Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Regular Visitors...

Every night when I come home from work I see our regular visitors. This little band of deer comes down from the hills above our house to look for something good to eat, then they move on. they are very daring, it's really hard to get them to move out of the way sometimes. Usually there are just does, yearlings and fawns, but today a 4 point buck was in the group. He was a little bit skittish, so I didn't get a picture, but here are some of the girls.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas 2008

Organized chaos...

Christmas was great this year at the Haynie's! We had so much fun with the little girls. They loved their kitchens, and Great-Grandma and Papa Haynie's baby dolls were a hit. We had just wht the title of this post says,"Organized Chaos". Watch the slide show above this and you'll see what I mean. I hope you all had a wonderful day, filled with great memories for years to come.

Friday, December 19, 2008

More Snow...

For the past few years, our Stake President has been asking us to pray for moisture for the Valley. Many of the members of the Church here are farmers and ranchers and make their living from the land. They need water! So we have been praying for moisture on a regular basis. Our prayers have been heard in a big way. It has snowed almost every day for the past 10 days, with at least 2 more storms to come in the next week. I took this picture on my deck of my yardstick stuck in the snow-10 inches- and counting. Terry says that I need to go out into the middle of the yard to get a more accurate reading. He thinks 18 inches are out there. I will try to wander out there, but I don't know if I can leave my nice, cozy house to do it.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Christmas Nail

This morning in seminary, I talked about the gifts that Christ gives us and the gifts that we give to Christ. I gave each of my students a copy of a poem that is a great reminder of what it the true meaning of Christmas. Here it is:

The Christmas Nail
It's Christmas time at our house
and we are putting up the tree.
I wish I could find one simple way
to remember Christ's gift to me.

Some little sign or symbol
to show friends stopping by,
the babe was born one day
but he really came to die.

Some symbol of his nail-pierced hands
the blood he shed for you and me...
What if I hung a simple nail
upon my Christmas tree?

A crimson bow tied'round the nail
as his blood flowed down so free
to save each person from their sin
and redeem us for all eternity.

I know it was His love for us
that held Him to that tree
but when I see this simple nail
I know he died for me.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Let It Snow!!!

A phone call early in the morning at our house is usually not a good thing. But today's early morning call was "Snow Day"!!! We have been in a winter storm warning area for the last 12 hours and boy-did we get snow! One of the things that I have learned to appreciate is the snow. When we get these amounts in a short period, the store gets busy, the farmers are happy because it means water for next year, and the school kids are happy because there is no school. Hope you like the pictures that go along with this post, we're going to have a white Christmas in Colorado.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Give Thanks...

We survived Thanksgiving! Yeah!! I really didn't know how everybody would behave, but all I asked was two hours of peace and calm and everybody getting along. The turkey was great, my stuffing was a mess-I wish I could make it like Grandma Frantz did-and everybody left after two hours. Devin and Angela came over on Friday to share turkey enchiladas with us. Devin spent the holiday with a convict fire crew in Ft. Collins and got the Paradise Fire under control. It wasn't the same without Blake, he spent the holiday with the Hansen's in Chicago. He finally got a job, which takes alot of worry off of my shoulders. I know I shouldn't worry, but I do. That's being a mom for you-the worry never stops!