31 December 2012

Thoughts of 2012 by Terri

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As I reflect on 2012 and what I learned this year, I start to tear up.  I tear up because in a way, it was the end of so many things... our life in Jefferson City andmy principalship in California, but I tear up also because it is proof that God has a plan for me, and even though it may be hard and not what I want to do, God's plan is the exact path I need to follow.

So then I feel so lucky...

Lucky that I landed in Wright City with fellow educators who are passionate about the children they serve.
Lucky that I married a man who understands my whims and fancies.
Lucky to have a daughter and son-in-law that accept my bluntness and actually cherish it.
Lucky to still have my mom and sister active in my life.

Lucky to be surrounded by family who cares deeply about me and thinks that "I am all that *snap*" and more!

Lucky that I have friends from all walks of life who love me the way I am, even when I forget to return calls, am late for dinner and who sends more belated cards that on-time ones!

Lucky that I landed in a neighborhood that I adore, making new friends and starting to feel like its home and not a visitor.

Lucky that I found a PEO and a DAR that fits. (now if I could find a BUNCO group, I will have it made!)

Lucky that I read lots of good books, had lots of wonderful food, made a bit of art, have people who like my Facebook page and blogs, and that I am missed when I don't post.

For all this, and much more, I am truly grateful.

2012 was full of life lessons for me.  Cherish my friends, face the future bravely, trust in God's plans and put family first.  Some of these lessons I had learned before, but the reminder was a gift from God and I happily accept it!  It is not all fun and games in my life, but I will always choose to focus on the positive.  I believe it has made a difference in the quality of life I live. 

Here's to a happy 2013.  Bring on the life lessons, reveal your plan, dear God, I am ready for it!

Enjoy this poster from Anders*Ruff.  It says exactly what I hope for all of you!


30 December 2012

Christmas in New Town

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Our first Christmas in New Town was wonderful!  We had the opportunity to do a lot of fun holiday things together, I am pretty sure Bob did this to keep me from being too homesick and from missing the events that had defined my holidays for the past 20 years.  He did a good job, too!!

Our favorite events were probably those that took place in Old Town.  The characters and the parades, the lights and the shopping all made for such good fun.  We are definitely looking forward to repeating that experience again!

Our neighborhood didn't disappoint either!  People decorated well, formed spontaneous caroling groups and sponsored a homes tour.  I hosted a cookie exchange and hope to do it again next year!






























We love that we live somewhere that people are like us, love to decorate, do stuff and be neighbors.  We were blessed to find this neighborhood!

04 December 2012

A Month in Review-November 2012

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This month each picture represents something that I am very thankful for in my life.  I know I didn't cover everything I am truly thankful for... aunts, cousins, friends, etc., but this 30 days I focused on what came into my heart on that particular day.  God has blessed me and I am well aware of it. 

1.  My church
2. My husband of 35 years
3.  My daughter and her family
4. My mom
5.  Gary, Joy, Irene 
6.  Living in the USA
7.  My sister
8.  Having a place to call home
9.  Living close to nature
10.  Family traditions that bring us close as families
11. Ashley and Eric's love for each other
12. Veterans that served for us
13.  A job that I love!
14.  Another baby in the family!
15. Our wonderful dogsons
16.  Thinking positively, every day!
17.  Another birthday.  Praise God.
18.  Beautiful Hawaiian sunsets
19.  Time with my hubby!
20.  The chance to make memories with my family
21.  The many opportunities I have for music in my life
22. Having someone to share my life with
23.  Traveling safely across the ocean
24.  Beautiful Missouri!!
25.  Sunsets!
26.  Another baby to join us!
27.  Family dinners
28.  My beautiful new neighborhood
29.  Spending time with friends
30.  Me.
 

04 November 2012

A Month in Review-October 2012

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I am a bit late in posting this month's review.  No surprise.  Nothing is getting done on time lately.


1.  Ashley and Eric were in Washington, DC.  The White House is lit up in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and they snapped a photo for me!
2.  Rainbow over the New Town Town Hall.
3.  Halloween decorations are up!
4.  Food trucks came to Saint Charles!
5.  Wilson is being cute!
6.  Bob and me.
7.  The dogs getting a blessing!
8.  Mums at Pumpkins Galore.  I thought they were beautiful!
9.  Our cutie patooties!
10.  The NFL supports breast cancer research
11.  Cute sign!
12.  Bob and our granddog
13.  Ashley and Eric
14.  Red maples in New Town
15.  Feeling sick, ice cream is the cure!
16.  Gorgeous!
17.  Rainbow over my school!
18.  Gorgeous sunset near my school.
19.  New Halloween decoration!
20.  Paint New Town Pink!
21.  Beautiful fall in New Town.
22.  Pumpkins everywhere!
23.  Sometimes a girl just needs a good martini.
24.  Ashley's birthday!
25.  Pumpkin carvings at school.
26.  Dinner out with good friends, Ashley and Lynne and met a new friend, Sally!
27.  MU Homecoming, and we really came home!
28. Ducks on the canal.
29.  Fun photography/Breast cancer anniversary!
30.  Pink roses in the fall.
31. Halloween and Truman!!

31 October 2012

Halloween in New Town

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I am so very much enjoying our new neighborhood and getting to know its traditions.  We heard that New Town likes to celebrate and Halloween is no exception!

Take a look at these wonderful decorations!












The Steffes 2012 pumpkin!  Carved by Bob at the WCEE Pumpkin Carving Night!



27 October 2012

A New Era

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After much consideration, I decided that the title of my blog, Lakewood Manor, no longer served me and my family the way it used to do.  Now that we no longer live in the Lakewood subdivision, I can see how limiting the title was to me.  So I have been looking at what might be a name for my blog that would endure the remaining phases of my life.

One of the things I am most definitely sure of is the blessings that God has given me throughout my life.  I was given to the best parents, had the best brother and sister, aunts and uncles and cousins, grandparents, friends, daughter, son-in-law and husband that anyone could wish for.  I have been blessed with the career choice I made, the people that I have worked with and the opportunities that have been given to me.  I am aware of this and extremely grateful for what I have.

I have been guided in my life by the Bible, and many verses and stories have made up how I choose to live my life.  Chapter 9 of Ecclesiastes, where Solomon explains why he is not coming to dinner with his friends, gives a beautiful example of how one should live their lives.  I have included a link to a reference that I love.  I hope you will take the time to read it.

The theme I take away from the chapter is to find joy in everything you do.  Get family and friends together and celebrate your friendship with good food and good wine.  Enjoy God's gifts with the good company of family and friends. Those of us who are married should enjoy the spouse that God has given us.  Love them, serve them, treat them well.  Whatever you take on, do it well.  Seek God today.  Don't put off what you should do today, for no one is guaranteed a tomorrow.  Don't waste your life!

With this being said, the new title of this blog is Our Good Life.  We will live our life to its fullest, thanking God for our blessings along the way, every day.

08 October 2012

Halloween at New Town

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I am so NOT used to this tiny apartment!  I am going to show you my very little decorations for Halloween but really, I kinda love it.  It took but a minute to do it and every little thing you use makes an impact!  We sold so many things but kept a few small decorations. 





My dad made this pumpkin for me!






Love that purple glow at the bottom!!

See Bob in the door?