April 26, 2013

The Wedding Day…

Is this the little girl I carried?
Is this the little boy at play?

I don’t remember growing older
When did they?

When did she get to be a beauty?
When did he grow to be so tall?

Wasn’t it yesterday
When they were small?

– Fiddler on the Roof

There is something surreal about watching your child marry. It just almost doesn’t seem real. Where did the little girl with the silly grin go? …

December 24, 2010

Together Again…and growing!

Christmas 2010

Left to right, Older Crowd: Melissa, Caleb, Jessica, Tiffany, Ben (Hector), Me, James, James VI, Jill (Schroeder), Daniel (Blanchard), Christa.

Left to right, Little Ones: Abigail, Joshua (grand baby), Emma, William, Virginia Grace

It has been great having everyone home for Christmas. Married daughters, soon-to-be-married son, and of course, our sweet grandson. Tiffany is 5 months pregnant, so seeing her and her not-so-big belly was a …

May 24, 2010

The Beauty of Covenant Community…

This past week, our family enjoyed some down time in Harvard, Illinois fellowshipping with the precious families of the CPC during our annual Presbytery. During this time, we basked in the sweet memories of the previous Saturday, when our second oldest daughter, Tiffany, became the wife of her beloved, Benjamin Hector.

I promised to share …

December 22, 2009

Cowboys Need Jesus

This morning, I noticed William, chubby cheeks resting on his hands, gazing thoughtfully into our nativity scene.

“Oh, I remember doing that as a child!” I said nostalgically.

Eyebrows raised, my daughter, Tiffany, noted, “I don’t think you did quite what William is doing it.”

When I looked a little closer, I saw what had William’s undivided attention…

December 14, 2009

The Daughter Medley and Deacon Song

These songs were written by the four oldest daughters of James McDonald (and Melinda) in honor of his 50th birthday party. The first song features three of the deacons from Providence Church singing “Superhero Pastor James!” Great job, guys!

December 13, 2009

Happy 50th Birthday, James!

Tonight we threw a surprise 50th birthday party for my husband, James. Our whole church gathered together; family and friends from miles away sent letters of remembrance and thankfulness for James and the first half century of his life, and we viewed a slide show that represented 50 years of God’s loving care toward my beloved. We all had a wonderful time feasting and celebrating. Thank you to all who helped make this night memorable!

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November 6, 2009

Over the Years…

With an extra special hug to Mimi and Papa
and Grandma Betty and Grandpa David…

Scroll all the way to the bottom to find our yummy recipe for

Homemade (Cooked) Egg Nog!

McDonald Maidens Christmas Morning 1999

November 3, 2009

Life in the Country!

Aside from the coyotes, spiders, septic tank issues, aromatic well water, mud, and chicken poop, I LOVE living in the country! Really I do!

September 17, 2009

Home from Virginia!

Our family just returned home this evening from a lovely trip to Virginia. James and I were invited to speak at a family conference at a church there in Chesapeake. We met many precious brothers and sisters hungry for God and excited about what He is doing in their families! Praise the Lord!

While we were there, we visited …

August 31, 2009

Out of the mouth of babes…

This was filmed at our annual P&R Jubilee this past Saturday. The lead singer ;-) is our little William. Abigail, Grace, and Emma are in there too, as well as other Providence Church children. Tiffany put Psalm 117 to music; so, she and Melissa practiced with the children and surprised us with this presentation during the Psalm/Hymn Sing portion of the event. Where is my Kleenex?

Thank you to Annette Yen for filming it!

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