Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday! (english)
Penblwydd Hapus i Chi! (welsh)

Joyeux Anniversaire! (french)
Hau`oli la hanau! (hawaiian)

Yom Huledet Same'ach! (hebrew)
Buon Compleanno! (italian)

Saeng il chuk ha ham ni da! (korean)
Feliz Cumplea–os! (spanish)


OCTOBER 30TH AT 12:45 P.M.


The Birthday Party Photo Album will be posted A.S.A.P. We will also have Aly's 1-Yr. Studio Birthday Photos online before the Holidays!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Alyson Dawn Turns 1 on October 30th!!!

(To enlarge photo simply 'click' on it.) As you've read in our 'Older Posts', we celebrated Alyson's FIRST Birthday this past Saturday, due to the fact that we'll be in Revival during her actual Birthday.

We had a FABULOUS day, together with Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins!!! (Those family members who were unable to make it... we TRULY missed you and you missed a great Party!)

Aly was "Princess" for the day, crown and all, as seen in the picture above. She so enjoyed herself and received MANY beautiful and VERY fun gifts!!! She'll be sending 'Thank You' cards out, as soon as Mommy and Daddy have the time to help her!

We have a slew of photos to look through, edit and post for your viewing, however it may be several days before we can do so! I'm not feeling very well this week... trying to fight off some type of 'Bug', I guess! I tried to rest up for most of the day today. We are to take Aly to the Studio for her 1-Yr. Photography Session tomorrow afternoon... making it impossible to be online all day. Wednesday and Thursday, will find me working at the office and then we're into yet another weekend!

PLUS all of this, we will be in Revival beginning on Wednesday and ending on Sunday night!!! Needless to say, it is very likely to be NEXT week before I'm able to get a Birthday Photo Album posted...

If you think of us this week, please say a prayer for, not only our stress levels but, also pray that the Lord would come in a mighty way and give us the Revival He would have for us? We'll post again and add that Album ASAP! Take care, ya'll!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Hay Ride Date... Perfect October Weekend! (Album Link)
As you're already aware... we were unable to attend the Presidential Rally, yesterday, in northern Indy to hear Gov. Sarah Palin speak. Aly became 'ill' on Thursday so, it was off see Dr. Kidd on Friday with only a couple of hours before the 'big' speech!
Greg and I, along with both sets of our parents, have been STAUNCH supporters of Gov. Palin from the moment she burst on the scene until now! My dear Mother has prayed for Mrs. Sarah night and day... beginning even before her V.P. acceptance speech! We have a 'peace' in our hearts, that the team of McCain and Palin are just the "CHANGE" America needs! Though there is fear at times, christian Americans need to remember that GOD is in control and we all just need to go to HIM in prayer and trust that Satan will have NO dominion over the situation at hand!

Well, we found out that little Alyson has a bit of a virus with 'cold/flu' symptoms... needless to say, she's not feeling that well at the moment, but we feel better just knowing WHAT the problem is!!! Being a 'Mama', all I want to do is fix her and make her better and one of the toughest things I've ever had to do is be told to "just wait it out"! We're trusting God to heal her little body completely... the little 'bumpies' on her legs are already gone and hopefully the 'cold' will soon be, as well!
Last night, Greg and I were able to enjoy a romantic date on a Hay Ride... perfect for an October weekend! It was a GORGEOUS Fall evening (though a bit chilly for my southern blood! LOL), full of food, fun and fellowship with several couples from Church at Camp Camby. We laughed so much we were almost sick and of course, ate more than we should have, I guess to put it simply the entire night was just a ball! Following the Meal and Hay Ride, Pastor and Mrs. Esther invited everyone to their little cabin, for Cookies and Hot Cider. AWWW! It was great to taste something warm after that ride!!! (Album Link)
While we were out on this wild adventure, Aly spent a warm and cozy evening with her Memaw and Papaw and I'm not so sure, but what they had as much fun as we did! That precious little tyke has fun and is such a sweetie... it doesn't matter whether she's 'well' or not! She enjoys and loves life so much! Oh, that as adults we could all be more like her!
Greg went "Paint Balling" with a few friends from work, today before coming home (at present, he's playing with Aly) and I believe he really enjoyed himself this morning! I am a bit afraid that he has possibly begun a new hobby, with this Paint Ball situation, that MAY be habit-forming for him! Then again, exercise is good for the soul, right?!?!? (Sorry, no photos of this great Event are available!)
My dear Mother and I, went through all of Alyson's personal items on earlier today and I must add, this 'act' was extremely emotional for us!?!?! She's gotten to be such a big girl and it's very difficult to put her things in storage that she's already outgrown!!! Time really has gone by too fast but, we're more and more thankful for her EVERY day and can't wait to see what God has in store for her! (Again, no photos... if taken, they would NOT have been pretty! LOL)
As you've probably already noticed, I've posted this BLOG on Saturday night/Sunday morning and this is due to the fact, that I'm going to have an extremely BUSY week! Our Children's Fall Festival is on Wednesday evening and I can't begin to tell you how much work is left to do, as of now! (Otherwise, I normally would've BLOGGED on Monday or Tuesday.) If you think about it... say a quick prayer for my nerves and for Greg's, too over the next few days! LOL Thanks and remember, we'll be praying for ya'll, too!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Palin In Indy!!!

YAY! The great Lady Herself, will grace the city of Indianapolis tomorrow, October 17, 2008! Due ONLY to the fact, that Aly has a cold (cough and sore throat) and we do not feel that we should have her out in the cool evening air and the fact that Greg is working extra hours to pay her previous hospital/birth bills, we will neither one be able to make it to see Gov. Palin. We're upset that we are unable to go... but, know for Aly's sake, we feel it's best! No doubt, Mrs. Palin will do ANOTHER incredible job, as usual! We'll be sure to 'google' a few pix to add to our next weeks BLOG!!!

Have you visited our 2nd BLOG, yet? It's new and based solely on Political issues and materials we find promoting and supporting McCain & Palin in 2008. Feel free to check it out and leave a comment sometime!
Well, Aly will be spending a 'cozy and warm' evening with her Memaw and Papaw tomorrow night, while Greg and I go on a little chilly date... We'll be off on a "Hayride" with a group from Church and look forward to a very fun evening!!!
May God's richest blessings and divine safety be with Gov. Palin, not only while in Indy, but ALWAYS!
Take care, ya'll and we'll BLOG again soon...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Somewhat of A Calm After the 'Celebration' Storm...

We had a calm week this past week... more or less! Just the normal week with Baby-Duty, Greg's job and my Church work. Aly has been working pretty hard, as well! With the addition of a new tooth or two and the business of trying the 'walking-without-leaning-thing'!
We had a pleasant weekend... Friday evening - we joined the entire family 'Crew' at a local Buffet for supper and ate entirely toooo much! (Isn't that what Buffet's are for, though? LOL) Saturday - Greg, Aly and I just hung out, had fun together and OF COURSE made our usual Saturday stop at Walmart! Sunday - We had incredible services at Church... much like a Camp Meeting with wonderful music and gifted preaching!!! The weekend felt very short though, because Greg didn't have Monday off this week and because of his schedule, this week already feels like it should be half over and it's only Tuesday evening!!! LOL
So much for the calm, we'll certainly be busy over the next 10 days or so finalizing Alyson's 1st Birthday party, no question there! Her actual Birthday is right in the middle of our Fall Revival, so we'll be celebrating with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins the weekend before and plan to invite 'friends' next year. On Monday afternoon, we went to order her cake and can't wait to see what she thinks of it! The theme is coming together very nicely we're so excited... though a bit sad that the year has flown by so quickly!
Here are a few pictures we snapped of Aly on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon! (We promise to post more next week...)
Going for the big brown bear at Mamaw S's house just before Sunday dinner! Destination reached, made contact with the bear and quite happy about it, too! At home, trying to get this walking thing down pat, on Saturday evening!

Monday, October 6, 2008

It's Back to Business... With a Few Pix from Our 100th Celebration Service!

Here's a Photo Album link for you:)

Well, my dear and wonderful husband was able to figure out our silly computer and get it up and running again! Thank you Greg, once again you saved my life and the life of our computer!!! (BTW! Vonnie, the picture posted below, was obviously not of our computer, if it had've been Greg would have had an even BIGGER job saving THAT one!!!!! LOL)
We had a wonderful day together on Sunday... the International General Church of the Nazarene celebrated their 100th 'Birthday' and our local Church went all out for the occasion!
Along with many of the Church congregation, our family dressed in 'period' clothes from the 1908 era and had a ball doing so! Even little Alyson Dawn had an adorable smocked-dress with beautiful trim... she looked like an absolute doll!
On our stage, we had a modified replica of the original "Camp Meeting Tent" (along with the old-time 'Camp Meeting Fans'), which took place in Pilot Point, TX in 1908. At this Camp Meeting, the official beginning of the Church of the Nazarene, as a national denomination had a little over 200 churches and 10,500 members scattered across the U.S. The Church of the Nazarene, now as an international denomination and 100 years later, includes congregations in about 150 countries of the world. The 13,500 Nazarene churches around the world now have a total membership of about 1.5 million.
During our Morning service, the Choir performed several songs in honor of the era, Pastor Bailey took in several new members, preached a wonderful sermon on 'Heartfelt Holiness' and the congregation shared Communion together.
Following the service, we had an ALL-Church Balloon Launch with 'tagged' balloons commemorating this very special Event. Then, the NEW Church members, a few friends, family and the Church Staff enjoyed a delicious meal together!
That evening, a Concert by "Forgiven", was the perfect ending to a perfect day... We praise the Lord for His goodness, to our local Church family and for placing the desire in the hearts of our forefathers so long ago, to begin a denomination founded in true HEARTFELT HOLINESS!
As you can see, we're still experiencing trouble with our photos, but we trust ya'll enjoyed taking a peek into our 100th Celebration...

Saturday, October 4, 2008


A Virus has attacked and crashed the (home) computer system of your "Penn Palz". They now only have access to a computer from their individual offices at work.
They are sorry and will attempt to BLOG again as normal, reply to your comments, view as many of your BLOGS as possible AND all within the week, the good Lord willing!
They will also have pix to post of the general Church of the Nazarene's 100th Celebration service at their local Church. The 3 of them, along with much of the congregation, will be dressed in clothing of the 1908 era and are all praying for God's will to be done in the much planned for and well anticipated Sunday services of October 5th!
Thank you and may God bless you... (and may God bless their computer, as well!!! LOL)