Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Welcome back.

It has been a while...but, here I am! Tonight the rest of my family is out and I am sitting here watching 24 and (unfortunately) watching the Chargers lose to the Patriots and thought I would finally update my blog.

So here's a [quick?] summary of Christmas break :)

Sandy was the first one to find her present on Christmas morning...

This was Ava's first Christmas. She had fun ... I think her favorite part was the presents, Mostly she enjoyed the presents for the gift wrap.
My mom knit her a beautiful stocking!
It doubles as a tobogan (sorry I haven't had a chance to go back and rotate this).

Every Christmas day for as long as I can remember (minus a couple) has been spent with my mom's family.
The Scribner Christmas lasts two days, and contains are a few essential componants:

-- 25+ people (4 Scribner sisters, 4 brother-in-laws, and the 15 cousins)
-- Food and drinks.
-- Laughter.
-- More food
-- More laughter.
-- The pool tournament.
-- Still more food...

This year was in Raleigh... First we had Christmas dinner at my Aunt & Uncle's house in North Raleigh...

Let's just say that Ava got a little bit of attention this year...

The next day everyone came over to our house...

We hosted the Third Annual Scribner Pool Tournament...
This year, (for the first time and not due to any extra practice), I made it past the first round in the tournament!

Dad's a good coach...

A big congratulations the champion - my brother-in-law, Daniel

Two days before Christmas we were invited out to my Uncle John (my dad's brother) and Aunt Colleen's home for dinner. This was the first time in three years that I have seen my cousin Christopher! He is in his last year at West Point Military Academy, and was back for Christmas break. It was great to catch up with him and hear his stories :)

After that we had our almost annual Christmas/New Years Party!
--Of course, we had some intense games of pool or ping pong...

I love Andrew and Julie's faces in this picture...
And, I... talked...
We're looking forward to the summer when Kristin will move back :)

I was also blessed to have my old, dear friend Terri and her husband Vance come to the party (unfortunately, I did not get a picture of them)

Then it was off to Hilton Head...I'll put those pictures in the next post, I think this post has enough :)

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Glory be to God on high

Let peace on earth descend

God comes down before our eyes

To Bethlehem

God invisible appears

Endless ages wrapped in years

He has come who cannot change

And Jesus is His name

Emptied of His majesty

He comes in human form

Being’s source begins to be

And God is born

All our griefs He’ll gladly share

All our sins He’ll fully bear

He will cover our disgrace

And suffer in our place

Let the joyful news ring out

The Prince of Peace proclaim

Lift your heart and voice to shout

Immanuel’s name

God has kept His promises

What a work of grace this is

Son of Mary, chosen One

The Lamb of God has come

Bob Kauflin

Saturday, December 23, 2006

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..." John 1:14

It is by far the most amazing miracle of the entire Bible - far more amazing than the resurrection and more amazing even than the creation of the universe. The fact that the infinite, omnipotent, eternal Son of God could become man and join himself to a human nature forever, so that infinite God became one person with finite man, will remain for eternity the most profound miracle and the most profound mystery in all the universe.
Wayne Grudem

Happy Festivus!

".... it's the holiday for the rest of us"

Make your list and check it twice....

And make sure you're rested up for the feats of strength.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Its been a fun ride...

... but after 5 years and about 65,000, the time has come for me and the little Celica to part ways.

We've been through a lot together... (these are not necessarily in chronological order)
  • The Break in at my apartment during the first year I had the car
  • Keys locked in the car in Ramseur on my way from Raleigh to Charlotte
  • Flat tire after NA in 2002
  • Broken antenna (after I went through a car wash without putting it down)
  • Keys locked in the car with the car running at the Charlotte basketball game
  • Flat tire on the way home in the middle of the night, (razor)
  • Broken trunk
  • Fixed trunk
  • Broken trunk again
  • Countless rides back and forth between Raleigh and Charlotte
  • Coming within 2 inches of being hit by the big SUV that slid on the ice in front of the Bakita's house (instead it took out the mailbox)
  • Several dents and scratches...from hitting things and being hit by things
  • The speeding ticket on Mallard Creek Church Road (on the way to church)
  • Flat tire after the State Fair in 04 (nail)
  • Speeding ticket in Richfield on the way to the Paul Tripp conference
  • Flat tire in the neighborhood (nail)
  • A few dead batteries
  • About 3 more flat tires...can't remember when they all were
  • And, of course, the famous half spoiler!
She was a great first car... I'll miss her... but at 17, it is definitely time for her to retire...so, on Monday I replaced the Celica.

Pictures of the new car are coming...

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Random Thoughts...

Today in 2nd Grade we took a field trip to downtown Raleigh where we visited the Capitol Building, Legislative Building and History Museum, and.... Krispy Kreme :) Unfortunately, I forgot my camera...so I don't have any pictures. But, it was great fun. The weather was perfect for walking around downtown... and of course the time with the kids provided some good entertainment (and blog material)... here's some highlights...
(keep in mind...I rode there and back with one of the other teachers and 4 boys - who, by the way, think they can rap - - fun times...really!)
Teacher: So, boys, tell me what you want to be when you grow up...
Boy #1: I want to be a vegetarian.
Teacher: ummm I think you mean veternarian...
Boy #1: oh, yeah, that's it.
Boy #2: What's a veternarian?
Me: it is a doctor who takes care of animals
Boy #1: And they make lots of money!
Boy #2: I want to be a bounty hunter!
me and other teacher: a bounty hunter?!....okay....
Boy #2: but if I can't be that, I want to work at the State Fair! .... in one of the food stands, yeah, I want to work in the Lemonade Stand at the State Fair or be a bounty hunter.
Christmas break starts tomorrow afternoon. I'm looking forward to the time off... but, you know, I think I might miss these guys :)

In other news...
  • Ava is now quite mobile...There are some adorable pictures of my neice on Joy & Dan's blog
  • Last weekend the single guys in my church put on a great Christmas dinner party! There are pictures from the evening and a video on Melissa's blog of a skit that they did... Matt has the script on his site. (my snowflake happened to win an honorable mention in the snowflake contest....according to the judge it was a mediocre snowflake, but was placed well) They also said they wouldn't mind throwing rocks in my car windshield... but that problem has sinced been solved. In all seriousness... it was a great evening... I echo everything Missy said! I really appreciate you guys :)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Christmas time is here...happiness and cheer...

This past week has been filled with Christmas decorating, shopping, Christmas programs at school, and now to finish it off I am heading out tonight to see the Nutcracker ballet with my friend Jaime! Tomorrow starts a new week...Christmas baking and a few Christmas parties.

I've been listening to a lot of Christmas music and I've been thinking about the lyrics of "Good Christian Men Rejoice. They are so true! I especially like these last two verses:

Good Christian men, rejoice, with heart and soul and voice;
Now ye hear of endless bliss: Joy! Joy! Jesus Christ was born for this!
He has opened the heavenly door, and man is blest forevermore.
Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!

Good Christian men, rejoice, with heart and soul and voice;
Now ye need not fear the grave: Peace! Peace! Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one and calls you all, to gain His everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save!

Hope you have a joyful weekend... He has opened the heavenly door, and man is blessed forevermore...Christ was born to save!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

My last blog post included an obituary for Cheryl Stolldorf and encouragement from my pastor. We lived next door to the Stolldorfs for 10 years after both of our families moved to Raleigh to start a church. Her daughter Terri is one of my very good friends. I sat and listened Monday as family and friends shared memories they had of Cheryl, what they had learned from her, and how she had affected their lives. Many memories and things I admired about her have flooded my mind over the last few days... here are a few of them...

-- I still remember the first time I met the Stolldorfs when we visited them in Richmond... Cheryl made us the best waffles I've ever had.

-- Almost every Christmas Eve when we lived next door to them, the Stolldorfs would come over (or we'd go over there) and Cheryl would leave us a plate of her homemade cinniman rolls for Christmas morning.

-- Countless meals, youth group parties, church events, and just times of hanging out at their house... she always made us feel welcome!

-- When our church had a men's retreat and our dad's were gone, Cheryl would invite us over for milkshakes, popcorn, and a movie!

-- Cheryl was an example to me in the way she cared for her family and her home. Her house was always neat and clean and ready for visitors (planned or unexpected!).

Please keep the Stolldorfs in your prayers, as well as my friend Jeanie and her family (Jeanie also lost her mom this fall), and any others you know who have lost family members. The holidays are an especially hard time when you have lost someone you love.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

In Light of That Day

Cheryl Lynn Stolldorf, 47, of Cary, passed from death to life on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at Wake Medical Center. Raised in Pennsylvania, Cheryl trusted in Christ at a young age. She attended Penn State University, where she met and married Dan Stolldorf. They had three children. In all circumstances, her life was marked by tireless service and loving devotion to her family, her church, and her Lord.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years; her daughter and son-in- law, Terri, and Vance Whitaker; her son, A.J. Stolldorf; her daughter, Allison Stolldorf; her grandson, Isaac Whitaker; as well as her parents and four sisters.

A visitation will be held at Apex Funeral Home from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, 2006.

The funeral will be held 1 p.m. on Monday, December 11, 2006 at King's Park International Church (www.kpic.org).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the persecuted church through the Voice of the Martyrs at 1-800-747-0085.

Arrangements are entrusted to Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams St. (Hwy 55), Apex, and condolences may be made to www.apexfuneral.com
News & Observer, 12/08/06

Let us all be comforted with the knowledge that at the instant of her
death, she passed into the presence of her Savior. We will mourn, but we will do so, not as those who have no hope in death. We will mourn in hope—the hope of eternal life and the hope of the resurrection of the body at the return of the Lord. Be comforted by God’s wonderful provision made possible by the death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This gospel hope is sure and steadfast and will never fade away. May we who live on in the flesh take this opportunity to reflect upon nearness of eternity and determine to live our lives in light of that day.
-Phil Sasser