Sunday, February 28, 2016

Mom's Birthday!

Today is Mom's Birthday!
And what better gift for her birthday than to have Caleb, Jordan, Victoria, Berea & Evangeline coming in for a visit!!!  

Our mother is the best in the world (and no, I'm not biased; it's a fact!)  She is the most caring, tender, loving, sweet, wonderful mother and I'm glad to call her my own.  She has devoted her life to raising a godly family and "her children shall rise up and call her blessed".

 We love you, Mom, and hope that you have a terrific birthday today!  We thank God for giving you to us.  Happy Birthday!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Our Holidays....

Boy,...better late than never!  Here are a few pictures to capture what we did for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

While my family was having Thanksgiving at home with my grandparents and aunts and uncles, Matthew and I drove up to Ohio to spend the holiday with Matthew's side of the family.  We had a good time and a lovely trip.  Almost all of Matthew's family were there as well as the Hynes family (Luke's inlaws and long-time friends of the Dickersons).  It was wonderful to get to see everyone again and to meet people I had heard so much about.

(We celebrated an early Thanksgiving with my family before we left for Ohio.)

Whenever the Hynes and Dickersons get together, they like to take a big family picture of all the kids.  Both the Dickersons and the Hynes have 13 kids each.  So in the above photo, all of them are lined up in birth order.

In the picture below, they are there with their spouses.
(Matthew and I are both in green left of the middle)

We then spent Christmas and New Year with my family.

Here are Matthew and I in front of our Christmas tree at our house.  Matthew cut down that tree from our property and trimmed it up.  My family then came over and helped us make homemade ornaments for it.  Our first tree was definitely a big memory maker!

Here's Dad making fried fish for Christmas Eve!

Hanging out on the couch...

Sweet family time

Matthew had a few Christmas performances scheduled at some local churches, so here he is playing at one of them.