Family and Thanksgiving

Katie, Jordan and Judah were able to join us in Minnesota for Thanksgiving this year, which was an absolute blast! Not only were they able to help fill GO boxes, but we got to spend a lot of time together and celebrate Judah’s 2nd birthday! There was also a church clothing swap that Katie got to come to and see people from church and get some cool stuff. Sammie Joy was also very happy to meet them. (Never mind that she was just a few months old!)

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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is one of my all-time favorite things to do. I plan and shop all year long (with help!) for one night in November, just before Thanksgiving, when my whole church comes together to fill GO (Gospel Opportunity) boxes to send out through Samaritan’s Purse.

This year, with the help of many people (buying, filling, building boxes, setting up and cleaning after everything was done), we sent 200 GO boxes to Zambia!

One of my closest friends (and cousin!) was able to be in town with her family for this event, and her two-year-old was all about getting those boxes packed in the cartons to be sent to the Processing Center.

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Run, Turtle, Run

Springbrook has a great visitor’s center, filled with live and stuffed animals and activities for anyone do have fun with.Quite recently a photographic interest group (P.I.G.!) was started up and one night, they brought out their snapping turtle, who is 25 years old along with a rat snake and corn snake for us to photograph.

Mr Turtle (I forget his name, now) was not too keen on sitting still for 20+ people to gather around and take pictures of him. He kept trying to get away! Here are some mug shots of the turtle.

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Different Kind of Pictures

A while back I got a temp job at call center for peak season. It kept me pretty busy, and wiped out from waiting for calls/dealing with guest’s issues/talking on the one all day/staring at a computer screen all day. And I was sick for most of the time I worked there. Thus, I didn’t much take my camera out and go have fun. Instead, between calls and on breaks, I took to drawing. Here are some of the pictures I drew.

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2011 in Review

Thank you everyone who visited here in 2011!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.