Monday, December 25, 2006
Debbie was amazing!
Christmas was sooo wonderful this year!! It was a beautiful service. The best part for me was the amazing people I got to meet and serving with the best rigging team ever!!! Now, I'm glad to be home with Malachy.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
This is what has been keeping Mark and I very busy lately! Christmas services at Willow. I'm super excited about the service this year. The best way I have heard it explained is...if you were reading the Nativity story to a 5 year old what they would be picturing in their head. If you have ever seen anything cirque it has knid of that spin to it with aerialists, dancers, acrobats, amazing christmas music, some cool effects, and a beautiful set!! If you are from around here I would strongly encourage you to come. It will be like nothing you have ever seen before and it's free! =) But more importantly it will help us remember and be inspired by the wonder and miracle that is God's amazing love shown to us through a little baby.
Service times are:
Thursday, December 21, at 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 22, at 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 23, at 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 24, at 11:30 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m.
Willow is massive and a lot of people attend Christmas services so Willow has adopted an e-ticketing process to help make sure everyone gets seats. The tickets are free you just need to go to the website (www.willowcreek.org) and sign up for them. Then you need to be in your seat 5 mins. before the service starts, or it could be given away. There is overflow but believe me you want to be in the auditorium for this. (all of this is explained at the website)
For those of you who are interested in what Mark and I are doing for the service I will try to explain as best as possible. Mark is leading the Aeriailist Rigging team. We have hired 6 professional aerialists who are being lowered throughout the service. So Mark is leading a team of 7 of us who help the aerialists get in their harnesses, check the safeties, and actually lower them. I'm a part of Mark's team. That's the simple explanation. =)
For those of you who can't make it... Channel 2 here in Chicago will be airing the majority of the service on Christmas eve. I believe that it will air from 11pm-12am so set your tivos! =) I will double check on that for you and update if the time changes. =)
"When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us." Luke 2:15
Friday, December 08, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
I have not posted in a while because I have been catching my breath and celebrating the Holidays. =) It has been such a wonderful week. I was really greatful to see Mom's brothers. Famliy means the world to me, and we so rarely see them. It was a time I will always be thankful for. Si and Sally are two of the warmest people I have ever met and I will never forget how cute Johnny was with Malachy.
As great as it was too see Mom's brothers, it is sooo nice to be home. I missed Mark too much! He has made me so proud this year and I love him to pieces. Thanks for being an amazing Husband Mark! You're the best!
We got to celebrate Thanksgiving with Kim, Mom, and Dad. They brought the food and we did the dishes. =) It worked out well. We had a really relaxed time. Then Kim, Dad, Mark, Malachy, and I went to see Jason and Dee on Friday and that was great as well. We had some awsome dessert and played a card game called golf. I saw Jason and Dee last month for Malachys birthday party but this was much more relaxed and I really enjoyed just being together. I worked this weekend and it was super easy. =) I also got to see Crystal, go shopping, decorate indoors and out for Christmas and clean my garage this weekend! Wow I have been busy but it has all been good.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Here are some random pictures for ya'll. One of the view from the back of our hotel, one of Malachy's ouchie face, one of Malachy and John's wife Barbara laughing at the bird, one of a pretty leaf, and one of Kim and Malachy in John's yard.
We went to Stone Mountain this evenning and had a good time! =) It was a great day! I would tell you more but I'm tired and I'm going to bed now. =)
Thursday, November 16, 2006
We are suppose to get back to Uncle Johns for dinner soon but there is no way I'm waking the little guy up. He is not hurting while he's asleep and I know he will have the blisters for a couple of days but I hope it will feel somewhat better when he wakes up.
The poor little guy has been stuck in the car or hotel or places where he can't touch anything for 4 days now. I need to have a day all for him where he can run around and be 2 without getting in trouble! Mom and her brothers might take a trip to visit one of their other brothers downstate. I'm hoping Kim and I can take that day to do a Malachy fun day and go to Stone Mountain or something speacil just for him. Pray for Malachy, he has asked to go home several times now and he has 6 day left. Everytime we are in the car he asks me if he can go to the playcenter and go play. I feel like the worst Mom ever.
Sorry if this post is a big downer, it's not all gloom and doom. We are finaly here which is great. Uncle Jonny and Barbara are great. They have a beautiful home and yard. They have 2 doggys that Malachy loves. The rain should be behind us and the weekend is suppose to be 70! It is beautiful here the trees still have their fall colors and there are old farms everywhere! So things can only get better here on out! =)
UPDATE: Malachy had a GREAT time with John and Barbara tonight they were so good to him! We got to see Uncle Si, Aunt Sally, and David tonight as well. So it was a good night. I think Mom is really glad to be here. So all is well! I think we are going to Stone Mountain tomorrow and most importantly Malachy is feeling better! =)
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
So after getting almost no sleep we ventured out to try and make it to our destination. We didn't. There have been crazy storms here in GA. We were hydroplaining all over the place and the trucks were making it nearly impossible to see. We would drive for 35 minutes and then have too pull over. We did this for like 4 hours and then we decided it wasn't worth it and stoped at a hotel about 30 mins north of Atlanta.
We checked into an econo lodge and got all unpacked and dried off when the phone rang. It was the frot desk and the women next door was complaining that we were too loud! So I went down there and explained to the man at the desk that unpacking wa nothing...jut wait until Malachy wakes up at 12 am and wants a BABA! So I suggested we move and he agreed. Feeling annoyed with the crazy lady we repacked and drug all our stuff to a new room. Upon doing so Mom ran into the lady next door who thanked us for moving and apologized for being so sensitive but her father was just murdered so she was feeling on edge! Yikes!
So we had a bit of a crazy day! It is still rainning. There are flood advisory's and tornado watchs here. Mom and I walked ot the store to get Malachy some milk and we got completely soaked. Kim is out getting us dinner right now and we are staying in.
We are only 2 hours fron our destination and will make it tomorrow! We didn't get to do the lookout mountain stuff because of the rain but we will stop by there on the way home.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
The pictures are from dinner at Craker Barrel last night, lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville today, a pit stop at a scenic rest area, and a quick swim at the pool here at our hotel. =)
I'm having a good time but Malachy and I still miss you Mark! Only 8 days to go! Mark don't forget to return that stuff at the party store! =) I mis you too Crystal! =)And you too Dad! =)
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Here are a few pictures....
This is Poppo...aka batmanHere are the boys playing Boggle...one of Marks gifts. =) This is Mom, Key, and I at the Texan (the next day) This is the ghetto part of our yard! In between the garage and the fence! Here is little Malachy opening his presents...with a little help!
Thanks to everyone who helped Mark and Malachy have super Birthday!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Also just so ya'll know... Mark is home! =) He had a great time in Russia he says it was the hardest thing he ever did. But I know it was also extremely rewarding and he learned a lot. I will post pictures eventually...I hope!
Malachy has 3 halloween costumes! One is a hand me down spiderman from the Bonsols. That is his favorite! He wears it around the house and to bed often. The others are Batman and Superman! Any opinions on which he should wear for the big day?
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
I also received a "certified" letter that Kim signed for and forgot to tell me about. When she remembered the next day and I got it, it was a letter from the county saying that my house was going to be sold to collect overdue property tax if I didn't bring them $4000 by the 27th. This is last years property tax that was taken care of at the closing and has been paid to the mortgage company. Also, Mark and I have been paying $400 a month in escrow. So I was obviously a little surprised. Especially considering that this certified letter was my final notice and the first I had heard of all this. I called the mortgage company and it turns out they were sending money to the county but they had the wrong parcel number for my house! So they say they will look into it and call me back sometime this week. Arrrgggghhhhh!
Marks in Russia for another week which makes things harder at home. The dog has thrown up in the middle of the night for 3 nights in a row now, Kim ate all my ice cream, Malachy is in one of his moods and I miss Mark!
Aggghhhhh....Sorry to complain so much. I was hoping it would help to vent a little.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Mark gets home late Sunday night so we will still have Monday together...I'm hoping to hit up the Pumpkin Patch!