Monday, December 30, 2013

No Christmas Break for the Hungry

The food pantry has been closed this week because of the holidays, however, donations have continued to pour in.  Kroger grocery store in The Colony has grocery bags that customers can purchase that are filled with pasta, pasta sauce, canned mixed veggies, instant potatoes and boxed stuffing.  Pallets of these donation came in last week.  Today the kids and I spent three hours sorting through donations and helping prepare the shelves for clients next week.  I think in three hours we still only processed two pallets of donations. 

After our time at the pantry today we ran over to Kroger's to pick up milk and eggs.  While we were there we saw a Dad and daughter shopping; they had bread, soup, and eggs in their basket, then Dad counted the money in his wallet and the girl had to put back the two cans of tomato soup.  I recognized them from the pantry, it was a reminder that there are opportunities all around us to do good for others.  

Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father,
so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.
John 6:57

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy Birthday, Abigail!

Today is the baby's birthday, Uncle David was able to share her special day!  We usually celebrate birthdays with breakfast in bed but something about six people in a twin bed enjoying breakfast didn't seem very practical!  Abigail still requested her favorite breakfast of pancakes and bacon with a side of gifts! 

We enjoyed a good day of her favorite things and finished off with tie-dye cupcakes at home!  
     his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman
    I Samuel 25:3

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Warmest of Christmas blessing to all our friends and family!  Here is a look into our holiday, we hope each of you had a wonderful holiday.  We look forward to a wonderful new year with each of you!
Blessings, Jon, Lisa, Frankie, Caleb & Abigail 

All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 28:2

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


I had grand plans of taking the kids to get their photos with Santa, but that didn't happen.  Fortunately, today when we headed to Kroger we saw Santa!!!  How awesome is that, right?!  He wasn't exactly the Santa we've seen at Stonebriar but hey, if you wait until Christmas Eve and run into Santa while picking up cranberry sauce, you really can't be picky!  Unfortunately, Frankie wasn't with us! 

when he finds it . . . he goes home, then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says,
"Rejoice with me" Luke 15:4-5

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Caroling at Parkview Senior Apartments

On the Sunday evening before Christmas our McDermott family participates in a holiday service night.  Church members can choose from card writing, caroling to shut-ins, preparing gift baskets, or making blankets for the Dallas Life Homeless Shelter.  

We chose to go caroling at Parkview Senior Apartments in Allen. There are several of the McDermott family who live at Parkview so it was special to sing to the families.  I did not get a picture of the group, but did snap a couple on the bus ride home.   

Following our service projects we had a devotional and finger foods, snacks and treats.  Santa was also in the Education Building for pictures! 

Here are a few flash backs from previous years: 

Sing to him, sing praise to him;
    tell of all his wonderful acts.
I Chronicles 16:9

Friday, December 20, 2013

Drama Club Christmas Party

Christmas celebrations continue for the kids this week.  Today they had an abbreviated drama practice followed by a white elephant gift exchange.  Caleb came home with cotton candy and Abigail received a bath soaps set.   

There was plenty of gift stealing and silliness.  And of course, snacks were involved.  The kids are very blessed that Mrs. Hansen dedicates so much time to our teens and blessed to have such great friends! 

they help each other
    and say to their companions, “Be strong!

Isaiah 41:6

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Serving with Friends!

Today was our last service day at the pantry for 2013.  Metro is closed because next Wednesday is Christmas and the following Wednesday is New Years Day.  I really love our Metro family, the adult volunteers are so great with Caleb and Abigail.  

Caleb being a quiet and thoughtful soul like his Dad, usually spends his time lifting and toting cans, cases of fruit, frozen pizza, you name it.  Today he even helped Ms. Gina repair a lose bolt on one of the shelves.  

Since Abigail is my social butterfly she prefers to greet the clients, help them shop, and visit with them about their week. Today Frankie was a big help sorting through the donations from Kroger. She's getting to be a professional at finding those expiration date, plus she has much better eye sight than me! 

Every day we begin our work at Metro with a prayer for humble hearts that look for those we can minister to, how powerful is that!!!  Different adults lead the prayer and it is so uplifting to hold hands with like mind people and pray.  There are days when I hear others pray and think, "Wow, I want their heart!" 

“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
John 21:17

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Cards for Senior Saints

One of our family traditions is to sign and decorate Christmas cards and then deliver them to a senior assisted living center.  Most of the years we delivered to Hilltop Haven Home, it was a Church of Christ sponsored home in Gunter, TX, unfortunately it closed in March of this year.  It was heart breaking to hear of them closing the Gunter location because it provided care for retired ministers. 

I loved the sweet faces at Hilltop and the Christian hymns playing in the background.  In the summer we would visit and play Bingo with the residents! This year we had to locate a new home, boo!  There is a Senior Living Center about two miles from our home, so today we delivered 147 cards for their residence.  The best part about passing out cards is greeting and loving on the residence.  Because the home we visited today was more of an assisted living than a nursing home, they did not allow us to visit with residents.  We were permitted to drop off cards at the office and they would distribute the cards.  

I'll do my homework for our next visit because I really missed the hugs and smiles! 

Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:32

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Jr. High Christmas Party

Christmas is in full swing!  Tonight was the Jr. High Christmas Party for the church youth group.  It was originally scheduled for last weekend but the ice storm had other ideas.  The Cabral's opened up their home the group.  They had plenty of food and great desserts.  The kids played games including telephone tag.  Our youth minister, Matt, challenged the boys to a pull up contest, Abigail won! 

For the white elephant gift exchange Abigail took a package of AA batteries with a tag that said BATTERIES*   (*Gift not included).  Like her 'Life Gives You Lemons' gift, I think this was another Pinterest idea.  She came home with a darling Santa blanket.  The best part about the evening is that with Caleb driving, he was able to taxi her.  During the party he headed to Barnes and Noble and Target to do some Christmas shopping. 

Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.
Nehemiah 8:12

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Time English Country Dancing

As if our day hasn't been busy enough, we finished off today with the Christmas Time English Country Dancing.  This is generally a little more dressy event, complete with Christmas treats.  The kids have such a great time together learning the dances.  With each dance they are encouraged to find a new partner, boys ask the girls and escort them on and off the dance floor.  Parents and siblings are welcome to stay and dance.  It is a great family event and a fun social event for the youth.  It is also a work out comparable to three hours of a Jazzercise class! 

To the faithful you show yourself faithful,

    to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
to the pure you show yourself pure

II Samuel 22:26

Speaker's Club: How It Should Have Been

Following a morning of Hobbit related events with our home school friends we then headed to Speaker's Club.  Today they were given table topics to 'sell' the Christmas ornament they received in the ornament exchange. 

Later in the meeting Ms. Hansen randomly paired off the kids and as it turned out Caleb and Abigail were paired together.  They were given five minute to take a well known story and change it up the way it should have been written.  Funny enough, Caleb and Abigail were given, 'The Wizard of Oz,' as the story to be re-written.  The instructions included not only to re-write the story but to dramatically present their new tale.  The link above is Caleb and Abigail's three minute abbreviated story.  

Did I mention they did this with five minutes of prep time!  Funny kids, make me smile! 

Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story
Acts 11:4

The Desolation of Smaug

Guess what movie came out at midnight last night?  We hit the 10:00 am showing along with several friends from our home school group.  Our Classical Book Club read the book a couple of years ago. Last year we went as a group to see the first Hobbit movie.

Like last year we headed to iHop after the movie for their Hobbit breakfast.  iHop had menu items to satisfy Bilbo Baggin's six-meal-a-day habit, with options such as Shire Sausage, Bard's Brew Pumpkin Coffee, and Radagast's Red Velvet Pancake Puppies. 

Last year  we were fortunate to head to Glenn Beck's studios to hear Dr. Paul Kerry an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University for a discussion on J.R.R. Tolkien's writings and Christianity.  Click HERE to view that post.

Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him.
II Samuel 12:4

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

That's a Lot of Cabbage

I got a little tickled today when we were working at the pantry, the North Texas Food Bank delivered pallets of cabbage.  When the truck comes in on Wednesday we never know what it will be bringing and there are often surprises.  I was teasing Abigail that this is the closest she has ever been to cabbage!   I would be hard pressed to know what to do with cabbage besides coleslaw, cabbage rolls and maybe my Mom's Dolly Parton Soup!   I'm hoping our clients are more creative than me with all this cabbage!  

Better a small serving of vegetables with love
    than a fattened calf with hatred.

Proverbs 15:17

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Party with Metro Friends

We are starting to thaw out from the big ice storm of 2013!  Tonight we ventured over a couple of blocks to Mr. John's house for the Metro Relief Christmas Party.  

Surrounded by sweet friends, yummy snacks and great conversation made for a wonderful evening.  We had a white elephant Christmas gift exchange, which is always fun.  Abigail took a box of Life cereal and added lemons to it for her gift.  Caleb took a gift bag filled with giant marshmallows, graham crackers and Hersey bar for a DIY s'mores kit. I went with a food themed kit of non-food items including Mac-'n-Cheese lip gloss, Skittles flavored bubble bath, and a Reese's Cup Dog Pillow. Just silliness.  It is always fun to see what creative ideas everyone comes up with! 

Abigail got a cute stocking with a singing cow that was quickly stolen, sending her back to the pile to select another gift.  But before the night was over, Mr. John gave her a stocking just like it with a singing puppy!  His wife said Abigail reminds him of his granddaughter that is the same age and absolutely rotten! Mr. John and Mr. Arvid are the two men that Abigail works with when she is helping the customers shop!   

Caleb came home with a nice set of headphones.  Mr. Austin told Caleb that he can only use them if he walks around nodding his head saying, 'What up, G?'  Not sure that is happening! 

This is the group of people we spend every Wednesday with stocking shelves, marking cans, praying over the guest's needs. It was nice to be together in a not so hurried atmosphere.   It was an enjoyable evening with sweet people with a heart of service for our community. 

be honest and to speak the truth,
    so that you bring back truthful reports
    to those you serve?

Proverbs 22:21

Saturday, December 7, 2013

It's A Snow Day!

Day two of our captivity . . . oh wait, it's really not that bad! Jon and I got out to make the Tom Thumb donations pick up for the food pantry.  While we were there we checked out the shelves, it seems eggs, bread and milk were a little picked over! 

The kids worked on Frankie's favorite 500 piece Little Mermaid puzzle.  Later we took out a 1,000 piece round horse puzzle.  It has been in the box since last Christmas because Frankie was convinced it was too hard!  It took them a few days to work through it, but of course she was able to do it!  Jon was a big help with the hard parts! 

Jon and his mom, a.k.a. Granny both enjoy puzzles and usually when we are nearing the end of a puzzle and getting stuck then we call Granny to see if she would like to make a visit to Texas to help us finish up! 

Here are links to a few of our favorite puzzle projects: 1,000 piece Baseball Puzzle (2009); 1,000 piece Ziggurat 
 Puzzle (2008);   1,000 stateof Texas (2008); and 1,000 piece Presidents puzzle (2007).

And yes, you will notice I am in none of the pictures doing any puzzle.  I don't find them enjoyable or relaxing, I  absolutely am no help in putting a puzzle together.  But I love that the kids enjoy them and enjoy doing them with Jon and their Granny!

he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him
Mark 6:20

Friday, December 6, 2013

White Christmas

Yes, we did get that predicted ice storm!  It is beautiful, but every bit of it is ice, in fact so much ice that the canopy over the back patio caved in.  I'm talking posts that were bolted into the cement patio!  The beautiful roses were in full bloom when the ice hit! Looks like we will be indoors for a while! 

Click on the year to look back at our snow in 2011, 2010, & 2009

when darkened by thawing ice

    and swollen with melting snow,
but that stop flowing in the dry season,
    and in the heat vanish from their channels.

Job 6:16-17

Thursday, December 5, 2013

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

With the roof repairs complete, the boys headed outside again to set up the outdoor Christmas decorations. The decorations were characters from Rudolph that I drew and Jon cut out and I painted about 10 years ago.  They have held up well, each season I clean them up and re-seal them.  I can't wait to see them lit up at night! 

As you can see they are bundled up, the temperature is quickly dropping and the yard should be white tomorrow morning! 

To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness
Ecclesiastes 2:26a

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Up on the House Top

Jon and Caleb are pretty handy with everything from car repairs to appliance repairs, you name it!   This week they spent several days up on the roof replacing trim work, sanding and painting. With the house being two story the slope of the house is pretty steep, so Caleb wore a harness and was tethered to the chimney.  The pictures above were taken after the old trim had been removed and Caleb had scraped and sanded their work area.  Notice Sissy in the bottom of the center photo?  She never left the bottom of the ladder, she was very nervous about Caleb on the roof! 

The weather was seventy degrees and beautiful, but they were in a hurry to get the job completed before an ice storm hit in Dallas in December! 

You have many workers: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as those skilled in every kind of work in gold and silver, bronze and iron—craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you. I Chronicles 22:15-16

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving 2013, is in the books and it was wonderful!  We headed to Oklahoma on Wednesday and were able to spend a day with Mimi, brother, his wife, and Uncle David!  Thursday we headed to Granny's house to spend the day with her, Uncle Bob, and our two nephews.  Friday we spent the day with my Mom and Mr. Bob.  I know what you are thinking, wow, I bet you guys were full!  The answer is yes, but that did not stop us from eating!  The food and fellowship was fabulous, I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was too busy enjoying everyone! 

On Sunday we headed to Broken Arrow Church of Christ for services.  Sissy got to see her beloved Ms. Kim and Caleb was so happy to see Mr. Tim.  We miss their sweet family ministering in Plano, but are so happy when we head to Oklahoma to get to see them.  I still feel a little lost in the lobby at the BA church, I kept looking for my Dad.  That probably sounds odd, but after 20 years of meeting him in the lobby after services at our designated 'spot,' I was a little lost.

We headed home Sunday after we picked up Frankie's puppy, Padme'.  Sunday, December 1st is Padme's birthday and she and Frankie were very happy to be reunited. Hoping everyone had a wonderful holiday! 

For long ago, there had been directors for the musicians and
 for the songs of praise
 and thanksgiving to God.
Nehemiah 12:46