|Alex looks a lot like his daddy at birth – double chin and all!|
|One contented baby and one happy Daddy!|
|Isn’t he precious!!!|
|L to R ~ Christopher, 4 1/2, Treyson, 19 months, Max 14 years.|
|Turkey & gravy|
|Dressing & Orange/peach jello salad|
|Yams w/marshmallows and Green bean casserole|
|Yukon gold mashed potatoes w/garlic|
|Finished off with brownies & rice krispy treats!|
|Jello salad decorating the cupboard, rug and floor 🙂|
|Opal … she sure reminds us of her daddy when he was this age.|
|Max – age 14!|
|Chris who loves to have his picture taken.|
|Treyson who loves to play with balls ~ can you tell he is hiding one in his hands.|
|Our precious Opal!|
|Different shots of the Workentin boys!|
|The Workentin Grands – 2012|
|Aren’t they cute???|
|One more of all four of them!|
|At the end of a great day!!!|
|The sunset as we were leaving for church about 4:45 p.m.|
|Another view of the sunset.|
|Ride the Ducks|
|Music City Center|
|Carriage in front of Dixie Stampede|
|This is on the other side of Lake Taneycomo from Branson Landing|
|Bass Pro Shop|
|Outside at Branson Landing|
|Another view of the Nativity Scene seen from Branson Landing|
|Santa on an elephant in one of the window shops.|
|Looking down the center of Branson Landing|
|Christmas Tree in the center of Branson Landing (picture of tree earlier in the post was taken from the Jeep).|
|Love the tree in the background to the left.|
|A little blurry but look who we spotted out doing some last minute shopping.|
|1st Presbyterian Church.|
|Sorry for the blurriness ~ this is in front of 1st Baptist Church in Branson|
|Going up the drive way to The Chateau on the Lake|
|Chateau on the Lake|
|Clock tower in front of Chateau on the Lake|
|Spotted Santa’s sleigh in front of Chateau on the Lake|
|Fellow-shipping and working – making all the wonderful goodies to enjoy!|
|You never know what someone is carrying in their back pocket. All we can say is she was prepared!|
|Friends being friends!|
|Sites around our hosts home!|
|Calling out to Barb to get her ticket! You had to be there to really know what was happening!|
|Eating, laughing, and eating some more. Thanks Anita for the delicious soup and all the gals for their many contributions!|
|22 of us enjoying each others company, sharing gifts and laughing ~ so fun to do with friends!|
|The All-nighters learning how to play Nertz! We played Nertz from just after midnight till 4 a.m.! Can you say giggles, loud women, opening and closing the window (didn’t want the neighbors to call the cops on us) and just having fun!!!|
|The Emcees ~ Jim Dandy (aka Jamie Haage) & Michael Patrick|
|New South ~ Jason, Trey, David & Marc|
|The Grand Band|
|Many faces of Michael Patrick ~ top left and top right ~~ playing the piano, reading the Christmas Story, bottom two shots – candid emcee shots|
|The many faces showcasing the many talents of Jamie Haage|
|Elvis or Trey ~ not quite sure.|
|New South doing the YMCA and Jackson 5|
|Taken 12/1 – notice how droopy the left eye lid is. This eye was made on 10/31/12.|
|See how open the eye lid is? New Eye made on 12/19/12.|
|I can’t believe how close the lids are matched now.|
|WOW!! Is all I can say. Thank you Randy for making me feel beautiful!!|
Today my mom would be 77! She has been gone from this world for 7 years! I want to think of happy memories of her today but instead woke up crying and feeling discombombulated…don’t get me wrong, I loved my mom, she was my mom yet when I think of my mom many hurtful and painful memories crowd in. I didn’t have the best childhood but has anyone had the perfect childhood?
My mom and I didn’t agree on a lot of things and yet some things she shared with me I am so thankful for so those are the things I want to share ~
~ my mom shared with me the gift of reading. One that I have passed onto my kids and it is exciting to see my grandchildren also love books and reading.
~ my mom told me I could go to any church I wanted as long as it wasn’t Jehovah Witness. I was raised in the Catholic church but in my teen years I went to a small Assembly of God church where I met the Lord. And when I was 17 I accepted him into my heart and he has been with me through the thick & thin of things in life.
~ my mom told me when I said I was going to marry Ron I could not just run home when we had a problem, “I made my bed and I had to sleep in it.” And I know my mom and many others didn’t think our marriage would last – but in two days we celebrate 37 years of marriage!!! I just love this guy and I know my mom did too. Sometimes I think she loved Ron more than she loved me but that is for another time.
~ my mom told me the morning I flew to Holland to join Ron as I was blubbering that I was too scared to get on that big ole plane “go in the bathroom, wash your face with cold water, pick up that baby (Jamie) and do what you need to do.” And I did and when I think of that morning so many years ago I have to chuckle because I did exactly as she said and I am so thankful I did. And sometimes I still have to repeat those words to myself, like I did this morning after crying through some thoughts and things laying heavy on my heart.
~ my mom taught me to make her gumbo recipe (not the typical seafood or chicken gumbo you hear about from Louisiana) but her gumbo and every time I make it, I think of happy thoughts of my mom.
~ and she taught me there is nothing better than a York Peppermint Patty, especially delicious when it is wrapped in the colors of Christmas and frozen
|A Good Verse to Remember|
Just got notified that we have lost our case with the Texas Workforce Center in regards to Ron’s unemployment. My first thought ~ now what? Second thought ~ how can that be? More thoughts ~ why did the truth now win out this time? What and how is it God wants us to respond? Can they (The TWF( just pull the money paid to Ron out of our account? If so, we are screwed as there is very little money in any of our accounts. I should just go to bed and dream of things of revenge.
AND THEN I heard a little voice say ~ “you trust God, you believe in God, and you say this is all in His hands ~ is it really?” YES!!! So I stopped, asked for forgiveness for even thinking of wanting to get revenge and instead I claim God’s word:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
My life verse came to mind: Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
1 Timothy 6:17b
but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our needs.
And now I feel at peace again. Still perplexed but know God has things under control.
|So hard to get a picture of the two of us – but you get the idea – we were enjoying ourselves.|
|This was on the head of the gal in front ~ definitely a distraction 🙂|
|The cast…love the costuming.|
|A look at Christmas Past.|
|Ron’s favorite – The Ghost of Christmas present.|
|Celebrating the joys of Christmas.|
|Clarence getting his assignment.|
|George Bailey & Clarence getting warm after the near drowning.|
|George learning how much he is loved.|
|Clarence getting his wings and the cast rejoicing that all is well with the world.|