Sunday, January 27, 2019

A Precious Gift!

Daniel Josiah Hale, Jr
January 27, 2019
8lbs 14oz
21 inches

We are so blessed!!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Lewis Edition: December and Christmas!

Finally, the clearing of our land has begun!

Our home place!
The house will be nestled right in this area.

Now, standing near where our home will be, facing the road

Our pond ... not so little after all the rain!

Beautiful woods

Time for Christmas projects!
A stocking I made for Russell's brother's dog. :)

I had so much fun choosing these wooden shapes for each family member
and "painting" them with essential oils to be used as diffusers!

My Christmas gift for Russell;
the engineer shirt his mother sewed for him
and the spoon his parents had special-made for him. :)
(I plan to add a toddler picture of Russell
when we find one!)

Our tree!

A few of our special ornaments:
Our first Christmas as a married couple!

2nd Christmas:
Texas, since that is where we make our home

3rd Christmas:
Commemorating our trip to the Grand Canyon
this year

An amazingly detailed cookie made by Edible Art
and given to me by friends at Buckner.

We got to take a wonderful, almost 3-week Christmas vacation!

We spent two nights with my family before travelling on to Ohio
to spend several days with Russell's family.
We had a wonderful time there, as always ... 
Russell's siblings are so good to us!!
We drove back to Tennessee on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day!
We look sleepy ... hence the coffee! ;)

Dan and Deb

David and Rachel

 We sure missed Steven, Anna, Eva and Hudson,
and Hugh and Ross! (Sadly, Hugh was sick that day.)

Melissa and Mama Flo

Caitlyn with a new baby doll!

Katherine loves her blue donkey!

Caitlyn and Uncle Russell share popcorn

Emily, Rebekah, Sarah and I went over to Mama Flo's one day
to do our traditional baking for the family get-together.
We had so much fun, and so many laughs ... it was
one of those "you had to have been there to understand!"
experiences. :)

 A new recipe that will be added to our family favorites -
Peppermint Bark covered Oreos!

Three expectant cousins wait to open their presents
from Mama Flo ...

... and turn to tickling one another when it takes the
adults too long to assemble! :)

Uncle Phil and his 5-month old baby!
Isn't she just the cutest thing?!

"For unto us a child is born,
unto us a Son is given..."
Isaiah 9:8a

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Lewis Edition: November!

One Saturday we met Dan, Deb and Caitlyn at the zoo!
Sadly, Russell couldn't go due to work responsibilities,
so I took Lydia and Anna along!

I always enjoy spending time with this little one!

This Crowned Crane was just beautiful!
His colors were so vibrant!

My favorite: giraffes!

The kids enjoyed feeding them lettuce

Giraffes are Anna's favorite, too!

This baby giraffe was so, so cute!  I wanted to take him home!!

The Hale family

It was neat how many different kinds of animals they had
together in this area ...
made you feel almost as though you were seeing them in the wild!

Giant turtles!

The lioness looked right at me!

Caitlyn and Anna enjoyed each other

Lydia with her favorite, the flamingos!

We had a wonderful time!

Russell and I got to spend Thanksgiving week in Tennessee.
We had a wonderful time ... in fact, things were so busy and fun
that I forgot to snap a single picture! 😂

Some of the highlights were:

*Spending time with Mama Flo
* Long walks/talks with Rebekah
* Our traditional family Thanksgiving dishes!
* Hearing Daddy and our young cousin play euphonium/ trombone duets
* Being with family, particularly our nieces and nephew! ;)

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Lewis Edition: September and October

September found us looking quite diligently for a home and land ...
and we found it!!!

After searching for several months it was pretty exciting
to finally find a place and feel like, "This is IT!"
We are so thankful to the Lord for His provision!

View of our property from the road. It's 2 beautiful acres!

There are two giant, gnarly old oaks on the property...

...and a tiny "pond"!

One thing we're particularly excited about is that we'll
be almost next-door to our dear friends, the Dietz!

Our home was a model (manufactured) home.
We fell in love with it the first time we saw it!

 Pretty fun that it came with the furniture and everything in it! 😀

Just a few pictures now since there will be plenty more. ;)
SO looking forward to painting and decorating our own little home!

It looks as though we'll be able to move in January ...
quite a bit to do between now and then to get
the land cleared and ready for our home!

We enjoyed a visit from Ross, Mel, Hugh and Katherine in October!

We went on an outing to see the trains in Mineola.

Even got to see a passenger train!



While waiting for the next "real" train, Hugh (and Aunt Amanda!)
enjoyed the model train inside the train station.

It is set up like the town of Mineola in the early 1900's...
and there is a button to push to make it run!

Afterwards we had lunch at the East Texas Burger Company.

Morning snuggles and a book with Uncle Russell!

It was wonderful spending time with our family;
can't wait until next time!