So, We bought it, and came home and had fun setting the table in Christmas china...IN JULY...for our men who were working on the Gospel Center Church dorm. (Phillip, Daddy, and Dad D.) They were quite SURPRISED when they saw our table! :-) ~
~Hot peppermint tea ...
~and with kids...you might as well throw in the FUN snowman sugar container. :-) ~
~Our living room Tree.
I got this tree at Ohio Valley Thrift store one March...for like $2.32 minus 20%!~
~OUR CHURCH CHRISTMAS DINNER!~
~My Sweetheart and I~
(One night Sarah and I had run into Goodwill last minute to look for an item.
I found this maroon sweater and threw it in my cart.
Then I tried on a few things, then Sarah was trying on a few things, and all the while the clerk was frantically reminding us that THEY WERE CLOSING IN 10 MINS!! :-)
While I was waiting on Sarah to finish trying on some clothes...
I saw the Hem of this gray dress hanging out of the dresses.
So, just out of curiosity I pulled this dress out.
IT WAS A BRAND NEW BRIDAL GOWN, ....NEW TAGS STILL IN IT...
50% off....so I paid $3.50!!! :-)
GOD IS GOOD!!!~
~THE ARK ENCOUNTER~
~Later that night our family joined them and got to see the NEAT Christmas Laser light program on the outside of the ark.~
But how we PRAISE THE LORD that He celebrated Christmas with Jesus in Heaven this year!!~
WE ARRIVED WITH ONLY 4 MINS. TO SPARE!! :-)
Abigail and cousin Bryan~
She got home from helping her Grandparents LATE TUESDAY NIGHT, and the FIRST TIME SHE WAS ABLE TO TOUCH HER VIOLIN was the DAY OF THE DRESS REHEARSAL FOR THE GBS Christmas program!!
So, she got through that BUSY WEEKEND of playing for the dress rehearsal, and then the GBS Christmas program Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Then On Monday she started practicing for her recital on Thursday night!! (It was a STRESSFUL WEEK!! :-)
So...on the day of her recital, Phillip and I and our 3 youngest had left early that morning to go to the funeral in MI and didn't think we could make it back in enough time for her violin recital.
About 2 hours before her recital she calls us and tells us that her BRIDGE ON HER VIOLIN JUST BROKE!!! :-(
So, she had to borrow a violin for her recital that night!
TALK ABOUT BEING UNDER PRESSURE...But, with lots of prayer...and Jesus help, she did an amazing job!! (Kimberly works GREAT under pressure. :-)
WHEW! Too much stress for this Mommy!! :-)
~OUR CHURCH CHRISTMAS PLAY~~Abigail holding her cousins doll...who was going to be the "Baby Jesus" that Sarah would hold in the play~
~Mary DID YOU KNOW?~
Our young people did a mime beyond a sheet acting out while someone sang the song "Mary Did you know?!"~
~Bro. Hyatt came and heard the girls play and took this pic from his table.~
~Kimberly made a yummy Apple pie to take to Grandpa and Grandma's house!
Abigail was her little helper!~
~All done and Beautiful!!~
~Sarah made us 2 yummy pumpkin pies.~
I knew that I could NOT come home LATE Saturday night, attend 2 services on Christmas Eve, and be ready for Christmas morning...if I didn't have things done before I left home. :-) ~
~We had such a nice visit with them!!~
~CHRISTMAS AT GRANDPA AND GRANDMA'S HOUSE~
~Elijah holding their Daisy May~
We were sooo HAPPY for the snow that met our eyes the next morning!~
~Beth handing out gifts~
~Ava "getting" Sarah with a Lion~
~A fun pic that Kimberly took~
~The Original Dickinson family of 4.
( Michael's knee was hurt and he had to have knee surgery on Dec. 27th :-( )
~Now....there are 17 of us! (and 2 little ones in Heaven.)~
~OUR CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS!!~
Amy's Sarah turned 13 and wanted to re-gift her American Girl Doll ....Marie Grace...to OUR MARY GRACE!!!
So, she sent our Mary the beautiful Marie Grace doll, her little night gown, slippers, a matching night gown for Mary, the little book, and several American Girl books!!
~A sweet note to me from my Sweet friend Amy that was tucked inside the box!~
We've just learned that this is a Lee Middleton doll and signed by Reva. A very nice doll indeed!
IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!! Abigail has decided that it's a baby boy...and she is the PERFECT MOMMY! :-) ~
So, Kimberly did our HOME REMEDY LICE TREATMENT ON ALL OF OUR KIDS ON CHRISTMAS DAY!!
Years ago a dear lady in Costa Rica gave us this lice remedy and IT WORKS IN ONLY 30 MINS!!!!!
IT KILLS LICE AND NITS!!!! NO using pricey shampoos that don't always work, nor combing for nits for hours!!
LICE REMEDY!!!!1 cup rubbing alcohol and 2 teaspoon Boric Acid. (Found at Pharmacys.)
Mix together and CAREFULLY drizzle on head over a sink. (HAVING A WASHCLOTH TO COVER EYES!
LEAVE DOOR AJAR FOR PLENTY OF FRESH AIR FOR BREATHING...FOR THE ALCOHOL IS QUITE STRONG!!
Have person turn all ways, until the scalp is covered and wet, and then pull up ends of hair and rub them all over head to get them wet, then PLACE ALL HAIR TIGHTLY IN A SHOWER CAP.
SET TIMER FOR 30 MINUTES...and then wash hair like normal...and THE LICE AND THE NITS HAVE BEEN SUFFICATED and DIE!!! No combing for nits!!!
We have used this recipe LOTS OF TIMES in our years on the mission field and IT WORKS!!
~FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE ZOO!!~
~WE HAD SO MUCH FUN AT THE ZOO!!~