Friday, December 1, 2017

My Confirmation Day - November 2015

Three years ago (Sept 2014) I found a home at St. Mary's Episcopal Church. It was a soft landing after my heartbreak and faith crisis that had happened during the summer.

About 1 year later (All Saints' Day 2015) I was Confirmed. This is a pic of me and my loved ones who came and supported me at my Confirmation. (I'm going through old pictures today and found this one. When I looked at my blog, I realized that I'd never done a post about my Confirmation. Better late than never!)

Several people that I had invited were sad and/or uncomfortable that I'd left my previous faith tradition, so they didn't attend.

These people are the ones who held me up as I was crumbling back then. I very much appreciate and love them! ♥

Some who meant to be there, but couldn't be:
Josh, Hayley, and Mercedes had attended my Confirmation, but had to leave b/c Mercedes wasn't feeling well. Miah and Teryn couldn't come b/c they were visiting their dad.
Also, Matt stayed home w/ Mike who'd had a seizure earlier in the day and wasn't feeling well.

Rio & Amber, Grover & Karen, Ben & Aiden, Ashton, Steve, Jessica & Ruth, Kimberly, Kristina, Marci, and Sherry were able to get a photo with me in front of those bright red doors. Those doors represented to me that everyone is welcome inside. How I love those red doors!

♥ Melody

Looking in the rear view mirror of life

December 1st and there is no snow on the ground - that pleases me!

In the past few years, I have started detesting being cold. Before, I didn't like it, but it didn't bother me TOO much. In the past few years, I would much rather be too hot than too cold.

Today, I went through some pics that Steve took of me. It is interesting to see myself from different angles and situations that I'd never see myself in. Like these:

I am longing for summer. And shorts. And sandals.

♥ Melody

Sunday, November 26, 2017

22 Years

Steve & I celebrated 22 years this year. It's a good start!

Our anniversary was on Wednesday; I don't know what we were thinking getting married so close to Thanksgiving! We rarely celebrate on the day.

This year, we celebrated today with church, then lunch at the Outback Steakhouse & watching a movie after that. We went and saw Blade Runner.

Lunch was great! The movie was good too, but be warned: you have to watch the first movie to understand the second. Steve thought it was fantastic! I was clueless.

The best part was sitting next to each other in the movie. The armrest flipped up, so we snuggled and watched the movie. That is something we don't do very often, so it was a real treat.

Thanks to Matthew for watching Michael for us. It was a wonderful day! ♥

♥ Melody

PJs for Christmas

We put our tree up a couple of days ago so that when I buy presents I can immediately wrap them and put them under the tree. Yesterday, I bought most of the PJs and wrapped them... this is them, minus 2 pair. When I'm finished, there will be 22 pairs of PJs under the tree. Whew!
(PJs for Steve & me, the kids, and the grandkids. Our family is getting BIG! I love it! ♥ )

♥ Melody

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

How to Cook Rice

Instructions on how to cook rice is here: ( link )

The only things I would change are:
don't rinse the rice
put all ingredients in the pot at the beginning

Start by heating the water on high; once it comes to a boil, give everything one last stir and turn the heat down to 7 (medium high). Don't lift the lid while cooking.

♥ Melody

Sunday, November 12, 2017

At the Pumpkin Patch::October 28 - Part 2

On Saturday, Steve, Michael, Josh, Hayley, Miah, Teryn, Mercedes, Jackson, Chyann, Amber, Rio, Brynley and I FINALLY went to the Pumpkin Patch.
This is the second half to the pics I promised (here)

I love spending time with these people <3

♥ Melody

Friday, November 10, 2017

Holiday Kickoff with Santa at the Supermarket

Tonight was Holiday Kickoff at the supermarket, so we all went and the kiddos sat on Santa's lap.

And the samples! I love that our local supermarket puts this on every year. It is so nice to see Santa before the craziness of the holidays set in too deep. Mid-November is perfect for me.

The only grandkiddo missing was Brynley; they went to a hockey game instead. Hopefully Amber can get her pic taken with Santa sometime during the season, but with how much Amber still hates Santa, I'm not holding my breath. ;)

♥ Melody

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

I, too, will praise him with a new song

"He has done marvelous things. I too, will praise him with a new song."

What will be my "new song" be?

Sunday, October 29, 2017

At the Pumpkin Patch::October 28 - Part I

On Saturday, Steve, Michael, Josh, Hayley, Miah, Teryn, Mercedes, Jackson, Chyann, Amber, Rio, Brynley and I FINALLY went to the Pumpkin Patch. Entry was only $2 for everyone over 4 - such a bargain for all of the fun stuff we got to do!

These are only about half of the pics - I'll add the others soon.