Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Eve

 Caleb and Ana came up for Christmas Eve and stayed over for a couple days!  Ana was not feeling so well (she had pinkeye) so she stayed at our house, but the rest of us went to the Christmas Eve service at church.

 My favorite part is when we light our candles and sing Silent Night. =)

 When we got home we ate dinner and then opened gifts! 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Miss Abby

Amy and I enjoyed watching our friend's two little girls 
while their mom was at band practice for the Christmas Eve service.  
I spent the most time with Abby - such a sweetie!  

Friday, December 18, 2015

An Exciting Afternoon, and a Christmas Program

Yesterday afternoon was definitely unusual, to say the least!!

Amy and I arrived at work to find CC (our boss) on the phone. That was not so unusual, but when she got off the phone she said that the mail had arrived and the carrier had given her a package.  She hadn't paid much attention to the box until the person left, since they were visiting.  But when she did look at it she noticed that it was from Israel, had a Arabic sounding name as the sender, and seemed to have been *held up in customs for a few months. There was a website on the box and she said all she could find out was that the site **sold military supplies.  It all seemed suspicious, so she left it outside and called the police to see what she should do with a potentially suspicious package.  (Another reason she was concerned was that they had been having mail stolen and wondered if someone was using their address....)

The police sent out a lady officer and she talked with CC and looked at the package. She said there seemed to be something liquid inside, so she did some checking in her vehicle and called out another officer.  This man came and asked CC more questions, (are you Jewish, have you been to Israel, do you have relatives there, etc). Both police officers were very nice. About then I had to leave to pick up "Baby Buttersnaps" and "Honey Ham" from school.  When I got back to the house there were the two patrol SUVs in the front driveway, plus a huge semi-like vehicle and another truck parked along the road, and firemen walking around in all their gear. Apparently they had sent out the bomb squad!

After a bit there was a knock on the front door from a few of the firemen.  They had opened the box and inside.......was a bottle of wine from Israel! There was an invoice and CC's brother had sent it as a Christmas gift, which was out of character for him, so she had never thought of it being from him. The wine is from Galilee and is made from the same kind of grapes used during King David's time.  So apparently it could be the same kind of wine he drank. One of the firemen had been stationed in Israel while in the military and said their wine was very good. 

All that suspense made for an exciting afternoon! =D

*Afterwards we realized that he box hadn't been held up in customs, the date was just written in the European order.=)
**Apparently the wrong website address!

All the way from Israel.

After all that excitement, we had dinner and then Amy and I took "Honey Ham" to her school Christmas program and saved seats for the rest of the family.  It was a nice program!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Worship Team Christmas Party!

 Matt, the worship pastor at church, hosted a gathering for the worship and tech teams at church this past Saturday.  
We had such a fun time!!  
 There was so much good food, fun games, and visiting!
My favorite game was where we had to split into groups of 4-5 people.  Then each team had 10 minutes to write a Christmas song and then perform it.  I was nervous about it at first, but it was such fun - and ended up being really funny as well!=D

Opening gifts. =)
My final gift - a large "thumbs-up" figure!  (Facebook in person!) Haha!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Grape Tea

Tea made from grape skins! It has no caffeine or alcohol and tastes amazing!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sunday Afternoon with Caleb and Ana!

 Amy and I met up with some friends and Ana and Caleb at Bethlehem for church.  
Then we went to A&C's house for lunch, games, and a movie!
Snapped this picture on the way to A&C's house! =D

Friday, December 4, 2015

My Birthday!

 I am thankful for a lovely birthday...fb posts, messages, texts, cards, gifts, a delicious meal and lemon pie, and to top it off a surprise visit from Ana and Caleb, and having our friend Ashley over too!! I am so blessed by the love and thoughtfulness of my family and friends. Thank you all!!

Saturday, November 28, 2015


A friend from church invited Mom and me to go see some tapestries from South America that were on display in a near by town.  They were so detailed! It was amazing all the work these women put into them, and each one told a story about the maker. Something about their life, or something they were hoping for etc.

PRC's Pie Auction

Dozens of pies were donated by many people to raise money for the Pregnancy Resource Center. 
 Amy and I had fun being the photographers for the event!
One of the three tables of pies.

There was a pie contest...
....and a winner!

Pies ready to be auctioned off!

Michelle and Amy

The lady in charge of the kitchen. =)

Delicious pie to eat while bidding!

The couple that came up with the idea, several years ago, to have a pie auction before Thanksgiving.

The auctioneer.  
I asked him if I could take his picture, and this is how he posed himself. =)
He was such fun!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Seth and Sarah's Wedding Reception!

Our friend Sarah got married about a month ago out in western South Dakota.  We were not able to attend the wedding, but went to their MN reception at Iron Wood Springs Christian Ranch.  I remember camping there when I was little and going to a week of  summer camp as well one year. They have added a few buildings, but some of it still looked familiar!
The reception was held in one of the new buildings overlooking the river.  Such a pretty place!

Sarah and Seth!

 All the food except for one cake was gluten free, which was really nice for Amy!
 Root Beer, Cream Soda, Orange Soda, pop corn, nuts, M&Ms, s'mores ready to go....they had so many yummy treats out for the guests!

 Amy and I went on a wagon ride with some of the other guests. =)
(These two pictures are from my phone.)