Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend 2012

On Friday, we traveling to my Father in Law's house
and ate another great Thanksgiving lunch!
We spent the day hanging out and having fun and then that night, we started a fire....

and made Smore's.

Everyone loved them. =)

Saturday, we hung out with the inlaws some more and Lillie, Nana LeeAnne and I went to a craft show.
We then packed up the car and headed back home.
Stopping only for Cracker Barrel.

On Sunday, we attended early worship and then I headed off to the mountains to meet a couple of friends and surprise one of the them.
I arrived at the appointed meeting place, which happened to be a running store, 
and our friend, Scott, didn't seem so surprised to see me.
Our friend, Kandi and sort of "worked up both" to get us there. There was a surprise for me from the two of them that was just the sweetest.
And then on to the surprise birthday fun.
We first went to Starbucks.
We sat and chatted and enjoyed our drinks for about an hour

Then we took our friend Scott to supper for his birthday.
We went to a local Moroccan Restaurant.
SO fun!

I believe he liked the shirt.
And it makes me happy to know he loves The Big Bang Theory as much as the rest of us!!

The three of us wearing our matching Wayfarers.....=)

 Our sweet server brought him some wonderful baklava for dessert - complete with a candle.
Alas, though - we didn't eat much of it because we had somewhere else to go for dessert.

We were out of there.

and on to The Chocolate Lounge....
I loved these chocolates with pretty packaging.

Scott enjoyed his dessert of some kind of bittersweet chocolate liquid.....
it looks dreamy doesn't it?!?

The food all weekend was good.
But the company was the best!!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Day

This year for Thanksgiving, we went to a reunion of  the Rostan Family.
That is hubs great grandmother's family.
It was held at the Old Rock School in Valdese, NC  
This is where my MIL went to school.

I  love family history.
My family is Scots Irish and came to America in the 1700's....
But my husbands family since the early 1900's.
My children are actually 1/4 Italian.
This is Jean- Loius Rostan.
My hubs' great grandfather.

The picture on the right is of his wife, Susanne Menusan Rostan.

Both of them were born in Italy and came to American in the early 1900's.
The Rostans {and the Menusans} were Waldensian.
Jean-Louis and Susanne had 9 children.
Ken's grandmother, Babs, was second born.  

We got to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with the two of the 9 Rostan children who are still alive.  Most of the Rostan grandchildren were there and many, many great grandchildren.
There were about 100 of us.

This is the first time my girls have gotten to learn any of their Italian family history.
In Valdese, NC - where some of the Waldensian's eventually settled - there is a Waldensian museum.
We were blessed to be able to visit on Thanksgiving afternoon.
Its been years since Ken and I have been in the museum and it was the first time for our children.
We all enjoyed the afternoon.

This is Lillie checking out the Waldensian bible.....

The orange shadowed  area is where the Waldensians lived in Italy.
Very near Turino -- where the 2008 Winter Olympics were held.

Lillie, Brady and Maggie posing for a pic as Waldensians....

The red afghan in this picture resides in the museum and was made my Susanne Rostan.

A window from the first Waldensian Presbyterian Church in Valdese.

The girls particularly like seeing how the Waldensian women dressed in Italy.

For years the Waldensians ran a bakery in Valdese.
Ken's grandfather (who, interestingly was Sicilian - not Waldensian)
drove one of the trucks and delivered bread for the bakery.
He eventually became the Sales Manager.

Anyone know what this is?
It's the largest pasta rack ever......

One of the sisters, Marguerite, was a Wave during WWII. 
My Maggie shares her name.

Of course, there is a Waldensian Winery in Valdese.
Maggie and Lillie posed with the display....

I don't have any pictures of Allie while we were there.
She was too busy exploring.

It really was a wonderful day and we all enjoyed learning about the family history.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family and friends.....

May you not eat so much that you need to change into Thanksgiving Pants!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pondering On...... Luke 9:23

{photo from Year 27}

Luke 9: 23
"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."

I am in the midst of reading "not a fan" by Kyle Idleman.
Maybe you've already read it.
It has been out for a while, but I'm just getting around to it.
I'm about halfway through the book.
In the first section, he talked about the difference between being a fan of Jesus and being a follower.
There are days when I'd say I am more of a fan than a true follower.
How do I know?
Because there are days when I'm simply not willing to give everything up for God.

See -as Kyle says

"Anyone can follow, but not without giving up everything."

There are days when I want to be in charge.
Of me
my kids
the church
my husband
other people

There are days when I don't want to let go of my hurts
or my anger or my bitterness.

But then, that makes me a fan.
And it also makes me very 'fake'.

And being  a fan and a fake are two things I do not want to be.
More than anything, I want to be a follower of the Way 
and in doing so be completely authentic.

This is what I'm thinking and pondering on
and praying over

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Enjoying Today.....

Stop fighting!

Leave him alone! 

  Please do what I asked you to do!  

 Be Kind!

These, and many others, are the phrases I found myself repeating over and over again this past Monday.
In recognition of Veteran's Day there was no school on Monday, so the kids and I were all home together.
I decided that it was the perfect day for switching out the closets. 
The girls and I could do it together and make the work go faster.
Many hands , light work  and all, right?

The trouble is this.
Kid's fight.
And as the argued and fought and  argued and fought and accused one another of meaning every last little word and every last little look in the worst possible way, I found my own words getting more and more unkind! And louder.  

Yes, we got the job done, but by the time it was finished we were all frustrated.
Now, you could say that maybe I shouldn't have had the kids help with this chore.
That's true.
I could have done it all myself  as I've done every year for ....well - since they've been born.
But, I do believe that my girls are old enough to help and so that is why the decision was made.

I went to bed Monday night feeling like a parenting failure.  
I've been reading the book, Give Them Grace by Elise M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson.
And, boy -- did I fail at giving them grace or even remotely showing Christ to my children that day.

Combine that with the ever present reminders I have lately that my children are no longer tiny people and it was just a recipe for guilt.
I mean, Allie is 11 years old.
She is now officially a tween.
In EVERY sense of the word.
I am reminded often that I only have 7 more  years before she graduates high school.
And the rest are not far behind.

I, honestly, have to stop myself from thinking about it too much or the lump in my throat can bring on a full scale panic attack.

It is so easy for me to get caught up in the moment.
In what I am asking them to do 
and the things I need to accomplish 
and not just enjoy my kids.

This morning I saw this.

Source: via Kim on Pinterest

and while the beginning of that quote brings on the lump and panic attack, 
the end of it is such a poignant reminder for me today.

I long to enjoy each moment and truly relish in who each of my children are this day.
And, in light of the book I'm reading -- give myself and them more grace.

By the grace of our Father above, and through His Spirit, I can do this.  
This is my prayer today!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Our Weekend- -Part 2

We started our day yesterday having to say goodbye to our sweet friends.
That was sad.  We had such a fun couple of days together.

After that, though, yesterday turned into  a full and fun day.
Granddaddy, Nana LeeAnne and Mom Bea came to church and lunch with us 
and then visited for a bit.

Then we spent a couple of hours at the home of some church members.
We had been invited over to see the calves and yesterday's weather was perfect for a visit.

Mr. Kim had gotten out a battery powered four-wheeler.
The kids had a wonderful time taking turns riding and driving.

We walked up to the pasture where Mr. Kim put out some feed 

and the cows came running.....
and a couple of burrows, too.

The cows seemed to love the feed and we all enjoyed looking at the calves.
There were about 12 of them and they had 3 more cows in the "maternity ward".

Then the kids got to go for a ride in the tractor.

They loved it.

This is Ms. Linda and Jacob. 
We were glad to get to spend some time with them.

and getting to know them all better.....

We then went for a hike up to a big rock.

A picture of my family on the rock.

It was a beautiful day....

Full of....


and even more beautiful people!
Thank you, Little Family for such a wonderful afternoon!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Our Weekend - Part 1

We have had a busy, but wonderful weekend.
It started on Friday when my friend, Kandi, and her family arrived at our house a little after noon.

We picked Brady up from school and he and his buddy, Olivia, were thrilled to be reunited.

On Friday night, we had two sitters come and watch all five kids while we had date night out!
We went to supper at Lineburger Steak house.
It was our first trip to this local favorite.
All four of us enjoyed it very much.
Then it was off to see Skyfall, the new James Bond movie.
It was intense!! 
We had a great date night out with our friends! 
I didn't take any pictures.  I wish I had.

After a breakfast of waffles and sausage on Saturday morning, Kandi and I got to go for a run.
It was my first run ever outside.
I ran faster than I ever have before and I got to run with my friend.
She spent the whole 2.5 miles encouraging me to go farther when I was begging to quit.
So thankful for that.
I did take one picture of this. 
It's not pretty.
I'm not sharing it here. =)

Then our husbands headed off to the Appalachian Football Game 
and the kids and the Mom's headed to this park.

It was a really nice park.
 The kids played for about an hour.



Allie and Olivia

Then it was time to go
but not before a group shot.  

These two love each other very much.

They are always hugging and kissing each other.

We have lots of pictures like these from the first 3 years of their friendship.
We secretly hope they get married one day so that we can pull out all those pictures. 

We, then, dropped Lillie off for a sleepover birthday party and the rest of us went to supper.
After supper we got all the worn out children bathed and in the bed.
And my bff and I relished the quiet to sit and talk for hours.

This morning they had to go home.
I think Brady summed it up best for all of us when he said he was sad that Olivia had to go home.

We had a great weekend with our sweet friends and can't wait to do it again!