Saturday, November 27, 2010

Full of Thanks

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. While this past year has held its' share of struggles, God's blessings have been amazing and for this we are extremely thankful. The prayer and support we have received from friends and family have brought much comfort and strength to our family. We can't fully express how thankful we are for all your prayers.

In Him,
The Tates

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God; It is He who has made us, and we are His; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Psalm 100

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Fabulous Fall Day

Even though Mark had to work on Saturday, the girls and I decided to get out and enjoy the beautiful day together. We packed a picnic, bundled up (the high Saturday was a brisk 50 degrees!), and headed to a nearby nature center that has plenty of great hiking trails.

It was the best day we have had in a long time!
No distractions, no homework, no tv, just us!
I'll never forget the joy, laughter, and love that filled this day!

"Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom." Psalm 90:12

On one of the trails, there was a ring of short walls. The girls pretend to be Liesle from "The Sound of Music". Remember the scene in the gazebo when she is running on the benches?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dressing Up for Halloween

Who doesn't LOVE dressing up for Halloween and going trick or treating? Our girls certainly do! This year was our first year outside the realm of princesses, garden fairies, and cheerleaders. The girls wanted to be VAMPIRES! With the help of our wonderful sitter, Mrs. Cyndi, she transformed the girls into super vampires. She did an amazing job on their hair, makeup and accessories. (Yes, Liv has a snake necklace on!)

Mrs. Cyndi is another blessing in our lives. While I was working part-time, she kept either Elena, Olivia, or both girls, for a total of about five years. Now, once again she is keeping Elena. Elena goes to Mrs. Cyndi's each morning before getting on the bus. She loves helping with the babies and toddlers.

Enjoy the Halloween pics!

Bonus pictures!
Mrs. Cyndi's daughter, Lauren, transformed Elena into a vampire the weekend before Halloween. Elena had been invited to a costume party. She won first place!! : )
Check out the skeleton earring!

For book character dress-up day at school, Liv went as ....... Junie B. Jones.
FYI-She wore those glasses (no lenses) at home all day today! : )