Monday, December 29, 2008


Just before Thanksgiving, my Mammaw fell at home and broke a few ribs and 2 places in her pelvis. She is in rehab at the same nursing home where my Poppa is. We stopped by her room Christmas morning to sing to her. My parents were there to pick her up and take her to her house for a Christmas dinner prepared by her son Ken who was in from Nashville.

The boys helped "herd" Katie Beth from one room to another. The kids were a big hit with their Santa hats on.

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Christmas Eve we went to church for our church's first Christmas Eve service. It's was a small gathering, but so good to be with family that night remembering the Reason for the season.

After church, we headed home to open gifts. Keith has had to work every Christmas that we've known each other, so we try to celebrate when we can. We also try to keep the celebration to just Keith and I with the kids. It's been fun having our own family traditions, like birthday cake and singing to Jesus. The kids were so excited to get to the presents. Jack especially enjoyed the tissue paper. Katie got a real baby doll...her first. She has loved pushing it in the stroller. The boys were excited with their new Star Wars things and their new video games.


My Poppa, who turned 87 years-old in September, was just put on Hospice. His health has dramatically declined in the recent weeks and as the doctor said, "At this point, my main concern is with dignity and comfort." I was thinking of him the other day and am amazed at his example. The last few years of his life have not been what he wanted, but he has taken everyday with a smile on his face and a servant's heart. I have never heard him complain...about ANYTHING! I hope I grow up to be just like him. I love to hear him growl and bark at the nurses or whimper when they make him take his meds. I love how he lights up when any child walks into the room, but especially "his babies." I love how he "trucks" even in the bed and still "umpahs" to the music. I love that even though he can't speak much, he says volumes with his eyes and smiles. I love to see his crooked pointer fingers clap when he is happy about something. I love that church and service in the church were important to him until he absolutely couldn't go anymore. I love how we used to wake up at his house to the sounds of he and Grandma having their morning Bible readings and praying for the missionaries. I love how devoted he was to my Grandmother, being gracious with her during her mental decline and sweetly holding her hand as she was dying and saying nothing but, "Love you Momma." I grew up with him telling anyone who would listen, "I love that woman." I could go on and on, what a sweet and precious man!

Here is a picture of the kids with him on Christmas morning. He was sitting in his recliner, but couldn't stay awake long enough to visit. We sang "Joy to the World" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", but I'm not sure he will remember we were there.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dishing up all the dirt.

I hesitated in blogging this...because it's really gross. I was afraid you might think that I'm really nasty...and then I realized that maybe I am.

Keith got me my Christmas gift a little early this year. When Keith and I got married, we were given a used vaccuum. It worked pretty well, but over the years, it breaks down everytime we go to use it. I also knew that it wasn't picking up very much. So we found a great deal on a Dyson at the after Thanksgiving sale. I had to go ahead and use it!

We started with the living room. We couldn't BULEEEV how much dirt we got up. There was over an inch of solid sandy, dirt. Then there was several inches of hair and fuzz on top of that! I kept saying, "We've had our babies on this floor!" Everytime we vaccuum we get another 1/2" to 3/4" of dirt.

I LOVE MY NEW VACCUUM!!! I highly recommend the Dyson if anyone is in the market.

Santa Baby

How blessed am I?

Friday, December 19, 2008

I got your back!

I got this email the other day from a friend of mine and laughed so hard that I had to post it. Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

Are you tired of those sissy 'friendship' poems that always sound good, but never actually come close to reality? Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship. You will see no cutesy little smiley faces on this card- Just the stone cold truth of our great friendship.

1. When you are sad --I will jump on the person who made you sad like a spider monkey jacked up on Mountain Dew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.
4. When you're scared -- we will high tail it out of here.
5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining, ya big baby!!!!
6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.
7. When you are sick --Stay away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.
8. When you fall -- I'll pick you up and dust you off-- After I laugh my butt off!!
9. This is my oath...I pledge it to the end. 'Why?' you may ask -- because you are my FRIEND!
Friendship is like peeing your pants, everyone can see it, but only you can feel the true warmth. Send this to 10 of your closest friends, Then get depressed because you can only think of 4 .

Merry Christmas my FRIENDS!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I realized after I got home that I only got 3 pictures of Thanksgiving this year. (That's mainly because my sister-in-law is the camera queen and they were in McKinney this year.)

We ate at my parents at 11:00 am. It was especially quiet this year. John's family was in McKinney, Poppa was too sick to come, Mammaw was in the hospital, Uncle Ken was with Mammaw, and David left right after lunch to go to work. It was so weird to have just a handful of peuple there and actually get to sit and visit some.

Then we went to Flower Mound to celebrate with the Beckham side of the family. We got there about 4:30. It makes for a full day, but it's so nice to be with family.

Texas kids!

In Texas, you grow up with the rodeo. Charlie loves to do rodeos for us at home and now Katie has gotten in on the action. You'll notice that she won't drop the paci and Charlie has got "Killer."

Thanksgiving Feast at School

Here are some pictures from Will's Thanksgiving Feast at school. Only the kindergarten, 1st and 5th grades participate. (They are the grades that study that time period.) The kindergarteners dress as Indians, 1st and 5th are Pilgrims. Each grade does a short poem or Scripture. Will memorized Psalm 100 with his class. Then we all dig in to a full Thanksgiving meal. We eat outside on the parking lot and some families even bring tents and tee-pees. Keith missed it again this year, but the grandparents were able to join us this time.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Watching Christmas movies...

Charlie watching a Christmas movie...

with family...

and friends...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

For the first time in my entire married life, I decided to get a jump n the holidays. Part of it was that Keith will be hunting on his next stretch of days off, so I knew that if he was going to help, I had to do it early. The weather had gotten cooler, which always puts me in the mood, plus there was Christmas music on the radio.

So on November 15, we turned on the Christmas music and the kids helped us decorate. Yep, even Katie. Jack watched, but he sure enjoyed all the lights and chaos. I love Christmas! and love having the house looking festive. I've also realized this year that I LOVE all the made for TV Christmas movies. They are sappy, guessable, and overly emotional...and I love them.

Katie Beth and her shoes...

Actually, it's not just her shoes, it's any shoe she can find. She loves to put on socks and shoes, and does a really great job!

A hunting we will go...

This year, Charlie got to go hunting with daddy all by himself. (They didn't really hunt, it was more looking for animals and animal tracks.) Keith took his gun and they did a little target practice. They were hunting for hogs, so they saw deer, rabbits, squirrel...but not a single hog. They still had a good time.

Charlie told Keith that night that he needed to go poop. Keith took him to the out house and after checking for wasps, told him to sit down and go. Charlie told Keith to shine the flashlight down in the hole...then decided maybe he just needed to pee. Later that night, our friend came down to the bunk house from his house. After visiting, Keith asked if Charlie could use his indoor plumbing. Apparently, he really did have to poop.

Karate Kid

Will has been taking Karate from one of the moms at Covenant. He has really enjoyed it and just recently earned his yellow belt. Here are a few pictures from his yellow-belt test.

***Fort Worth taken over by Star Wars!***

For Will's 7th birthday, we decided to host his party at our house. He invited a few boys from school and of course, our cousin Blayne. I went and picked the boys up from school. The ride home was HILARIOUS!!! Five, very excited 7-year olds in one van...LOUD! They kept saying, "Will, your party is 5 HOURS!!"

As the party favor, we had gotten each of the boys a light saber. As soon as we got home, I made them all go outside to play for an hour. (Thank the Lord the weather was nice!) They all played really well together. Katie went out, but stayed far away from the swinging swords. Blayne even shared his Darth Vader helmet, which Charlie was more than willing to wear. (Which is kind of funny since he's the smallest of the kids and they all came after him to kill him.) He was a good sport though and we called off the Jedi's before anyone was hurt.

Then they came inside and watched part of Episode 2, a birthday gift from Grandmom Beckham. They all loved it! Then we stopped and ate pizza. Then it was presents and cake. Then back to playing and watching Episode 2.

Parents started arriving about 8:00pm to pick the boys up. They had a ball and all played really well together. Blayne spent the night and then we had donuts in the morning. What a great party. I still can't believe I have a 7 year old!

Baby Ko-Jack

Need I say more...what a precious bundle he is. This was his first time in the swing. Katie was napping, so he got to play with the big boys.

Such a big girl...

On October 23, Keith and I took Katie Beth to Claire's in the mall to get her ears pierced. I had gone back and forth between whether to do it or not...but she's SOOO into accessories that I decided to go for it. She keep holding legos and shiny things up to her ears saying, "ears, ears?" She loves to look at mine and gently touch them. So much for not having a girly-girl. (ok friends, you can stop laughing at me.)

She cried while they pierced them, but I think she was more mad that I was holding her. As soon as they were finished, they gave her a sucker and showed her the mirror. As you can see, she LOVED them! I'm so glad we went ahead and did them and so is Keith. I love the way they look and that she looks even more girly. Plus, she doesn't mess with them!