On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Recap and Christmas with the Family

This past week we were finally able to get together with RuthAnn and her Dad. We met on the square in McKinney and had dinner at a local restaurant, Harvest, which serves up farm-to-table goodness.

Love the way deviled eggs are served
on the egg carton with lettuce making a little nest under 
the egg and garnished with pecan and chives. The food
here is wonderful.

RuthAnn's Dad is 85 years old. He and RuthAnn recently made a special trip to Washington, D.C. for a weekend honoring WWII veterans. Unfortunately, the day after we had dinner, he took a fall and has been in the hospital and under RuthAnn's loving care.

Jack spent the night with us on Friday night.

He loves to play Bingo.

Jack called on Thursday night wanting to spend the night, not taking into account he had to go to school the next day. What triggered his calling was the fact that they had been at the check-out in the Dollar store all ready to buy their little toys when a fight little disagreement ensued and Mommy made them put the toys back and leave the store. He decided he wanted to come live with Nonnie and Grandpa!

On Saturday, my family arrived for a brief visit and to attend The Gift of Christmas at Prestonwood Baptist, which I had been looking forward to them seeing for the past few years. It finally happened and it was a wonderful performance and enjoyed immensely by everyone. Whew! You know when you build something up to people, you always hope it will live up to the expectations and want them to love it, too.

My niece, Robyn on the left, her Dad, Don, my sister, Roberta,
my DH front and center, yours truly, my brother, Phil and his wife, Susan.

The Gift of Christmas is a spectacular production and my sil, Susan, made the comment that they have seen many Broadway shows in NYC and this was much better! Pictures with my phone don't do it justice, but I have to post a few.

The Christmas Waltz is one of my favorites of the secular half of
the performance. So beautiful.

The Little Drummer Boy

I gave up trying to take pics after this because it just isn't possible to get good photos and trying to do so takes away from simply enjoying the program. The talent, the special effects, the music, and the dramatic telling of the Christmas story and the Gospel are simply incredible!

Susan brought her ukulele along and we sang a few Christmas carols before they all left for home.

Howie likes to hear his mommy play the ukelele.

Sara sent this cute pic of the boys.

My niece, Robyn, remarked that she wanted a little Christmas village. I just happened to have some little buildings in the back of my car that I had been meaning to take to the local Goodwill. I gave it to her and she bought a few little figurines and here it is. So cute.

And speaking of cute!
This is the boy, Lincoln, who was
delivered by his mommy in an SUV on I-44 last July!

Hunter and Lincoln


Susie said...

Nonnie, I loved your pictures of family and friends. Of course babies are fabulous to see. :):) The Christmas production looks amazing. I am sure everyone enjoyed it. Wow, on the poinsettia tree. Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie

Simply Linda said...

{{{Big Big Smiles}}}} thank you for sharing.

Wanda said...

Oh what a wonderful post. Loved following you around for your Christmas. Oh my, what a Christmas Production. Is that tree all poinsettias?? Beautiful.

Love your grandson...his love for Bingo, and the dollar store. Makes me remember when my now teenage grandsons, loved to play board games, bingo, and a trip to the dollar store for those little toys (that would break after one play) HaHa.

Terri D said...

This is a post just full of love and goodness!! Your photos from the performance are really good! I can't imagine how beautiful the stage actually was in person. Isn't that poinsettia tree gorgeous?!! Thanks so much for sharing all of this with us! I really enjoyed it!

Melanie said...

What fun you have been having! The photos from the Christmas pageant look amazing. How wonderful to be able to see it. Love the cuteness too. Lincoln will certainly turn a lot of hearts.

NanaDiana said...

Wow!! What a production that is, Connie. How wonderful that family could see it AND that it lived up to expectations! That poinsettia tree is fantastic!
Love that you sang carols to a uke. My Lulu plays a ukulele, too, and has played in public and sang several times. I just love it-such a fun little instrument.

Great family pics- those kids are all adorable--including the roadside baby. lol Bet that made the nightly news! xo Diana

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Wow! What a production at the Baptist Church! Y'all really DO do things BIG in Texas!!! That is amazing!!! Would love to see that! Looks like you had a wonderful time with family and friends and all. Love singing carols together with family. So much happiness there. THank you for sharing. Glad your grandson got to spend some time with you...and that he was happy to go back to his home again! LOL

Linda said...

What a wonderful time!!! So much to love here! The program at Prestonwood looks amazing. We went one year long ago. Louis Dean would have loved to play with your daughter!
Merry Christmas!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

So much going on here....Looks like you had a great time. Love that poinsettia tree. Sorry about RuthAnn's father falling. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful photos.