31 October 2012

Halloween in New Town

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

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

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?

07 October 2012

A Month in Review-September


1. Mizzou Tailgate with the dogs.
2. Baby Shower for Jeanne.
3. Bob's smoked meatloaf and brussel sprouts.
4. Cardinals game.
5. A new favorite:  Padavans pizza
6. School days.
7. Sunset at New Town.
8. Mizzou football!!
9. New purse from Bob.
10. Vote for Truman, the best mascot ever!
11. Restaurant week in Saint Charles.
12. Roses, just because.
13. Cardinals and bloody marys, a good combo!
14. Signs of fall at home.
15. Breast cancer awareness at Mizzou.
16. Sunset at New Town Farm.
17. Oliver Winery in Missouri!
18. A little fall decoration at our cottage
19. Our new decal at our school.
20. Our district celebrates our good scores!
21. East Elementary Staff
22. A little fall at our cottage!
23. Celebrating life with mimosas!
24. Me, at school.
25. Brewing storm in Saint Charles.
26. A new, vegetarian diet.
27. Darling Ashley with darling Huxley.
28. Our district mascot, the Wildcat!
29. Working on the dissertation.  Always.
30. Beautiful fall day in New Town.