1. I was born on April 5, 1973 in the very same hospital where I work today!
2. I've lived on the island of Crete in Greece. My dad was stationed there while in the Air Force.
3. I was the 5th grade spelling bee champ of my elementary school...go Crutchfield Cougars!
4. My only foray into "politics" was as 8th Grade Reporter at Piner and Senior Class Vice President.
5. I was saved by grace at the age of 10 during Vacation Bible School at FBC-Sherman.
6. My family and I are members of Parkside Baptist Church.
7. I only applied to one college. It's the only place I wanted to attend, so why bother with those other applications!?! Good thing I was accepted, huh?
8. Although my husband and I grew up 15 miles apart, we never met until Welcome Week at Baylor.
9. David and I were good friends throughout college, but didn't start dating until February of our Senior year. We've been together since. Married 10 years last June 20.
10. I wasn't your typical Baylor sorority girl but loved the experience...AXO!
11. I love to go to the dentist! I was blessed with good teeth so it makes me feel good when the hygienist and dentist tell me I'm a boring patient.
12. Understanding that sports would be a huge part of our lives was a pre-requisite for my marriage. When your husband talks about it for a living, you better keep up. I had a good foundation growing up with my dad & brother.
13. I used to play Fantasy football until I started beating my husband and his friends and they banned me!!
14. I am a deacon's wife.
15. I had lap-band surgery on Sept. 23 and am beginning to see the real me coming back.
16. I work with some of my very best friends. Nancy Gill is my inspiration-great Christian businesswoman.
17. I was in an accident a couple of years ago in a Denison neighborhood where the other driver hit me so hard she flipped my SUV. She ended up suing my insurance company and me.
18. I love to blog. Although I prefer to read other people's blogs more. Go to www.reedfamilyofsherman.blogspot.com to see some of my favorites.
19. I'm the world's worst housekeeper.
20. After too many years in the 20's SS class at church, David & I have finally promoted up...although we're in a class with many 40-somethings. We love being the youngest couple for a change.
21. My boys keep me on my toes. At 8 and 3.5 there is never a dull moment.
22. I love just about all types of music. David thinks I'm a freak because there are few songs that I don't know the words to.
23. I hate to be cold. In fact, I'd sleep on flannel sheets all year long if Dave could stand it.
24. I've just recently started drinking coffee, although it's loaded with so much stuff that it's not really coffee when I'm done.
25. I'm blessed beyond measure.
And probably even more of this...
Tonight Ryan (the speaker) talked to us about clearing out all of the distractions in our lives that we put ahead of God. He put this 3-columned list of examples up on the screens and I found that so many of those very examples are distractions in my own life! How arrogant are we to think that we can replace Him? How foolish are we to think that those things will quench the thirst of longing that only He can satisfy? Praise Him that His word says,
From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have
not kept them. RETURN TO ME AND I WILL RETURN TO YOU, says the Lord of
hosts, Mal. 3:7
We don't derserve it. But He is our God of Grace.
Here's an awesome song, Jimmy, the worship leader sang tonight
(Mute my blog music at the bottom of the page before you listen to this)
Now with Peyton the "Blue Blanket" has practically become a part of the family. It started out as one of those super thick fleece blankets, but after 8 years and a million washings, it has been reduced to a threadbare piece of cloth. Apparently it holds some mesmerizing smell too because that is Peyton's comfort-to smell the blanket. I guess it could be worse. He could still suck his thumb. I have no doubt that "Blue" will be making it to college with him someday.
Now, when it comes to actually going to bed each night, Peyton has a "script". As soon as I tuck him in he says to me,
"I love you, I'll see you in the morning, you're the best mom in the world, how long are you staying up?"There are no pauses between any of those statements. It's all blurred together...to which my response most nights is "I love you too, probably about an hour, I'm pretty tired". Most nights I'm up more than an hour, but I've become so accustomed to saying it like he has become accustomed to saying what he says. I've been wondering here lately how long he'll keep that up. How sad will it be one day when he just says "Good night"? Maybe that will be when he and Blue are off at college too.
Next was Christmas Eve at Gran & Pap's. This is just them, our family and James. Poor Gran had to work that day, but she had a wonderful feast of breakfast casserole. We even used her 12 Days of Christmas glasses. There are lots of memories made at this get together each year. I count my blessings everyday for Norman & Judy. I don't know what we'd do without them!
Jenn & Judy
The worker-man with his workin' clothes
The boy loves office supplies!
Chillin' with Uncle James
Christmas Day was as magical as ever! The boys must have really rated high on Santa's list this year because they were rewarded with some pretty amazing gifts. Peyton was most excited about his new Wii game system and Preston's favorite was definitely his jack-hammer. They got many wonderful gifts but we made sure to emphasize that the real gift at Christmas is the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We have continued a Link-family tradition and all get together and pray before we see what Santa has left. It's a special tradition and one that I hope they pass along when they have families of their own.
Christmas Day bounty
For Christmas Day lunch we had a wonderful time at Poppy & Nana's home. We got to spend time with David's Mama & Papaw Reed, Nana's mom & dad, Amberly & Riley and Uncle James. Nana outdid herself with a wonderful meal! I was in charge of bringing broccoli, cheese & rice casserole. It took me several days to realize what I'd left out...the cream of mushroom soup! Oh well, there's always next year! After we took the boys home for a nap, we headed back over for a good ol' fashioned game of Mexican Train dominoes. We taught them to play several years ago and its been something that we get a big kick out of. Poppy is so competitive but never seems to win. Nana always plays her hand perfectly to keep him from going out. He is such a good sport!
The day after Christmas, we headed to Grammy & Granddaddy's house. Matt & Katy and Mema were in town so we had dinner together. Mom made Chicken Spaghetti...yummy!! Mema wasn't feeling well, but she stayed up late with us and finished playing Mexican Train.
Mema looks pretty good here considering she has pneumonia!! God love her!
The next day, the LeBlanc's came to town and we celebrated with the Link's. Mema wasn't feeling too well and insisted that we go ahead with lunch and open our gifts without her. We were blessed again with many wonderful gifts.
Preston checking out Ellie's new Barbie.
It wasn't until early that evening that we discovered that Mema was sicker than we all imagined. It was determined that a trip to the ER was needed, so Mom & Dad got her in their car and headed that way. I joined them a little later and that's when our holiday began to turn not-so Merry. Sweet Mema was diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to ICU. Because of her comprimised lung situation, the ER physician felt strongly that she needed to be put on a ventilator to assist her breathing and give her body a chance to heal. She agreed and we sent her off towards a deep sleep. This week has been a series of ups and downs in her recovery. She is now off the ventilator and able to talk with us all. What a blessing that has been!! My precious Aunt Melanie and Uncle Randy have been since Sunday. God has blessed our family by the bucket-loads and while never in a million years would I wish this sickness on Mema, I feel its been a blessing to spend time with my parents and my aunt & uncle. We are praying for her strength to return and her infection to disappear. It's going to be a long road to recovery but I feel like she is getting some amazing care. I've always known that TMC is a wonderful place to work, but now I'm seeing what it means to be the recipient of care for a loved one...and Mema is certainly a MOST LOVED one.
Last night was New Year's Eve. I thought it might be good to give the Links and the Grays a change of scenery so they came to our house for an early NYE celebration. I bought everyone hats and we watched David broadcast the Sherman Holiday Invitational basketball tourney live on KXII. It was fun to see the Sherman Bearcats play the Denison Yellowjackets for the 1st place finish. The Bearcats were able to secure the victory. Mema even watched the game from her hospital bed. She told Dad that it was the technical shots that won it for the Bearcats. I love it that she loves sports...must be where I get it from.
Uncle Randy & Aunt Melanie on NYE
Little Mr. New Year's Eve
Granddaddy with the Reed boys.
David was home by 10:15 pm, so he and the boys and I rang in 2009 together. I have cute pictures of us in our hats, but I promised David they wouldn't go on here. Just imagine the cute picture above with David and I.
We're praying for good health and God's continued blessings this year. Love to all!!!