Thursday, December 31, 2009

What will 2010 bring?

My last post was a list of some things that happened in 2009, and looking back leaves me wondering what is to come.... such as:

Weddings, my oldest brother was married in 2008, and my oldest sister in 2009, and there are still 5 of us single adults in the family - who will be next (and will there be a wedding in 2010)?

New babies, of course I've mentioned plenty of times that we have two little ones joining the family in 2010, I am so happy for that since much of 2009 was spent hoping that my sister or SIL would get pregnant.

And then some worries for the new year:

My grandparents health, both my grandmas have had quite a bit of health trouble in 2009, and I'm wondering if they will still be strong enough to push through their struggles in 2010.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Year in Review

So, I got an idea from this blog to post a link to a blog post from each month of the past year - but, since I first started this blog in August, I will have to only share that half of my year with you.

In August I shared how I was learning about judging, and how I was, and still am, trying not to judge.

In September I was able to travel to Washington DC for a protest and I also got to announce that I am going to be an aunt!

It was in October that I found out that I was going to be an aunt to two babies (not twins, but my brother and his wife and my sister and her husband each expecting their own)!

In November I found that new life isn't always as simple as it may seem.

And finally, in December I celebrated a rather unusual (for me, anyways) Christmas.

(I hope that all of these links are correct, and that you enjoy looking back on my 2009.)

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

Yesterday in church our "normal" pastor was gone, and so our youth pastor did the message instead... he talked about making New Year's resolutions and how Christian try so hard to take off their old self, but don't work so hard towards putting on their new self. He said that there are many "scantily clad" Christians who, while they don't sin, also don't do all that they should be doing. I really liked that message. I heartily agreed with it. We are quick to point fingers if someone swears or does some other (easily noticeable) sin, but not so quick to help out others and to love as God has called us - failing to "put on" all that we are supposed to. I am going to resolve to love others more in the coming year.

And, along the lines of New Year's resolutions, I have decided that I am no longer going to just live undecided about what I believe regarding Jesus second coming/the rapture/the end of the world, or whatever may be coming - I am going to study Revelation for myself and at least know what the Bible has written about these issues.

Are you going to make any resolutions? If so, what resolutions are you going to be making?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Different Kind of Christmas

I predicted a different Christmas this year, didn't I? Well I got it... I've never written a blog post on Christmas (maybe that's just because I haven't been doing a lot of blogging for very long), I've never been without any presents until 1:48pm and counting, I've never stayed home from the family gathering that we always attend for Christmas, and I have never had reheated pizza for lunch, alone and on the computer, on Christmas day. This may be different, but I don't mind. :) It's actually kind of refreshing, haha... seriously I just feel kind of out of it (which might be because of a lack of sleep last night).

Christmas Eve, we indeed found ourselves snowed in from going to church. My older sister got nasty sick (throwing up alot). My brothers, younger sister and I played a game of Monopoly with a bit of twist to the rules - allowing ourselves to cheat as long as we didn't get caught - the game lasted till well after midnight, when my brothers eventually decided to just end it.

Christmas morning, my little bro woke us up to eat. My sister was still sick. My older sister and my bil didn't want to drive in the snow. We decided to wait with presents.

This all brings us to now, Christmas afternoon. I stayed home with my sick sister. The rest of the crew went to the family gathering. Presents will - hopefully - be opened later tonight.

End of story.

But wait... some things never change - today is still a day that we celebrate Jesus coming here to earth to live, only to later die for us. What He did for us is amazing, and is worth much more than the gifts that still sit wrapped under the tree. Thank You Jesus for what you did for us!

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Baby and Christmas

My older brother and his wife had an ultrasound today (well, actually my brother didn't, my SIL did). They were supposed to see the gender of baby today, but they were not able to be 100% sure, but have told us what they guess. They are getting another ultrasound in four weeks. This is the younger of my nieces or nephews - my older sister and her husband have decided not to find out the gender until birth.

It's Christmas Eve and there will be no traditional church service for us. Because of the snowy and icy weather we have decided not the take the thirty plus minute trip to church. I'm a little disappointed, just because it doesn't really seem like Christmas without that. Also, my older sister and her husband were/are supposed to be coming tomorrow morning to open gifts, but the snow is supposed to keep coming so we don't know if they'll come. Tomorrow also we are supposed to meet extended family for Christmas, but I don't think the weather will be good for that either. So, we will spend Christmas at home....

... just praying that we will have a peaceful Christmas here at home.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas

I wrapped all of my Christmas presents today - does anyone buy un-equal presents for members of your family based on what you found? I feel guilty for doing that this year, but am happy that I got the best presents for my younger siblings since I am sure they would care the most.

I'm going to be honest, I am dreading Christmas this year. And I, honestly, don't know why exactly I am. I mean, Christmas has never been the biggest deal to me, but I have always been a little bit excited and I've always looked forward to it, but this year it is like I don't want it to come. Am I going crazy?! Actually, just typing this has given me an idea of a reason why I might be dreading it...

How are your Christmas preparations coming? Are you looking forward to Christmas?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Little Indian Maiden

My grandpa (before dying) and grandma (still does) live down the road from my house, less than a mile away. When I was growing up my older siblings and I would go to help my grandpa with his garden, or cleaning, etc, a couple times a week. He would always pay us, and I enjoyed doing it - though I remember my siblings dreading it. My grandpa was loud and a teaser, and some might feel uncomfortable around him, but not me... you see, I was my grandpa's "little Indian maiden". I had (and still have) long dark hair, I was very tan as a kid, and I still get told that I look "Indian" (as in Native American). I was proud to be grandpa's special grandchild. My grandpa loved polka, and I liked it too - while everyone else hated it - and my grandpa made me a cassette of some polka music (that I still have today, though I don't have a cassette player, so...).

My grandpa died 10 years ago this past July. He was going on eighty when he died. He lived at home until the day that he died. He didn't have a lot of health problems, but died suddenly of a heart attack. I was not able to tell him goodbye. His funeral was the first funeral that I went to, and I haven't gone to one since (I'm lucky, I know). I loved my grandpa, and there are times when I still miss him, but I was just a young kid when he died, and I don't think that it hurt near as much as it would hurt if he was still around and died now.

Why am I writing about all of this now? My grandma is not doing very good. She has heart problems, and has for years. She is on a pacemaker and has been for as long as I can remember. But lately her drugs haven't been working so well, and I hate to admit it, but she may not have a lot of time left. My grandma still lives alone in the house that her and grandpa lived in... in many ways she is doing a lot better than other folks in their eighties, but her heart is slowly giving up. I don't know what it would be like to lose someone now, I can't imagine the pain that I would go through - and I feel wrong to write any of this now, like I am giving up on her.

Will you please pray for my grandma? And for me and my family?

A random fact thrown in... I have no memories of my grandma prior to my grandpa's death, like I said my grandpa was loud, and my grandma is quiet. My grandpa was the one that I remembered for the first half of my life and my grandma is the one I have had around for my second half - I have gotten to know her so much better in the ten years that my grandpa has been gone.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Random Christmas Statistics

Cards mailed out: 4 Mailed to 2 countries.

Gifts to be given: 17 To born people: 14 To the unborn (or really, their parents): 3

Gifts still needing to be bought (but included in the number above): 1

Gifts ordered that still need to arrive: 1

Reasons for celebrating: 1

Jesus came so many years ago to live here on earth only to eventually die for us - that is what we celebrate on Christmas... and that is what is the most important "statistic" here. :)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Baking and Babies

I spent (pretty much) all day yesterday baking cookies with my sisters. My older sister and my younger sister and I went to my oldest sister's house to spend hours and hours baking. After first kicking my brother in law out (to shop for my sister's gifts), we created dozens and dozens of treats - peanut butter balls, coconut joys, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies, chocolate haystacks, caramel corn, muddy buddies, cake mix cookies and fudge (I think that about covers everything). We all worked together with Christmas music playing.

While working on the cookies I quickly (before someone else volunteered first) offered that next year I will watch my sister's baby while the rest of them make the cookies. :) I can't wait until next year when we will have two little babies in the family! Speaking of the babies, their Christmas gifts shipped today, I had such a hard time picking what I wanted to buy them (kind of hard not yet knowing their genders) and still am not sure that I am going to love what I got them.

I hope that your Christmas preparations are going good. I cannot believe that Christmas is just 11 days away!

Peace,

Haddy

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Confused About Lincoln

So, my brother gave me his book The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Ph.D to borrow and read (before he even read it), and it has me either shocked or confused - see, I am too confused to even know if I am confused, haha.

This book quotes Lincoln - and I have found the quotes online, too, as saying that he didn't believe in equality between blacks and whites, and that he believed that whites should always be superior, and that if he could have saved the union without freeing slaves he would have. What the heck? Are these quotes true? I am thinking yes, but if so, why have we always been taught that Lincoln was a here? Why do we celebrate Lincoln's birthday? Why did my family and I take a trip to his hometown last summer?

Here are the links if you want to check this out yourself: scroll down on this link and you will find the quotes, and here you can find an article about this subject.

I have texted some of these same questions that I asked here to my - one year older, many years smarter - brother for his view on the subject.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Taking Care of the Poor and Needy

This is the last of my Facebook quote posts, that started here:

"Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need."

This is Proverbs 21:13. Do you want to be ignored when you need help? Nope, neither do I. So I guess we had better keep our ears open to the cries of the poor.

I hope that these Facebook posts have not come out as preachy. That is definitely not how I would ever want to sound. :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

America and Money and Babysitting

Wow, that was quite a bit of a break that I took from posting - I was gone babysitting for my cousin's little girl since Sunday and did not really have internet handy. :) BTW, the babysitting went great, the little girl (sad to stop calling her a baby, but she is going to be a big sister in a few months) who I was watching is an amazing kid, smiling and laughing and playing around all day long - and it was nice to hang out with my cousin some, too. I was watching little L while my cousin was working (she is a teacher, so about 8 or 9 hours each day) on Monday through part of the day today, since her husband was in the hospital being "observed" by doctors because of some unexplained health problems. Please keep this family in your prayers, I don't know if I mentioned this before, but the unborn baby in this family may have health problems as well.

Here is yet another Facebook quotes post, these posts all started here:

"Maybe we've been caught singing, red, white, blue, and green, but that ain't my American dream..."

This is from Switchfoot's song American Dream. A lot of Americans are caught up in money, and in what they have and don't have, in this economy maybe even more so than before. But America is about so much more than money, life is about so much more than money. My American dream is life and freedom for all, what's yours?