Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I'm so blessed. Yesterday I got a surprise call from Chad. He's allowed to call me to set up a call time on Christmas day. So there I am at work when my phone rings. I don't recognize the number. Then the same number calls again, so I think I should answer it. The voice on the other end asks who is speaking. I thought, well the nerve, you are calling me, who do you want? Then the voice says he's looking for his mother. I asked, completely not thinking, who is that? "MOM, it's me, Chad!"
I haven't spoken with him since Mother's Day and I was not expecting the call. I felt so foolish for not instantly recognizing his voice. He's doing so good. He says the work is hard, but knows he's in the right place doing the right thing. He talked of one older man that Chad and his companion visit. Every time they visit this older man gives them thinks. I asked if maybe he was lonely and wanted visitors. Chad wasn't sure about that, but did say that he talks of dying a lot and is giving his belongings away.
We weren't able to talk very long, but we did set up a time for me to call him on Christmas Day. I'm so excited. He only has a little over 7 months to go. Wow, has time gone fast.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Okay, so the picture of the two boys as babies was not where I thought it was, but I did find this picture of Chad and Ryan. They were both about 5 1/2 years old. Aren't they the cutest little boys??? Allen and Gordon still look young. LOL (Back in those days we all looked young.) We were on a trip somewhere (I can't remember where) and happened to by driving through their hometown. We stopped by for a visit. I wish I could remember more details of the trip, but age really is catching up with me. Oh well, regardless of my memory, the pictures look great!!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Tonight was a little strange and wonderful all at the same time.
One of Chad's friends (since 2nd grade) got married today. We were thrilled to go to her reception. Linda was beautiful and glowing as she and her new husband greeted their guests. That was the wonderful part.
The strange part was seeing Linda all grown up, married, and knowing she's the same age as Chad. If she's old enough to be married, does that mean Chad is too??
And if Chad is old enough to be married, then does that mean I'm old enough . . . Can you see where I'm going with this? How could so much time have slipped by. Just yesterday Chad and Linda were walking home from school. A forty-five minute walk for only 1/2 mile. They dawdled just a little. I suppose this is just the first of many weddings to come
Sam and Cade. For some reason, Sam thinks it's funny to hold up Cade's little finger, something about me being wrapped around it, I don't know what he's talking about.
What a beautiful wedding cake. The entire reception was lovely.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
We've been needing some new chairs. Our current chairs are 13 years old and have survived many kids, kind of. Now our sad little chairs are being loved and used by sweet grandchildren. (Of course, all our grandchildren are sweet, okay maybe somedays a little tart.)
Anyway, I asked Sam what he thought about getting some new chairs. Since our goal is to become debt free, he suggested we wait a little longer until a few more little hands and feet have moved along. I hate it when he is sooo right. Instead, I suggested reupholstering the chairs. This was a much better idea, and one that fit more into our budget. So . . . off we went to Hancocks while they were still having their after Thanksgiving sale, no, it wasn't on Black Friday.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Annie was wondering if I was going to keep this cinnamon roll recipe a secret. Absolutely not!! Everyone should try this recipe, whether you make cinnamon rolls or dinner rolls.
2 tablespoons salt
9-12 cups bread flour
Place hot water in large bread mixer and add all ingredients except flour. (I used large bowl and mixed with wooden spoon) As soon as yeast starts to foam, add flour starting with 9 cups. Add more as needed. Knead until it gathers into a ball. Dough should be soft but not sticky.
Dump dough out onto floured board, kneading until smooth. Rest dough 15 minutes. Divide into two pieces. Roll each out into rectangle, about 12-by-18 inches and brush with 1/4 cup softened butter per rectangle of dough, sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar mixture (3/4 cup sugar with 2 tablespoons cinnamon.)
Roll up and cut each rectangle into 12 slices about 1 1/4 inches thick (use dental floss to slice. Place on two 12-by-18 inch pans, sprayed with Pam (12 rolls per pan). Cover with plastic wrap and let rise.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes until just slightly browned. Let cool 5 minutes, then frost.
Good luck to all.
I want to welcome Sam's sister, Naomi, to the world of blogging. It's great to have someone else in the family share their thoughts and talents. If you haven't seen her blog yet, you can find her link off of my page, Shining Days. You'll also notice a link for Nolan, Kristina, etc. This is Naomi's oldest son, Nolan, and his family. His wife Kristina does a great job blogging.