Friday, November 13, 2009

Grateful Heart

The season of gratitude is upon us, so I wanted to share a few things from the last few weeks that I'm thankful for: 

These cutie-patootie trick-or-treaters:  (Need I say more?!)

The Pioneer Woman - Ree Drummond:  ( I got to meet her at her book signing for her new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks:  Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl.   (I would have posted a photo of me with her, but it's in my friend's camera, and she has the flu, so...I'll post it later!)  It was a fun, exciting night chatting with friends while waiting in line to meet her.  Luckily, we got there early enough for a spot in line that put us in front of PW within 45 minutes after the signing started - not bad!  (about a 2 hour total wait)  She was so sweet, taking the time to chat with each and every person.  (I hear she signed the last book around 12:30a.m.! Now that's love, devotion and gratitude for your fans - or 'friends' -as she calls them/us! Thanks, Ree!)  Great book, by the way - it's chock full of delicious, hearty, family-pleasing recipes,complete with step-by-step pictorial directions!  Also has some fabulous photography and stories about her family and ranch life, and how she became a 'ranch wife'.  Lovin' it! 

Old friends:  A friend we hadn't seen in several years came thru town with his band, Fundamental Elements. We were able to catch their show - which was AWESOME, by the way - and catch up a bit.  Stop in and check them out at , you'll love 'em!  Great to see you again, Russ!

Then, there's the Leaf Monster!  (sorta!) While the trees in our neighborhood are quite picturesque (briefly) in the Fall, the blizzard of leaves that follows is quite the chore to clean up!  So, thankful for my Honey who gets out to tackle it with his Little Helper:


And finally, A GOOD PROGNOSIS.  We found out last month that my Mom is fighting recurrent breast cancer.  After a successful battle 26 years ago, it's shown it's ugly head again.  But the doctors are very optimistic and have laid out a treatment plan currently consisting of (anti)hormone therapy and a round of radiation.  Then will retest and re-evaluate treatment as necessary.  This is fairly good news, considering, and we pray it's successful!  We are all so grateful for all the prayers and well wishes of others and continue to covet them!  Love you, Mom - you're one of my heroes!




Cheryl Barker said...

Fun family pics! I pray that all goes well for your mom. Blessings to you all!

Alysia said...

Hi Kristi!

I love your page, it looks great and the pic of Holly is too cute! I am sorry to hear about your mom, and she will be in our prayers. Love you guys, Alysia :D