Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gobble Gobble

This Thanksgiving was a delight. Ryan and I have many wonderful things to be thankful for.

Last week my Dad, (the History Buff) came into my 3rd grade class and talked to the kids about the first Thanksgiving. They were totally into it! After he gets through 30 minutes of pretty rich history, he asked if anyone had any questions...The first question: "Were there dogs on the Mayflower?" These are the things that are important to 8-year-olds.

Then Tuesday night Ryan and I went to our good friends, Zach and Gina's house for a lovely meal and rousing game of Cranium. Great fun! AND we won. That's because we're champions.

Wednesday was an attempt at shopping. I've been holding out for a really great Nativity scene and finally found a delightful one from our friends at Pottery Barn. Lucky for me, I still had a gift card from last Christmas that covered most of it, (Thanks Brad!).

On Thanksgiving day, Ryan spent the morning playing football with some old friends and came back VERY sore. Poor guy's getting old. When he got home we had the privilege of serving a homeless man in the neighborhood, (yes, there was a homeless man in the far northeast heights just roaming around. If that's not the Lord putting him directly in my path, I don't know what is!) It was a beautiful reminder of how blessed we are. God's promises in the Old Testament says that we are blessed to be a blessing. We pray that would become more evident in our lives everyday.

We then traveled to my parents' house for the feast. My job was green beans. I pretty much hate traditional green bean casserole, so I used my friend Lindsey's recipe for the beans and it was really good. I'll post it soon, I promise it won't disappoint. We ate with my parents, my Grandma and Grandpa Lahvic and Grandma Johns. Always an entertaining crowd! We also celebrated Grandpa's 85th birthday! What a treat! Football soon followed, and it was the one time of the year I cheer for the Aggies, that is, when they play the Longhorns. I hate UT.

Ryan and I did not partake in any Black Friday shopping, because we're not insane or sick. We did however, clean house and put up our Christmas decor. More photos of the house coming soon. Friday evening we had Ryan's parents and sister and my parents over for dessert. We had pumpkin bread with pumpkin praline glaze and whipped cream. YUM!

Saturday night we went out with some friends. We didn't get home till midnight. This helped our "hip factor" since most evenings we're gladly retiring by 9:30.

Church this morning rounded out our beautiful 5 days off nicely. We are thankful for the quality time together we spent as well as with our friends and family. God is good. Our prayer is that our thankful attitude would continue into the season of Christmas. We hope your Thanksgiving was as fruitful as ours!

Monday, November 9, 2009


My Nana was my babysitter when my Mom went back to work when I was a baby. My Nano was her husband. Nana and Nano were more my Grandma and Grandpa than anyone, mainly because they were present. They were more in love with each other after 35 years and just plain passionate about one another. They were always holding hands, and the love they shared was a great example to me. My Nano was diagnosed with cancer a few short months ago and lost his battle last week. It is so saddening to those who knew and loved him.

My Nano was always dressed to the nines. His son said today at the funeral, “He was the only man I knew who mowed the lawn in a suit and tie.” He always smelled of strong cologne and whenever I hugged him, I smelled of him for the rest of the day. I didn’t mind. Whenever I would spend the night at Nana and Nano’s, we would, “kick Nano out of the bed,” so I could sleep with my Nana. He lived his life giving to others. He gave love to all of those he encountered.

I am blessed to have known such a wonderful man. Watching my Nano suffer over the past few months was very hard on all of us, especially Nana. And watching her say goodbye today was even worse. I thank God for the grace he’s had in my life, especially by giving me the most wonderful Nano. Oh, how He loves us.

Nano is the one with the big smile on the right with the video camera.

Here he is dancing with my Mom at the wedding.

Nana and I.

Here Comes the Bride....

My wonderful big sis Jen is tying the knot in a few short months. She is such a joy to have as a big sister, and it's our joy to make this time special. Mother and I threw her a shower for all of the Albuquerque fans of Jen Johns, and it was delightful.

I made a "Blessing Ring," for everyone to write blessings/marriage advice for her. These are not the best photographs.

Aunts and Cousins.

Jen's Grandma's.



Momma and sisters.

Grandma and Grandpa Lahvic.