Wednesday, December 29, 2010


There is a very specific sound to when glass slices through flesh. I don't like that sound.

Not at all.
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Advent Challenge: Merry Christmas!

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

Matthew 28:1-7


Yay! Heheh! Thanks -V-!

Cupcake shield activated!
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Advent Challenge: Day 26

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Matthew 26:26-29


Tootsie and Mona posing in their new puffer coats from Aunt Anne for a winter wonderland photo shoot!


One-Minute Writer: Branches

Write a brief bit of fiction using the prompt "Branches."

Once upon a time, a group of people loved God and felt led to be a part of a church-plant called The Branches.

They invited the community to come as they, to hear the word of God, to do what God says, and to tell everyone they know just how awesome God is.

The church launched its first preview service January 9th. Many people attended the launch and were touched by God's presence. The church grew quickly. The Branches continued planting churches all over the world, and many lives were transformed by God's grace.


  • Still got some to-do's to mark off my list before Christmas. Gotta bust it!
  • Uh , yeah. Its been raining. Buckets.
  • Had a video game night last night with some cool kiddos. It was a blast!
  • Some awesome ministry moments at work recently! I'll probably blog about them soon. I'm blessed!
  • Found out I'm gonna be off work on Christmas! Yay! But the downer is, I gotta work Christmas Eve. And not even in my usual group-home. Fortunately, I at least kinda know the kids I'll be working with. I don't necessarily mind working holidays, its just that if I'm gonna work them, I'd like to be there to make it a special day for the kids, and if I don't really know them, its kinda difficult.
  • I've had a Droid for a week or so. Smart phones are a good time!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Ridding Luigi's mansion of ghosts with Mr. Lucas J. Pinkerton.

'Cuz we're cool like that.
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Monday, December 20, 2010

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Firehouse. Santa. Spaghetti. Gifts. Group-home kiddos.

Good times!
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Advent Challenge: Day 22

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:37-40
Hebrews 12:1-11 ESV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
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Advent Challenge: Day 21

“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes"

Matthew 21:42

Saturday, December 18, 2010

One-Minute Writer: Decoration

Write about a holiday decoration that holds particular meaning for you. 

Just a few days after learning our dear friend Marva had been murdered, we visited her home, the crime-scene where her life was taken. It was right at Christmas time. The tree was up and decorated cheerfully, such a stark contrast to the darkness that seemed to envelop us during that season in life. There, hanging from the tree, were these delicate little snowmen bulbs. Kimberly took one, and we've put it on our tree every year since (excluding this year, as its still in IN). There is something special about knowing it was Marva's, that she picked those ornaments out because she loved them, and that her hand had once held it and carefully placed in the boughs of her own Christmas tree.

The Intrusion of Jesus

"...whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved." - Romans 10:13
Despite man's efforts to eliminate Christ out of Christmas...out of everyday life...out of government...out of schools...out of the spite of it all, He just won't go away.

Peter Larson writes, "Despite our efforts to keep Him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin's womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked 'No Entrance' and left through a door marked 'No Exit.'"

That first Christmas, there was no room for Him in the inn. The world never wants to make room for Christ at Christmas and in everyday life. Man killed Him and sealed the tomb with a huge stone to shut Him out of our lives once and for all. But God removed the stone to prove Jesus will not be shut up or shut out of His plans.

One day Jesus will intrude on history again. The way to be ready is to invite Him into your life today. Will you shut Him out or let Him in?

*Borrowed from HERE.

Advent Challenge: Day 20

Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”

Matthew 20:17-19


  • I am pleased to be wearing my giant bear-feet slippers.
  • Cocoa is good. Cocoa with just a splash of Kahlua is even better.
  • I like the rain. But people here really don't know how to drive in it. You'd think it was a blizzard!
  • Here we are, a week from Christmas, and not a single plan made yet. No cards. No gifts. No dinners. We're just going with the flow this year.
  • Today I had some gingerbread vanilla tea. It was delightful.
  • This evening I took my group-home kiddos on a ride to look at Christmas. We sang. It was a good time.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

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About to watch Elf and waiting for Kimberly's delicious no-bake cookies to cool!
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Advent Challenge: Day 16

"Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done."

Matthew 16:24-27

Thanks, Wanna

Yay! Two new tires on Kimmy's car! I mean, it was a ridiculous ordeal to get them, but after one and 1/2 hours, we finally did. First they said the tires we ordered online were there, but then somehow they weren't. Eventually they were found and put on. Our old tires were popped for easier disposal by the workers.

Then we went to pay for the service of having them all balanced, since the tires were already purchased online by my mother-in-law as an early Christmas gift. But the cashier insisted the tires weren't paid for and suggested we owed more money than what we even have available! So after a lot of drama and pretty poor customer service, we pulled out of the parking lot with our new (and yes, already paid for over a week ago!) tires.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

'Boo!' to No Lamb! (Dawn Treader Spolier Alert!!!)

I'm frowning.

We just got home from seeing the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (thank God for good friends who like to give away free movie tickets!) and, of course, it was awesome.

But . . . I was so disappointed in the end. Sigh.

"But between them and the foot of the sky there was something so white on the green grass that even with their eagles' eyes they could hardly look at it. They came on and saw that it was a Lamb." The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis

I remember the exact moment I read those words. I remember weeping. 

I was ready to weep again, tonight. I had my hoodie up and everything. But, alas, no Lamb. The dialogue of the last scene was fairly similar to the book, which I have opened before me as I type. With the exception of this small, yet weighty section.

So, yeah. Boo to no Lamb!

But my second favorite part, where Aslan says, "But there I am known by another name. You must learn to know me by that name." is included, so that made me frown a smidge less.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Advent Challenge: Day 13

"As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear."

Matthew 13:40-43

Friday, December 10, 2010


Today was substantially better.

No one kicked me.

Advent Challenge: Day 12

"Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him."

Matthew 12:33-35

Lime Chilli Shrimp Flavor = Not Tasty

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Yesterday sucked.

It really did.

I was in a standing restraint for at least 20 minutes.
It was awful.

I got spit on. A lot.
And bit. And scratched. Head-butted, punched, kicked, pinched . . .

From 3:00pm to about 9:00pm, the day just . . .

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Any Thoughts?

We're working on designing some business cards for Kimberly.

This is this first concept.
The only, actually.

Granted, we just started today.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Advent Challenge: Day Nine

"While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Matthew 9:10-13

Monday, December 6, 2010

And . . .

this is soooooo addicting!!!!!

love this game!!!


Then go here.

There's swinging,
loosing of limbs,
animated blood.

Good times.

People Such as These

Last night we were blessed with an unexpected Christmas tree delivery. The Jones, Bremerthons, and Pinkertons have been such a blessing to us as we continue to make way through the transition from the mid-west to SoCal.

Some days, its hard to be away from my family and the place I've always known as home, but these wonderful people have warmly invited us into their own, soothing my sometimes home-sick heart.
There is also a great financial strain on us as we accommodate to our new living expenses, which can threaten to put a damper on the holiday cheer.

So when we received our potted Norfolk Island Pine, red beaded garland, and a string of bright white lights, I was speechless.

Jesus Christ first came in the form of a baby in a manger. He lived a humble, sinless life and was crucified as the ultimate sacrifice to rescue, from their own sin, all who believe. He will return again to gather His flock, and in the meantime, He reveals Himself to us through His Word, creation, the Spirit, and through those His Spirit dwells in.

People such as these.

And sitting before me in my living room is a beautiful reminder of all the above.

Must See!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Advent Challenge: Day Eight

"Jesus replied, 'Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.'"

Matthew 8:20

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Advent Challenge: Day Seven

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."

Matthew 7:7-8

Friday, December 3, 2010

Advent Challenge: Day Six

"Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one."

Matthew 6:9-13

Day 10: Final 10 Words

God is good. Really good.
Like, furrealz.

I am blessed.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 9: 10 Ways to Win Your Heart

1. Sing to me! I love hearing people sing.
2. Feed me! Mmm . . .
3. Laugh with me. At random things.
4. Ask questions! People who don't ask questions are usually too busy talking about themselves. And that's lame.
5. Love God.
6. Be passionate about something! Have a cause.
7. Learn with me. Something! Anything!
8. Have quarks. Oddities make a person.
9. No masks! Be authentic. Real people rock!
10. Put up with me! I'm a handful.

Advent Challenge: Day Five

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16

Randomocity 120110

Today, I almost felt anxious about going to work. Maybe because I didn't work much last week due to the holiday. Whatever the reason, it was an unpleasant feeling. But as I was greeted with lots of smiles and hugs from most of the kids, whom all but one hadn't seen me in about ten days, I felt much better. Its strange that I'd miss them, being the buggers they are, but I did.

By far, this was the smoothest Wednesday I've worked in months. Typically, Wednesdays are rough. I usually work with random fill-in staff who are . . . not the strongest. But the empty position in our house has been filled, and I really enjoyed working with the new guy! He is coming from more of a correctional background, opposed to our therapeutic milieu, so he has some adjustments to make, but he is fully aware of them and is very receptive to feedback. He also had a lot of nice things to say to me about my approach with the kids, so that was very encouraging.

With today being the first day of December, and our group-home being decorated for the holidays, I've been thinking a lot about Christmas today. Not in the 'meaning of Christmas' sense of thinking about it, but more like the 'hustle and bustle, holiday cheer' kind of thinking. Our Christmas decorations couldn't fit into the moving truck when we packed up for SoCal, so they are in IN still. Our finances aren't exactly awesome right now, so it'd be dumb to spend money on a tree and lights, especially since we don't have any children in our home. So compared to my group-home, our apartment is a little . . . bah hum bug.

But, in thinking through this, I remembered these awesome Christmas mugs my mom bought us a few years ago. Kimberly has a penguin mug, and I have a snowman one. So, when I got home from work around midnight, I dug through the cupboards until I came across my snowman mug. It says "Winter Blessings" on it, and my favorite part of it is the snowman face on the inside of the cup. I put some water on, then had a nice hot cup of tea to help me unwind from the day, and to feel a little Christmasy.

Thanks, Mom!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Five Years Ago Today, I Asked This Girl to Marry Me.

She said yes.
We became engaged.

And late the following year, we were married.

Advent Challenge: Day Four

"The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’"

Matthew 4:3-4

Day 8: 10 of Your Favorite Songs

There is too much music in this head of mine to narrow down to just ten songs.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Farewell Wana

Yesterday we took my mother-in-law, LaDonna (a.k.a. Wana Sue), to the airport to fly back home to Indiana. It was a great visit, and I can't believe how fast the week went by!

Advent Challenge: Day Three

"Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."

Matthew 3:8-10

Day 7: 10 Important People

Ten? Important? Can we define important?
Honestly, there are too many to try to narrow down to ten.

And I couldn't just list someone as being important and not write about why!
Multiply all that by ten, and . . . well, that's a lot of writing.

Besides, I'd hope, or like think, that everyone important to me knows I love them and why.
So, there.  

*And no, not everyone I think is "important" is pictured below, either.

Monday, November 29, 2010

um . . . ouch?

"Nothing triggers the 'ol gag reflex quite like 8:00am."

Advent Challenge: Day Two

"Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time! They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh."

Matthew 2:9-11


“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.” - Psalm 136:1,26

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dear Advil PM,

I've not been falling asleep 'til about 5am the past few days. The old meds have worn off, and apparently the new ones haven't kicked in yet.

My mind is spinning.
Too many thoughts.
And most of them are unpleasant.

So, its up to you.

Make me sleep. Please.


Day 6: 10 Items You Can’t Live Without

1. My laptop!!!! I tried living without one once. It was bad.
2. A notepad. Gotta have one everywhere I go.
3. The bible my momma got me way back then. Still got it. Read it lots! Sometimes . . .
4. Bottled water. Gotta stay hydrated!
5. Burts' Bees!!!!! Its NOT chapstick! Its Burts' Bees!!!
6. My cell phone. I'm a txt addict. And I feel naked without my phone.
7. Camera! Where I go, it goes.
8. My green carry-all bag. That's what I usually carry items #1 through #7 in!
9. Food. Furrealz. I like to eat. A lot.
10. Uh, yeah, I gotta say it. Hoodie. My brown Mexico hoodie. Its my comfort blanket . . . in the form of a, um, hoodie.

Today's Writing Prompt: Happy

Complete this simile: As happy as...

a monkey flinging poo?

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About to dive into Wana's beans and dumplings, with home-made mashed potato's and diced onions! Mmm!

(It really is delicious, despite what it looks like ;o)

Advent Challenge: Day One

“…. an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:20-21

Do It!!!

 *I'm taking it another step, by writing out a verse or two that jumps out at me each day. You should, too!

Day 5: 10 Wishes

1. Bad habits were easier to kick.
2. Good habits were harder to kick.
3. Everyone could feel loved and purposeful.
4. No one would ever go to sleep hungry.
5. I was debt free.
6. There really was a solution to every problem.
7. Instead of being kinda good at this 'n that, I excelled at one or two specific things.
8. The Canady's house would sell this week.
9. That people would/could just . . . be. No masks.
10. Uh . . . 10 more wishes? I'm greedy!

Set Sail

Saturday, November 27, 2010

“Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”
- 1 Chronicles 16:8

Snapshot: 112710 2000 PST

In the pouring rain.

Somewhere in Los Angelos.

With 6 delinquent teens.
And another staff with adult attention deficit disorder who 'needs' a cigarette.

Lord, help me!

Day 4: 10 Things You want to Say to One Person

1. Yeah, so . . . you're loud. Very loud
2. Did I mention you're loud?
3. Srsly. What is it you're doing to make all that noise!?
4. I've decided you're a hip-hop dancer. That's the only thing I can think of to explain all that stomping.
5. What exactly do you do for a living? I mean, do you, like, have a weird schedule or something? I can't find a pattern in your crazy stomp-around, thump, thump loudness. AM. PM. Mid-day. Midnight. You're simply sporadic. Lets get you into a routine! Consistency is an important part of life.
6. Do you only make friends with other loud people? 'Cuz furrealz, when you have people over, its sounds like an elephant stampede.
7. Do you grill garbage? Just wondering, because whatever it is you're throwing on the barbecue has quite the offensive odor.
8. Lets talk about Jesus.
9. You're loud!!!
10. Has anyone ever told you that you walk like Herman Munster? I'm just trying to imagine what it would be like to live under him in an apartment. I bet it would be a lot like living under you. BTW, do you wear clogs? It sounds like you do. And, is your apartment carpeted? It just seems like it would be really difficult to just casually make so much noise on a carpeted floor . . .

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 3: 10 Things You Hate

1. Poor parenting. Srsly. I mean, sure, without trashtastic peeps out there pushing out babies like its their purpose in life, finding a job in my field of work would be more like a competitive sport. Yeah, these kinds of kiddos do occasionally come from good, loving homes too, but not often.
2. Impatience. Wow, this drives me crazy at times. I often remind my kids at work that, when they get so worked up and and have a melt-down because things aren't going as they think it should, they have basically just reverted back to being two years old. This lack of emotional control and restrain is the exact same fuel that powers tantrums. Its not cute when they're tiny, and its even less endearing when they're super-sized. But find yourself in a delayed check-out line at Wal-Mart, and most likely, you'll find an adult or two escalating.
3. Animal cruelty. Its right there under 'people cruelty.' It takes a sick, twisted person to enjoy inflicting pain to any of God's creation.
4. Hominy. Its just gross. And weird. What the hell is hominy anyway!?
5. Egocentricity. You know, its that "if it doesn't quack like me, then its a messed up duck," kinda attitude. How could one person ever develop the audacity to believe that he or she is the definition of . . . right!? Racism, prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, etc. The whole idea that, "you're not right because you're not like me!" is just, well, ignorant.
6. Math. Yep. Definitely math. (see post Day 1: 10 Things About Me, #9)
7. Gotta say, I hate the devil. Sneaky, trouble-making little fella, he is! Sometimes I think the enemy understands about the heart of man more than the man himself that the heart beats within. And I pretty much hold him responsible for all things included on this list. Yes, that includes hominy. And math.
8. Socks with sandals. I've seen it. You've seen it. Enough said.
9. Addictions. Back to that dang devil again. Probably one of his most dangerous weapons. It tears lives apart. Families. Children. And we all probably have at least one, maybe in the unconventional sense, if we'd think it through enough. God is really all we need to make it day by day. But addictions tell us this just isn't so.
10. Doubt. Insecurity. Depression and anxiety. Sigh. Wouldn't life be grand if we were all just happy!? It seems a bit  . . . I don't know, conceded (maybe?) to wish we could all just like ourselves. Truly like ourselves. But doesn't God command we love others as ourselves? And wouldn't that imply we should . . . love ourselves? When I look at mistakes I've made, character flaws within myself and other people around me, they can usually be boiled down to these kinds of feelings. People wandering through life trying to find themselves. Or comfort themselves on account of who they really are.  We're messed up, but none-the-less, created by the Creator. Chosen. And with purpose. This is probably yet another thing on my "hate list" that contributes greatly to the, um, bountifulness of my career field.

Thanksgiving Picture Time

I was originally suppose to work this Thanksgiving Day, but some things changed at work and I ended up with the day off. Not knowing I'd be home on Thursday, Kimberly and her mom, who is visiting through next week, prepared an awesome meal on Wednesday. Then on Thursday we had another great feast with the whole Pinkerton crew! Although I've been really missing my parents and some great friends back in IN, it was such a blessing to not only have Kimberly's mom here for the holiday, but to also be so warmly included with the Pinkertons!!! They are wonderful people.

Here are some pics from the past 2 days. I hope everyone else out there in Blogland had a great day(s) too!

Day 2.5: 10 Things You're Thankful For

*Today I was supposed write about 10 things I hate. Considering it's Thanksgiving, this seemed more appropriate ;o)