Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Blessing of November

I get emotional every time I think about how blessed I am, and what a wonderful November I got to experience with family. God blessed me more than words can express; and I give all the Glory to Him.

Thanksgiving at the Cabin

Rick, Mindi, Cade, Cali, Keylyn, Peyton, Abby and I in a rented Tahoe left on Tuesday before Thanksgiving for the cabin in New Mexico. We were packed to the roof with no space to spare. When we got there, Roger had to come to the fire station to pick us up in his 4-wheel drive to take us up the mountain. Two days earlier they had a big snow so a 2-wheel drive would not make it up to the cabins. 
We stayed in Sue’s cabin the first two nights then moved to the other cabin Thursday morning after Roger and his family left. We transferred all our luggage and groceries by sled. 
 There was lots of snow and ice so the kids got to sled all over the mountain. I enjoyed God’s beautiful creation of the mountain, snow, deer, turkeys, birds, and trees with my camera. We cooked a full Thanksgiving meal. On Friday we walk down to the station to get our vehicle so that we could take the kids to Red River.
 It was amazing to see how patient and laid back Rick was on this trip with his grandchildren. He was actually content not working from sun-up to sundown without any projects going on.
 Memories were made with these four grandchildren that will last a long time.

Goodbye, Farewell

After the wedding we had to say goodbye to Chad, Tara, Jerry, and Jenna and Jared. The wedding couple was off to a beach resort in Mexico. Chad went to Nashville to see Dave Dunn, then off to New Zealand for work. Tara went home to Singapore; and Jerry went to Thailand/Bangkok to get away from our Texas winter. It was sad after a week of so much family time with all the family and cousins together to say goodbye. It will be the Fourth of July before we will all be back together again.

Jenna Married HerMann

On November 21, Jenna and Jared got married. The 6 weeks leading up to her wedding was not your normal wedding activities. Jenna is a supervisor of a critical care unit at Dallas Presby. This just happened to be where the first Ebola patient in the US died. She was highly involved in the Ebola case that was in the news worldwide. She had two of her nurses to even come down with it. Her life was turned upside down for three weeks. During this time, Anja was born and she could not go meet her, she had a wedding shower canceled, she worked many long hours, and was highly involved with the CCC and other important beings.

There were a few things that did get to take place. A Low-Country feast was held at their Mansfield friend’s house. This is the place we first saw the line that “Jenna found HerMann”. We had a nice luncheon at Haitie’s in the Bishop Arts district. We had a bridal luncheon at “The Pantry” and pedicures/manicures before the wedding.

Chad and Tara got to come home from Singapore for the week. We had a birthday meal for Chad on Friday with all the kids when they got to town. This is when they got to meet Anja. 

Saturday we met Tara’s family at Babe’s for a big family meal with the Foleys, Davises, and Fergusons. Sunday we had 24 at the house for a Thanksgiving meal and Christmas crafts. Monday the four kids all went to visit Aunt Bonnie. Wednesday was the pedi/mani day. Thursday was bridal luncheon and rehearsal dinner at Kellys in Allen. Friday was the wedding. We did Chick Fil A at the hotel for lunch while the girls got dress. The wedding and reception was at The Flour Mill in McKinney. Blue Mesa did the buffet. Rick and I sat with my four kids and Dawn and Bill.

The night was perfect - a beautiful wedding with a beautiful bride. Everyone had a great time. May God bless Jenna and Jared Hermann with a wonderful life together.

Anja Elizabeth Davis (a storybook)

Anja Elizabeth Davis
Marilyn Davis Streetman

(The following is a shutter fly storybook, minus the pictures, that I created for Anja for Christmas 2014.)

Once upon a time, February 2012, in a far away place, Phoenix, Arizona, a young man, Gregory Carl Davis, and a young women Lisa – Rennekee, met on an airplane.

They had a fairy tale romance and were married November 25 of this same year in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

On April 1, 2014 a great big announcement was made. Greg and Lisa would be having a baby around October 15.  Several weeks later they found out that this baby would be a princess.

Greg and Lisa planned and prepared for the birth of this princess in Dallas, Texas. Baby items were accumulated.

In the middle of September, the doctor told the parents that the princess would have to come early. M.e, Greg’s mother, took pictures of them a week before the birth of the baby.

The baby was supposed to come on Monday, September 29, but the doctor had a medical emergency. Therefore, Tuesday, September 30, would be the special day.

Dad and Mom had to be at the Plano Baylor hospital at 5:30 AM. M.e got to the hospital at 6:00 AM. Dad and Mom were excited in the anticipation of the arrival of their little girl.

At 7:30 AM, Anja Elizabeth Davis, made her arrival into the world CRYING. She weighed in at 6 pounds 3 ounces and was 19 inches long. Anja was the cutest baby!

What a blessing from God this little princess is!

Every good and perfect gift is from above.  James 1:17

Not long after her birth Anja had to go to the NICU unit where she would remain until Saturday. Saturday she was moved to a neonatal room, and then on Sunday she got to go home.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13
Home sweet home!
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord. Psalm 127:3
Love begins here.
Welcome to the world, Anja.

I will always love you. M.e