Monday, December 24, 2007

Waiting for Christmas


Travis Opening His Gift


As we wait for Midnight Mass, I am finding myself contemplating my 2007 New Year's Resolutions as I plan for 2008. My Advent study is Thirty Days on Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius by Paul Mariani. It has been very helpful. Also, this Advent, Father Phelps has been leading us in a study of the Infancy Narratives. These have been so helpful to me.

We have had a beautiful pre-Christmas so far. Our 21st annual party on Friday; our birthday dinner at Aventino's on Saturday; Church on Sunday; delivering bread, eating pizza, and going to Graham; tonight is Midnight Mass. Tomorrow is Christmas Day.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.


1. Draw one thing each day...either a challenge, or from lessons, or on my own...DID NOT DO THIS...BUT IT'S WORTH TRYING AGAIN
2. Create one mixed media collage/ATC each week...or more...AGAIN, DIDN'T DO IT
3. Work on a quilt each week...sometimes, but not weekly...did go to quilting club once...WELL, I MADE THREE QUILTS THIS YEAR, TWO WERE FOR CHRISTMAS
4. Plan what to make for Christmas gifts and begin...and finish...MADE CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR ALL FEMALES IN THE FAMILY
5. Participate in at least one swap per month...DID THIS ABOUT HALF
6. Participate more with my Glitter Sisters...NOT AS WELL AS I SHOULD HAVE
7. Keep my studio clean and straight...straighten it NOW...DID THIS TWICE, BUT IT'S A MESS NOW, THANKS TO ME AND TO TURTLE
8. Read at least 60 books in 2007...I've only read 2, am on my third...that's not enough to reach 60...I READ 64, AND THIS MONTH I AM READING FOR ADVENT ONLY
9. Be nicer and kinder...realistic, but I am not near there yet...STILL TRYING
10. Slow down...well, the blood pressure has made this happen...THIS IS HAPPENING
11. Pray daily and read the Bible daily...I have tried, so far not every day...BETTER BUT NOT THERE YET
12. Become more involved in the church...even being ill I have been able to do this...I AM, AND I'M LOOKING FOR GOD'S DIRECTION
13. Blog daily...NOPE
14. Write something daily other than blog...start on that book again??...so far I've only written my 3 columns and one haiku...that's not enough...DID THE NANOWRIMO IN NOVEMBER AND ALMOST FINISHED THE BOOK. I WILL FINISH MY PART AND TURN IT OVER TO RAF.
15. Walk every day, at least on the treadmill...I was doing this until the blood pressure acted up, and doctor said to wait until it's back down...NOPE
16. Keep the house straight...ho hum...so much for that!! AS IF!

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas is Coming...Advent is nearly past

I just found this YouTube that Violette made. It was on Nicci's myspace. I wasn't there , but the girls had so much fun, I wanted to share it with all of you. Tonight is our party, tomorrow night is our Aventino's birthday celebration, Sunday is, well, Sunday and we decorate the church, Monday is Christmas Eve and we deliver bread, eat pizza, and go to Midnight Mass, and Tuesday is Christmas!! I am working on the next to the last gift, cleaning and baking. Tomorrow I will bake gingerbread to deliver Monday. Hope you are having as much fun and joy as we are...oh, and our iPhones are working!!

Merry Christmas...God's love and blessings on you all.



Monday, December 03, 2007

Mary Did You Know?

Listen and watch and think and pray!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving with the Seiberts and Friends

Ok, so I'm not posting much, and I'm not visiting blogs very often, but I am writing for NANOWRIMO...and it's almost over, and I have 46000+ words, so I'm good to go, am going to finish it, and Raf is going to do re-writes, and we plan to publish is, or give it a good shot anyway! And I'm about 1/2 through with Christmas gifts which I will photograph and show AFTER Christmas...and that's why no one is allowed in the studio! So there!!

But we did have a ball at Thanksgiving, first at our house with 16 present Thanksgiving night and second on Saturday at the Moline Ranch...16 present then, too!

And here's the proof:John, Joey, and Beth...yep, the Marines landed!
Raf, Brian, Christi, and Darrell
Brooke, Carolyn, and Travis
The meal...Brooke, Margaret, Beth, Jen
Yummmmm..........
Singing
Travis, Christi, and John...laughing
Beth and the Turtle getting ready for Christmas
Joey and Coley
Jen
Pies and cranberry compote
Visiting...Margaret, Brian, John, Raf, Barney
Loving and taking photos ... Barney, Beth, Christi, Travis, Jen
Oh, Christmas tree...the kids put it up, directed by John, of course. Thanks, kids!!
Margaret
Jake away from the crowd

Raf and Brian

And at the Moline RanchKathy
Will, Charlotte, and Dorothy with their puppy
Raf singing and playing Will's guitar
Kate and Kayla
Joanna, 'Kinsey, and Kayla
Dorothy

What a blessed and wonderful weekend we had. As Tiny Tim said, "God bless us, everyone."

Amen.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Diocese of Fort Worth Convention

Today is the first day of our Diocese of Fort Worth convention. You can even watch it live tomorrow by going to the diocese's site and following the link. Please pray for our diocese and that God's will be done.


Our cousin, Cindi Lee, sent this link, and I want to share it with you:

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Quick Hello

Just a minute to tell everybody hi and thanks for coming by. I'm writing every day, sewing, crocheting, and making other Christmas gifts, too. Planning to attend our Diocesan Convention and attending preparatory meetings and Masses associated with it. Please pray for God's will to be done. Keep up-to-date with Father Foster's blog.

Our family is all well and happy, and I send you all my love. Joey is at Camp Lejeune. John is at Tarleton with a 3.8. Kathi's 42nd birthday was yesterday, Nov. 11. Dani was 14 this month, and Jen will be 12 soon.

I will visit blogs and post to each of you individually after Nov. 30.


Kimber Manning
found this and posted it to her myspace. It's too cool.








God bless you all.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Last Open Mic - TX-8, Wimberley, Texas

I forgot to say yesterday that these open mics were dedicated to the memory of Steve Glickstein. May he rest in peace.

TX-8 is now a memory, which we will keep stored with those other wonderful memories of gatherings, musical friends, fun, laughter, and some tears...here's to you, Steve.
Alec
Cea
Ken and Marci
Tom from Texas
Al and Tom
Bob, Tom, Ray
Bob and Tom having fun
Al
Levi and Alec
Don and Norma
Sue and Tom
Sheli and Robert
Raf and Mike
Bill shooting
Ted and Bill
Deb, Sue, and Marci...the Trio
Deb and Kent
Tom
Mike
Bob and Tom...or Sven and Ole
Chris Stern from England
Bob
Doc
Bill and Linda
Chris and Arlene
Arlene
Raf
Ray and Raf
At the bar
Susan
Susan
Sheli and Robert
Henry Smithson from England and Robert
Chris
Stan, Arlene, and David
Dwight
Raf, Jamie, and Susan
Jamie
Henry, Al, and Robert

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