Category Archives: Misc.

Meet Ellie, the English Cream Golden Retriever

Meet Ellie, my new little English Cream Golden Retriever.

Ellie and I
Ellie and I
Ellie
Ellie

So you might wonder the background as in: “Why did Sarah decide to get a dog?” At the end of the year, I began to seriously consider a dog. I researched options, prayed, and thought things through. We’ve loved golden retrievers, but I was specifically interested in the English Cream Golden Retriever. About three years ago, when we were in Indiana, we saw a beautiful English Cream Golden Retriever near our conference location. It was incredible!

So, I began the trek to find my dog, occasionally waffling between a regular Golden and an English Cream. You can do a Google Search on the difference, but the English Creams have European roots and are very light among several things. Selecting the name was difficult. I searched through so many options and finally settled on Ellie. The funny part is that’s one of the top 150 names on AKC’s site.

After many closed and then open doors, I found this little darling. Wow. She’s so sweet: cuddly, lively, and Miss Personality.

Love,
Sarah

"Anybody want to play?"
“Anybody want to play?”

“A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast…”
Proverbs 12:10

Cooking Ahead with Anna Marie and Anna

Anna Marie and her baby are doing well, but Anna Marie is starting to feel her varicose veins a little. So, she and Anna decided to do a “burrito blitz” and stock their freezer with 100 burritos for easy dinners later on. They were an awesome team!

First, they used Costco uncooked tortillas and set up several fry pans and lightly cooked them. Then, they grabbed a tortilla, spread a layer of refried beans, seasoned hamburger meat, and cheese over half of it, and then rolled them. The burritos were flash-frozen in the freezer and afterward put into plastic bags for easy storage. Now all Anna Marie has to do when the need arises is grab the number out she needs and heat in the oven.

Love,
Sarah

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“The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places;
yea, I have a goodly heritage.”
Psalm 16:6

Happy Birthday Sarah!!

Happy Birthday, Sarah! This has been a big year for you as you celebrated the finishing of your Moody series and dove right into a new adventure of writing! We are thankful for YOU! We love you and are so grateful you choose to be a part of our family until the Lord brings along the right guy.

It’s very exciting to see how God has been using you in blessing so many lives, and we look forward with you to what the Lord has in store for you this year.

May your birthday be filled with much love, excitement, chocolate, loads of snow, and anticipation for what lies ahead. 

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”  Philippians 3:10.

Catching Up

Can you believe it’s mid-January? Already the year is off to a fast start.

I want to share pictures from events at the end of the year. We had a week-later-caroling party, and we found it worked better to do it then versus the night of. Much more relaxing! We started off with (no surprise) singing carols. Then, we enjoyed a bountiful spread of goodies. Anna Marie, along with some help from Mary, had prepared a delicious array of cookies, along with crackers/cheese and other items. With all 22 of us, we fill up a dining room, but the more the merrier! When we were through, we enjoyed Bible time.

New Year’s Eve, we had a pizza party, followed by fellowship and Bible time. After the younger families left, our immediate group had a prayer time and then headed for bed.

Sarah

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Calia and Dad
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Ruthanne has become GiGi’s little buddy: just going over and snuggling next to her.

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Abby
Abby
Aunt Mary and Drew
Aunt Mary and Drew
The whole group. The wide-angle lens comes in handy here!
The whole group. The wide-angle lens comes in handy here!
Betsy, Anna, and Abby reading together.
Betsy, Anna, and Abby reading together.

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Did I surprise you? Here’s a random picture from a dinner over at Joseph and Elissa’s. 😉

Now below you’ll find pictures from New Year’s Eve.

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An intense game of Go Fish in process.
Calia and I--in pink
Calia and I–in pink
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Liddy
John with a lap full. Drew loves Calia.
John with a lap full. Drew loves Calia.

“Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.”
Psalm 100:2