the kids.

The next day we all went out shopping and had lunch together at Famous Dave's which brought back memories of good old Georgia barbecue...Yum!

Grace and Jon finally made it in to town and it was time to unveil our gift to the kiddos. We gave them a Wii and the Wii Fit. What a blast we have all had playing different games together.
Next it was time to drive over and go spend some time in Yuma with Donna, Greg and the kids. Sunday evening we had a nice wine & cheese night while Grace and Jon were in town. It was great to spend the week with them staying up late talking, sleeping in, watching chick flicks, playing Bookworm and eating good food! For New Year's Eve they invited some friends over to celebrate together. We rang in the year for NY, AZ and CA.

Saturday was the big ham dinner with everyone. I think there were 14 of us all together. It was fun to see everyone eating, playing, and enjoying each other. After dinner we popped the Christmas Crackers and donned our colorful paper fun! Timothy and the kids were outside making swords, the girls were inside visiting and I was busily taking pictures =) Sunday was here before I knew it. After going to church with friends and family it was time to drive back home. It was a very merry Christmas and I'm trusting and hoping for a wonderful year!
A New Day

Today was my first day back to work since Dec 22. I have to admit that I was not excited about getting up at 5:45 AM this morning to get ready... but who could resist a day that begins like this! Thank you Lord for painting such a beautiful sky for me to enjoy this morning.