Saturday, November 29, 2008

A bit more Thanksgiving.

Here are a few more pictures from Thanksgiving....dessert time, and our guitar and piano jam session.

Here is the dessert table...spread with two kinds of pie, ice cream, whipped cream, and coffee.

I like this shot just because it is so focused and neat. Welcome to my world. Haha. I could tell you a really hilarious "Ah-ha!" moment that had to do with one of these pressurized cans, but then again, I could NOT...especially since it was only last year that it happened. Moving on....
Homemade by Mama - pumpkin pie.
And Homemade by Mama - Rhubarb pie, which is the BEST!
The frosty ice cream....
Hot black coffee made by Daddy.
Sarah's hands so politely folded in her lap.
Mr. G's guitar....a very nice one, I might add. He blessed us with some beautiful Christmas carols. Thank you!
Daddy playin' on his guitar...well experienced for 30 years or so.
Daddy playing.
Daddy and Mr. G. discussing picks and strumming techniques, I believe. :D Don't ask me, I have my guitar, but only play by ear....I'm just the photographer here.
And...no matter how many times I did this, it still would not stay rotated, so I am sorry. Here is Miss. Nita and Mrs. G. looking through Sarah's Psalter that she brought from England.
And if you want to know why I wasn't smiling in this picture, don't ask me, because I don't know! I looked over, Dad had the camera, and I thought...is that mine? Oh...I think it is. :D
And just to leave you with some stunning color and amazement over God's creation....here is a tiny bud on our Christmas Cactus...Christmas is coming!!! This is my third favorite shot.
Ya'll be family, now, and come back!
In Christ,
Jean Marie

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving Day Celebration

Our Thanksgiving was a lovely Thanksgiving indeed, and I hope that yours was as well! Here are some pictures of the, hmmm....120 or so that I took from that day. :D First off, I really wanted to decorate like I did last year...by the way, for us Floridians, and especially for the Fambrough family, "decorate" other than Christmas means "put something out". I wanted to do that. :D So, here are some of the decorations...I had collected some sweet gum tree balls, and we bought these sweet little lady apples, and pumpkins...this was the first thing you saw as you entered our house.


This is a very neat cloth wall hanging about Ireland's Arthur Cottage, about the times and lineage of the Arthur family, one of whom, Chester A. Arthur, would become the president of the US in 1881. It is very interesting to read through, and was brought to us as a present of last year's visit of Sarah Magee....who, now gets to see it used this trip! It added to our whole Thanksgiving Colonial theme. All ten decorations that is...hahaha.
Here is the kitchen table pre-food. :D The lovely autumn bouquet and pumpkins, and Grandma Fambrough's everyday china.
And since I was shooting everything else, I had to get on of the Irish girlie we had in town. :)

The complete table with decor and settings by Mother dear.
My favorite shot of the entire day.
Yes, we did have two different kinds of napkin rings...we love to be different. :D
Someone later asked me if I had taken a shot beforehand of the table, and I answered that I believe I had gotten about ten! Hmm...that seems a little low now, make it 30. Haha.
Here is a complete shot of the place setting.
The adorable little lady apples that were perfect doll sized. So CUTE!
And the table "party take-homes"...haha...Indian popcorn tied in little satchet bags, with sweet gum tree pod balls tied in the knot, leaning against a little lady apple centered on the plate. I was satisfied, nay, excited how it all turned out!
And here are Sarah and I's masterpieces - the name cards. Each is a bit different in size, decor and such. Sarah, in all of her amazingness of knowing calligraphy took a normal sharpie pen, and did this penmanship...I stared across the table, and said "Oh. I think you can do all the writing on them." How sensible of me, right? :D I know. These are six of them, Sarah did the little (cough) amazing leaves, and I did the cut-out others, I was proud of my little things...a childish sort of proud as I sat next to Miss Monet over there. Ha. I got a severe remembrance of how it is with my older sister. She draws art, and I draw sleeping worms. :)
Okay, okay...I just had to show you the one I was proud of...my little turkey...he is cute, is he not? I even made a little wattle, and let me tell you, those are some meaty little drumsticks that he has on him! So, what if he looks like a gas can with feathers and what all else? I liked him, and he never got eaten for Thanksgiving, so he was a happy turkey. So there.
The unhappy turkey of the day. However, he was a very tender and delicious bird, so, he albeit, unhappily, made us quite happy.
Daddy doing an excellent job carving the turkey.
Oh, the vast array of succulent dishes laid out for us. L to R: Stuffing, broccoli and cauliflower, turkey, ham, a pot of lima beans, and a rhubarb pie for later. All made by my mother, who is an excellent cook, and those who ate this Thanksgiving dinner agreed it one of her very best. Now, don't you wish you could have eaten some too? :D

And here it is...again...the rolls in the basket, my homemade apple butter, jelly, sweet potato casserole, lima beans, cranberry sauce slices, relishes and olives, pickled beets, gravy, and oranges. Oh, deliciousness...it was all SO good!
Our dog that is so often hopeful that we often refer to her so...her real name is Mopsie.
Our company were Mr. and Mrs. Gilchrist, dear family friends of ours, and Mrs. Gilchrist's mother, Miss. Nita, who very much enjoys our little doggie-woggie. Mopsie loves all the attention she receives from her! Miss. Nita is a sweet lady with gorgeous hair like my Grandma Fambrough's, who is a gracious woman at the wonderful age of 96! She has some very good stories to tell. :D
Miss. Nita drinking some black coffee...I very much enjoyed talking to you, Miss Nita!
Mrs. Gilchrist showing Miss. Nita the rhubarb pie. :D
Miss. Nita, with Mr. Gilchrist in the background.
Mummy busily cooking and talking with Mrs. Gilchrist, who was sipping some hot cider. Mrs. Gilchrist looked so lovely in her autumn orange blouse!
Mrs. Gilchrist holding her cup...more cider, perhaps? Or tea? From the Boston canal? HAHA!
Mr. G. , Daddy, and Sarah chatting about hmm... what were they chatting about?
Whatever it was, Daddy was in a hilarious mood while he cut up the turkey! Haha...Sarah had no idea what was going on, and just smiled in my direction. :D I love it.
Mr. G. and Daddy talk in the living room before the meal at 3:30pm. Godly men together.
A cold glass of apple cider really hits the sweet spot on Thanksgiving Day! Clean dishes...evidence of a meal very much enjoyed.

I really like this shot, just how it depicts the slow, relaxing afternoon and evening we had - the Thanksgiving it really is supposed to be. :) It was so nice to have the doors open to the breezy 70 degree weather!
Mrs. G., and Miss. Nita look at a Lehman's catalog for the first time! They loved it, of course.
And they also said that I could put pictures of them here, on my blog! Thank you!!! You are both so lovely...I hope I look as sweet and cute as Miss. Nita when I am 96. :D
Mrs. G. graciously offered to take a couple pictures of Sarah and I. We accepted!!!
And I think it is the first time ever that someone has told me that we looked exotic in our picture! We laughed over that one!
And one last favorite shot of the day to close things off...thank you, Gilchrist family for coming! We love you. And, ya'll come back now, don't be strangers here!
With love,
Jean Marie

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving...A time of Praise.

Hello, you dear friends, family, and visitors....Happy Thanksgiving to you all! This year, I am not going to ramble on about the Pilgrims, the real first Thanksgiving, the holiday which happened before the Pilgrims ever arrived in Plymouth, or about our fall weather, that is so uncharacteristically beautiful, or how I am missing my sister and grandparents so much right now. No. I am going to post one written prayer that very adequately describes my whole and complete view upon the Day of Thanksgiving. I challenge you to ponder it, to joy in the gift of a merciful and gracious Savior, by which we are saved from our sins, to praise His most Holy and righteous Name, to give thanks unto Him Who keeps us standing and going on, day after day, after day. I challenge you today, among all the incredibly delicious foods we all will eat, and people we will talk with...that after that prayer over the meal - don't stop praying or stop thanking the Lord Who provides for you.
With love and thanksgiving to our Lord,
Jean Marie
A prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving, from The Valley of Vision-
“O My God, Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,
my heart admires, adores, loves thee,
for my little vessel is as full as it can be,
and I would pour out all that fullness before thee in ceaseless flow.
When I think upon and converse with thee,
ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,
ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
crowding into every moment of happiness.
I bless Thee for the soul thou hast created,
for adorning it, sanctifying it, though it is fixed in barren soil;
for the body thou hast given me
for preserving its strength and vigor,
for providing senses to enjoy delights,
for the ease and freedom of my limbs,
for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;
for thy royal bounty providing my daily support,
for a full table and overflowing cup,
for appetite, taste, sweetness,
for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others,
for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for my fellow-men,
for opportunities of spreading happiness around,
for loved ones in the joys of heaven,
for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.
I love Thee above the powers of language to express,
For what Thou art to thy creatures.
Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.”




Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Barberville Post 2

I know you all will be so excited for this post. YAY! Thanks to Miss. Sarah Magee for allowing me the time to write this. She is happy because she is eating ice cream right now while I am cold in my sweater. Haha. So, this is the second installment of the Barberville posts.

So, after Jubal's Kin concert time, the Amundsens, Stones, Hopes, Rebecca and I all talked with each other, enjoying catching up a bit, and oh, taking pictures and laughing at each other. Or with.... :D It all depends on whom you ask.

Here is sweet little Mattie A. and Emily S. I just love this cute picture!

And Mrs. Amundsen putting an instrument away. Talking to little Mattie....hey, I warned you before, remember? She is just a favorite subject with those curls going everywhere, and big smile....get used to seeing her. Haha.

Anna talking to Mattie...she is not being grumpy, just concentrating on what she is saying. :D
Lauren...Smile! Good, great...great. Oh....really pretty. Why is she so pretty?

Okay....I have no idea if she knew that I was shooting her, but she just cannot be this photogenic all the time...that would be unfair. And Joseph? Look at that! Maybe it runs in their blood. He needs to be a guy model for L.L. Bean or something. :D
GAH! SO. Pretty. It. Is. Unfair! Awww.....sweet! I just want to squish her in a hug!
Lauren, Joseph and I walked over to look at the flowers, and boy, were they lovely. This is a favorite shot. I seem to be getting a lot of those, now that I have this Nikon d40. :)
A happy butterfly on some very happy flowers...hey, they were happy because it was sunny! A happy moth on another flower.

I think the people do a good job at keeping everything so nice, it must be a big job.
This is where I bought my lunch of one hot dog, and one hamburger, and they were good! Um, if you know me, you will understand why I like this picture, and it is for one simple thing....can you guess it? Sky, roof, sign, trees, clouds.... nope, it is because of the rust! Yes, you heard that right...I love rust. I love to take pictures of it...in fact, one of my friends took a rust shot just for me! How loving of her. :D So, that is why I like this shot.

This lady seemed to be enjoying her hot dog and root beer. :D I smile every time I see this. :)
This wagon caught my eye, and I envisioned myself going riding on a fair Sunday behind horses. And singing hymns all the way. And being dressed in prarie dress.
The sun shining on this roof made it shine like silver. It was a lovely day...perfect weather.
The ice cream building...where we would buy treats later. :D YAY for tractor engine run, old "Hit and Miss" engine run ice cream!

And yay for November and fall grain stacks! No, that is not snow on the ground, it is cotton.
This young lad was very enamoured by something or other. :D Cute little chap.

Blue skies, smilin' at me, nothin' but blue skies, do I see!

Another family band that I enjoyed very much. Oh, and Gailanne on the far right. :)


Roger and Mattie - both Gailanne and Roger are such good older siblings to Mattie and Jeffrey, at least, whenever I am around them. :D
A tree that I liked...I mean, what is there not to like? Big, strong, tall, majestic.... I love trees.
A beekeeper's stand. They had a very nice patriotic and autumn display. And free honey samples!
Well, I hope you all enjoyed those! I know I did...I'll be taking a break from Barberville posts for Thanksgiving, and for some Fambrough/Magee events photos. Ya'll come back now! :D
~ Jean Marie