Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Legendary Holidays

I took the kids to a local holiday celebration tonight. It was a lot of fun! Unfortunately, Johnathon wasn't feeling well and so he was unable to go with us. I took lots of pictures. We decorated and ate some cookies, talked to Santa, had some apple cider, and enjoyed some Texas "snow". =)

Remember, I said I took lots of pictures. Did I mention that I was going to show you each and every picture?

Remember a few days ago when I told you that Jessica always has a pencil and some paper. See? Always.

The lady who took this picture for us was so patient. Deborah was so excited by this point that she couldn't sit still. This isn't the best picture of 6 people, but it's the only picture where Deborah isn't just a blur.
Just kidding. These aren't all of the pictures. Only about half.

When we first arrived, Deborah was feeling a little unsure about everything. Needless to say, it didn't take long for her to overcome the shyness.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Pictures don't do them justice

My second round of treatments went okay with the exception of the IV. It took FOUR attempts to get it placed. Let me just tell you: it hurt! Each of the first 3 attempts hurt. And, I'm quite bruised from them. It's been 4 days and these pictures don't even do the bruises justice. (There's also a 3rd bruise, but the camera's flash just made it look green.) But, really, enough whining....

A Gift

This Christmas season our family has been the recipients of many kind gifts. I've told you of some of them. But, there is not enough room on this blog to tell you of each of the kind gifts. My children have learned much from the generosity of others.

Tonight Jessica, David, and I attended a special Christmas presentation at our church. The Texas Children's Choir and our church's choir sung lots of my Christmas favorites. Before it started, I was visiting with some friends while my 2 kids were sitting in our seats. As I came back to my seat, I noticed that Jessica was drawing. That's not unusual. She NEVER ... and I do mean NEVER ... goes anywhere without her pencil(s) and some paper. What was unusual was that I immediately noticed that she was drawing the baby that was sitting two rows in front of us in a carrier. She usually draws from her imagination, not real life stuff.

It was a remarkable drawing. Then I noticed that she signed it and wrote "Merry Christmas!" I asked her what she was going to do with it and she told me that she was going to give it to the family. I wasn't sure she'd follow through because she is quite critical of her own work. But sure enough, at the end of the program, she walked up to the couple and confidently asked them the name of their baby. They told her the baby's name was "Andelyn". She confirmed the spelling, wrote the name, and then handed them the picture.

I don't know the couple, but I noticed the mother was very careful with Jessica's drawing. I hope she enjoys it.

Jessica, you made your mother smile tonight. I'm so pleased with you and the way you use your talent!