This year we hosted the first annual Steele/Jarke Life Group Christmas Party...and let me say we had a blast and quite a few laughs during the White Elephant exchange. I was able to get pictures of the families and their prized winnings.
ELizabeth and Bruno came away with a smores kit
Gref and Kim came away with some classical music and a lotion kit
Ryan and Mindy were both crafty and typical Steeler's and got the coveted snuggie and red neck wine glass
Drew and I got Christmas mugs with hot chocolate and a creepy christmas jack in a box with a starbucks gift card!
Mike and Kara came away with a lotion kit that ended up going home with David!
Kyrie and Ricky came away with a ceramic vase and frog glasses
Jason and Leslie came home with a stocking full of goodies (practical jokes and candy) as well as a Guiness clock
Amber and Cain went away with a rare vintage year of boxed wine and a donkey political popper.
David and Amber went home with the treasure chest of gifts full of pirate booty (gold coins) and of course a picture of Jarke!
We had such a wonderful time and we are so blessed by our life group family and the friends we have made!
This year I decided to join the 30 days of thanks on Facebook, here is what I have been thankful for.
Give thanks, day 1: I am thankful for my sweet husband who is always willing to help.
Give thanks, day 2: I am thankful for my sweet brother and the ability to go celebrate his birth!
Give thanks, day 3- I'm thankful to be an Aggie and to be a part of such a wonderful community so full of tradition.
Give thanks, day 4- I am thankful for our wonderful church and the opportunity to worship with 4 year olds.
Give thanks, day 5- I am thankful for my awesome job and amazing team.Give thanks, day 6- I am thankful for the right to vote, and that my opinion matters!
Give thanks, day 7- I am thankful that no matter what, My God is strong and mighty, My God is faithful, My hope is in the Lord, For He is able!Give thanks, day 8- I am thankful for pedicures and relaxation with family and friends!
Give thanks, day 9- I am thankful to have the opportunity to have lunch with my sweet hubby and his family.
Give thanks, day 10- Thankful to get great family photos on this beautiful Saturday! Thank you Cassie.
Give thanks, day 11- thankful for my sister, she is going to make a beautiful bride today!
Give thanks, day 12- thankful for the safe delivery and healthy arrival of baby Layla
Give thanks, day 13- I am thankful for the men and women who proudly serve this country and fight for our freedom!
Give thanks, day 14- Thankful for my life group girls and the amazing women that they are. I am thankful for their friendship and that they encourage me to grow stronger in my faith.
Give thanks, day 15- I'm thankful for my sweet baby girl Buttercup, she has brought so much joy to my life over the last 7 years.
Give thanks, day 16- thankful to celebrate my aunt and uncle's 25th anniversary. They are such a blessing and a great example of God's love!
Give thanks, day 17- thankful to have a great dinner and fun time with my brotherS, sister, and husband!
Give thanks, day 18- I am thankful for a great start to a much needed relaxing week off.
Give thanks, day 19- I am thankful for my sweet Lily Girl, she is such a sweet little cuddle bug who is always ready to play.
Give thanks, day 20- I am thankful for the plentiful options for food. We are never in short supply!
Give thanks, day 21- I am thankful for my husband who keeps me grounded, he is the most stable force in my life and he loves me through thick and then. I am so blessed to have him in my life, to love me and do life with.
Give thanks, day 22- here is the list that Drew and I came up with this morning: each other, our puppies, our house, our jobs, our hard work ethic, our car, Aggie football, our wonderful parents, our siblings, our family, our friends, and our church. I would say we are pretty blessed!
Give thanks, day 23- I am thankful for completely relaxing, lazy days with my hubby and family.
Give thank, day 24- Thankful for an amazing Aggie season. Way to show them that you can compete in the SEC boyss!
Give thanks, day 25- I am thankful for safe travels from a wonderful vacation. It's good to be back home!
Give thanks, day 26- I am thankful for my nice warm house.
Give thanks, day 27- I am thankful for a car that is safe and reliable to get me from point A to point B. Give thanks, day 28- I am thankful for laughter...it always has the ability to ease stressful situations.
Give thanks, day 29- I am thankful for our Life Group, for the wonderful couples we've met, and the great friendships we've made.
Give thanks, day 30- I am thankful for this Christmas season and the birth of our Lord and Savior. He is the reason for the season. Without Him I would have nothing to be thankful for.
Also, I am thankful for girls night with my mom and sister.
Drew and I have now been married since December 2006. We have recently moved into our first home and are loving almost every minute of it (minus the yard work and bills). We both graduated from Texas A&M, WHOOP! I am a teacher and my husband is an industrial engineer. We are excited about all the things God has planned for our future together. We hope you enjoy reading our blog!