Christmas Eve With Family

This morning was really great. God has blessed us with friends that are really more like family, and I love it.

After we opened our gifts a day early, we had a couple friends over for breakfast. My friend and I talked about life while our husbands watched Star Wars episode 5 in preparation for going to see the new Star Wars movie on Monday.

Later, we met up with another couple of our friends and went to Sing with them. I laughed way too hard at the car wash scene.

We hung out at their house and played with their dogs while we waited to go to the Christmas Eve church service this afternoon.

I always love going to the Christmas Eve service, and tonight was no different. We saw lots more friends at church and got to catch up with most of them.

Too Long

Tonight we hosted our Christmas party for our small group. It was a good night.

This day always seems to sneak up on me as I anticipate Christmas every year. In the middle of this joy-filled season comes a day that brought so much grief so many years ago. This year marks 17 years since my oldest sister, Kristen, died. It’s so hard for my mind to wrap around that number. Seventeen years means that she’s been gone longer than she was here. Continue reading “Too Long”

The Family Chronicler

There are some technological advances that I think are completely useless, some that I think are awesome, and some that have nearly ruined human interactions. And then there is Shutterfly.

I’ve always been someone who liked to reminisce. Of all my siblings, I think I spent the most time huddled over photo albums looking at days before I was born and memorable moments from my childhood. So much can be learned about a person from looking through their old pictures. Continue reading “The Family Chronicler”

Drive-In Theaters!

Sometimes I forget that my childhood was a lot different from that of my younger sisters because there are so many things I did as a child that just aren’t a thing anymore.

I remember going to the drive-in theater several times as a kid. Back then they charged by the car, which worked out well for a mom of five kids. She would pile us all into the van and take us to the drive-in. It was great.

Then the drive-in got replaced by Continue reading “Drive-In Theaters!”

Weekend Adventures

Holy smokes. Last weekend was so full!

My husband and I ran some errands Friday night to get ready for the rest of the weekend. It was our town’s annual celebration. The park near our house is where all of the festivities happen, so we don’t usually get much sleep since the beer garden and live music close down around 1am.

It poured Friday night, though, so we didn’t have to be up too late. Saturday morning was the co-ed softball tournament followed by the parade. I’ve figured out the best way to get the most candy at parades. It’s crazy how well it works.

I didn’t play softball in high school, but Continue reading “Weekend Adventures”