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Keurig Convert....Perhaps???

Santa came to see me!  He did, he did!!
I know, it shocked the heck out of me, too!  I certainly wasn't expecting a visit from the jolly old man - much less a generous gift.  But, planted right there in front of the tree was a big ol' box containing a new Keurig 2.0.
Now, I didn't ask for any such thing.  In fact, I've had an ongoing love affair with a series of Black &
Decker and Mr. Coffee coffeemakers over the last five years since I took up coffee drinking.  (They never do seem to last more than a couple of years, have you noticed???)  But, there is something very satisfying about filling the carafe, pouring the water in slowly, setting the paper filter just right and scooping in the coffee grounds.....then listening to the sputtering contraption as it pours forth the 'nectar of the gods'.  Besides, those little K-cups are a bit pricey.......and I am the woman who rarely splurges for Starbucks unless I have a gift card!
But, as dusk fell on Christmas Da…

It's a Wrap - Christmas, 2014

Christmas Day, 2014 - about to go into the history books, as it is already 10:37 pm.
But, it will go down as a terrific one!
Our big family celebration was last night, on Christmas Eve.  As any empty nester knows, once your kids are grown and married, with families of their own, you must start sharing them with the "in-laws".  So, after attending Christmas Eve worship service, Eddie Dale and I came home to finish preparing a non-traditional TexMex dinner.  It was a fun, rather chaotic, affair here in our small and cozy cottage.  But, I wouldn't have traded it for anything!  
We stayed up late, watching "A Christmas Story" and slept in this morning.  Today was pretty low key, with a simple midday meal and plenty of time spent dozing in front of the final holiday movies on the TV.  
And, now I am sitting in Eddie Dale's recliner, Pepper snoring loudly beside me and the hubby snoring loudly in the bedroom a few feet away, watching "Julie & Julia"…

Magnolia Fall Gathering

Before looking forward to Christmas - and all the magic it entails - I want to take a quick look back at one of the highlights of my Fall....
I was so fortunate to be invited to attend Magnolia's first ever Fall Gathering and Workshop! 
One of my sweet friends at work, Belinda, was lucky enough to snag two tickets to the event in Waco.  Since we are such huge fans of HGTV's hit show, FIXER UPPER, she asked me to tag along with her on an overnight trip to Waco.  
Have you discovered this program yet?  Chip and Joanna Gaines are an adorable couple in Waco, fixing up the most neglected homes in old neighborhoods and breathing new life into them!
We made the 2-1/2 hour drive in a state of giddiness, barely able to contain our excitement.  We checked into our room at the Hilton and were greeted with goody bags from Magnolia, including an old-fashioned bottle of Dublin Dr. Pepper, a delicious homemade cookie and lots of notes about some of Joanna's favorite hometown spots to vis…

Christmas Shopping With Baby.....

Shopping with an 18-month old?!?!?!?  "Heck, yeah!" says this Mimi.
I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with all three of my kids today.  Ben has been in town for a couple of days for Thanksgiving, so he, Sam and Savanna joined up with Bonnie, Autumn and me for a bite to eat before doing a little shopping.  Autumn was easily entertained with a single crayon and coloring sheet and ate lots of green beans, french fries and yummy fried mushrooms (she loved 'em!).  It felt like a little slice of heaven to be surrounded by my babies.....

Ben is now working for an engineering firm, pulling and testing concrete.  He has to be outdoors at construction sites quite a bit.  With winter coming on, he was in need of some warm gear to cope with the colder temperatures, so we went to Academy Outdoors + Sports.  Suited him right up with a Carhart jacket, toasty thinsulate gloves and a toboggan with a warm face shield!  Merry Christmas, Ben!!!  
After Ben left to head out for home in San Antoni…

It's All About the Heart!!!

Hello, friends!  Hope all is well in your little corner of the world these days!!!
Things around here have been a bit tumultuous the last couple of weeks.  On Thursday, 9/11, as we started out the day, deep in remembrance of the events on the 9/11 thirteen years go, our world got a little rockin' of a different sort.....
Eddie Dale hadn't been feeling well for a couple of days.  He swore his acid reflux was flaring up, complaining of awful heartburn.  Almost eight years to the day, he had experienced this same feeling. Fearing it was his heart, we rushed to the hospital, only to learn - after an extensive battery of tests and procedures - that it truly was acid reflux, and not his heart. 
Based on that experience, he hung around the house for two days, sweating it out and eating tums like candy.  By the second day, I was worried.  I asked him more than once if he shouldn't just go on to the doctor and have it checked out.  He was adamant and returned to work, sicker than …

Welcoming Autumn...A Layer At A Time!

Now that we are into September, the sunlight is beginning to change....only slightly, though.  The afternoon temperatures are still sweltering, but there is a hint of change in the air.  Before long, there will be a front barrel down on us and we will awake to a bit of crispness in the morning air.  I am so ready.....
Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  It's a time when I am filled with a vibrant sort of energy.  Maybe it's the change in weather, or the anticipation of the holidays right around the corner....but, my mind and body seem to hum along in time with nature as the weather cools and the days grow shorter. 
Of course, the decor of the season is part what I love most!  After a thorough cleaning around the house this past 3-day weekend, I couldn't resist bringing out a few items and placing the first layer of fall decorations.

I haven't started on the front porch yet.  It is simply too hot and it's too early for pumpkins to arrive at the market!  But, s…

Notes on a Sunday

Happy Sunday!  I hope you are having the sort of day you wanted - and needed - to start the week off right. It's been a slow and peaceful, almost lazy day for yours truly....exactly what I needed!
I did get up early enough this morning to enjoy coffee on the patio, with pleasant temperatures and an overcast sky.  Eddie Dale headed into work and I picked Mom up and we headed to church.  I have been attending the church where my son and daughter-in-law are active members.  It is a part of the Life Church TV Network and I always enjoy the lesson, delivered via video, and the worshipful music.  Sam plays the drums in the their praise band and I love watching him do what he loves as a form of ministry. 

I know that there are some days when we don't really listen to the sermon, or we just leave and forget what it was even about before the day is over.  However, today there were three points which hurtled themselves like spears into my heart and lodged there to be contemplated over …

A Very Special Wedding - Samuel & Savanna

It's hard to believe that Sam & Savanna have already been married more than two months!  Even harder to believe that I haven't shared a post and some photos of their wedding here on Janie's Porch!!!   That is shameful.....
Let me just say that the wedding went off without a hitch!  Savanna (and her mother) did such a wonderful job of planning everything out - just the way she wanted it.  A friend of their's acted as "coordinator" at the rehearsal and during the ceremony to keep everyone in line and carry out Savanna's wishes.  
They kept it simple, meaningful and perfectly suited to them - and, that (I dare say) must be the secret to a successful wedding!
The ceremony took place at the beautiful Logsdon Chapel, on the Hardin-Simmons University campus.  The light through the immense stained glass wall was absolutely breathtaking....little decor was needed to highlight or add to the surroundings.  Ben served as his brother's "best man" an…

Summer Vacation - R & R 2014

As many of you who follow Janie's Porch or my personal Facebook know, Eddie Dale and I recently went on a week long vacation.  Call it some "down time" for unwinding after Sam & Savanna's wedding at the end of May.  (Trust me....more to come on the SAMVANNA wedding in a later post!)
For us, the typical Summer vacation means hooking up our 24-ft. fifth wheel to the ol' F250.  This year was no different.  We pulled out on a Friday morning and headed south to spend the first few days with extended family and friends at an annual gathering on the Guadalupe River.  

Loading, parking and set up have definitely gotten easier and quicker since we first acquired the RV.  The old saying "Practice makes perfect" certainly is true in this case!  The more we do it, the better we get - working together is definitely the key....that, and loads of patience.....
Here is a little glimpse at the interior of the trailer about 5 days into our week away.  (Read here, &q…

Autumn at 1....Priceless!!!

It is hard to believe that a year has flown by since Autumn Newley made her appearance.  Such a joy and blessing she has been to Bonnie & Matt, Ansleigh & Trayden, and the entire family!!!
From the beginning, she has had the most expressive little face.....quite interesting, in fact.  Here she is less than an hour old, and look at all the silly little faces she was making! 

At the age of three months, here she was while Mommy & Daddy were out "house shopping" - and this was her first diaper change in the house that would become their new home. 

And now, she is already one year old!  Such a happy, happy baby......and so excited for her birthday party to begin (and to have hold of her grandpa's reading glasses!).....

Bonnie worked so hard at putting together a diva princess theme party, with everything in pink and sporting zebra stripes!  Everyone brought side dishes, chip & dips and the guys cooked hamburgers and hotdogs out on the grill.  It was all just …