Archive for December, 2008

Dennis Agajanian in Helena, Montana

Dennis Agajanian in Helena, Montana

Our family was given a couple of group passes to a Dennis Agajanian concert. We have a couple of albums from him, and took the opportunity to see him in concert.

What a concert it was.  He was sponsored by our local “Optimist Club“, and the concert was held at a school auditorium in Helena.

Dennis could pick the guitar faster than I could think.  He did the Hallelujah Chorus on the guitar!  It was fantastic.

Dennis seemed like an ordinary guy, and when the sound system went kaput for a bit, he didn’t skip a beat.  He moved off the stage and came down and sat on the steps to it and continued playing.  It was awesome.  When a guitar string broke in the middle of a selection, he swooshed it out of the way and, again,  never missed a beat.

He certainly loves the Lord, and told us plainly what the Lord means to him.  He was not intimidated or bashful about it.  Click the picture to see a larger view, and visit Dennis’ web site HERE and see all he has done, and purchase a CD.

The concert was excellent!

John

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Colorful Weather In Montana.

Have you taken a look at a weather map in the last couple of weeks? Most of the US has had quite an interesting time with the weather, and the Northwest US has been no exception.

Global warming is happening because I use spray on deoderant??? If you think that, you are nuts!

Turn up the heat, its cold up here!

P.S. (just a random thought in my brain) I remember as a kid, the same people who had nothing better to do with their lives except control others, were saying we were heading into another ICE AGE, and we are going to have to MELT THE POLAR CAPS.

HAHAHA!

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A Jefferson City Wintery Day A Snowy Winter Day

We spent most of Christmas Day in the house watching the snow fall and enjoying our gifts that we received.  The kids took the opportunity to sled down the hill for a bit, but other than that, the snow just kept coming and coming.

Today, we spent a portion of the day digging out.  The plow on the truck was acting flaky so I took out a test meter and found that a solinoid was not working correctly.  I happened to have a spare, thank you Lord, so in no time, I replaced it and the plow worked better than it has in a long time.  That is a good thing because it really got to work today.

J.J. road in the truck with me while I was plowing, while the girls helped Carol shovel off the very heavy snow from the deck, and shovel the snow off the sidewalks.

The sun is doing it’s best to keep shining.  It is a very beautiful day.  Click a picture to see our wintery neighborhood.

John

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Christmas Snowfall

We have not had snow on Christmas for quite a few years, and it has not snowed ON Christmas day for even more years than that.  Today, the temperature was in the mid twenties, and it snowed and snowed so gently.  What a beautiful day to go with the beautiful celebration of Jesus’ birth.

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Merry Christmas from The McDougall's Home

All of us at the McDougalls’ Home wish you the Very Merriest Christmas.  Embrace the free gift God has given us as we remember the time when God left His throne, stepped into time, and entered this world as a baby boy.  The Creator became like one of His created, so He could live the life we couldn’t, and suffer and die the death we deserved, all because He loved us so much.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  John 3:16,17 (NIV)

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Winter Wonderland Near Bonner, Montana where I had to travel for work.

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The weather for the past couple of weeks has been bitterly cold and snowy, with temperatures much of the time being well below zero (F).  Today is a nice change.  The temperature is in the teens, the sun is shining, and the kids are outside enjoying the snow by sledding down the hill.  We live on the side of a mountain in Jefferson City, Montana, which makes driving difficult, and sledding easy.

Desire’ pointed out this morning that this is the first time in several years that we will be having a White Christmas.  The beauty is making up for all those cold and snowy days we have had for a while.  Unfortunately, our daughter Heather, and Carol’s mom were not able to make it here as planned because of the unpredictable weather we have been having.  None the less, we are very thankful for this beautiful day we have received. 

This evening we will be attending our Christmas Eve service at our church, then we will come home and open gifts.

The Perfect Christmas Eve!

Click on a picture to see larger views.

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Click the picture to see photos from our Christmas program along with all of our Christmas pics.

Click the picture to see photos from our Christmas program along with all of our Christmas pics.

Last Sunday, Neighborhood Assembly of God had it’s Christmas Program. All of the children were delightful.  There was a lot of music and worship.  The service ended with the “Praise Team” singing a very humorous but thoughtful song with the aide of hand puppets.  Ha!

Neighborhood Assembly of God Praise Team assisted by Hand Puppets

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One of my favorite web sites is Answers In Genesis. This great cartoon called “After Eden” by Dan Lietha is featured in Answers In Genesis’ email newsletter.  You can sign up to get Answers In Genesis’ email newsletter in your email box HERE.

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Click HERE for a printable version of the Cheerios Party Snack.

Many years ago, my mother clipped this recipe off a Cheerios box. I have never seen it on a box since, but it has been passed down and continues to be a favorite of ours.  Try this simple Party Mix recipe and see for your self if it is not a winner.  Chex cereal can be substituted if you increase the butter and spices as the Chex tends to absorb a lot of it.

We make a ton of this every year.  I quadruple the recipe, then make three batches of the quadrupled batch.  By the time Christmas is past, we are ready to give it up until the next year.

Cheerios Party Snack

A McDougall Christmas Favorite

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
2 1/2 cups Cheerios cereal
2 cups cheese crackers
2 cups pretzel, thin sticks
1/2 pound roasted mixed nuts

Heat oven to 250 degrees (slow). Blend butter, seasonings. Pour over rest of ingredients which have been mixed in large oblong pan, 19 X 19 ½ X 2 inches. Stir and salt lightly to taste. Bake 1 hour, stirring carefully with wooden spoon every 15 minutes. Allow to cool thoroughly.

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Click the picture to see the Clancy School Christmas Program and our other Christmas Photos.

Last night we went to Clancy School to watch the school’s Christmas program. All of the classes did a great job.  Desire’ was in a “Young Women’s Choir”, Ana sang with her class and also played the clarinet in the band.  Alia also sang with her class.  Carol helped the kindergarten class sing their songs.  They were so cute.

The program ended with a couple of  “All School” songs commemorating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It was a GRAND finale!

After the program, the children were met with a larger than life Father Christmas.  Wow!  Be sure to see the photo of him!

See some somewhat fuzzy pictures, along with the rest of our 2008 Christmas photos HERE.

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