Saturday, December 18, 2010

Project 365-Week 51

Week 51...really? This has proven to be a week of trials and joys. A week to be thankful and to wait with anticipation for Christ's birth.


Had to work today and Kevin had his Santa duties. Kids were divided up among friends and family for church and the afternoon. Shortly before I was supposed to get off of work I received a call from Kevin letting me know that he broke his truck key off in the ignition downtown. The weather was getting bad and we were supposed to meet at the church for the annual night of carols in which all of our kids were participating as well. By God's grace, made it to Kevin and then back to the church just in time.

These are the K-3rd graders singing their song. Can you find Ethan or Ella?

Here are the Junior and Senior High kids. Do you see Bryce?

When we came home someone was bound and determined to get her tooth out. She had been playing with it all evening.

Now all she has to do is lose the other top one and she can sing, "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth"! BTW, don't you just love her expression?!


Worked all day and then ran home to grab things for the pre-school's Christmas program. This year the kids were decorated as ornaments.

Here Kyla is before the program. She and Ella decorated the ornament and then there is the headpiece. That is actually a dog collar cover that we got as a white elephant gift 4 years ago at small group. I ended up hot gluing it to the construction paper headband and Ethan wore it. Then Ella wore it for the next 2 years and now Kyla is wearing it. It's silly, but kind of a fun little tradition.
After the program, I went for some refreshments with the teachers. Nice time, good food. When I went to leave the truck wouldn't start. Got a ride home with a teacher.


Thankfully I was off work today. Spent the morning and afternoon at the pre-school wrapping up the cookbook delivery. Was very blessed by the teachers as they showered me and my family with some special gifts. There could have been tears, just sayin'. Then took Ethan to piano lessons. When I was walking out I noticed this in Miss Michelle's little tree.

A nest full of snow. Don't know why it struck me, but it did. I then was driving home to get Bryce to bring him back for his lesson when I heard a noise. I thought it sounded like a flat tire so I got off the road, walked around the van but everything was fine. Drove on home, Bryce got in and we pulled out of the driveway. Horrible noise and van pulling to the left. Turned right around and back into the driveway. What did I find? Driver side front tire TOTALLY FLAT!! UGH!!! No way to go get Ethan because truck is dead. Thankfully Miss Michelle ran Ethan back home.


Worked today, then home to get Bryce to church for youth group. After youth group, we dropped off a friend and then Bryce wanted something warm for his throat.

Any idea what he is drinking? A peppermint mocha. He was very happy.


Off today and had to clean!! Grammie came up to help and then of course was talked into playing a game.

Also got this back today.

Ended up being the starter. Thankful to have it fixed, to have an honest and good mechanic (that happens to be Bryce's youth leader) able to help us and fix it. Thankful to have people who bless us so that we can have the funds to pay for it. Love when trials turn into so many blessings!!


Our girls have been begging for Pillow Pets. Today one showed up in each of their arms. Kevin said they were carrying them around and cuddling them all afternoon and early evening. They were actually asking when they could go to bed. HA!!

Ella with her magical unicorn.

Kyla with her puppy.


After work today I went to Borders for some Christmas music provided by some of the youth from our church.

Bryce can sing and play the bells at the same time! :)

Tonight I finally got around to taking the annual Christmas card photo of the kids. Don't know if I will actually get cards made up and sent out but at least the picture is taken!

Merry Christmas and many blessings from the Yoder home to you!!!


  1. So sorry to hear about your week - what's the saying? When it rains, it pours?!
    Glad to hear all turned out well and there were some blessings poured down too!
    Love the tooth pic! Ha!
    Great family picture - and Merry Christmas to you!

  2. Wow! So much went on in your week. Glad you got your truck back to quickly.

    I haven't done a Christmas card photo in a few years because I never get them out in time, so don't feel bad. At least you get a photo!

  3. Car troubles do seem to come in multiples, don't they? So glad you could get everything fixed!

    You have so many great photos this week! Love how they document your week so well -- you'll definitely be able to look back and see what was happening :)

    Great Christmas card photo, even if you don't get them sent out; although most folks would rather have late than never -- just sayin' :)

  4. sorry for all the car trouble. But I love how God has blessed you so abundantly through your friends!!! You are very much loved!!!

    love Ella's expression with the missing tooth!!! so funny!

    Merry Christmas to you Tori and your family!! We miss you and wish you the happiest of holidays!

  5. Oh my heavens Ella looks FIERCE in that picture! Love it! You can show it to potential boyfriends in the future to determine if they're keepers. :)

    Your family picture is really good - such cute kids.

  6. I watched you walk into church just in time for the Night of Carols. I was praising God because I just knew it had not been easy to get there. Sorry to hear about your trouble this week, friend. But I rejoice with you that the trials turned into blessings. I pray that this week is overflowing with blessing upon blessing upon blessing. btw--if you need help addressing envelopes I'd be HAPPY to help! PLEASE let me know!

  7. Yum to the peppermint mocha. Love that some kids from the church got to play in Borders. That is awesome! Cute toothless smile too.