2009, the End of a Decade!

I remember where I was when 2000 began. I was at the Winter Extreme Youth Conference in Gatlinburg, TN with my youth group from Blackwelder Park Baptist Church. I was in the 10th grade and Newsong was in concert, with Josh McDowell speaking. We stayed across the street from the conference sight and Bryan Rogers was our youth minister. We had a huge youth group and we were having the time of our lives bringing in the new year. At the time, I had no idea what the next ten years would mean for me. God had done so much in my life and in the lives of the people around me.

This week Matt & I have been reminiscing of what the past decade meant to us. I thought it would be cool to see what I can remember from 2000-2009. I'm thinking this will be an ongoing list as we reminisce about the last 10 years. Enjoy!

Youth group days
1st boyfriend
Bahamas mission trip
Parents Divorce
9/11 Tragedy
Death of Grandma & Grandpa Moon
Last dance recital, after 15 years
High School Graduation
Mission trip to Moldolva
Beginning college at ASU
Meeting Matt
Working 4 summers at Camp Caswell
Changing my major
Buying my 1st car
Dating Matt
Hurricane Katrina
Getting Engaged
Graduating from Appalachian State
Getting Married
Moving away from Kannapolis
Paying off my 1st car
Beginning my teaching career at Apex Middle School
Joining a new church in Raleigh, Journey Church
Buying our 1st house
Changing jobs, move to Wendell Middle School
Coaching cheerleading
Getting my 1st dog

Happy New Year! 2010 is sure to be another year full of precious memories!


Christmas 2009

I've been wanting to write this post since the beginning of the month. My work has kept me so busy that I haven't found a minute to sit and blog...

One of my most favorite things to do is create things. If you've been reading my blogs for long, you know that I love to decorate. I love to take what I have and see what I can come up with, I'm not about buying new things to decorate with every holiday. I just like to see what I can do without spending a lot of money. This year, I knew exactly how I wanted my mantle to look. Basically, I wanted to do the exact same thing from last year but add more candles and Molly's stocking. (Last year, I did the traditional garland with berries) This year, my new mantle at our new house just wasn't wide enough to do what I wanted. I ended up breaking 2 stocking holders and had to start all over with my decorating scheme. I knew that if I didn't use garland on the mantle, I couldn't go with my traditional theme everywhere else, my house is just too small. I know this sounds silly, but decorating has become my hobby so just let me be... As I pulled out all the globes & extra stuff that I had stored away in my attic, I remembered that I had seen a display in a store with Christmas ornaments. It was very modern looking, but I liked it. So I took what I saw and ran with it...here's what I came up with:
The only thing I had to buy that I didn't already have was the blue ornaments. I was hesitant at first because blue is not a traditional Christmas color, but it fit perfectly with the colors in our living room.
I was also excited to find a place to put my willow tree angel nativity set. I'm still collecting some of the pieces, but I absolutely love it!
In my kitchen last year, I had placemats that match my Christmas dishes, but they had mooses on them and they just didn't go with my scheme. So, I pulled out a table runner that I had bought the year before we got married and added some beaded fruit. It went perfect with my "modern" Christmas.
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas! Check out the Keith Family blog sometime this week for Christmas pictures of our house & of our crazy dachshund Molly.