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I just want to start the new year out by saying ‘Happy New Year’ to everyone.   May this be a great year for all.  The past year was a great one for me and my family.  As you already know, we welcomed a new granddaughter, Madison Leigh Farthing, into our family.  She along with her older sister Olivia have been such a special part of our lives.  They both just light up our whole world.  And I’m sure they will continue to do so as they grow through this year.

Olivia will make that great step into the ‘teen’ years.  I believe we will need all the prayers we can get in order to survive those years.  Well, maybe it won’t be so terrible since I’ve already survived raising my two daughters.  Hopefully I’ve learned a few things and can help Olivia along the way.

Also Madison will have her first birthday.  I’m sure there will be a lot of bumps and bruises along the way with her also.  And I’m sure she will begin talking.  Lord help us if she talks as much as Olivia.  I’ll never get to say anything, but just listen a lot I suppose.  She already does really well using that baby language.  Neither of them seems to have inherited my quiet nature (let’s not let Rick hear me say that).  Hahaha

We can’t forget our big four legged critter named Houdini.  He is that special Great Pyrenees that came into our home last February.  I had no idea that one dog could shed soooooo much white hair.  But we love him anyway.  Maybe next spring we will take Amy’s advise and just shave all that hair off for the summer.  I’m tempted to try shaving him myself, but he would probably end up being the ugliest dog on planet earth, so I guess I’ll just let him shed for now and just clean up the mess.

Well, I guess life will give us more surprises this year and we are looking forward to seeing what comes our way.  Hope everyone gets some exciting happenings and enjoy this new year that God has given us.  Happy New Year!!!


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This was a very special Christmas at our house.  Along with our twelve year old granddaughter, Olivia, we now have eight month old Madison. 

Olivia has been playing basketball, so she got some really nice equipment to help her improve her game skills.  And she sure was especially proud of that pink basketball her Aunt Amy gave her.  I do believe that Madison was just as interested in the wrapping paper as she was her many gifts. 

And Rick and I received some really nice gifts also. We really appreciate all the gifts we received, but just having our family and being able to enjoy them is our special gift and we love them all very much.  As the new year begins we will continue to thank God for our family.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our friends, family and other visitors to my chatter.


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The Christmas season is here and with all the shopping, baking and other things going on during this time, it seems that the real reason for the season has been forgotten.  Even the kids think more about the toys they will be getting, but it certainly isn’t their fault.  The fault is with the parents and other adults that don’t make sure they know how important it is that they know about the greatest gift of all.

Kids might hear about Christ on Sunday morning, then during the week they never hear anything more about Him, until the next Sunday.  We adults need to remember Christ more and make sure that the younger folks remember Him also.  After all He is the best and perfect gift for the season or anytime.

Merry Christmas and always keep Christ in the season and all year through.

Nanny Rouse’s Hobby

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My mother-in-law is one of the sweetest women that God ever gave life to, and I’m so very happy that He gave her a son named Rick that would become my husband.  Most people either don’t like their in-laws  or their in-laws don’t like them.  Well, I’m so pleased to say that we both love each other very much.  Infact, she told Rick and me that if she had known that we were looking for someone to love that she would have gotten us together long before we did it on our own. 

Nanny, as she is known by all her grandchildren, and Mom by some of us daughters-in-law, has a great talent for sewing and having the most beautiful flowers in her yard.  The picture here is just one of many of the quilts that she has made through the years.  I have several that she has made and I will always cherish them. 


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Madison sitting up for the first time while sis Olivia watches

Olivia watches as little sister Madison sits up for the first time.  I do believe that Olivia is a great sister.  She is very good at taking care of Madison whenever the need arises, even that awful task of changing diapers.  Olivia also loves to play with Madison and Madison loves it also.  Sometimes when they are playing you can hear Madison giggling all over the house.

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