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TSO – Christmas Eve Sarajevo @ Tomoka Christian Church

Here’s the video in case you can’t see it on YouTube.

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This was SOOOO much fun!!

I am so blessed to belong to such an awesome church. We had a VERY spiritual and VERY moving Christmas Eve service, but during the offering collection we got to play a light, fun, and entertaining song…

AND you can see it here.

ENJOY!!

Heh…I know what you’re thinking…TranSiberian Orchestra has NOTHING on TCC 🙂

OH…and I AM on there…if you look ALL the way to the right, I’m at the piano…

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The Downsizing of MT. TBR

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I am taking part in a TBR Challenge over at Literary Cache. I have SO MANY books and yet I find myself picking new ones up instead of reading what is already on my shelves.

SOOO…I have decided to join this group and challenge myself to read one a month…which is VERY do-able for me. So without further ado, here’s my list:

January – The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

February – Tara Road by Maeve Binchy

March – Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren

April – The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home by Jack and Judith Balswick

May – Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren (I’m not sure why I haven’t read this yet, but curiousity is getting the best of me, I think).

June – The Trumpet of the Swan by EB White (I LOVE her other books, but I’m not sure why I haven’t read this one yet…I may read it aloud to the boys as well.)

July – The Complete Works of EM Bounds on Prayer by EM Bounds 🙂

August – Witnessing Without Fear by Bill Bright

September – The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks (I’ve avoided reading him for a long while now. I guess it’s time to try him, and this is the only one of his books I HAVE so therefore it made it to this list).

October – Amityville Horror by Jay Anson (had to read a scary one this time of year)

November – Fresh Power by Jim Cymbala

December – Deception Point by Dan Brown (I’ve enjoyed his other books and figured this would be some easy reading during a high stress time)

So there it is. I will be working to read these books every month. Of course, I still have my book club books to read every month, plus blogs, and entertainment books….sigh…I think I may have an addiction.

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New Year New Me!

Hello?

Is anyone there?

Hmmm…if you are, I owe you a HUGE apology. I have been SO BAD about blogging lately (okay, for the past few months). But I have an excuse…I do, really.

The past couple of months were extra busy with Christmas play rehearsals, performances, Christmas and everything that goes along with that, and many, many, many, many things to do for the plant that is starting on the 28th of this MONTH!!!

Things have been VERY busy. But, how blessed am I? I’ve heard over and over how difficult 2006 was for so many people. All I can think is how blessed I was this year. God strengthened my marriage in ways I NEVER thought possible, He allowed us to take time out for US and that really was something we had never done before. Now that we have, we see the importance of it and will carry that with us for the rest of our lives.

We’ve had another year of health. The past month was a bit difficult, but not too difficult for the Lord. My dad was in the hospital for the whole month of November with a bacterial infection. They still have no idea how or where he got it, but it was in the top 10 for worst cases his doctor had ever seen. He had to have a skin graft done on his leg and will now have it wrapped for at least the next 6 months, but he’s fine! He pulled through in ways his doctors didn’t think he would.

The beginning of December I found out that I may be suffering from Thyroid Disease. I had to have an ultrasound done on my thyroid and some bloodwork done, but everything came back normal…PRAISE THE LORD!

Our boys continue to amaze us. We joke that Ryley is either going to be a pastor or a politician…of course, you know the way I’m praying 🙂 He has an opinion on everything and is not ashamed to share it. I often try to stifle him, but then stop myself and consider myself blessed that he IS willing to share his opinion even if he is only 5. He loves Jesus and isn’t afraid to invite people on the street to church with him. He’s my little evangelist.

Blake is growing into such a little man. It’s hard to believe he’s now 4. My baby can’t be 4!! Our pastor and his wife adopted a baby girl from China last year and he now swears that he is going to marry her 🙂 He loves to play sports and watch superheros. He too is becoming very opinionated, but isn’t quite as vocal as his brother…which I’m fine with, I couldn’t imagine if they were BOTH that outspoken…I probably wouldn’t be able to go out in public at risk of embarrassment.

2006 was very good to us. It brought us to work with an amazing staff at an amazing church. We look forward to what 2007 is bringing.