Sunday, January 4, 2009

Getting My Family Involved

I'd love for my sons to post something here. None have shown an interest as of yet. I guess I could FORCE them, make it a requirement to pass to the next grade or something.
Andrew is just getting used to the idea of communicating on-line. Justin is becoming a bit burned out with talking via the keyboard, though he frequently does so. Cody would rather talk than type--and really, he'd rather listen than speak sometimes. All three believe the computer is a great portal to football scores and downloadable music. They love to also play strategy games such as "Age of Empires."
In addition, to a computer's virtues, our boys are also very aware of its temptations. As a result, Cody plans to forgo internet if he happens to live on his own. Justin and Andrew are just as wary. I am very grateful they're taking some responsibility . . . anyhooooooo
If there's some topic you'd like a report on from the guys, let me know. They may be more obliged than if the request is coming from Mom or Dad.
Smiles and hugs!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

Our niece, Sara, recently wed her Will. She's a dental student in GA, and he is a Methodist pastor not far from where she attends classes. I believe they're high school sweethearts. Cody and I couldn't be at the wedding, so Jack, Justin, and Andrew took a few (very few) pictures of the weekend. Andrew and his cousin Matt.
OK. Who took this picture? Justin, you still look good!
Cody's sporting his new Colts hat . . . . . . and new Cardinals shirt.
Ready or not . . . Happy 2009! Let's GO!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry CHRISTmas!

Isaiah 9:6 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.

Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 ¶ And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

"Imagine There's a Heaven"

"Another Interview with God"

"Heaven, God's Plan for Your Life"

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Busy Last Weekend

Christmas concert/play rehearsal

Homeschool Christmas Party

The final dress rehearsal

Capital City Singers concert on Monday

Merry Christmas from Cody and Allie

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Choir Party

All three of my boys had a great time at the Choir Christmas Party.

As is often with most cold-weather gatherings, there was the ubiquitous campfire ablazing (Andrew Isaac Mitchell is standing next to fire in the photo).

Justin and Andrew eagerly awaited for their turn to choose a present--Twice, Andrew chose a present. His first gift was a bath and beauty bag--Chrystianna bailed him out and "stole" his present. Andrew was then free to choose another package. Surely the Santa bag would offer something more masculine . . . nope . . . a pink and black velvet clutch purse! Meanwhile, Cody was pleased with his Yatzee game. He was standing in the back, so he placed his bag strategically around the corner--out of sight, out of mind. When it was Justin's turn, he snagged an open gift from Scott--a kid's Transformers shaving kit! Eventually, Scott stole the kit back from him--and Justin stole the knife that had been making the rounds. Unfortunately for Justin, Miriam stole the knife from him--and that was the end of the game. After the game, the kids did some trading and Justin ended up again with the Transformers kit. Andrew still had his purse up until we made our way to the truck to go home. Miriam offered Andrew the knife for the purse as Justin (who used to have the knife--"Man!") looked on. Andrew happily made the exchange.
Music encouraged an impromptu line dance--Surprise--Cody seemed to take the lead on this one--he loves to perform but rarely in public!

Andrew Isaac Hart looks as though he bumped his nose on the lamp post!

Folks gathered inside and out for conversation and gift giving.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

IRON BOWL Youth Event

Photos of our youth group Iron Bowl Party--pretty typical overall--lots of food, football on and off the screen, fun. What wasn't typical? Alabama won this Iron Bowl-- :)