Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This has been another exciting year for the Kuykendall family. 2010 was a different year for our family, to say the least. Here is a list of our highlights.....
-The boys got involved in 4H this year, something their parents had long desired for them to be a part of. We started them out with rabbits, not wanting to scare mommy. The boys joined a club (the Hip Hoppers) and ended up learning a lot about rabbits. They placed 1st and 3rd in their respective classes at the SW Washington Youth Fair.
-6 more months of construction experience for BJ. Much knowledge (about building and about life) was gained. Thank you Marv Jamerson.
-We enjoyed the annual Kuykendall Reunion at Chief Timothy State Park in June. It was nice to see the Kuykendall side all together again AND celebrate Grandpa and Grandma Kuykendalls' 90th birthdays. They are both healthy and active. We are so thankful to have them.
-June brought another blessing. After a season of uncertainty as to what the future held in vocational ministry, BJ was invited to candidate to be Pastor of the Hoodview Church of
God in Woodburn, OR; a church he had served as youth pastor 8 years earlier. The church and the Kuykendalls felt that this was the work of the Lord and we agreed to come September 1st.
-July was mostly spent getting the house ready to sell (still not sold), packing belongings, and BJ picking up a few seal coating jobs.
-In August we were blessed to take a big road trip to Colorado. Connie, Elaine's mother, had been wanting to get the family out to her old stomping grounds for years and 2010 seemed like as good a time as any. We, along with the Freemans (Elaine's sister's family), trekked to Colorado Springs first and took in Pike's Peak, a cool western museum, and even did some gold mining. We were also able to visit with Elaine's dad for a day. Then we drove over to Wray to meet up with the extended Dickson family for a family reunion. The next day we took in Vernon days and even went on a hay ride. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the family members we so seldom see. Thinking it would be a shame to not see Yellowstone when we were so close, (not that close, really) we decided to re-route our drive home. We didn't spend much time in the park but enjoyed it...the boys were impressed with the buffalos. Thank you Grandma Connie for making the trip possible.
-As soon as we got home we were in rush mode to get ready for our move to Woodburn. We would have NEVER made it without the help of all our wonderful Centralia friends. Our years in Centralia were a tremendous blessing to us. We learned so much about family, ministry, and living the Christian life. We want to thank all of our friends who were there for us as we were seeking God's direction for our lives. We love you.
-September 1st (8 years to the date from when we left Woodburn) we officially began our ministry at the Hoodview Church of God in Woodburn, OR. The congregation has been so warm and welcoming to our whole family. Many people have asked me (BJ) how things are going and I usually respond, "It feels like the Lord is in it." That is truly how we feel. We believe that the Lord placed us here and we are going to give it our best and trust HIM for the rest. Shortly after we arrived in Woodburn, two men who had a deep impact on BJ's life and who had been two prior Pastors of the Hoodview COG went home to be with the Lord. Their memorial services ended up falling on the same weekend in the same church sanctuary. BJ is humbled to be following in their footsteps. We pray the Lord blesses the work at Hoodview and is honored by His people in and out of the church.
-We the Kuykendalls are blessed people. Life isn't always easy and sometimes we have our doubts, BUT God has given us a wonderful family, amazing friends, led us to a beautiful congregation, and best of all has saved us from our sins and awakened us to His eternal kingdom. Thanks be to God.
"And every virtue we possess,
And every victory won,
And every thought of holiness,
Are HIS alone."
May the Lord graciously bless you this Christmas Season.
1 c. sugar
3/4 c. butter
1/4 c. molasses
a pinch of cloves
2 1/2 t. ginger
1/2 t. salt
2 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
2 1/2 c. flour
Cream the sugar, egg, and butter until fluffy. Add molasses, beat one more minute. Combine the dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture. Roll in 1 inch balls then roll in sugar. Place on greased sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. (look for cracks on top)
Friday, December 10, 2010
Posted by Elaine at 8:08 PM
Thursday, December 9, 2010
With my personality, I usually like to do things in a very orderly fashion. However, these boys are teaching me to relax a little, take a deep breath, and "fix things" after bedtime. :) They do have so much fun unpacking each ornament...how can I resist?
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Paisley Mae and Judson had a great time getting reacquainted.
For my mom's gift this year, Amy and I made her a digital scrapbook of our Colorado trip. Making the book was quite an undertaking. Earlier in November Amy found a special online that expired midnight of the day we would be together. It took us over four hours to complete mom's book. I worked on my book next, also taking four hours. Amy finally started her book right after dinner. She thought she could complete it in only two hours, but four hours later we ordered the books...with 30 minutes to spare! We were computered out! Thank goodness the books turned out great. Now I only have 10 3/4 years of our life left to scrapbook. Yikes!
Notice his hat. My mom bought Vernon Days hats for Isaac and BJ. So cool.
The kiddos made place cards for the meal. It kept them occupied for a while. We were thrilled to have Grandma Alma, Bill and Gee with us this Thanksgiving. As a young girl, I remember many Thanksgivings spent at Bill and Gee's house in the Bay area. The more family around the better!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Blessings!