Monday, December 22, 2008

Snow Day Collage

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More snow!

Monday morning "to do" list:
  • Sleep in
  • Drink hot chocolate and eat cinnamon-sugar toast
  • Take the family outside to play in the snow
  • Go sledding
  • Drink more hot chocolate and eat grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Play guitar
  • Take a nap or watch TV
  • Eat dinner
  • Hang out
  • Watch a movie
  • Go to bed
I like this "to do" list!

Sunday, December 21, 2008


I love stories. As the Christmas carols have been playing, I keep thinking about the story being told in the lyrics:

Oh, Come, Oh, Come Emmanuel
Translated: John Neal, 1818-66

Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

I keep thinking about the words "ransom" and "captive", "mourns" and "exile". Powerful words that really stir my heart.

I've been thinking about a story that Donald Miller tells about a folk concert he attended with one of his friends. Don says:

"Between songs, though, he told a story that helped me resolve some things about God. The story is about his friend who is a Navy SEAL. He told it like it was true, so I guess it was true, although it could have been a lie.

The folksinger said his friend was performing a covert operation, freeing hostages from a building in some dark part of the world. His friend's team flew in my helicopter, made their way to the compound and stormed into the room where the hostages had been imprisoned for months. The room, the folksinger said, was filthy and dark. The hostages were curled up in a corner, terrified. When the SEALs entered the room, they heard gasps of the hostages. They stood at the door and called to the prisoners , telling them they were Americans. The SEALs asked the hostages to follow them, but the hostages wouldn't. They sat there on the floor and hid their eyes in fear. They were not of healthy mind and didn't believe their rescuers were really Americans.

The SEALs stood there, not knowing what to do. They couldn't possibly carry everybody out. One of the SEALs, the folksinger's friend, got an idea. He put down his weapon, took off his helmet, and curled up tightly next to the other hostages, getting so close his body was touching some of theirs. He softened the look on his face and put his arms around them. None of the prison guards would have done this. He stayed there for a little while until some of the hostages started to look at him, finally meeting his eyes. The Navy SEAL whispered that they were Americans and were there to rescue them. Will you follow us? he said. The hero stood to his feet and one of the hostages did the same, then another, until all of them were willing to go. The story ends with all the hostages safe on an American aircraft carrier." (Miller, Blue Like Jazz, p. 33-34)

And Miller shares how the story helped him see how Jesus came to us...Emmanuel...God with us.

I love stories.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Winter Wonderland

Scenes from a snowy Saturday

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Nothing profound...

I like the music to the new Sears commercials..."World" by Five for Fighting.

I like the song "Let my love open the door" in the movie Dan in Real Life. So good!

I like the movie "Two Weeks Notice" with Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant.
The scene where they are stuck in traffic and she has to go to the bathroom...
Do you know how funny that is?

Oh. My. Word!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Martha Stewart? Meet Quinn

More snow today!

Tonight we had great adventures decorating sugar cookies. The dough turned out well, the shapes held, and we pulled out the frosting, sprinkles, and M&Ms. Good treats and good times.

Here is a sneak peek into our lives tonight...and a little video of Quinn to enjoy with a little snow.

How Quinn and Ryan decorate Christmas cookies...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

16 degrees

16 degrees outside and cold, cold, cold. Quinn was even wearing gloves in the house...

Tonight we made sugar cookies and had a good time with cookie cutters.
Tomorrow we'll get to frost and decorate them.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Tonight Quinn and I were talking.

He was excited about Christmas and was asking me to draw pictures on the Magna-doodle. I can be quite the artist. Snowmen, Christmas trees, lights, candy canes were all among his requests.

I asked him why we celebrate Christmas.

He said, "Because Jesus loves us."

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A few of my favorite things...

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things..."

Last year I
shared a few of my favorite things and this year I thought I'd do it with a few more questions and answers!
  • Name--Meredith Leigh Dougherty
  • Other possible name? Besides Meredith, Allison was on my parent's short list
  • Birthplace--Anchorage, Alaska
  • Heritage--Czechoslovakian on my mom's side/English on my dad's side
  • Righty or Lefty--righty
  • Introvert or extrovert--I'm middle of the road but lean towards extrovert
  • Meyers-Briggs Personality type--ENFJ
  • Favorite beverage: Coffee...Starbucks Cafe Verona with caramel/vanilla creamer or Ryan's homemade iced vanilla latte
  • Favorite dessert: chocolate, ice cream, delicious sweet treats
  • Favorite 80's band: Tears for Fears...the songs so easily run through my head
  • Favorite Foods: Anything from Pizzacato, a whiskey river BBQ burger at Red Robin, clementines (they are so good and yummy this time of year), Macaroni Grill, anything Greek or Middle Eastern
  • What were you doing a year ago?--Getting ready for the admissions' Ugly Sweater Christmas party with Ryan and setting up the Christmas tree with Ryan and Quinn
  • What were you doing five years ago? We were living in the halls on campus as students got ready for finals week. There was a large Christmas tree we set up in the lobby before the HMS Christmas party. We had a tree in our apartment and were getting ready for the Christmas break.
  • What were you doing ten years ago? Ten years ago was 1998. I was living in the 8th Street House in Indiana getting ready to go home for Christmas. I was working at JobSource and taking two classes.
  • Favorite Christmas songs? "O Holy Night" and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel". I love the words to both of these songs and the imagery. I also really like the Patti Smith rendition of "We Three Kings"--it is dark, moody, and sounds like a traveler moving through tough terrain.
  • Favorite game to watch: college basketball
  • Favorite way to spend this Monday: SNOW DAY! I love it!
Remembering is good...thinking about favorite things is good...

Drinking chai on a cold, snowy night is good...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Quinn meet Bob...

We made a trip to the Children's Museum a bit ago and got to sample the Bob the Builder exhibit. Quinn was in his element and Ryan and I had a great time watching as he ran from "friend to friend" and played with all of the cool Bob stuff. It was really a sweet time and we had fun exploring the rest of the museum too. Here are some pictures of Quinn bonding with Bob and friends...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Once Upon A Time...

I blogged.

I feel like I've had a few posts that have involved me saying that I've been meaning to post but life has happened and it is now weeks later and I'm only now posting again. I won't belabor the point--I'm sure you understand. So, moving right along...

The Christmas tree is up, the decorations are out and about, and we drove through Newberg last night looking at Christmas lights. Quinn LOVES Christmas lights. Lots. Lots. Lots. He calls out the kind of light he has spotted (There are IIIIIIIIcycle lights!) and what animal he has spotted (Look!!! Reindeer!). Every snowman is Frosty and he is thrilled with cand
y cane lights. He likes to check out the lights on the neighbors' houses.

The other morning, Ryan and Quinn came out to turn on the tree's Christmas lights.
Ryan said, "Good morning Christmas tree!"
Quinn said, "Daddy, the Christmas tree doesn't have a mouth."

Just in case you were wondering. Christmas trees don't have mouths.