# 102 Making it home in just under 8 hours!! That's a record :)
# 101 Being with my mom and dad just one more night :)
# 100 The kids playing horse race around Grandan!
# 99 Seeing the kids' excitement to be with Grandan and Bubbe!
# 98 Walking around my FIL's acres of land in the quiet of the day.
# 97 Spending time with Sharon and Jack and playing Monopoly Deal with them too :)
# 96 Playing Monopoly Deal with his dad and step-mom, even if Linda won 3 times in a row :)
# 95 Being at Keith's dad's house in the woods and warm weather to boot!
# 94 Watching the kids play with their cousins.
# 93 My sister curling all us gals' hair with her fancy new curling iron :)
# 92 Seeing Mikayla's excitement upon recieving the doll house :)
# 91 Seeing the doll house my dad and niece have been working on for months for her sister.
# 90 Being with most of my family (we missed you Atlanta Pfallers!).
# 89 Shopping with my mom :)
# 88 Hugging my mom and dad!
# 87 Arriving safely in Knoxville after another snowy trip down.
# 86 Samy dressing her new doll again and again like a sweet little mommy.
# 85 Watching Isaac and Keith out in the snow playing with Isaac's new remote control truck.
# 84 My hubby saying part of my present was that he would finally attach the cushions to my kitchen chairs!!
# 83 Opening presents with my love and dear children and seeing the joy each brought.
# 82 Having bacon, eggs, and star-shaped biscuits for breakfast while reading from Luke the account of Jesus' birth.
# 81 Shortly after waking up and laying in bed, hearing Isaac wake up and tell Samy "It's Christmas!" with such enthusiasm.
# 80 Waking up to snow falling Christmas morning! What a perfect reminder of how Christ has clothed me in his perfect righteousness!
# 79 Talking to my sister on the phone while she was out shopping and looking forward to more time with her next week!!!
# 78 Spinach, onion and jalepeno omlets this morning (for Keith and I) with eggs from a friend. Yum! I love God's creativity in all the different foods he created!
# 77 Hearing Isaac's plans for Christmas morning, he's so funny!
# 76 Samy's timely comments :)
# 75 Watching the kids sing "Joy to the World" and Samy twirling in the aisle!
# 74 Singing to our Savior as a family with our church family!
# 73 Making cupcakes with the kids.
# 72 That Keith still gets up and gets the fire started while feeling sick! What a servant!
# 71 Watching a movie with my sick hubby during nap time.
# 70 A date with my hubby eating lots of greasy food :)
# 69 Watching Christmas movies with the kids.
# 68 Finally getting next door to see their new baby and taking them a meal!
# 67 Making felt puppets with the kids.
# 66 Seeing old couples enjoying a meal together at the local pizza place :)
# 65 Hearing the thought process while the kids picked out gifts for each other :)
# 64 Family night out in a little downtown so the kids could get each other gifts.
# 63 Watching the 1930s version of "A Christmas Carol" (yes, from our basement) as a family and seeing how into it Samy got.
# 62 Putting up the kids' bunk beds and then hearing them talk and laugh until 10pm.
# 61 Singing "What Child is This?" with my church family, celebrating the Word become flesh!
# 60 Two wonderful husbands who would watch the kids so we could have dinner without kids :)
# 59 Dinner with my long time friend and college roommate without kids to distract us!
# 58 Enjoying the God-given creativity of Charles Dickens as I near the end of Oliver Twist.
# 57 Recounting and hearing friends recount highlights from the year! I love hearing of God's grace!
# 56 An evening with dear friends eating way too much and laughing hysterically as we play Mofia!
# 55 Another Christmas party tonight and hanging out with my old college roomie on Saturday!!
# 54 A fun time with friends at Keith's work Christmas party last night.
# 53 About 3 inches of snow on the ground making everything beautifully white.
# 52 Seeing our little bambino's face, arms, legs, toes, lips, nose, heart beating, etc. at the ultrasound yesterday!
# 51 Getting to talk to my very dear friend for like over an hour yesterday!!
# 50 Watching the kiddos ham it up for the camera!
# 49 Isaac's gratefulness for his little sister :)
# 48 Watching Isaac have fun working with Elliot!
# 47 Building gingerbread houses wtih the kids at school.
# 46 When God speaks just what I need to hear.
# 45 Romans 8:32-34 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
# 44 Reading of God's grace in the life of a dear friend.
# 43 When Samy sleeps late, the boys are gone to school/work, and I get to spend a long time with the Lord in quiet.
# 42 Running into our pastor and his wife at Panera and getting to have a little conversation with her and see their sweet baby girl!
# 41 Having friends over for snacks and games and seeing the kids all play together.
# 40 Isaac's excitement about showing Samy what he got at the school "store" today, and him telling me that next time he wants to get a princess for her :)
# 39 Watching the snow fall (again) from inside my cozy home. Thank you God that we have a house!
# 38 Hearing about Daddy's date with Samy and her excitement in such small things as bagels with butter and trying on sparkly rings!
# 37 A date with Isaac! He's growing up so fast, it's fun to have real conversations with him now!
# 36 Having three hours alone every Monday morning to sit in Panera and read and study, to run errands and grocery shop without the kiddos :)
# 35 God's free gift of grace spoken of in Isaiah 55:1 "Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price."
# 34 Hearing God's Word preached at Covenant Life! What transforming affects it has on my soul.
# 33 Veggie Tales...it always makes me smile :)
# 32 Two more Christmas presents ordered that I think the recipients will be thrilled to recieve.
# 31 Homemade deep dish pizza on Saturday nights! Especially with sausage :)
# 30 Anticipating friends coming over tomorrow afternoon :)
# 29 Getting word that my neighbor's baby was born without complication and that her heart is beating perfectly normal! Many answers to prayer!
# 28 My husband's patience (most of the time) and hard work with all the wood we've had delivered!
# 27 Hearing Isaac and Samy playing together way past bedtime since we let Isaac sleep in Samy's room.
# 26 The excitement that Isaac has for the snow that he would go back out 3 times yesterday and again this morning as soon as he finished breakfast!
# 25 Watching the kids play in the snow.
# 24 Watching Beauty and the Beast while snuggling with my sick little girl.
# 23 Sharing the gospel with my daughter!
# 22 Reading the bible to Samy as we sit by the fire.
# 21 Taking a meal to a friend who just had a baby.
# 19 Seeing the kids in Isaac's class care for Samy when we come in to help.
# 18 Hearing Kindergarteners sing "Little Drummer Boy" while playing little instruments.
# 17 Keith getting up before the rest of us to seek the Lord and get the fire going :)
# 16 Care group. What a joy to be with these dear people and hear how God is working in their hearts!
# 15 Talking with my mom on the phone for an hour while Samy sleeps and Isaac is at school.
# 14 The kids helping Daddy get the firewood stacked on a cold day and hot chocolate together afterwards.
# 13 When the check-out lady at Wal-Mart remembered Samy and I and cheerfully talked with us.
# 12 Feeling little baby W break dancing in my belly :)
# 11 Wrapping Christmas presents while watching a cheesy Hallmark movie and thinking of the look on the kids faces when they open them Christmas morning.
# 10 When Keith is patient with my pregnant irrationality and emotions--putting on full display the grace of God at work in him!
# 9 A French press while I read my Bible in front of the fire.
# 8 Singing Christmas carols in the car with Keith (even if he's way out of tune :) while we get lost in Westminster.
# 7 When Isaac brings home pictures from school that he colored just for Samy!
# 6 Isaac's smile
# 5 When Keith is silly with me!
# 4 When Samy talks with her hands.
# 3 My precious husband's laugh :)
# 2 That He would call me to be His own forever!
# 1 That the Holy God of all would send his Son to become man and die for the sins of the world
Where our "wanderings" began:
Jesus said, "Come, follow me..." (Matthew 4:19)
Some encouragement for the journey:
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:24-25