Thursday, January 31, 2008

Computer Illiteracy

I have discovered that at times I am in completely over my head, and seemingly virtually-computer-illiterate. Trying to move/edit/manage photos, blog elements, keep up with computer maintenance, and other various (basic?) tasks seems so easy- yet are sometimes totally out of reach. This is the reason, my friends, that you haven't seen much of me for a while- let alone the long-promised photos.

However, for today, I give up. Yes, that's right- although I'm sorry to say it, I'm temporarily admitting defeat. Tomorrow is another day...

Oh wait- it is tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Just a quick hello and happy Tuesday. No California photos yet, but soon...

Anyway, just wanted to share a quick video. Don't know if it's real or not, but if it is- Wow.

I'm off to work. Have a great day!

Monday, January 21, 2008

I'm Home...

I'm finally back, home, and anxiously trying to get back into a 'normal' routine. I've felt very pensive, hopeful/excited, and maybe a bit melancholy about the new year (reflecting on the old), wanting to be very cautious and prayerful about my goals. I'm not ready to share them here, but I will tell you that...

Today, I love:
  • The feeling of a fresh start.
  • Being home.
  • The chance of an unexpected trip.
  • California when my world has been a bit cold and gray.
  • Family and friends, who are friends- always.
  • That God's mercies are new every morning.
  • That I am blessed beyond merit or measure.
  • My husband- who is my earthly rock, and best friend.
  • A warm house.
  • My cat.
  • Coffee.
  • Candles.
  • The feel of clean.
  • The way good music and beautiful things lift the soul.
  • That I am loved.
I have lots to share, but as I have more to write than time, I just wanted to say hello- and that it's so good to be home.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New Year's Eve

For New Year's Eve, we went to our friends' house to hang out, play games, and spend time with them and some other friends. Here are a few pics (I left most of the story-telling photos to Holly)


Christmas 2007

Merry Christmas (albeit belated) from us! I hope wonderful memories were made by all, and the true meaning and focus were clear. What a gift, that Christ came for us!

Also, thank you to everyone for all the wonderful Christmas cards and letters! We have enjoyed hearing from friends and family so much. I was unable to get ours out before the holidays this year, but plan to send out a mailing soon.

Oh, and by the way, I have news! Chris got me a camera for Christmas! It's the one I've been saving for, for a long time. I'm hoping to become somewhat of a photographer eventually (in addition to everything else), so it's perfect. Now comes the learning curve that one experiences when trying to figure out something for oneself, that would probably best be learned in a classroom environment. I've always learned better with the aid of teacher-support, but it's an exciting challenge this way. I'm so thankful for the chance to even try!

Following are a few photos from Christmas 2007...

My new Baby:

The first photo I took with the new camera...

Chris on Christmas Morning- Knowing he did really good...

At My Parents House:
Bobo & Bubba

Then we went to Chris' parents where we ate, and the girls played games and sang Christmas carols upstairs while the boys did what they do downstairs... I only wish I would have thought to take more photos, or at least gotten some of everyone.

Friends Forever... (As a side note: It is very difficult sometimes for Chris' mom to take a serious picture- especially in the middle of a party!)

Grandma laughing- not uncommon, but rarely caught on 'film'.

One of my favorite photos of my mother-in-law of all time. Not artist-quality by any means, but I think it captures her sense of humor, and willingness to love people and have a good time- which are, incidentally, a few of my favorite things about her.

Lastly, one of the family photos done by Sarah. She did really great job. Thank you, my friend, you're the best! If you need a photographer, she can be found here: