Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Roxy-September -December 2010 aka "Foxy Roxy"When we left Thursday to head to Greer both Abby and Roxy were outside. We left at 2:45 that afternoon. When Mrs. Katie came to feed them at 5:00, she couldn't find Roxy. Until we got home Sunday after Christmas at Mrs. Katie's house, Roxy had not been seen. So as soon as I got out of the truck I started calling her, just knowing that she would up come. Kevin said that he didn't hear anything in the backyard and for me to check the front. I walked out on the front porch and called her. I looked over the railing of the porch and found her. Well, of course I just started crying; I wanted to find Roxy so bad, but not this way. She was half way buried under the leaves, and our sad news was that she was dead. Thankfully, she was all in one piece and we found her body to be able to bury her and know for sure that she was gone, and we wouldn't have to not know. We don't know if another animal got her or Kevin had put out rat poison under the house, if she was able to get to that. We will just never know. But we are also sure that it happened the day we left, maybe even before we left, which is why Mrs. Katie could never find her; she was hidden good. Abby also didn't know where she was or she would have of shown Mrs. Katie.
She loved, loved to go round and round on her scratching post.
Our Christmas Card this year; how quickly things can change.
These are a few pictures of the drive home and they are not in black and white, just the sky was so cloudy.
However, around 7:00 last night (still snowing; had been all day) it finally started to stick. Kevin's lived in this house for 4 years and since he has lived here, it has snowed every year. I was hoping that the snow would continue to fall, but it didn't.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
In my 29 years, it has never, ever snowed on Christmas before. I have always wanted to wake up to see it snowing Christmas morning. It started snowing about 2:00 this afternoon. For the first little bit it wasn't sticking, but then it started. We had to go over to my aunt Ann's at 4:00 to eat this evening and had to leave early to come home because the snow was starting to stick on the roads and it was going to get bad the later it got. We hated to cut our time short. Tomorrow we are going home and have Christmas with Kevin's family at lunch time. However, we will do our best to get come in time, but no telling what the roads and weather will be like tomorrow. We called Kevin's mom this evening and she said it was snowing just a little in Blackville. I love the snow; it's so pretty to watch it come down. The best thing about this snow is that it's just snow, no rain or ice. Thank you Santa for finally making my Christmas wish some true...a White Christmas.
It's starting to snow; caught a few snowflakes.
The snow is coming down good now.
Snow pictures in Ann's backyard. This is Madalyn's first snow; even though she doesn't know it. And just let me tell you, Kevin threw a snowball at me and hit her. (It wasn't hard though) And of course I had to throw one back.
I love the snowflakes showing up in the pictures.
Kevin, Emily, and Jill
Miss Snow Diva
I took a few pictures of the snow at night. This was the reflection of my parents' Christmas tree looking into the backyard.
If I used the flash on my camera, the snowflakes would look more like flakes than rain.
Looking out their front door. The snow looks like glitter.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Merry Christmas from the McCormicks!
I hope that everyone has a very merry Christmas. I hope that if you are traveling; safe travels to and from your destination. I hope that you are able to spend time with family and friends. Remember, that we each have been given the greatest gift of all...Jesus Christ...if we choose to accept Him and make Him Lord of our life. I hope you have a blessed and peaceful Christmas. May God reveal Himself to you in a new way this year at Christmas and you see Christmas in a new light. Or find your way back to Him if you have gone astray.
I do have one wish for Christmas: they are calling for snow flurries on Saturday in Greenville and Sunday in Blackville. It would be so cool to see them! However, that's never happened in my 29 years that we get snow on Christmas. Our snows normally come in January-March. So, if not it will be okay, but I am hoping for another snow like we had last year or at least something close to it again in the winter months of 2011. But, we will see what Santa has up his sleeve this year. You just never know....
Okay, here's my list:
1. Me! (of course have to put me first (1st baby) Due in April
2. Lindsey (my best friend from high school; 1st baby) Due in May
3. Mandy (my suite mate from college and cousin by marriage, pregnant with her 2nd) Due in May
4. Kristen ( a 3rd grade teacher I work with); 1st baby) Due in June
5. Emily ( a NP that my mom works with at her office; 1st baby) Due in June
6. Katelyn (sister-in-law; had Hunter in September; 1st baby)
7. Roxanne (Sunday School-had her baby last Sunday; 2nd baby)
8. Bayne (Sunday School-is due to have her baby next week; 2nd baby)
9. Casey (Sunday School-is due to have her baby sometime this summer; 2nd baby)
10. Laura (Sunday School-had her baby in September; 2nd baby)
11. Summer (cousin; 2nd baby) Due in February
12. Bonnie Lynn (cousin-Summer's sister-2nd baby) Due in April
13. Jan (childhood friend; 1st baby) Due in June
14. Kindergarten Teacher's daughter (at school is due sometime soon)
15. Noelle's sister-in-law (1st baby) Due this summer
16. Noelle's niece (1st baby) Due this summer
17. Jeffery's Wife ( a guy that does some trucking for Kevin; 1st baby) Due in January
18. Travis's Wife ( Kevin's current service man; 1st baby) Due this summer or early Fall
19. Cal's Wife (Kevin's old service man; 1st baby) Due this summer or early Fall
20. A customer of Katelyn's -Grey-(this is her 4th baby) Due in March
And let's not forget to add those adopting:
21. Katie (friend from college) adopted her little boy in August
22. Brantley (Kevin's cousin) waiting to get a call about their precious one
And speaking of babies; to see few pictures of my nephew, Hunter, from his photo session with Brantley. (to see more photos to go her website: http://www.alldressedupphotography.com/blog/, click on Client Galleries, password: 11weeks)
See I'm not crazy! I don't know what it is, but like it's not just a few people that I know that are pregnant. It's a lot of people from all over that are. Half are expecting their first and the other half their second.
Who do you know that is pregnant that can be added to this list?
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Madalyn is moving around more and more. Kevin was able to feel her first for the first time last week. He made me hold my breath because he couldn't tell if it was her moving or me breathing. He thought that was the coolest thing. We are trying to read to her each night before we go to bed. I have this Precious Moments Bible Story Book from when I was a little girl and I read a story each night and Kevin talks to her. That night he felt her move for the first time, after he was talking to her he said "and Madalyn, I love you." I thought that was so sweet. We are ready to meet her, but don't want her to come anytime soon;that would not be a good thing. We pray that she is growing healthy and strong. However, at times her movements are getting stronger.
I'm feeling pretty good, no major complaints. I think my biggest challenge over Christmas break will be to watch what I eat. With the goodies that I got yesterday at school and the candy...it is very hard to resist without adding being pregnant on top of it.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Changes that have happened lately:
*The past few weeks my lower back has really been aching (which due to the growing Madalyn is doing and my body stretching out).
*My belly has really grown and I look pregnant now, not just a little pudgy around the middle.
*I can still wear my regular clothes, however, maternity pants are so much more comfortable.
*I have gained 2 pounds now. (Trying not to worry about that :0)
*I am really feeling Madalyn move around more.
23 Weeks: Saturday, Dec.4th
Madalyn: Dec.7th (she has both of her fist at her mouth)
Remember, any of my pictures on my blog you can click on to make them bigger.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Front Row: Heather (Kevin's sister), Michael, Kayla, Geoffrey, Eric, Evan, Nicole (Brantley's sister), Georgia, Tori (Kevin's sister), Jared, Lily Kate, Kevin, Jill, (and Madalyn as you can see is really showing off now)
Very first row in the middle: Richard and Brantley (Nicole's sister)
Sunday, December 5, 2010
As we are coming into the Christmas season, we focus on the birth of Jesus. This morning the pastor talked about how Jesus's birth was prophesied many, many years before He was born. In Isaiah 9:1-7 is Isaiah prophesying about the coming birth of our Lord and Savior. I wanted to share with you part of those verses.