Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Tea Party 2008

First of all, I would like to say a very sincere thank you to all of the people who have been praying on behalf of my mother. She had a PET scan last week to determine whether or not the cancer had spread to other places in her body. We are so excited and blessed to be able to say that the PET scan showed no signs of cancer. We are very thankful at this wonderful news. Thank you so much for those of you who have been so faithful to pray. She just began chemotherapy and will continue with those treatments for six months. Please continue to pray for her as she deals with this treatment. She has been amazed and honored by the many prayers that have been said for her, many of whom were offered by people she doesn't even know! What a blessing and an encouragement it is to be a part of the community of believers! Thank you so much!

I have been a sorry blog poster lately. I am including a few pictures of Mary Alice's annual Christmas tea party. I believe it is her sixth tea party? Anyway... This is something that my mother did for me each Christmas when I was a little girl. Now, we're passing the tradition on to sweet Mary Alice. This year, I was a little bit lazy with the whole thing. All of the food came from a bakery or the frozen foods section of the grocery store. We had NO planned activity. The girls just drank their tea and had a wonderful time playing together in Mary Alice's room. Fortunately, none of this mattered a bit to the little girls who were invited. They seemed to have just as much fun as they have during other tea parties. I am so glad that we made the time for this special event. There are only a few more years that Mary Alice will care anything about having tea parties. I want to soak them all up!

This year, Mary Alice decided that she wanted to wear her Christmas dress. Without being asked, about an hour or so before the party, Major put on his Christmas outfit also. He wanted to look extra sharp for sis' Christmas tea. He came downstairs with his hands in his pockets. He was wearing his "shoes like Daddy's". I am surprised at how much he likes for me to comment on his appearance. It makes him so proud whenever we tell him how "sharp" or "handsome" he looks. He sat down quietly at a corner of the tea party table and ate some goodies along with the girls. What a sweet little guy he is! I am so proud of him! He is turning into a little gentleman. He loves to open doors for women, open the car door for his sister, and carry things that he thinks might be too heavy for the girls. It is so funny. I love my little man! He isn't always a perfect little gentleman, but when he is, it is so sweet!

Anyway... Here are a few pics of the tea party. I love to do things like this for my girl. She loves having friends over to play. That is something that I want to make more time to do during the next year. She is such a little social butterfly. It is amazing to see her light up when she gets around her little girlfriends.

The Group of Tea Party Attendees

My Girl

A Plate of Tea Party Treats...

A Side View

Sweet Janae

Presents from under our tree for the centerpiece... :)

A Sip of Tea

Sweet Amilia

The Lonely Cupcake (later eaten by me!)

Abby and the girl

Maje and his big sister

Wishing you all a joyous Christmas season!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Prayer Request

Mom starts chemotherapy tomorrow. Please say a little prayer for her.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Our Family Thanksgiving

Our laptop had some issues a few days ago. Josh has been looking for a solution to the problem. Meanwhile, I have been without a computer for the last week or so, hence no Thanksgiving update. I am linking my blog to my sister, Taylor's blog. She took some GREAT pictures of our family Thanksgiving celebration at my parents' house. I think she captured everything perfectly. Her pictures are so much better than my words, anyway. update on my mother... She had a port placed under her skin on Wednesday. The port is for the administration of medications involved with chemotherapy and links to a vein in her heart. She will begin chemo in a couple of weeks. Please pray for her. It has been a huge blessing to her and to us to see how many people love her and are committed to pray for her healing and strength. She is a trooper and continues to amaze me with her positive attitude and faith! We kept having to tell her to rest and to please stop doing so much at Thanksgiving. Sitting around is just not a part of her nature. :) Please keep her in your prayers.

I'm trying to get ready for our sweet little girl's arrival. The nursery isn't ready yet. Christmas presents aren't bought either. I'm way behind, but know that it will all work out in the end. I am very excited about a dresser that my sister's friend is painting for our little girl's nursery. Taylor's friend, Linde Giddens, is designing an extra special custom dresser for our girl. I am so excited to see what she will do! Look at this girl's fun website for yourself to see just why I am so excited.

Have a great weekend!