Wednesday, December 31, 2008
A week and a half ago Dana celebrated her 18th birthday with eight girl friends. We decorated with lights and snowflakes and candles and I planned, cooked, and served a four course mystery dinner. It was all part of my gift to her. She and her friends had a good time, enjoyed the food, and had fun watching each other eat salad, lasagna, and cheesecake, sometimes with but more often without utensils.
Dana, however, doesn't know that she also gave me a gift that night. The girls played a game where someone read a question from pre-printed cards, everyone else wrote their answers to the question, and the reader had to guess which answer went with each person.
I was in the kitchen cleaning up the supper dishes when I heard the reader ask, "If you could pick anyone to go out for dinner with who would it be?" The list of answers read something like this:
My future husband
A special someone
My future husband
Can you guess what most of these girls have on their minds!?
Well, the guesses were made, the correct answers revealed, and I learned that my Dana's answer had been, "My Mom"--and she didn't even know I could hear them.
I love you, Dana!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Recognized for setting a new school record in number of receiving yards in a career,
recognized as the Best Offensive Back in 2008,
recognized for the Scholar Athlete award,
recognized as one of seven seniors to make it through five seasons,
recognized as a captain and team leader,
recognized for doing the best impression of the head coach.
Michigan Tech Graduation Ceremony:
Recognized for completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering,
recognized for graduating Summa Cum Laude (3.97),
recognized as......"Kevin" B. White.
Really? Show me the 'v' and 'n' in "Keith".
Thursday, December 11, 2008
They didn't just do a story about the business, but they included quotes like, "The purpose of this business is to glorify the Living God." Praise God for such an opportunity to lift up His name publicly!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Lisa must have the whole system figured out because the next night after supper she asked him,
"Daddy, can we do extra size tonight?"
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Rich, Susie, and Tracy
Pat, Zack, Kevin, Papa, Grandma
Troy and Seth
Brett and Shane
Mark and Kaleb
Rick and Debbie
Marty and Kelly
Kaleb, Jessica, and Light
Mendo, Chet, and Marty
Ellen, Dana, and Katie
Joey and Keith
Another annual tradition is the post-dinner-pre-pie football game. The temperature was slightly below freezing, but that didn't stop anyone from joining in for at least part of the game. It also didn't stop a few of the more insane from donning their shorts!
1 QB, 7 WR, 7 DB
Building a fire
Neil, Sean, Jamie, Amanda
Mendo, still doesn't understand "winter"
Chet never has...
After the sun set and the cold drove the gridiron crew indoors we polished off the pies and got out the games. Some of our guys were delighted to gather around a video game brought over by a cousin.
Troy and Keith
While the boys' bedroom was filled with racing fans another group played Apples to Apples in the great room. Ellen added a twist to the game and laid out four description cards (typically only one is laid).
A wedding date of August 22, 2009 has been set. However, those plans will be put on the back burner until Ellen returns from a five month missions trip to Guyana that start on the 15th of this month. She asked me if she should do anything for the wedding before she leaves. I told her to reserve the church, prepare for her trip, spend time with her fiance, and leave the rest until May.