Saturday night we were blessed to take Katie and Duane to Branson to dinner and a show- We walked around my husband Kay's favorite shoppe- Kris Kringles and the store ( I forget the name) that has Dickens Dept 56 in it that he loves to collect. We always like to get a photo at the "big chair"
Then we had dinner at Shorty Smalls for the BEST food in Branson- wow- We had never eaten there before, but we will definitely be eating there the next time and the next time!
I forgot to get a photo to scrapbook of the suppers we had- but I did get the dessert! lol oh, and since Duane ate the biggest chicken fried steak, his roll and all his fries he was given a FREE Blackberry cobbler!
Katie and Duane had never been to it before. Duane just moved out here a week ago from Pendleton, Oregon and my daughter Katie is very happy and so am I.
Back in the 80's my husband sang barbershop with the Knutsen brothers in Utah- they are 6 very talented brothers- here is their website description "Dubbed “An Orchestra of Human Voices”, SIX combines the musical showmanship and boundless energy of six remarkable brothers (Barry, Kevin, Lynn, Jak, Owen and Curtis). Their intense high-octane energy, electrifying stage presence, and powerhouse vocals combine to create a truly amazing entertainment experience."
And of course, Katie grabbed a selfie of us during intermission !
Last night they had their last show of the season, their teenage kids sang the last 2-3 songs with them and their Dad played a white babygrand piano- it was fabulous. We had a really nice afternoon and evening. I am feeling very blessed this Christmas Season to have Katie and Duane here.
Today we will be attending the Young Single Adults Ward to hear Katie speak during the Sacrament meeting and then home to collapse! lol
Today I want to share something sent to me by a very special person in my life.
You may or may not remember that 2+ years ago July, my only Sister Pat passed away from a brain tumor. She was 14 years older than me and her daughter Michelle is 6 years younger than I am. Michelle and I have been more like sisters all these years. Maybe more than Pat and I were. This morning I opened a padded envelope laying on my desk that I had forgotten was there. Here is what was inside- It touched my heart so much I cried.
I will finish this as my new Christmas stocking!
And these guys are to die for!
I am in total love with vintage Santas of all kinds. They are all counted cross stitch and not small in size either! I have several pieces she has made over the years and it's always fun getting new, but this year with both of our moms gone and we just have each other now, it really really touched my heart and emotions and for today, I don't feel like an orphan.
I wanted to share something special to my heart with you today. Tomorrow I will share new things from SU
I was tagged in this photo on FB this morning by my grandsons mom Kris
This is Jack, he is MY oldest grandchild (biologically) This photo was taken this June when I was out there to visit.
What my blessing is- and I am bragging, I confess upfront- Jack called me the day after my mom, his greatgrandmother, passed away JUST to tell me he loves me and ask me how I was doing. He had been out with his dad and uncle the week before to see her one last time. But out of the blue he called me to make sure that "I" was doing ok. How many 7 yr olds do you know that do that? I am blessed beyond measure that even tho his parents aren't married, they are teaching him to be compassionate, polite and loving. I am so blessed! Thank you Jack for loving me and for chosing our family! You rock my world and my heart!
I was just outside moving sprinklers around as we are in a drought and things are pretty crispy outside- I picked this box of Brandywine Heirloom tomatos from one section of plants and quit because it is so hot out there! I will work with Kay tonight to pick the other section of tomatos. And I think it may be time to start pulling out plants. We are very blessed this year with an abundance of tomatos- I thought the squirrels would eat them all- we had to barracade with bird netting one entire section and then I found on Amazon
Not even the dogs go in the garden now- I am going to get a few more to place in other areas to keep the deer out and to put one at the front porch to keep the squirrels and pets off the front porch too-
here are the tomatos-
Anyhow I will be making even more tomato sauce Friday and Saturday. Again, I feel so blessed!
I hope that you are having a wonderful week and that you can see the small blessings in your life as we all have so very very many!
oh I almost forgot to share! I was released as 1st counselor in the Primary organization in our church and called to be a Ward Missionary. I will be going to the lessons our Elder's share. Today we have a single sister and I am VERY excited to attend! I used to whine about never having an opportunity to go on a mission- God Listened and blessed me with this calling, he REALLY does hear prayers and things we say!!
Wednesday we found out my husband's best friends wife passed away of cancer, while tonight a dear friend from church is passing away. Our world is full of comings and goings- I am so blessed with a sure knowledge of the Plan of Salvation!
I would like to reward my husband with this Stampin Up! cruise to give him a gift of thanks for all he has done to help me with my parents and my Stampin Up Business. Earning the cruise is based solely on sales and recruiting.
PLEASE help me give him this gift next year. (begging with a smile)
I would be honored if you choose me this year to purchase your Stampin Up! Products from.
In order to get this incentive trip aka Grand Vacation, I either have to sell $40,000.00 in products or a combination of recruiting/downline promotions and sales. I would like to be able to say thanks to my husband by way of this trip for all he has helped me through since we were married, and I am going to try really hard to do this for him. And I am asking for your help and consideration as well. All you would have to do is to click THIS LINK and place your Stampin Up order. each time you want to purchase products OR sign up for My Paper Pumpkin HERE, add my name in as your demonstrator please so I get the credit points for it.
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