It’s up!

I finally finished- it takes a long time to put together a customized look for WordPress. :)

Anybody else re-designing your blog for Christmas? I would love to see your site! Drop me a comment with your link so I can “drop by”.

Happy Holidays!
~*~Courtney~*~

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving. This is a great day to stop and reflect on the many blessings that God gives to us each and every day. Here are a few blessings that I am thankful for this year:

1. Salvation
2. Family
3. Good Friends (both in real life and on the internet)
4. Food
5. Shelter
6. Books ( 😉 )
7. Chocolate
8. Lovely elements of nature
9. Cameras
10. Music
11. Crafting
12. Eyeglasses
13. Soft breezes blowing through the yard
14. Having a washing machine, dryer, refridgerator, oven, and dishwasher. :)
15. Computers
16. Wireless internet
17. The smell of pumpkins baking
18. Leaves falling from the sky
19. Excited anticipation
20. The pilgrims 😉
21. Paint Shop Pro
22. Forgiveness
23. Car trips
24. Water
25. Sunbonnets
26. Peace
27. Humility
28. The sound of birds singing
29. Letters from friends and family
30. Facebook :)
31. Cooler weather
32. Soft grass in between my toes during the summer
33. Candles
34. Birthdays
35. Fiddles
36. Travel zip drives
37. Grace
38. Coffee
39. Chocolate
40. Crochet hooks
41. Kitty cats
42. Stamps
43. Warm quilts
44. Frost on the ground
45. Singing
46. Spellcheck
47. Cozy evenings around the fireplace
48. Delicious Pumpkin Pie
49. Sunshine
50. Pleasant conversations
51. Words
52. Antique clocks
53. Pretty bracelets
54. A newborn baby’s cry
55. the sweet softness of their little baby skin
56. Good neighbors
57. Old pictures
58. Tatted lace
59. The shawl my Mom made me for my birthday last year
60. My driver’s permit (I am so thankful to be finished with that!)
61. Our new-to-us surburban
62. Old-timey bluegrass
63. Our coming trip
64. Knitted throws
65. Thunderstorms
66. Turkeys
67. Mints
68. My toothbrush (sounds silly, but I truly am thankful for it! LOL!)
69. The blogosphere
70. Binoculars and telescopes
71. Slippers
72. Macro lenses
73. Gardens
74. Rag rugs
75. Picnics
76. Butterflies
77. Reading by lamplight
78. My new desk (it has been sooo nice!)
79. Soft drinks
80. Samples and real customer service at Publix
81. Iced SWEET tea
82. The library
83. Vision Forum
84. Waterfalls
85. Maps
86. My baby brother learning to say my name :)
87. Poetry
88. Paper
89. My southern heritage
90. YUMMMMYYY sweet potato casserole
91. Fried anything- okra, funnel cakes, squash, and of course, green tomatoes.
92. Duct tape
93. Journal and records from the old days
94. Long skirts
95. New opportunities
96. Thanksgiving LOL!
97. My window
98. Crocs
99. Ladders
100. YOU! :)

I will continue adding to the list over the course of today and tomorrow until I reach 100 items, and I would encourage you to do the same. Happy Thanksgiving! :)

~*~Courtney~*~

Rain………………………..

Howdy to all of you! I hope that today has been wonderful so far- I certainly have had a wonderful day!

Most everyone in my home is enjoying the sound of rain pattering on the rooftop. It is so pleasant to listen to while drifting off into an afternoon nap. Drip, drip, drip, drop, drip, drop, drip………The littles always sleep so well when it is raining, and everything is so very calm and quiet. It makes for a very peaceful afternoon.

Wishing you a wonderful afternoon,
~*~Courtney~*~

P.S. Anybody on Facebook?

Back again…..

I have not really kept up with this blog very well lately! We have been so very busy….

We are getting over the flu right now. I believe that my Mom and I had it the worst, although some of my siblings were not feeling well either. I am feeling better today, and we are hoping that everyone will be in tip-top shape for Thanksgiving this week. We will be spending our week cooking, cleaning, and preparing for guests. I truly love the holidays!

We found out recently that my Dad will be working over Christmas in Washington DC. Rather than us being apart for Christmas, we are turning it into a road trip, so that the whole family can be together. Does anyone have any tips for traveling with a large family for a 13-1/2 hour drive? :)

Mom had her ultrasound a few weeks ago. Here is a picture of the baby:

We are getting very excited about the new little one. *happy sigh* : )

I thought I would share some photos that I have taken over the last couple of weeks, but first, does anyone have any suggestions for a point-and-shoot that costs around 100 dollars? I am looking for something that takes good pictures and has good quality, but isn’t too expensive. Any thoughts would be most appreciated. : )

I think that is all for now.
Wishing you a blessed evening,
~*~Courtney~*~

Several Things…..

Good morning! I hope all of you are doing well.~*~

It has been a wonderful day here in AL. We have stayed busy with appointments, school, chores, and just enjoying the beautiful weather. ~*~

We have had sunny skies with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, perfect for working or playing outside. ~*~

As you all know, I finished the new look on the ole’ blog, and I am very happy with the way it looks. : ) I finished just in time to redesign our baby blog……. we recently found out that my Mom is expecting #10 in June. As you can probably guess, we are all thrilled and very excited about this newest little blessing, and can’t wait to meet “It”. : ) ~*~

I know that I have asked earlier, but are any of you on Facebook? I have met several other young ladies that have “friended” me and it has been so nice to “chat” with them. I would love to “friend” you if you are on Facebook.~*~

We just finished up the “Birthday Month” in our home. We have 3 birthdays in our close family, and 2 in our extended family, all in October. This year, Jacob was turning 13, so it was a big birthday for him. We did a “Bar Barakah” ceremony, which means “Son of The Blessing” in Hebrew. It is a Christian Bar Mitzvah- the men all prayed over Jacob, and my Mom and Dad released him into manhood. My brother Josh and I also shared thoughts on growing up and the responsibilities of manhood. It was a wonderful and very meaningful birthday. ~*~

A few weeks ago, ~Simply~ over at her photoblog, “Simply Taken”, passed me this bloggy “Capture” award:

This award is passed to people who love taking photographs- Simply knows me well! 😉

I am passing this to (in random order):

Miss Poppins, over at Raindrops Pictures
Bethany, over at Blogging Beth
Lacy, over at A Godly Maiden
Addie, over at Talley Images

Enjoy!

You can read the rules here. ~*~

I think that is it for now. I hope that y’all are having a wonderful day. :)
~*~Courtney~*~