Monday, December 1, 2008
Alex has been taking music lessons since he was 6 years old I think. First piano, but most recently he's been learning the guitar. He takes lessons every monday afternoon for the past 4 years or so.
Well, this sunday, he played his guitar during the adult worship services. He did a great job! We are so proud of him for choosing to serve the Lord using his gifts and talents to do so!!! (Truly, Our cup runneth over!) How much more blessed could a set of parents be, but to see their children grow to love the Lord!
Not only did he play his guitar for the two services...he also read the Scripture for the Communion Meditation! Most of you know about Alex's struggles with Dyslexia. We are so proud of him for standing up in front of so many and doing something as personal as reading out loud! We are very proud of all the hard work he has put in to getting to this point! He did GREAT!
I will be attempting to at least get an audio version of our service up so you all can hear it! If I can...I'll just put up a few clips! (So you don't have to listen to the whole service...although...you might want to hear Alex play guitar and Austin the drums)!! The proud mother that I am...you may just have to fastforward through the parts you don't want to hear! ;-)
Anyway, thanks for sharing our excitement with us! Whatever did we do without blogs??!!
Our Love to All!
Not only did he preach it once-but twice! First and Second Service. I'm hoping I'll be able to get a video or at least an audio posted so you can listen to it as well. He did a GREAT job! Adam and I are very proud of how he is commiting his life to Christ. Our prayers have been answered!
This sermon ended up being several firsts for the Aberle family. Particularly, for Austin. He wore his very first 3 piece suit (even though he decided to leave the vest at home). That was quite an adventure! He and Adam went shopping for a suit, just for his sermon! I know he'll get many years of use out of that suit. Growing up, you only got nice clothing like that because you were growing up! And because you were almost full grown! I can't believe how quickly the years have passed! Is he really preparing for college...already?!?
Another first, was that Austin played the drums in his fancy suit and fancy shoes! Austin played the first song because it was a youth sunday (the youth praise team assists the adult praise team and other important rolls). On the fifth Sunday of each month the youth get up and help in whatever way they can with serving the congregation. (Which leads to an opportunity for the youth to do things like...serve communion, pray, greet, preach, play music, run sound and projection etc.) All in an effort to teach students a love for serving.
Adam and I are incredibly proud of him for his decision. It all happened something like this...
The previous Sunday night Aaron came to me and said "Mom, I need to talk to you tonight". I responded with the usual response "ok, let me finish this and then we'll talk". (I knew it was something important...funny how that "feeling" strikes you as a parent when you know it's definitely NOT something you should put off.)
I sat down and talked with him. He was able to answer all my questions and I believe he totally understood what was going on completely. I asked him how long he'd been thinking about it. He said "a couple months". When I asked him why he waited to talk to me or dad about it so long, he simply said that he "was suffering from stage fright". He was just scared to tell everyone his decision.
We encouraged him that everyone there loves him and can't wait for him to make this decision.
I asked him if he'd talked to Adam yet, he said "No, but I'm going to tonight." Him and Adam proceeded to talk quite a bit through sunday evening. First thing monday morning Aaron was ready to call the youth minister and meet with him. PHATROK sent home a booklet for him to work through and he spent an hour and a half completing it. Then he spent most of tuesday talking and hanging with PHATROK.
He was very loud and proud as he stood in the baptistry with PHATROK (our youth minister) and confessed his faith. Halleluia!! we rejoice with the angels!!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I wanted to give you a "short and sweet" update as sitting up for long becomes painful quickly.
The surgery went exactly as expected and was completely on time. Adam got me home a little past noon, I think. My instructions are to ice it 15 minutes of every hour and take the pain meds every 3-4 hours or as needed.
I've been sleeping a lot as the pain medication knocks me out. However, They gave me crutches this time and I can tell already that, that has made a huge difference as I don't have to put all my weight on my foot as I walk. I will gradually be using my foot more and more as it heals.
Special thanks go out to John (PhatRok) Lancaster who took time out to come and sit with Adam. Thank you Soooo much! Also, a huge THANKS Goes out Jimmy & Lora Snell (and the kids) who dropped by and brought us supper for tonight! Especially since we have company coming into town and will need to be feeding extra mouths. Thanks So Much!
Also, and this thanks is early...as they've not arrived yet, but Thank You to Gene and Lou Anne (Adam's Parents) and Alan & Cari (Adam's brother and his wife) and their family who are coming to help celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday and to help with all my duties here at the house! I'm very much looking forward to their company and can't wait to see them!
My love to all, Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
P.S. I'm going to ice my foot and put it up now. Thanks Again for all your prayers, gifts and well wishes!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Adam had a conference (for work) to attend in Honolulu, Hawaii. God's gift comes in the fact that Adam had enough airmiles to bring me along! I guess there are a few benefits to him having a job that causes him to travel frequently!
Anyway, It has been a wonderful trip so far! I thought I'd share a few photos with you, since I had some time to gather a few thoughts.
I also wanted to say "Thank You!" to Ms. Bobbie, a very dear friend of ours who has graciously volunteered (Another of God's gifts!) to keep our boys for us (again!!)! She has kept them on-task with their classes, schoolwork and schedules-which is enough to drive anyone to insanity! Without her willingness to help, I wouldn't be able to be here at all! I thank the Lord every day for her-as she continues to serve Him! She is truely a blessing to our family! Thank You So Much Ms. Bobbie!!!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Alex dressed up like a ninja (his favorite heros of today's society). However, his ninja skills were so cunning that I wasn't able to capture him in a picture the whole night! I ended up having to catch him off-guard back at the house-unaware!
Alex helped with the Trunk or Treat by making popcorn for most of the night.
Austin dressed his car up, too! With the help of some left-over vinyl flooring from his room, some cardboard & paint and a few records off his bedroom walls! He even had some 50's music playing all evening. He created a little game with ping pong balls. In the center was a coke glass that the kids had to try to get the ping pong ball in by tossing. If they did - they earned 3 pieces of candy. If they tossed their ping pong ball into one of the cars from Cheeburger Cheeburger- they earned 2 pieces of candy. If not either of those...well of course they still got to take a piece of candy! Austin created his car with the help of some of his friends. But he did most of it on his own. (He even paid the entrance fee himself!)
I did the craziest thing I've done in a VERY LONG TIME on thursday night...the night before the Trunk or Treat event. Adam and I and the kids went to Walmart at a little after 9pm on Thursday night (following Alex's first drama performance at CCA). We decided there that I would make elf costumes for our "trunk". So, when we got home I began creating 3 costumes :-)...I finally put myself to bed at 5am.
You see, I thought sure that the "scrubs" pattern that I used would be so quick and easy that it wouldn't be a problem at all! Well, have you ever tried to sew on a collar in a v-pattern? OK...that wasn't so easy...3 tries for each, Adam's and Mine! You'd think I would get it after once! NOT! I also altered the patter a bit adding 12 inches to Adam's and 11 inches to mine. Thus making it a "dress" kind-of...yes..Adam wore a dress! Ha Ha! Thanks Babe for being willing to go along with me!
The final touch was the pom pom balls that are sewed all the way around the bottoms of all three costumes and the sleeves of mine. Aaron wore girls tights...and I wore the old fashion uni suit that my mother-in-law gave us for Christmas when Aaron was an infant. (yes, that would be about 10 years ago!) It worked great! And I stayed warm! Thanks Lou Anne!
Aaron had a job, too! He was our little personal elf! He sat inside the cab of the truck so that he could "redecorate" the trees as the kids removed the "ornaments"! He also played a key roll in encouraging all the "shy" children to crawl through the bed of the truck and come and see what was in the cab!
Adam decorated the outside of the truck and of course had the music box hooked up so all the lights blinked to the music! We started decorating at the church at 1:30pm or so. We just finished at 5:15pm. It was a lot of hard work-but we took 2nd place and won a gift certificate to "Tony's Little Italy". WooHoo! (The kids got to judge all the trunks and vote for the top 3 who would win a prize).
I Decorated the inside by hanging icicle lights from the bed cover and we laid the back seat down so the kids would be able to get from the gate to the cab through the bed. In the cab I set up 2 small Christmas trees with lights-blinking to music of course, a tree skirt & a stuffed snowman that my sister-in-law Cari, made for a gift for us several years ago.
Alex and Aaron taped string to all the candy so that we could hang candy on the trees like ornaments. Aaron's job was to continually be "decorating the trees" while the kids (and some adults) were coming through.
Our game? climb through the icicle lights-to the trees for a surprise. Each child would get to take home an "ornament"! The kids loved it! So did we!
One little boy, after crawling through the lights laid on his belly and put his chin in his hands and said, "Oh, It's soooo beautiful"! That made all the work worth it.
Here is a pictures of Austin and Elizabeth Fouse. She came home from Auburn just to help Austin with his Trunk or Treat! As the evening wore on and got colder they wore Adam's and my letter jackets from high school... I'm not sure how that fits into a 50's theme...but - in the famous last words of Adam..."WHATEVER!"
Monday, October 20, 2008
He wants to see our Fantasy Scores. You see, our family (on Adam's side) all get together every fall and we play Fantasy Football. It's the perfect opportunity to "stay connected" and trash talk each other for the whole football season. This may not seem healthy to most-But we LOVE it! haha!
So, Aaron comes running and screaming to me at the computer and he MUST see his score right now! You see-his players just scored a touchdown...so his score goes up and Uncle Andrew's (his opponent this week) score goes down putting him in the lead by less than .75 points. He has just realized that he will probably win his game this weekend.
The whole reason I'm blogging about this comes next. Not only did he scream all the way to the computer...but upon realizing that he has actually pulled ahead of Uncle Andrew's team...he runs through the house screaming into the room where Adam is...and screams again!!!! "AAAHHHHH I'm Winnning!!!! Uncle Andrew is Going DOWN!!!!" Then he turns around and runs into the couch - (some of you will remember the big fluffy cushions on the couch)- bends over into the pillow face first and SCREAMS as loud as he can!
Then he casually lifts his face off the pillow...walks over to the recliner, sits down and continues to enjoy the game as calm as ever.
Even when they are 10...they can have mood swings! I LOVE IT!
P.S. I'm actually experiencing a slight win this week as well...the score between myself & my enemy? (That would be my loving and very quiet looser, husband :-)) 109.38 to 70.16...OH YEAH!!!!! I got him this time ya'll!!!!! WWooooHooo!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Here are the before pictures...
Here Are the After Pictures...
I've had long hair for a very long time...so this is a little new to me! You realize, I like things like getting ready for the day to be easy and quick. This little hairdue means that It'll require a
I guess I'll have to get used to it! :-)
Just in case you wondered...my hairdresser cut off around 18-20 inches...15 inches of which will be going to "Locks of Love". This is a great organization which among other things receives donated hair of a minimum of 10 inches in length and makes wigs for children who suffer from illnesses. These kids receive the wigs for free. (see locksoflove.org for more details on how you can help).
Friday, August 29, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
He wouldn't even talk to me all week! He wanted to be at camp without me. It was hilarious! It was the first time I realized that he may not want to get hugs before bed for much longer! Everytime I'd "remind" him where to put his wet dirty clothes he'd turn his head and walk away and say "I know mom! I'm not a baby anymore!" Yieks! Is this really happening???
Even if the Deans Jeff Beckum (L) and Michael Sikes (R) are a little crazy! They always feed me well, which ensures a GREAT week! I did have a great time catching up with my friend Kristin (Middle)!
This was my group. We had a great bunch of kids! You can see that Kristin was my co-group leader! We had an awesome time together! I love to see kids growing closer to God! I think the best part of the whole week was watching the shy kids even step out to pray out load! I was really proud of them for that!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I am going on 7 years of working with the Jr. and Sr. High students at church. I lead a discipleship group of girls and teach classes in addition to leading the Youth Praise Team. I enjoy playing bass along with the kids as they learn to use their talents to lead others to worship. Again, I love watching kids grow in their faith and trust in Christ. It's been a new and exciting time, getting used to a new youth minister but I am slowly adjusting to the changes. I have to say, it's been nice to have someone to work beside instead of feeling the full responsibility of the program as I did for about 9 months. My youth kids are all great and I love to spend time with them.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
So, as an update I will say...Summer is here! Which means, it's time to get the pools open. I had a great week off while mom was here but now it's time to hit the ground running! That's what I've been doing this week. I've been going into work around 6am every morning (Yes, that's AM!), and getting off anywhere between 2pm yesterday (because one of my youth kids had invited us to graduation) and 6pm tonight.
Saturday the pools open and things should slow down a bit. Which I am thankful for.
Austin, Alex, and Aaron are truly being awesome! They've been helping to keep the house up and resisting the urge to kill each other!!! Adam has been traveling all week and they have been left on their own more than I like. Austin has even been running a few errands for me all week. This is a nice littler perk to having teenagers!
Thanks guys, for hanging in there!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Austin has finally finished his research paper! Yeah! You have to understand! He has been working on this required "junior paper" since last January. The process consists of...putting together your draft and turning it in...then you get it back with corrections that need to be made....then you make the corrections and turn it in again...then you get it back with more corrections to be made...then you make the corrections and you turn it back in...then you get it back again...over and over and over....eventually, hopefully, you will get a "GREAT JOB" and be all done! That is very exciting!
And now, finally, He is ecstatic to know that it is done (as you can imagine)! If you would like to read it, send me an e-mail and I'll be happy to forward it to you!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I just happened to catch an info-mercial on TV for this hanging tomato planter thing, and I thought "hmmm, this might work". But of course the "baskets" they were trying to sell looked totally CHEAP! YUCK! So, Adam and I put our heads together and found these hanging baskets at Lowe's. So we figured we'd just cut a hole in the bottom and plant the tomato plants in them -upside-down. I like them...but we had a "cup full of dirt" with something green dropping out of the bottom of it. This is not good enough for me!
I was talking with my friend Jill one day and she tells me that military families will often plant their "gardens" in baskets because of the frequency of their moves. So, I naturally, put 2 and 2 together and decided that I would attempt to put the two ideas together and see what
would happen. So, here is the start of our experiment. We have planted 2 pots with peas. One pot with green beans. We have squash and cucumbers. And finally, one with parsley and oregano. It will be an interesting thing to see if they have enough "room" to grow.
But so far they are lookin' pretty cool! We'll keep you posted on what happens!