Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A blessed CHRISTmas!

We had a wonderful Christmas. I recieved my favorite gift on Christmas day and that was being able to bless a family in need. After reading the book Crazy Love I've had the desire to bless a family and actually do it on Christmas day. We did it along with our CONNECT group and it was amazing! So that was my favorite gift but I did get a few others that I'm really enjoying as well. Jacob and Madelyn got some things that they wanted and so did Travis. We are so very blessed and I give God the glory for it!A couple of days before Christmas, we went to George's and had dinner with Dawn, Katie and Ronnie. We had a great time and the food was yummy. Jacob and Katie exchanged gifts. He got an awesome sweatshirt and he gave her a necklace with a cross on it and of course I made her something for her room.

This year Travis, Jacob, Madi and I drew names for an ornament exchange. It was so much fun. Jacob got Madi's name and he bought her an angel ornament that says friends forever. I got Jacob's name and I bought him one with a bear playing a video game and I had it personalized. Travis had my name and he bought me a digital photo ball. Its really cool! Madi had Travis' name and of course he got a coffee mug ornament from Bass Pro. This is the first year that we've done this, but we've all agreed that it was a lot of fun and it will certainly become a tradition for us.

I handed Travis this gift bag for his ornament not knowing it was way too big. He brought it to me anyway....it was hilarious!

Our Tree!
A friend of ours made Madi a table and Chairs for her dolls. I added a little touch to it myself. She loves it!

Fun times with the cousins
We were trying to get a quick family photo but we kept cutting someone out:o)

We had Christmas dinner at our house. Travis' mom and uncle are here posing with Madi and Chloe

They love being together!

This is what Christmas did to Travis and Barry:o)

Went to Mamaw and Papaw's for dinner and gifts

Sunday, December 27, 2009

What happened before Christmas!

I have Christmas picture to upload but I couldn't do that until I post the ones from days before Christmas. We certainly have enjoyed the holidays together as a family. Not too much longer and a whole new chapter will open in our lives. We are praising God for miracles!!
Cookie baking....Gingerbread men

They were o' so yummy

For ones that don't know....Travis LOVES Louie Giglio. He's been downloading his podcasts for so long that I can't even remember. Well as a surprise to Travis, I found out that he and Chris Tomlin (another one of Travis' favorites) were coming to Va. Beach. I got tickets and we went. Matt and Nancy along with Chris and Julie got tickets too and we enjoyed a fun night together. It was an awesome show. Afterwards, and I don't have pictures, we went to IHop and ate and talked and laughed till us old folks got tired. :o) Travis really enjoyed his night....and so did I!

The Courtland Indian Cheerleaders were in the Courtland Christmas parade. It was very cold but Madi had the best time. So glad she went!

The Joyner home made a gingerbread house. O' my goodness, what a hilarious mess we had. We laughed so hard....and the crazy thing started to melt and fall to pieces so everyone just ate it:o)

Here are a couple of pics of our Children's Christmas party at church. The kids enjoyed a movie, games and pizza.

A picture of Travis and I at our Church Christmas party
We babysat Baker one night so that his mom and dad could go shopping. We went to Joe's to eat pizza while Jacob was at his Christmas party with the middle schoolers from church. Santa was there so we took a picture....It brought back memories of Jacob and Madi being little seing Santa.
We had a little snow....not much but madi wanted to take a quick pic. while it was coming down
Here we are at Olive Garden. We took a break from shopping to eat at our all time favorite place!

Jacob at Bass pro.
Madi at the mall eating with chop sticks
Childrens Christmas play at church. Madi was an angel and Jacob narrorated the play.

Family picture at church on the Sunday before Christmas