Footsies!

I love my small group. They are some of the best people I know. They love Jesus. They love to have fun. It’s a perfect combo! Our small group is a group of four couples from the same Sunday School class that meets once a week to study the Bible. When we first started a couple of years ago we didn’t know each other that well, and now these people are some of my best friends. We discuss challenging topics, pray for each other and support each other during difficult times, and celebrate during happy times.

Which brings me to last Wednesday! We had a little shin dig celebrating our future small group member, Baby Landon Stewart! Sean and Shayna Stewart are due January 14, and to celebrate we had dinner and presents over at the Peeples’ house. I never get tired of ooh’ing and aah’ing over baby stuff! Clothes are well and good, but if they’re tiny and include footsies, then that’s the best!

We expect that Landon will be a contributing member of our Bible study in no time. 🙂

Keep the Stewarts in your prayers as they get ready for Baby Landon’s arrival!

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Fried Turkey and Coon Hounds

Hello blog world!  This is Liz, you know, the one who used to blog on a semi-regular basis and then went MIA for a super long time, because well basically I’m on the computer 8+ hours a day as it is and usually all I want to do after work is come home and be as far from productive as humanly possible.  But lately I’ve been feeling like I miss blogging, because when I don’t blog myself, I tend to not read my friends’ blogs, and so now I feel completely out of the loop.  What kind of amazing craft project has Abby whipped up this time?  What in the world does Anna’s baby look like now?  Has Lynn worn her bacon and eggs costume lately?  I have no idea!!  And that is unacceptable.  Plus now that my poor mother has been relocated across the state because of Dad’s new job, I’m sure she’d like another excuse to check up on me. 🙂  Whew!  Okay now on to the actual blog.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all ate way too much, took lots of naps, enjoyed family, and watched lots of football.  Branden and I packed our stuff and headed up to Fairfield, Texas to visit his dad and stepmom (Ernie and Paula) up at the farm.  It was a great trip!  Fairfield is stinkin gorgeous, (trees, rolling hills, cattle, and actual stars at night), and Ernie’s cooking can keep up with Paula Deen any day.  (Please wait a moment while I remember the fried turkey…  Mmmmm)

We slept in the Y2K hut, slept late every morning, ate like kings, watched the Aggies BTHO t.u. (WHOOP!!), went for walks around the farm (these photos are all from one of our walks), played with Lucy the coon hound, drove to the “big town” of Corsicana to see the new “Tangled” movie (super cute!), took several naps, went to a flee market, and basically just took it easy for three days.  It was wondermous.

Branden would like me to mention how happy he is that we beat those dirty T-sips.  Notice the shirt he wore on Thanksgiving day.

Now we just have to make it four more weeks until Christmas vacation.  (If you get the whole week off before Christmas then I’m not speaking to you.  That includes my teacher friends.  I’m sorry, I love you, but that’s just the way it is.)  But the next several weeks should go by pretty quickly, considering how busy the Christmas season is, not to mention that I really need to get on the ball and buy Christmas presents for everyone.  Oh, crap, I still have to buy Christmas presents for everyone.  I gotta go.

-Liz

Precious baby clothes!

Hey everyone!  Happy Saturday!  So, time for a shameless plug.  But actually not shameless at all because I am very proud of the thing I am plugging! 🙂  Anyway, I wanted to share with you a new project of my mother’s, called “Hear My Heart Smocking”.  My mother is an excellent seamstress and has been making beautiful English smocked clothing for years and years.  She made clothes for me and Erin when we were little, and through the years she has continued to make clothes for the children of our friends and family.  So anyway, my mom has decided to start selling a few outfits that she has made on Etsy (an online store for handmade things), and she has already started generating interest!  Just a couple of days ago she was asked to make a custom outfit for a new baby!

Click on the banner below to see my mom’s new shop:

So anyway, I am just really excited for my mom and wanted to share it with you all!  And if you or someone you know could use an adorable new baby gown, dress, bonnet, etc, then check out her shop!

A prayer request

Hey everyone!

I have a prayer request to share with all of you.  My dear grandmother, Sandra, was hospitalized last weekend because she fell and as a result cracked her pelvis and broke her hand.  She is out of the hospital now but has to stay in a care center for a month while she recovers and goes through physical therapy.  I guess it’s been difficult because Grandma has always been so lively and full of energy.  It’s hard seeing her confined to a wheelchair and struggling to do even little things.  I know it’s only temporary, but it’s still tough.  My Mom has been a complete champ; sitting with Grandma every day at the home and encouraging her and basically being the mom for her own mom.  I can’t imagine how hard that must be; when the roles reverse and you have to take care of your parents.  Please pray for my grandma’s healing, as well as encouragement for my Mom.

Also, yesterday was the ninth anniversary of when my sister Erin went to be with the Lord.  Branden and I spent the day with my family, and it was a very sweet and encouraging day.  I thank the Lord for his blessings and encouragement, and I thank all of you who have been praying for us.  I wrote a blog entry about Erin last year, which can be viewed here.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday!

Love,
Liz

How we do Christmas break

Hi everyone!  Happy belated 2010!  It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything so I thought I’d share how we Ramseys spent our Christmas break!  But I’m too lazy to write much at the moment, so I am summing everything up in photos.  🙂  Enjoy!

Christmas in Katy!  (Dad, Mom, Grandma, Branden, and me)

Mom, Grandma, and me

Branden, me Grandma, Mom, Debby, and let us not forget the dogs (Lily and Rocky)

Visiting the cousins in Seabrook (Branden, me, Sarah, Hailey, and Andrew)

Visiting more family in Spring (Susan, Lindsay, Debby, and Branden)

Celebrating New Years Eve at the Peeples (Lynn, Ben, me, and Branden)

Amy, me, Lynn

Visiting my friend Kate and her new baby Addison!

Kate and Addison

Visiting Ernie and Paula at the farm in Fairfield (cool tractor, huh?)

Branden and his dad, Ernie

Lucy!

All in all we had a wonderful Christmas break with our family and friends.  We are so blessed to have all of you in our lives!  And we are infinitely blessed to have a Savior who came here to earth and then died to save us!  That’s better than a million presents from the store.  Sorry this is late, but Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.  Branden and I sure did!  We went to Dallas last weekend and stayed with Mama Ramsey, and on Thanksgiving Day we all went over to my grandparents’ house.  I got to see my sweet Nana and Papa, artsy Aunt Melissa, crazy Uncle Steve, and even my cousin Josh, whom I haven’t seen in over 15 years!  Crazy, huh?  It was a day filled with good food, family, and football.  Oh, and speaking of, way to go Aggies!  Yeah, we didn’t win, but we sure did put up a good fight!  Maybe we’ll be a decent team next year?  Riiiiiight… we’ll wait and see. 🙂

Gobble gobble!

I heart Twilight

Hi, my name is Liz, and I have a confession to make:   I am a Twilight fan.  I can’t help it.  I own all four books and I’ve read through them all twice.  I own the first movie.  And I have been looking forward to New Moon for months!  I am going to see it today with Audrey, Lynn and Kristin and I’m super pumped!  I am looking forward to seeing all of the funny teenagers dressed in their “Team Edward” t-shirts and what-not.  The “Twi-hards”.  There will probably be some moms wearing the same.  I think Kristin may actually be wearing one too.  So I may not be allowed to laugh. 🙂  That’s okay though, because if I had the guts I’d probably wear one too.  Only mine would be Team Jacob.

Branden would like me to say that he is not seeing New Moon today.  He is doing all sorts of manly things today like getting his car fixed and watching football, and training for the Warrior Dash.  (See the Matterns’ blog for more info.)  I have actually never met anyone so against Twilight than my husband, especially since he has not even seen the movie.  He thinks it is stupid and moody.  Well, it might be a little moody, but it is not stupid.  It is awesome.

Anyway, that is all I have to say for now.  I am going to go enjoy my movie!  Have a great day everyone!

I’m still here

Hey everyone! I bet you thought I fell off the face of the earth, huh? Well, I guess I fell off the face of the blogging world for a while… with all of the other computer-related stuff I do every day, sometimes I just get into phases where doing anything else on the computer seems like too much. But I think I might be ready to do some more blogging, so yay! To all of my friends who have blogs, I am going to attempt to catch up with all of your stuff too! (That may take a while.) 🙂

In the mean time, I thought I’d share my latest project:  A website for my Sunday school class, Blueprints!  Sorry, you can’t see much of anything without logging in and I don’t want to share that info here, but you can at least see the design!

Blueprints website

Let me know what you think!  Have a great day everyone!

Houston Project!

Hi all!

I hope everyone is having a great Wednesday.  I am so thankful for the wonderful week that is happening so far!  Some great things have happened.  First is that I passed my first Microsoft Certification Exam!  This may not sound like a big deal to most people, but I have been studying for this thing for forever (and mostly outside of work) so it is a HUGE load off of my back to be done with it!  I kinda almost cried when I saw my score because I was so happy. 🙂  But sadly, I am not certified in anything yet, because I have to pass not one, but two tests before I really have anything to brag about.  But when I pass my second exam, I will be a certified Microsoft Technical Specialist!  (I can feel all of your excitement) 😛

So on to the more important happenings:  HOUSTON PROJECT!  Houston Project is a mission event that Houston’s First Baptist Church puts on every summer.  We go to ten different sites all over the city and provide free food, games, worship, VBS, and bible studies for children all the way up to adults.  Over a thousand people from our church have volunteered this year!  My sunday school class and two other classes got together and are hosting at a new site this year, a Spanish-speaking church called Iglesia Bautista del Redentor (which means Baptist Church of the Redeemer).  It has been awesome so far!  I have loved watching the little children get so excited about the skits and songs, watching the teenagers playing games and listening to the interesting guest speakers, and seeing the adults from the community getting involved too!  We would all really appreciate your prayers; we have two days left, tonight and tomorrow night.  Please pray for everyone’s safety, that even more people would come, and that God would move in the hearts of those who don’t know him yet!

Have a blessed day!
-Liz

Be back soon

Hi everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog, but things have been a little hectic lately. I’m nearing the finish line of studying for a big exam, so after this weekend I should hopefully have some more time to write!

Oh, and also please pray for Houston Project, which starts next week! If you live in the Houston area and want to get involved in an awesome mission event, give me a holler! I’ll help you get set up. 🙂 Here’s the link if you want more info: http://houstonproject.org

-Liz