A Bit of This and That

Hello... It is so good to be back after a little holiday break from blogging! I've missed you guys and have so enjoyed spending some time this afternoon catching up with some of you. As the week progresses I hope to make it around so to say 'Hi' and Happy New Year to each of you, my bloggy buddies.

We had a GREAT Christmas! Very special time spent with family both near and those further away celebrating our time together and the birth of our Savior. We spent a very relaxing and wonderful Christmas Eve at home, just the four of us, as our special day together. Christmas Day was spent with my in-laws where we shared laughter, great food, and enjoyed gift giving. The day after we jumped in the car and traveled to Missouri for some more special time with my family. We were so fortunate to be able to spend several days there and enjoyed more of the same with laughter, good food, time "catching up" and just hanging out together.

This year was special for us as we were spending the last Christmas for a couple of years with my youngest sister and her family. Later this year they will be leaving to serve as missionaries in Prague. I was able to help her set up their own blog for sharing their work and family happenings while they are away. I've asked her if I can share it with all of you and received a hearty 'Yes!' I'll plan to share that later this week.

As with all things, the holidays pass way too quickly and we get back into the daily "stuff" and other occurrences more faster than we would sometimes choose. Tomorrow morning we'll be taking our youngest, Abby, in for an outpatient surgical procedure to correct the vertical muscle movement in her eyes. Shortly before she turned two we discovered her eyes crossing and that she was very farsighted. She has been in glasses since that time and also had a surgical procedure to correct the horizontal muscle movement in her eyes. All went fine with that and now, two year later, the doctor feels we need to go again to correct her vertical muscle movement. We don't expect any complications (and are so very thankful it is nothing more serious than this), but all the same would love to have her covered in prayer.... prayer for no unexpected complications and for a quick and smooth recovery for her. We will be checking in about 7:30am New Year's Eve, with the procedure beginning about 8:30am and should be heading home within a few hours after that. Any prayers during this time would be much appreciated by all of us!

In closing, I pray that each of you has a fun and exciting New Year's Eve followed by a New Year full of many blessings from our Lord!

11 Thoughts Shared:

Debra said...


So glad you had a wonderful Christmas, my friend. I will be praying for your daughter and can't wait to meet your sister and get to know her more through her blog this upcoming year.

God bless you, my friend. Happy New Year!

Kristi said...

Happy New Year to you too, Melanie. I will be praying for you and your sweet Abby tomorrow. I'm praying for peace for all of you and a speedy recovery. Please, keep us posted.

Simple Midwest Mom said...

I just prayed for your little girl. I hope all goes well! Good to have you back.

Tammy said...

Good morning Melanie! I know it is probably too late to pray for your daughter's surgery but I will be praying for her speedy recovery. I am so glad you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. :-) I pray you have a Joyful New Year!! Tammy

Aisha said...

Hi Melanie, thanks for sharing this. I had fun reading it and Happy New Year! God bless you in everything you do :)

bp said...

I pray everything went well with your daughter's procedure.

It sounds like your family had a lovely Christmas together. God bless you!

Susan said...

Hey Melanie,

Please know I'm praying for your daughter and for you too mom! Yikes.

I also want to wish you and your sweet family a Happy New Year!!

It's been wonderful getting to know you this year.


Laurie Ann said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your Christmas and I do look forward to reading your sister's blog! I'm sure your probably home by now but am praying for your little one just the same. Sorry I haven't kept in better touch over the holidays but plan to do a better job! Happy New Year to you, Melanie! May God bless you and your family beyond your wildest expectations in 2009!

Brian and Erika Opperman said...


I had no idea you all had a blog. Now I can blog stalk you!! Hehe. Thanks for all of your prayers. We have had such a sense of peace the past couple of weeks that has surpassed any anxiety or worry. God is good! It has been amazing to watch the Lord work in our families through this too! Mom & Dad are doing 100% better with the move. What a blessing for all!

Love you guys!

Linda - Nickers and Ink said...

Blessings and Happy New Year!


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Paula (SweetPea) said...

Aahhh...you went and did some blog uplooks. I like it. I love it really.

Happy New Year to you also, Kim.
Glad your Christmas and family time was so nice and relaxing.