that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.


jingle all the way…to 2009


The tree!

christmas-holidays-2008-09-014Mom’s ‘Wilderness Family’ dreams coming true.

christmas-holidays-2008-09-017My ‘wannabe Rider-fan’ dreams coming true (gift from Mark).

christmas-holidays-2008-09-022Nathan and Marli.

christmas-holidays-2008-09-041My beautiful home. The snow you see is the part of the lake that froze over.

christmas-holidays-2008-09-002More of that.

christmas-holidays-2008-09-077My GORGEOUS little sister when we went up to Apex Village to skate.



christmas-holidays-2008-09-111Nothing like showing up to play games when the hostess is in her PJs.


Her daughter was too. 🙂


Playing ‘Wizard’.



Puzzling and snacking. Typical


Trying to maneouver our new cameras.


Working hard…hardly working! I worked for the two weeks I was home at the RD.

christmas-holidays-2008-09-096I stayed an extra day to help clean up and get in some more moments of precious visiting. Christmas was a ‘smashing’ success…evident by Jayme smashing the gingerbread house down.

Followed by a hilarious evening of Jayme and I… and mostly my DAD on pins and needles as we watched ‘Nancy Drew’. Dad even made us PAUSE it while he took a packing break.

Happy ’09 my friends… I pray this will be THE year…for receiving everything we hope and wish and work for. Accompanied by an abundance of grace and peace.