Thursday, November 27, 2008


We are thankful for...
family.friends. new music.crisp fall air. spiced apple cider.our of seasons.mittens.oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.a sense of belonging.our church & church family. new running shoes.snow.fireplaces.memories.a good glass of wine. late night talks. sleeping-in.cinnamon rolls.kind words.a good deal. grace.turkey dinners. experiences.accountability.sweatpants.campfires.webcams. our troops. a good pillow.starbucks white chocolate

and so much more.

We pray you & your family have a blessed Thanksgiving...
with joy,
em & jim

Sunday, November 23, 2008

good morning.

I love Sunday mornings...I'm sitting here with a hot cup of coffee, the cinnamon rolls are in the oven, and we're cozy on the couch scouring over the Sunday paper and coupons of the week-and catching up on the blog.

Wow, I feel like I just aged myself. But, I think I'm ok with that...

Exciting things in our life this week and last:

-We celebrated Thanksgiving with friends from church last night-delicious!
-I was on-call yesterday and didn't get called into work
-We survived the high school retreat and had a blast-with only a minor injury on Jim's part [due to running into a thorn bush while playing capture the flag in the dark-unfortunately our team was defeated.]
-Jim survived his "marathon" of meetings last Tuesday-5 of those before 11am.
-I'm on the pursuit of training for a half marathon and ran a total of 15 miles this week-a first for me
-We found a great deal on a webcam-and now are the proud owners-and would love to chat with you
-I got an early birthday present from Jim-new running shoes! a definite highlight of my week [no more blisters!!!]
-Despite Jim's liking I started listening to Christmas music. I love it.
-WE HAD SNOW! 4/10ths of an inch. I had to do a double-take when I walked out of the house. An OB was so happy at work he brought us blueberry and apple pie, apple cider, and ice-cream
-I have today off and am extremely grateful
-I have become addicted to coupons and joined a 4 week trial of The Grocery Game. Check it out!
-Bentley graduated from puppy class-we tried to get pictures, but he just wouldn't sit still with his graduation cap on. [PS. we were mortified]

Phew. I think that's it!
Have a blessed day.

with joy,

Here are a couple pictures of the youth group retreat last weekend...good times had by all!

just his size?!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

back to school.

Thursday ended Jim's three week track out...we spent the day at our favorite park, Lake Johnson. The fall weather was gorgeous! Then, to top things off we went to SONIC for happy hour.
Here's to nine more weeks of teaching!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

before & after.

I think Jim's three weeks of "track out" is getting the best of him...
Here is living proof. and no, this wasn't taken in the wee hours of the morning, but around 5pm this evening.

It was time to take the issue into my own hands with the assistance of a pair of scissors and here are the results.
He shaved his goatee off and I keep finding myself doing a double take. But, oh so much better. The werewolf is gone-for now!

That's the latest and greatest in our lives.
We hope all is well with you.
With love from the Tar Heel state.