Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Counting down...

The annual Calathora New Year's costume ball is tomorrow night!! We're running our heads off and having a complete blast! :) Get-togethers are soo much fun! Here are a few pictures from last year...

Oh, and part 2 on the Love the Church conference , Lord willing, is coming, one day. :)

Love you all!!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Children are a Blessing from the Lord

Noah and Dorothy are expecting a baby in mid July!!!!! We're very excited!!!!!

Praise the Lord-He is so good!

Andrew and Adeline

P.S. I, Auntie Adeline, hereby post my offical guess as to Little Sanders:

A girl! :) With Dee's face and Noah's cury red hair. With blue eyes from them both. :D I just love it already and can hardly wait to hold It!!

I think it is a boy-Andrew

8 lb girl-Uncle Paul

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Love the Church -Part One

What an incredible conference! The Lord is so good to give us times like this. Like I said before, this was probably the best conference I've ever been to-'twas just wonderful.

Here's the first part of a pile of pictures...enjoy, and have a stunning evening!! (The Davis are coming over for supper tonight!! I can hardly wait...) Oh, and the weather is so pretty today it almost makes me cry. I know that might seem silly, but when "park on the piano" is playing, and you look out the window and there's blue sky and white clouds rolling across it's vastness, with gray clouds in the distance, coming up to shower you in a while, to make the fire in the fireplace seem cozier, you would be blissful too...our Abba Father makes beautiful days!

Oh-good grief-here's something else that's so beautiful I gaped at it for a while-the heels may be a bit high, but the mixture of suede and the ribbon bring this heart to heights of shoe delight. (I wear 9 1/2, you thoughtful soul ;)
Anyway, aren't they beau-ti-ful!?

Alrighty, here is Part The First!
On our way. Few things are more wonderful then driving in the mountains...
Mover dear starts a great book...
And we get a little bored in the car. Paul, Marth and I (our family split into two different cars-we missed riding together, but enjoyed the room. The sub is just too small to fit us and all our junk in. :) Anyway, we had contest on who could arrange those awesome GI Joes into the most compelling arrangement.
Me and Paul with our toys. :)
Marth and Paul with the same.
Dearest Par-par driving us! Love your hat, Daddy...

We arrived in Asheville Wednesday night, checked in and got settled, and had pizzas in our room with the darling Campanies!! I just love them to pieces... We stuffed ourselves (the pizza boxes doubled as seconds, baby!) and had a blast discussing Biltmore and other things. :)

The next morning, we slept in and everybody went to various places around the campus, 'cept Marth and I, who ended up having the most precious time being together, talking, praying and eating breakfast in our pajamas and taking as long as we liked with everything! :) Charming.
Breakfast Shot. I think we should start wearing our hair like that.
Breakfast. Chunk 'O Nanner Bread. (Marth had pre-made lots of it, and it was so quick, easy and economical for breakfast) Later, it was downstairs to register...It's so exciting when you see familiar faces!
Darling Steadstir observing the crowds.
Mama, Marth and I had the most relaxing, wonderful lunch together and walk around the beautiful campus. I'm so blessed in them.
One of the neatest things were these gorgeous fireplaces that were everywhere in the lobbies and seating rooms.
Campana and Morton ladies make off to a wonderful place to get kettle corn, :) and then to goodwill!
We joined the very hospitable Sheats family and others up at the fire ring for some marsh mellows and fun that evening before the first keynote message. Sam is seen above.

The view from up there was beautiful, and the company fabulous!
Cleve, Marth and me.
Sisters Two
Right before the evening's messages began, I spot the dear C.'s and Mimi and I shoot each other shooting each other. :)
(Nick looks like he's on trial here)

Scott Brown spoke, as well as Joel Beekey.

Their messages were especially inspiring.
It was so precious to see all the mommies with their babies! Here's Kelly B. and Katie B., holding their sweet munchies.
Here's Mr. Paul Washer speaking, the next day.
Visiting during break.
Daisy and Marfa' Ann being the joys that they are...Sweet friends and faithful photographers, Emily and Lauren...I love your smiles!
Baby holding is pure delight! There were so many little babies there is made me miss my nieces and nephews so bad.
I just love this. :)
We had lunch at a gas station's subway :) with the Campanas and Roberts-what a fun combination! Here's Mimi and Paul.
Some of us, before the R.'s arrived...
Our crowd behind the Pepsi sign.
Delightful, organized chaos :D
Love these two...
LOL-Marty hon, that's talent...
Samuel looking Darcyish through the throng.#1-"Consuming Chip"

I just love eating shots. :) Almost every picture from this lunch is the following, LOL.
# 2
And #4.
Gray was so sweet and bought some candy for everybody.

Here he is, auctioning each piece off. The child doubled his money.

(:D Just teasing, he was a dear cake and gave it away to the masses)
Some of the most precious girls in the world to me!
Back at the conference, Mr. Doug speaks about the para church paradox.

Coming soon, Part the Second.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Lusciously Busy...

...and missing blogging! Some wonderful times to share-an incredible Thanksgiving celebration, (we have so much to be thankful for-God is gracious) and then a delightful hodgepodge of pictures from the absolute best conference I have ever attended, all stuffed into My Pictures, waiting to be unleashed when time permits. Anyway, like I said, life is so full and beautiful and busy right now, but I could not resist popping on here to say hello and we miss y'all!
How are you?

Oh-yes-you can gasp aloud at the below picture-that is real snow.
The Lord gave us this little gift of the beautiful white stuff in Asheville last weekend, and we had a blast in it. Here's us, before the snowball fight. And here's Mama Love, during the snowball fight...I just adore this picture!
Oh, and since this is a tiny peek at the Love the Church conference, here is a crowd! :) The Lord really blessed our time, and I can hardly wait to tell you about it. We are so encouraged! And we got to spend some great time in fellowship, which was such a blessing. More on the conference later...
And a random picture...this looks just like a rose, doesn't it? 'Tis a cabbage!! :) I was so thrilled. Then I had that light bulb moment when I was like, ah ha, that's why they call them cabbage roses. Ta-da! This blonde no longer wonders... :)
And look what Mother found in our flower bed! A peanut plant, with half a dozen or so persevering little nuts on it. We ate them promptly.
And these are a few from our Thanksgiving weekend...The two M's in a shower of petals! And then two A's! "We're in full launch, full gear, full mode-hehe!" :P (inside joke)
We found this that morning...Our God is amazing! Isn't it incredible?
Pure Happiness
"You, maid! Fetch my spy glass! I see a-a--a very odd object in my glass. It appears to be alarmingly close. Hasty retreat may be necessary. Gather my tractor. We sail at this very moment. " Togetherness!
And then the rest of Thanksgiving weekend to come...
Alrighty, I'm gonna run-'de sewing room awaits! Having a ball with that, by the way. Oh, and today I talked to Abbi (my dear 'sister') over in AL, and so that was just wonderful-I miss the Sanders! And Martha is rushing chairs today. She's amazing. It was absolutely beautiful today... Perfect temp. We were so cold down here we prayed the Lord would warm things up and He did. We were just about to shove off to the Bahamas... :D LOL, I'm so grateful!
We attended the funeral of a dear friend's mother today. We're praying for them, and love them so! And I got to see our friend's new baby girl for the first time. She is completely beautiful. But of course her mommy is, so what can one expect? :) They are such a blessing to us.

And the three of our sibling married couples (that live here on the farm) and their precious progeny are all up to Griffin for a Christmas party! I know they'll have a great time. I love having the window open in the sewing room and hearing all the sweet and hilarious sounds that grandchildren make. :) It is too funny! You would get a huge kick out of it. I'll miss their little noises...
Opps...sorry for all the verbiage-OK, hons, I'm going, this time for real. Goodnight and sleep wonderfully well, dear reader!
Love y'all!
Addie Grace