Wednesday, December 31, 2008


To say 2008 was an eventful year in our lives would be an understatement!!!!
I want to close out this year with the 10 things I am most thankful for and that have made 2008 so eventful.

#1 - My husband's SUCCESSFUL bi-pass heart surgery October 9th

Getting his follow-up exam and clean bill of health October 31st

#2 - Celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and celebrating it in Flagstaff/Grand Canyon where it all began October 4, 1958

In front of the church we were married in 1958-2008.


#3 - The Lord putting it on my heart to begin a pray blog - HEARTS IN "1" ACCORD in May.

#4 - The 20 fellow Prayer Warriors who have joined with Mickey & I in this prayer group: Michelle - Jennifer - Diana - Dawn - Annie - Rhonda - Pam - Leigh Ann - Shirley - Sue - Ginger - Retha - Amy - Nancy - Lori - Jenileigh - Kim - Kitty - Sharon - Brenda. That these 20 cover the 4 U.S. time zones, plus 2 international Warriors!!


#5 - The ADDITIONAL Prayer Warriors who will be joining with us in 2009!!!! Are YOU one of these? Please contact me for information about this private blog

#6 - The 4 bloggers we were blessed to meet in REAL LIFE.

Annie at the Cheesecake Factory in Oklahoma City

Kitty (Kristie), her youngest son, Jamey, and oldest daughter, Katie at a cafe in Albuquerque

Kristie with all her children at their apartment: Katie, Jamey, Marc, Frances & John.

Brenda, her younger daughter, Grace, & husband, Sunny in Flagstaff, Arizona

Ginger, her husband Dave, daughter, Alisha, & son-in-love, Alfred, from Michigan

at Midnight

along their travel route to Texas in Muskogee, Oklahoma McD's!!!


#7 - My wonderful family of 2 daughters, 2 sons, 2 granddaughters & 1 grandson and all the wonderful birthday celebrations and other family times we've shared, and topped off with one of the BEST silly, fun CHRISTMAS' ever.

The toe socks

The "JINGLE" girls --------------------------The "GRINCH" guys

#8 - That David made it home to join the fun and visit from December 25-January 2 and that he is doing GREAT. .


#9 - ALL our wonderful friends and church family.......but especially my forever friend, Joan, and our long-time forever friends, Don & Barbara.

October, 2008 friends for 64 years - 1943 - 2008

Barbara & Don --- friends for 33 years -- 1975-2008
#10 - Last, but certainly the most important of all.......MY LORD & SAVIOR, JESUS the CHRIST, our wonderful PASTOR and CHURCH.

Gary & Paula Rogers
Pastor, Coweta Assembly of God

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Since David's plane did not arrive until the evening of Christmas day and he missed out on our celebration we decided to all meet for dinner at Ou*t Ba*ck Steak House on Sunday evening for dinner.
Our son's, Marc & David and grandson, Aric.

l We picked this restaurant because our granddaughter, Jessica, works here and although she couldn't "eat" with us she got to wait on our table of 10, and spend time serving us. Here she is taking her grandfather Mickey's order.

Dave, Suzette & Oksana perusing their menu's

Benny, Mallory & Jacque.

Mallory a friend of Jessica's. also works at Ou*t Ba*ck, and they go to college together. Oksana looking on from the side.

Mickey & I...the proud parents and grandparents... enjoying a fun time with our family.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008


Our family made a real effort to simplify Christmas this year. We did!!! and it turned out to be so much fun.
We began by not putting up a Christmas tree and only pulling out a very few of the MANY Christmas items we have. We did nothing on the exterior of the house except we have 3 front windows that show from the street and in them we placed a single 3 light electric candle. The lights on each side were clear and the top center one was red. No picture :o( but I hope you can picture it in your minds. It looked very nice and simple.
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Our manger scene that I purchased probably 45 years ago and has been a mainstay in our house every Christmas.
My angel collections, that remains year round but I dressed it up with this silver garland. The large blue & silver ornament on the right was a gift from a woman who works with Suzette. She makes ornaments for everyone in their office and she told Suzette, "What is your mother's favorite colors? I want to make her an ornament because she is your mother and you are such a nice, wonderful person." Now, I ask you, how sweet was that?!!!!! I have never even met this woman. I was so touched by this act of kindness and her kind comment about my daughter.

My Father Christmas collection. The large one on the right in red was the beginning of this and given to me about 10 years ago by my forever friend, Joan, Jacque gave the the large fancy one on the left on her first Christmas back with us after Katrina in 2005. I bought the two small ones for myself probably 8 years ago. The lighted Christmas tree on the wall was a gift to us 13 years ago, by Oksana's other grandmother, Beryl, on Oksana's first Christmas. I love it.

At Thanksgiving this year Suzette gave each of our families a gift of a little kit with these 4 shapes of wooden ornaments and paints with the instructions that we were going to draw names and were to paint an ornament for that person and bring it Christmas. What a cute idea. These are our 4 we painted and decorated. The red stocking Mickey did for Dave, the Chrismas tree was our extra one I did for us, the blue heart & star was the one I did for Benny which was actually from David. Since he didn't get into town until Christmas Day at 6:30 p.m. I drew Benny's name and painted it for David. The mitten with the star was mine for Jessica.

Here is the little Christmas tree at Dave's & Suzette's, after we had opened all the packages, with all the ornaments we had each done and placed on the tree. We saved this for last. Suzette had told us Thanksgiving that she would award a prize to the one who decorated the best ornament.

Here is the winning ornament. Painted by Jacque and given to Marc.

Suzette bought all the guys these Grinch t-shirts.
Dave, Mickey, Aric, Marc, Benny
She gave them the shirts as they arrived and they had to put them on. How cute!!!
Aric absolutely hates shirts like this and at first was not going to put his on. After I told him, "If you're going to act like that and not put it on then you are not going to get to open any Christmas presents." He soon changed his mind....but it took him awhile....he can be very stubborn.

These are the cute shirts Suzette bought for us girls.
"Jingle" with little bells on them
3 Generations
Susan (Mom) Suzette (Daughter) Jessica (Granddaughter) Oksana (Granddaughter) Jacque (Daughter) & Lindsey (Jessica's roommate)

I am so happy to show off our oldest granddaughter, Jessica!!!
She moved here to Tulsa a year ago and we are so happy about that. She goes to college and works as a waitress so she is "missing in action" at so many of our doings. This is her first semester and she made 3-A's & 1-B ;o( in English comp.)
I had bought all us girls (bought and wrapped up one for me, too!) these Toe Socks. We all unwrapped them at the same time and had to put them on.
It was so much fun and so funny!!!
You can tell the good time we were having.

Our gift to the guys was a jar of Mickey's honey, a plate of 6 different chocolate candies Mickey & I had spent days fixing, and a loaf of date nut bread. I also fixed a plate of the candies and a banana nut bread for Jessica & Lindsey.
All that work and I didn't take one picture while making it or the finished project!

Suzette was hosting this year and she decided she didn't want us to do the traditional big family dinner and opening packages on Christmas Eve and then getting together again on Christmas Day to celebrate my birthday.

So, instead, for the first time in my life I can EVER remember we did not open packages on Christmas Eve. Mickey & I attended our church services and our Pastor and his wife served the entire congregation Communion. It was a wonderful service.

Then we all met Christmas Day at 11 o'clock for a big brunch at Dave & Suzette's.

Here are all the guys (except Marc?) in the kitchen. I love to see men in the kitchen... don't you?
Dave & Suzette fixed scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuit with butter & jelly, fruit bowl with a special fruit dip Dave makes out of cool whip & cream cheese that is SO good. Benny (who is a wonderful cook) brought sausage patties, sausage & gravy and some home made Pumpkin bread his mother had made. There was coffee, milk, chocolate milk, orange juice and soda pop to drink.

After we joined hands and Mickey said the prayer we loaded our plates up, buffet style, and all headed for the table in the dining room.

This is the only picture I'm showing of all of us eating and I'm showing it to show the red tablecloth with white emboidery and gold for the candle wicks.
I did this tablecloth a long time ago. Since we now have a round dining room table I gave it to Suzette years ago and it fits her large dining table just perfect.

We were celebrating THREE birthdays and Marc brought the Birthday Cake.
Mine (25th- 71 years) Jacque (22nd - 53 years) Jessica (23rd - 23 years)
3 Generations-Grandmother, Daughter, Granddaughter

After brunch we planned to open the Christmas gifts but Aric said, "No let's have them open the birthday gifts first." We were all shocked.....I think he was making amends for his earlier attitude about the Grinch shirt :o)

There were MANY lovely birthday gifts for the three of us but I am showing only one.Marc gave me this beautiful crystal Angel to add to my collection.

I am holding a small. round, stainless piece in my right hand. This piece plugs in and has a light in it. You set the Angel on this. It has two setting on the base. One for lighting up the Angel and the second for lighting up and turning the Angel around and around. I love it!!!

If you're a regular reader you know I always cry over the sweet, loving, wonderful, birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day, etc. cards that my family buy me.
Before I began opening my birthday packages and cards I told Lindsey, "Lindsey, I always cry over the cards they give me." She said, 'Yeah, I know....Jessica already told me." Jessica is laughing and saying, "I DID!!!"

So I opened each one and read it and cried!!!!
I also gave Mickey strick instructions NOT to take any UGLY crying face pictures of me!!!
After all that it was FINALLY time to dive into opening ALL these Christmas presents.
Aric handed out the Birthday gifts and Oksana handed out the Christmas gifts.

I am only showing 2 more of the MANY Christmas gifts.

Marc with the head flash light Jacque got all the guys.

After the last gift had been opened Benny went out and wheeled in his gift for Jacque. Two, new tires for her Pontiac Gran Dam GT.

Most everyone ended up having a ball playing on the WII. Of course Aric won every game and challenge they did!!!!!
We left Suzette's & headed for our friends, Don & Barbara's home. 2 of their 4 children were there for Christmas and we got to see all of them, their grandchildren and had some delicious homemade pumpkin & pecan pie.

I had a plate of the candies for them and we got them this Cross with all the names of Jesus.
Marc picked up David at the airport at 6:30 p.m. He was able to save $100 on the ticket by flying Christmas day instead of the day before. See......I've tried to teach out children to be frugal, too!!!!
When he got here he had to put on his waiting Grinch shirt for the pictures.
Our TWO sons

My favorite 3 guys in the whole, wide world!!!!
Dave will be with us until January 2nd. YEAH!!!!


And yet one more Christmas blessing......Ginger called me on the 24th and we had the nicest long conversation!!!! Such a sweet surprise to hear her sweet voice over the phone....I recognized it instantly after having finally met her.

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Friday, December 26, 2008


I have the distinct privilege of celebrating my birthday on the day we celebrate the birth of my Lord & Savior, JESUS - Christmas - December 25th.
I thought I'd share my 7 decades with you

This is what 71 looks like!!!!
December 25, 2008

My first birthday - 1938

1948 - 10 years old
Taken by a street photographer on the main plaza of Santa Fe, NM where I grew up.

December 25, 1952
15 Years Old
Taken in the front yard of our home

School Picture - 1954
16 Years Old

My marriage picture to Mickey
October 4, 1958
20 Years Old

1968 - 30 Years Old
Taken as we were placing our membership at Carbondale Bible Church after moving to Tulsa in 1964

40th Birthday - December 25, 1977
50 Years Old - 1988
Our first RV trip - Seattle, Washington & Victoria, BC, Canada
Mickey's sweatshirt read "I'm a happy traveller"
These sweatshirts were gifts to us from our daughter, Suzette

July, 1998 - 60 Years Old
Taken on our 6th month traveling trip when Mickey retired and I took a 6 month leave of absence
It's been a wonderful 71 years and I look forward with anticipation to what the New Year - 2009 The Church, to our Country, to me & my family, and to everyone of you in blogland.

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