Annie

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Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head

In Farm and Family, Pictures on January 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I think it was a good thing to do, albeit somewhat cliché, but I’m glad Seasons of Thankfulness is over. After always having the same thing to post for the past two months, it’s nice to get to just write about what’s going on for a change! 🙂

On New Year’s Eve we got a nice little dump of snow. There was still some on the ground from the Christmas Eve Eve snow.DSCF8814 Since Dad had the day off, we had a lovely amount of snow and no hills whatsoever, Dad took us to the park to sled. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I really love sledding. And snow. Snow forts. Snowflakes. Snowball fights (unless I’m wearing glasses, that just flat-out hurts). Basically, is the word “snow” is in it, assume I love it. I love how the snow is puffing up in this picture of Hannah. DSCF8813 Although we don’t have any hills on our property, the park in town has a couple of awesome ones. When we first got there around noon there was one little group of sledders on the big hill. As we drove up one of them was attempting to ride down on a snow board. She promptly wiped out. I’ve always found this twisted enjoyment in watching other teenagers trying to look cool, and failing miserably. That’s why I don’t even try. Of course, I don’t have to. 😉 Sorry, I just had to say that, totally joking. It’s kind of an inside joke with/about Dad. 🙂 DSCF8843 At first we went to the hill we rode two years ago, but quickly went over to the bigger hill. For a while the other guys stayed and we just sledded over where it wasn’t as steep (but still really awesome), but they soon left. We seem to have that effect when we go to the park. We then moved over to the steeper part, being careful not to go so far that we had to watch out for the creek. Soon other groups started coming. I think it was an extended family, they all seemed to know each other and they looked a like. Of course, this is a small town. Everyone pretty much looks the same anyway. 🙂 DSCF8812 I really love the look on Adam’s face in this picture! It’s pretty much how I feel when we sled. We all had such a fun time. It wasn’t too cold, but cold enough for the snow to be nice and fluffy. I missed the snow so much. Last winter we got maybe 2 inches total. We did get to make our traditional giant snowman, but that was it. It was good that we didn’t get much, Mom had at least one doctors appointment a week right there at the end with Josh.DSCF8809 It’s not what she’s doing in this picture, but Claire came up with a style called “The Sanguine Penguin.” Imagine a penguin sliding down with its wings back in an aerodynamic V. Pretty much just going face first. DSCF8792 Not sure if you can read it or not, if not, it’s your basic “no parking” sign. Why did I take a picture? Notice where it is. It is at the top of a fairly steep hill, leading up to a lake. I’m not sure why, but apparently it was needed. While the sign itself may be bleached out, the post was new. Reminds me of the spittoon in the court room with a new sign prohibiting spitting on the floor. As I said. It’s a small town. We had a couple of near run-ins with the big sycamores at the bottom of the hill, but I’m glad to say, no one got hurt! Well, Dad might have over-done it a bit on his shoulder, but no crashes. 🙂

Over all, it was a tremendous day. 🙂

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In Actions in Activities, Camp, Farm and Family, Pictures on January 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s really weird. I love that button. I know it must not seem like it from time to time when I abandon my blog for weeks on end. I love getting to start from scratch. A blank field, a keyboard and an idea.

2012 was the shortest year I’ve ever experienced. How could we fit so much in just 366 days? Ah! It must have been that one extra day! I’ve always thought it was neat how leap year coincides with the Olympics and the presidential election.

On February 2nd Joshua David was born.  10 lbs 4oz of boy. He spent a week in the NICU for an unidentified infection. Not only was this our first C-section, it was our first experience in NICU. That week was the longest 7 days of the year, and yet, it feels like a blur. No fanfare. No applause.

In June Meg, Claire and I went to NeKaMo Camp. I went for both weeks, working on my CILT. While it is sad for my years as a camper to be over, I really do feel like it is time. Looking around, I saw girls that had been Challengers my first year were now Explorers. My baby sister was in her last year as a Challenger and my even babier sister was a first year Challenger! I am so looking forward to being a counselor next year, I’m already collecting ideas!  My first year of CILT was the first time I had been away from home for more than a week and I got really homesick. I was thankful to get to go home for the weekend. This year I had so much to do it didn’t feel like more than a few days. I didn’t go home for the weekend, so I only got to see my family during check in for Meg and Claire. Even then I only had a few minutes because I had to go with Rufus and Raven on a nature hike.

The day I remember the best is the very last day. After the excitement of graduations was over. We were on staff. Part of the mysterious club of grown-ups with bird names. We were Ginger, Snow, Raven, Sparrow and Pigeon. We got up early that morning and went to the Staff Bible Study. This mystical thing that our counselors get up crazy early for. It was a cool, misty, early summer morning. The five of us walked to the dining hall and sat at our table; Cabin 12.  Other counselors and staff came in and sat around us, just like it was a normal day. Like we belonged there. I felt like a babe among giants. There was Robin, Ducky, Rikki, Tweety, Grackle, everyone was there. Tross spoke in a tone of voice I had rarely heard before. Like she was talking to adults, not a camp of girls.

After the meeting was over, we started working on CILT Guard. Nearly all the past CILTs, now joined by the 5 of us, came together for the biggest Color Guard I’ve ever seen. Sparrow and Raven were part of an amazing Rifle Guard. It’s really hard to explain the feeling, other than a small fish in a big pond. Or maybe a small Pigeon in a big sky. No fanfare. No applause.

On July 25th I turned 18 years old. Every so often he tells me about right after I was born, usually when he wants me to look him in the eye or when I already am, we’re easily distracted like that. He held me in his arms 18 years ago and said “Hi. Your name is Annie. I’m your Daddy and I love you.” and I looked him in the eye. No fanfare. No applause.

October was a big month. My baby cousin PB was born just a few days after Meg’s birthday. Like Josh he spent some time in the NICU. Shortly after that my Great-Grand-Father died. We drove down to South-East Alabama for the funeral. It was good to get to see Oma and all the relatives, except for the reason. We got to go down to Panama City Beach while we were down there, something we haven’t gotten to do in a few years. It was raining, so we didn’t get to swim. I had never seen the beach in the rain before. It is so unlike anything I can describe. Such a lonely, roaring peace. There was no one in sight. The ice cold rain poured steadily. The surf was balmy. The constant roar of white caps. The gentle patter of the raindrops on the sand. Peace in the midst of such an emotional trip. Once we got done on the beach, we were soaking wet, and some of us were in regular clothes. We went over to a Walgreen’s and changed clothes, some of us into real clothes, some into our dry swim suits. On the trip back we home stopped for ice cream at Peach Park. No fanfare. No applause.

Who would be surprised that November was a big month. In the flurry of political hype, it’s good to remember a few things. These are real people. Jesus Christ died on the cross for their sins, just like He did for mine, and hopefully for yours. This is all going to burn. No matter who wins what and who is in what office. Jesus Christ is Lord of all. That means all kings, all rulers, all presidents, all offices. Everything. And in the end, that is all that matters. I voted for the first time. No fanfare. No applause.

This was PB’s and Josh’s first Christmas. We are SO blessed to have these precious boys with us, especially after their bumpy starts.DSCF8674 No fanfare. No applause.

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Truly Grateful

In Farm and Family, Pictures on December 28, 2012 at 1:57 am

11 Thankful for ChristmasDSCF8480

12 Thankful for Hannahisms

13 Thankful for meteor showers that aren’t at 2amDSCF8543

The sky was as clear as you could ever ask for, there was no moon, and it wasn’t bitterly cold. We got to see more shooting stars in those few hours of the Geminid Meteor Shower than I have ever seen in my life. Adam, Claire Meg and I laid in the orchard in sleeping bags and basically on each other for a few hours. With some of the stars you could point and everyone else would have time to look at it, were with other ones you either saw it or you didn’t. I can’t wait for next years shower!

14 Thankful that God is in control no matter what crazies doDSCF8608

15 Thankful for Mom and Dad getting married 22 years ago

16 Thankful for finding the movie Elf

17 Thankful for getting a haircut that didn’t make me cry and looks really cute

18 Thankful for great, spontaneous  friends and awesome movies!

On Tuesday Meg, Claire and I went to go see the Hobbit with some awesome friends the Flowers (as I will call them) to celebrate SFlower’s birthday. The movie was amazing. Without giving too much away; It was a good bit less dark than the other Lord of The Rings movies. I really loved how they portrayed Smeagol especially. I won’t say anymore because I think you should go see it yourself, I really want to see it again in fact. When the movie was over I leaned over and said “Anyone have a time machine?” I can NOT wait for the next movie!

19 Thankful for cute little kids

20 Thankful for first snows coming earlier than St. Valentines day!DSCF8615

21 Thankful for fun at the White Elephant party with Mom’s Family

22 Thankful for artDSCF8630

23 Thankful for my silly family, long drives are never uneventful

24 Thankful for getting to cuddle brand new cousin PB for the first time!

25 Thankful for Jesus Christ coming as a baby to grow up and save the worldDSCF8604

26 Thankful for our neighbor letting Bunny hang out with his herd, complete with bulls, for a month or so. She wanted nothing more. 😉 lol

27 Thankful for Aunt D, Uncle B and the cousins EB, MB and PB, and Oma and Opa

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Many Thanks Indeed

In Farm and Family, Pictures on November 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Taking a break from the Pythetikean Theorem and other geometrical nonsense, my mind turned toward my dear, oft-times abandoned blog.

Since this is the season of thanks, and I’m overdue for a post I thought I would share a challenge. It struck me strange that we tend to be thankful in November. Why is this? Why do we post the daily “Thankful For”s on Facebook only in November? It’s a bit drastic to suggest doing it every day of the year I suppose, especially when I’ve failed to do it everyday in the past 2 weeks. So let’s start small. For everyday over the Holidays let’s post a thing we’re thankful for. I’m not going to be posting everyday, so I don’t expect you to either, but let’s try this. So, without further adieu, backtracking to the beginning of the month, lasting ’til New Years Eve;

Annie’s Thankful For’s, Holiday  2012, part one:

  1. I am thankful for the joy of knowing Jesus Christ as my Saviour
  2. I am thankful for grace
  3. Joshua
  4. Hannah
  5. Adam
  6. Claire
  7. Meg
  8. Mom
  9. Daddy
  10. I am thankful for modern medicine, even for all it’s foibles, and kind doctors
  11. I am thankful for dear friends that I can talk about anything with
  12. I am thankful for late-blooming roses
  13. I am thankful for words and the creativity to manipulate them as we wish
  14. I am thankful for fall colors and walks in the woods with babies in Ergos
  15. I am thankful for animals that teach us lessons and bring us amusement and comfort
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