Friday, November 28, 2008

So thankful, so blessed (part 2)

Mid-afternoon we left the Hershberger gathering and headed to Mom and Dad Sweigart's in Hesston. After a round of everyone participating in reasons to be thankful (Maddox maybe gave a number of reasons) we enjoyed another filling meal. We missed Carissa...but look forward to her being with us for Christmas. The rest of the evening we played some games and relaxed. Oh yes, how could I forget..I thought it'd be nice to take some pictures of the "boys"..well, that obviously is more of a challenge then I could manage.

So thankful, so blessed (part 1)

Thanksgiving is such a good time to celebrate all our blessings in life. We are blessed in so many ways. One of them is having both of our families living in the "area". This makes holidays and celebrations double the fun. On Thanksgiving, we had dinner with the Hershberger family and Bergey grandparents at Mark and Beth Goertz's home in Inman at noon. Table(s) full of homecooked food made for a wonderful meal. It was also Grandpa Hershberger's 82nd birthday!!!


Oh Christmas Tree

Last Sunday afternoon, Dad Sweigart and Brent picked Ben and I up to go pick out Christmas trees. It is quite the process as Ben learned :) After an hour or more we had 3 trees in the back of Dad's truck. We didn't have a chance to decorate it until Wednesday night. I must say it is shorter than previous years..but very festive all the same.

Katie's Wedding

Katie Simmering, a friend from middle school/high school/college was married on Nov 22nd. I'm the bridesmaid on the far left.

The reception was held at Reba's restaurant in Newton...we had Thanksgiving dinner.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A general update

Just thought I'd give a general update on our everyday lives...

Ben continues to work at the elementary school with first graders. He is now working there 3-4 hours, 4 days a week and well as going to his classes at WSU. Starting December 1st I will be working full time, instead of per diem. As far as the amount of work, this only means that I will have a regular set schedule rather than scheduling myself. We're enjoying life, and looking forward to spending holidays with our families.

A productive day

After several months of wishing for an electrician in the family to fix some issues around the house...turns out my Dad decided to grant that wish! A new light in the stairway, switch in the hallway that works, the ugly lamp post that didn't work removed, and last but not least a NEW front porch light that works!!! All these things...but wait, there's more...the remainder of the limbs from the tree that was cut down this summer were taken from the backyard. I must say the "lawn ornaments" won't be missed.


Then this evening we joined Mom and Dad Hershberger and Grandpa and Grandma Hershberger for a delicious supper. It was a very productive day...a very good one!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

lots of leaves

On Sat afternoon Ben built a compost area as a home for all the leaves in our yard. I didn't take a picture before...but just imagine leaves covering every inch of the yard and that is pretty much what it looked like. I must say I was pretty impressed with his little project.



nephew turns two


On Nov 10, Kade turned two!! We celebrated at his house on the 8th with a tractor theme. Kade loves tractors! He even a received a tractor he could ride on! The fun included ring around the rosy, playing with the toys he opened, and eating of course. He is quite the little boy, very active and doesn't let much slow him down (even stitches to his head the night before).


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

memories


So much love...
no end of giving...
open arms welcomed everyone who entered home...
home cooked food to fill all bellies...
so much love...
a laugh that was contagious...
calm, peaceful spirit...
genuine care about each person's life...
so much love...
letters, so good about sending letters...
the perfect lap to lay my head on...
admirable faith...
just so much love...
valued each and every family member...
an inner joy that radiated outward...
such a strong woman...
so much love...


Memories...on this day, that is what I treasure the most. Each one of these memories is a blessing. The love she shared I will never forget. She is at home in heaven, but her life here on earth will not be forgotten. Miss you Grandma, I miss you very much.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Costumes for all?!?

Although halloween isn't exactly a time that we "celebrate" necessarily...it was pretty fun to go to Hesston to wait for three little trick-or-treater's in particular. We stopped at our neighbors house first to see little Liam (5 months old) dressed up like a pea pod (I forgot to get him a treat...baby food). Then we ate supper at Mom and Dad Sweigart's and spent the evening visiting..and bringing out the costumes we used from back in the day! The kitty mask is what I wore when I was 3 years old...only 22 years ago!



And Ben thought I looked scary in the kitty mask!!! He was able to create his own scariness on his own :). Oh, and no these were not the three trick-or-treater's I was talking about. Those three were MUCH cuter.

Kade was Bob the tomato (Veggie Tales)

Ava was Tinkerbell


Maddox was Larry Boy (Veggie Tales)

Hardly believable!

Just had to put a picture of the price of gas, because I can hardly believe its going to stay like this...although I can hardly believe it actually got this low after being nearly 4 dollars/gallon a few weeks ago!!!