Friday, December 26, 2008

These are a few of my favorite (Christmas) things...

I love Christmas...the family, food, fun and traditions. Here are a few of my favorite things...

Movie- White Christmas, Holiday Inn

Song- Home for the Holidays

Sweet Treat- My mother's turtles and my mother-in-law's peanut butter fudge

Christmas dinner food- stuffed shells or green bean casserole

Tradition- Taking turns opening gifts one by one

What are some of your favorite things about Christmas?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas

From our Christmas Letter:

It is hard to believe that Christmas is almost here. When we were little, we always thought our parents were crazy when they would say how quickly the year flew by. Each day, we find ourselves turning more and more into our parents. They were wise people after all!

We are living near the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Lynchburg, Virginia. Tim is working at Liberty University in the student accounts department while he pursues his seminary degree. Becky works at Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Jonathan is seven years old and in second grade at Liberty Christian Academy. He still loves sports and plays whatever sport is in season. He lost both of his front teeth this fall, so his theme song is definitely “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth.”

Lynchburg is pretty much the middle location between both of our parents. Needless to say, there have been several trips to Georgia and Pennsylvania...and they all have visited many times. We have really enjoyed being closer to our families.

We are so grateful for the many blessings that God has given to our family. The biggest blessing of all was given to us long before we were born. When Jesus Christ came to earth as a baby, lived a sinless life among men, chose to die on the cross, and rose three days later so that we might be forgiven from our sins. Think about it: the Lamb of God came to earth, and announced His birth to shepherds...common, ordinary people just like you and me. He spent His life loving those who society deemed unlovable, spending time with those who weren’t from His country, family or the religious crowd, and He changed the earth forever. He came because He loved us...loved us so much that He was willing to endure the mocking of others, the degrading from the religious people of his day, and the humiliating and painful death on the cross so that we might be forgiven of our sins. Nothing we could ever do, no words that we say, no good deeds that we do could ever allow us to be forgiven. Just having simple faith in Jesus Christ, asking Him for forgiveness of our sin, and trusting in Him is all we need to go to Heaven someday. We pray that you have a wonderful Christmas filled with the joy of Christ’s love. We love each one of you so very much!

Tim, Becky and Jonathan Stanton

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Closer to the goal

I have always been overweight, or at least it seems so. I do have one medical issue that doesn't help things, but it is not an excuse either. Anyway, I have a really great doctor who is helping me out with that one issue, and I am proud to say I only have 6 lbs. more to lose until I get to my first goal weight. I still have a very long way to go, but gotta celebrate the little things...and I am close.

I thought I would post this to keep me motivated.

Little by little...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Light

Just some Scripture I am pondering a bit today...

1 John 1

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Why did the chicken cross the road????

BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!

JOHN MCCAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

SARAH PALIN: You betcha he crossed the road, but let's not talk about that, let's talk about energy policy, and how hard it is for a middle-class hockey mom to manage the budget of the only state in America with a massive surplus, especially while surrounded by countless Russian and Canadian chickens we have to keep an eye on.

HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure - right from Day One! - that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?

COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken...What is your definition of crossing?

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain... alone.

GRANDPA: In my day, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

(Special thanks to my sister-in-law Shawna for sharing that with me).

Monday, December 1, 2008

Such a Slacker!

Well, it has been a while since I have posted something new here. Thanksgiving has come and gone. We spent a week with my family in Pennsylvania. Needless to say, there was plenty to eat! :) We all were spoiled...sleeping in, not having to cook, cable TV. We really enjoyed the vacation.

We spent time with some of our relatives, which was really nice. The older relatives had lots of stories about when they were younger.

We also did some shopping. Tim and I even ventured out to Wal-mart on Black Friday at 5 AM. We got some good deals.

Overall, it was a really nice trip. However, we were REALLY glad to be back home in our own bed!