There are certain days of the year that seem to be more special to me.
1. Thanksgiving. We host Thanksgiving at our house. I love the simple act of family getting together to enjoy a nice meal or two. We usually last most of the day with a lot turkey, rolls and potatoes consumed, several football games watched and who knows how many stories told. And thanks given to God for blessings from Him.
2. Christmas Eve. We have celebrated Christmas Eve at my parents house for many years. It’s so much fun to watch the little kids and their excitement for Christmas is contagious. Christmas Eve is really special when we happen to get snow, even if it’s just a little. I don’t know what it is but it seems as if a peace blankets the earth when there’s a light snow falling on Christmas Eve.
3. Christmas morning and day. We stay put on Christmas. We are more than happy to open our home to others but prefer to stay home and reflect on the precious gift given to us by God. We have a big breakfast, put on a pot of soup and a pot of chili for the rest of the day and just enjoy one another. Yes, the cattle are still cared for, but other jobs are put on the back burner for the day. It’s the one day of the year all of us take off from the work. We started out doing the big breakfast as a way to keep the boys and me busy while Mike was doing chores. Now it’s a tradition that we can’t seem to get away from. Chores get done, breakfast eaten, thanks given to God for sending his Son to save us then we move on to gifts to one another. A day of family and faith. What more could you ask for?
4. The day we have our first live calf of the year. You plan, you breed, you feed and care for the cow and finally the calf arrives. You discover if that mating produced what you were hoping for, you adjust your plans for the coming year. It’s a day of rejoicing and anticipation of what is to come for the future of your program.
5. The week of October 16 to 23. Both of the boys celebrate their birthdays and Mike and I are reminded once again that we are extremely blessed to get to be the parents of these young men. God gave them to us for a time and that time has been a blessing to us.
1. Our head pastor, Jeff Stott. Jeff has been with us at First Baptist in Mexico for a little over a year. He is a great pastor who takes Biblical truths and teaches us how to apply them to our every day lives. He brings a bit of fun to church too. Sho Enuff.
2. Our youth and education pastor, Ben Schnipper. Ben and his wife, Peggy, came to First Baptist when Chris was going into the 8th grade and Jesse was going into 7th grade. He is so very good at relating to the youth and tackling those hard to have conversations with kids. I’m thankful for his everyday witness and his passion to work with the youth of our community.
3. Our worship and children’s pastor, Chris Creech. Chris is the youngest of our pastoral team and I’m nearly old enough to be his mother. I am thankful for the energy and enthusiasm he brings to our worship service. I am thankful he is attuned to what the Holy Spirit asks him to do for and with our church.
4. Appliances that do work for me while I’m off doing other stuff. The washer and dryer, the dishwasher, crockpots.
5. Pizza places. On nights that I’m just done after work it is quite nice to be able to call in an order for a pizza and just drop by and pick it up.