Williamson Family Zone

Welcome friends and family. We have now officially entered the twenty-first century. Hope you all enjoy catching up with our busy family online. Enjoy!

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this first question is tough! I am a wife and mother of four kids whom you will probably tire of hearing about in the following posts. But that won't stop me!! My best friend and I follow God and live life try to walk our journey with joy, peace and lots of laughing! This is a blog about my family for my family (and friends too)

Friday, December 30, 2005

O Christmas Tree...

I was thinking that I would take the Christmas tree down once the kids head back to school but my plans were changed. Yesterday while I was working our tree tipped over. At that point we had two choices...try to secure this thing back up into a vertical position or just call it "game over"! The decision really wasn't that hard. The tree was quickly disrobed of it's finery and carried out the door by the man. It left it's mark all over my carpet and couches which makes me question whether I will ever choose a real tree again.
I have been so busy this week running to the High School every day to sell tickets for the Hoops club at the Girls' Holiday Tourney. Britt has had to cheer. Our Bluejacket ladies took it to Chisholm last night and will play in the Championship today at 5:15 pm. I however have to be there at 2:30 to sell tickets.
Tomorrow, I plan on taking the kids to Duluth to spend some of their Christmas money. The older the kids get the more people resort to cash as a gift for Christmas. They love it...the problem is finding time to take them to spend it!
The tree is gone, only the broken cookies are left in the tin, the fridge has been cleaned out, the Christmas CD's are put back on the shelf...the snow is falling outside my window. My favorite part of winter is over.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Sweet Sixteen!

Sixteen years ago today Randy and I had our first child. Brittany Sarah Anne Williamson. 7lbs. 19 1/2 inches long. Born in Sudbury, Ontario Canada. Happy Birthday! Where has the time gone?

For Brittany's birthday she chose to go on a trip to Minneapolis instead of having a party. We left yesterday morning and got to the Mall of America. It was a wonderful day of crowds and standing in line to purchase bargain deals. What more could she ask for? In the evening Natalie (who turns sixteen on Thursday) and Brittany dressed in their best and went to a dinner theatre to see a production of "West Side Story". They loved it. We went to bed and headed home this morning. On the trip home we received a call from Aaron letting us know that Levi Broberg came into this world today as well! What a great birthday gift!
Here are some pictures from the sweet sixteen getaway!!

all dressed up for Chanhassen dinner theatre.


shopping at the Mall of America!


good morning sleepy heads. It's your birthday!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Where's my breakfast??

For many years now it has been a family tradition that we have this delicious egg casserole on Christmas morning. I serve it with fresh fruit usually and some sweet rolls of some sort. But the casserole is always the center of the meal. The kids decided to wake us especially early this year because they wanted time to open gifts before we headed off to church.
Brock came charging through our bedroom door at five o'clock. WOW! early. We told him to give us another hour but after about ten minutes, realized we couldn't get back to sleep. I got up, eyes half open and went out onto the back deck of the house to retrieve the breakfast. My fridge was so full I used the outdoors for my extra items. It's cold out but not too cold that things would freeze which is just perfect for sodas, casseroles and the like. Well low and behold I can't find the 9x13 glass pan. I thought maybe it had been moved from the table it was placed on. I searched high and low. Finally, there on the deck floor was the stray dish. Empty!!! Clean!!! I thought I had imagined putting the ingredients together the day before. Tracks in the new fallen snow revealed our culprit. A Saint Bernard! Nanny ate our tradition clean away. Not a morsel left. Not even the plastic wrap.
I baked homemade almond coffee cakes instead.
The kids tore through their gifts in record time and we prepared ourselves for church. Everyone was thrilled with their gifts.
Despite what some might think it was very refreshing to go to church today and seemed the most appropriate thing to do!!
Hope all of you had a wonderful day too. Tomorrow I will wake early and take a road trip down to Minneapolis with the birthday girl. I will post more about that trip when I return. Maybe one day I will write a children's book about a giant, loveable, hungry Saint Bernard named Nanny.
Merry Christmas one and all!


The children in their new jammies on Christmas Eve!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Williamson Annual Christmas letter online!

I broke with tradition this year and did not send out my annual letter in our Christmas cards. Instead I gave everyone the address to this blog because I figured that you can just read this from week to week to know what we've been up to. I thought I would POST our letter this year...so here goes!

Wow, another year is over. I really can't believe it. It has been a good year for our family. We have so much to be thankful for. We settled into our new home and experienced spring, summer and fall for the first time in our little house in the woods. 2005 has been a busy year for our family.

Unbelievably, Brittany will be sixteen in four short days! She is in grade ten. She has been involved in more things at school this past year which has really helped her come out of her shell. Last spring Britt found herself involved in the drama at the High School and loved it! She helped with costumes and backstage things. It was such a great experience for her that she signed up again this fall for the production of "Arsenic and Old Lace". She continues to sing in the choir and enjoys that also. Last April Brittany tried out for cheerleading and was happy to make the fall and winter squads. She is now in the midst of the winter Girls' Basketball season and is loving it. Our girls Varsity team is ranked 8th in the state. It is turning out to be a fun activity for her that has helped her become more confident. She continues to play the drums in church for our worship teams in both our main and youth services. She has taken lessons all year and has benefited greatly from them. She is looking forward to getting her liscence and finding a job!

Jessie is fourteen, fifteen in early February. She continues to play basketball and is on the High School's "C" squad. Her skills have improved greatly and she is a leader on and off the court. Jessica is also in the choir at the school and enjoys singing there and in the girl band she and Britt are in with three other young women. Jessica has also written some original songs that the girls are working on for an upcoming concert. Everyone tells her how much she looks like me, she always smiles and says "I know". How could she not she hears it all the time! I can see so much of myself in her. She is very independant and has a wicked sense of humor.

Sydney is twelve and in the seventh grade. This past year she hit a milestone when she entered the High School and youth group. She has changed so much this year! It is hard to put it all in words. We have seen our little girl become a young woman of strength and boldness. Sydney was asked to join Cross Country this past fall and excelled at it for one so inexperienced. As soon as spring arrives we will have her out running the country road our house is on. Aside from running she sings in the choir at school and has a wonderful voice. She was asked to be in a small group for her grade and we know that her future will include singing! She loves it! She is a very social girl and loves to meet new people. She remains very slim but has grown a bit taller this past year. She loves the High School and is so glad to be there with her older sisters now.

Brock! Well what can I say? We decided to keep track of his growth on the wall inside his closet. He grew three inches in a short amount of time but has seemed to slow down lately. He is hoping to be taller because of all the sports he is involved in. Now it's winter, he is in the throws of basketball season. But he still keeps up with football and baseball. He is an active boy who is quiet only when he sleeps. Brock is eleven and in the sixth grade. He is enjoying his last year at the Lincoln Middle School. He decided to put in an application for the Yearbook staff and was accepted. We are starting to see a young person who people are very drawn to and it is exciting to think of what the future holds for him. I love that he doesn't take things too seriously especially himself. He just wants to have fun!

Randy and I are doing well. We had a memorable summer vacation as we reunited with the Williamson side of the family in Wisconsin Dells. We spent three days with Randy's parents, siblings and our nephews and one niece this past August. It was great to all be together. We recently learned that Randy's grandfather is very ill with lung cancer and we hope to travel to see him very soon.

Randy is keeping busy at the church where things are going well. He is also coaching Jessie's basketball team this year and seems to be enjoying it thoroughly. It has been a great way for him to meet people in the community and school system. He still enjoys hunting in the fall and winter. This past summer he got in quite a bit of golf!
I keep very busy with the children and running our home. It seems that every year I am able to travel somewhere and this year was no different. A lifelong dream of mine was fulfilled in November as Randy sent me to southern California for an early birthday gift. I loved it there and hope to return someday. This is such a busy time of life having kids in all kinds of activities with varying schedules. But I am truly satisfied and won't ever complain. I love it! I love having teenagers! Life is never dull and always challenging. I recently hit the big "four-O"! and can honestly say that these are the greatest days and I know better are still to come.

From our home to yours we do wish all our friends and family and Merry Christmas and a healthy, full, peaceful and blessed New Year!!
The Williamson family.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

It seems a long time since I've written. Everytime I go onto my blog I seem to get kicked off line. This time I quickly clicked on the blogger icon so I could post. I really do like to update this online journal often seeing as that is the whole idea.
Life has been busy as we gear up for Christmas. Our lives have been taken up with Christmas concerts, basketball games, shopping, baking and fighting off the "bugs" that seem to be swarming our little town. Thankfully with the help of Echinacea and Airbourne most of us have remained fairly healthy. Sometimes my medicine cabinet sits untouched and other times I am running to Walmart to stock up on all the essentials. Tylenol, Pepto-bismol and a plethera of cold medicines. There is so much sickness going around right now and we are praying we all remain healthy for Christmas!
Jessie's team lost their game on Monday. Truthfully, they blew it and could have won if they gave it there all. They lost by one point to Nashwauk's Junior Varsity team. Now they are 3-1.
Brittany has been busy cheering the Varsity girls' games. They have a good team this year and haven't lost a game yet. Last night we enjoyed a very exciting Boys' Varsity game against Hibbing's rivals, the Bluestreaks from neighbouring town, Chisholm. The boys won in overtime. It was an amazingly exciting game to watch. I loved watching the teenagers show their school spirit with painted faces etc. Go Bluejackets.
I find it hard to believe that Christmas is only a few days away. The time goes so quickly. We are excited to see all our old friends return home for the holidays! The kids especially miss some of their friends who attend college in other towns.
That's a little update from the busy Williamson home. Gotta run. It's church night.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Nanny



Merry Christmas from Nanny.
Instead of a small, alcohol filled barrel we opted for a bow! This is taken yesterday during our snow storm. She's on the look out for anyone who needs help. Or maybe she's seeing if there are any squirrels she can chase, either way she loves the winter. Although, for some reason lately she has taken residence in our back hall. Saints love to be by "their people" and now Sal is back from her hunting excersion I suppose Nanny figured it was time to check in on the kids and me.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Tuesday Night Basketball results.

I immediately checked the TV for school closings this morning. We are in the midst of a snowstorm that is supposed to dump quite a bit on us for the next forty-eight hours. I looked outside the front door and it is snowing now and has already left a few inches. To my disapointment Hibbing is not one of the schools scrolling by at the bottom of my screen. My disapointment will be nothing compared to the four sleeping student's reaction when I have to wake them this morning.
Last night Hibbing played Bemidji in Girls' Basketball. Our Boys' teams travelled there but the girls stayed here. Of course, we all went to cheer on the coach and his crew. They had a twenty point lead in the first half but after half time they made many errors and Bemidji caught up. With three seconds left. Jessie threw the ball to her team mate Kate and she went up for a three pointer. She made it! To tie the game and send it into overtime. The extra four minutes gave the Hibbing team time to regroup and come out as the victors. They are now 3-0 for the season. Jessie got like 10 or 12 points last night. But was very disapointed in her free throw shooting.
Brittany cheered for the Varsity girls who won by twenty points. JV won their game as well. A good night for the Hibbing Bluejacket ladies!!

Monday, December 12, 2005

The weekend

Another weekend is over. It started with a basketball game and ended with a entertaining evening of singing. In between we were able to go and see the movie Narnia, which we all loved. We headed over to Grand Rapids to watch it; partly because the theatre there is of a much better quality than our little Hibbing one, but mostly so we could meet up with Ian. I have heard of a couple of people who didn't care for it but our little family really enjoyed it!
Saturday night I went out for a bit with a group of friends and when I got home my kids had "decorated" the kitchen for my birthday. There were ribbons and napkins with "40" written on them in marker. All the makings of some seriously fun party decor. We ate cake together as I read their homemade cards. I'm sure all moms agree-those are the best kind.
The weekend finished with a bang as the three girls and I headed to church for the annual Christmas sing night for the seniors. I always sing the same song every year. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" This year was no different. Instead of me singing twice I asked the girls if they would sing also. Their addition to the night was the song "Sisters" from the movie White Christmas. I am kind of suprised how many people have never seen that movie. It's a great Christmas classic with Bing Crosy and Danny Kaye. Anyway, they did a great job. We enjoyed the wide variety that we heard. Good job Reinis!! We had to leave right away because Brock was sick at home. I hope he feels better after some Nyquil! My birthday weekend ended with my weekly call from my mom. It couldn't have been more perfect!
Heres'a couple of photos from last night.

the girls during their performance.


the three girls nervously waiting before their turn. From left to right, Kari (Sydney's friend), Sydney, Brittany and Jessie.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Friends

How blessed I am to have a life that includes amazingly diverse, yet equally valuable friends. My adult journey through life has sometimes been very lonely as a pastor's wife. God has brought some wonderful additions to my life in the form of dear friends.
Canada is home to dear Peggy, Linda, Marie, Brenda and my family. Detroit was a wilderness for me personally but had I not ever lived there I wouldn't have met Donna. I love you so much my dear friend. Along the path, there are faces who I may not see very often but I feel their love, support and friendship. Kim and Debbie, we met in Canada and now life has us all living here in the US. Though far apart geographically, you are so special to me.
I cannot forget the gifts that live here in Hibbing with me. Those who cheer me on from the sidelines, you know who you are. I pray that you realize what you mean to me.
I pray that my children experience the joy, love and support of "true" friends. Friends who cheer you on through your life journey.
A lady I know has a framed piece that says this:
"A friend is someone who, when you forget your life's song, will sing it back to you"

Giving, caring, unselfish, never jealous, seeking your best, peaceable, fun!!! That is what my friends are to me and I pray my children will one day have the same. Perhaps, more importantly that we would all be that to someone else!! This world has forgotten the meaning of true friendship. I pray I never do.
No better way to reflect on this day...my fortieth...

Friday, December 09, 2005

Meanwhile back at the ranch....

Wow, sometimes it hits me what a city girl I actually am. As many of you know Randy is "away" right now. So the chores have fallen to me and I am happy to do them. Early each morning as soon as I wake, I put on every bit of clothing I can find and trudge out my back door and with eyes half open I start my journey hoping that I am heading in the general direction of our woodstove. Our home is heated with this system and I would like to explain how it works but:
1) it would make for a boring post
2) I really don't know!
All I know is that I have to fill it with wood.
It has been exceptionally cold up here in Hibbing the past week and the colder it is the more wood my metal buddy goes through. I am thinking of naming it seeing as we have this growing relationship. Any suggestions?
Anyway, I have already broken one nail. I keep hoping that there is this country girl inside me somewhere.
Besides that we are all keeping close eyes on our two puppies and Nanny. After "Huck" died earlier this week, for no apparent reason, 'puppy sitting' is our number one priority! Nanny also has decided that she is "mommy". She will not leave their side. We put them into a kennel in the heated part of our garage. I am sure Nanny would much rather be outside in the snow! But she sits by their kennel and won't leave them, until we take them outside. Yesterday I had fed her outside but immediately put the two pups back in the warmth of the garage. Nanny barked at the back door of the garage until I let her back in with them. What a good Nanny she is being while Sal is away hunting.
I want to say thank you to all of you who have been praying for us through this "rough" week. I do appreciate your support and friendship. And to Aaron for making your daily phone calls to check in on me. You rock!
Happy Birthday Uncle Rhett. Sorry I am a day late with this greeting.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

To everything there is a season...

"To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born
And a time to die
A time to plant
And a time to pluck what is planted
A time to kill
And a time to heal
A time to break down
And a time to build up
A time to weep
And a time to laugh
A time to mourn
And a time to dance...."
Ecclesiates 3:1-4 (NKJ)

It seems this is our time of mourning. In the past three days we have:
learned that Randy's grandfather Floyd has terminal lung cancer,
lost a friend from a heart attack,
and early this morning found a puppy lying still from what appear to be natural causes.

As we drove into town this morning with red eyes I thought of the above scripture and felt that for us I suppose this is a season where grief is seems to surrond us.
After I had dropped off the children at school, I drove back down the highway alone and the most amazing sight was before me. If ever I had wished I had my camera with me it was then. There was this orange-pink blaze coming up over the horizon. I had never seen anything like it before in my life. From the awesome glow etended this ray that shot up through the grey-blue frigid morning sky. It was to me a sign. That God is the creator. He gives life and He takes it away. He is always on the throne and in times like these we can rest and be assured of His grace and mercy to carry us through.
The timing was perfect, for in my car my CD was at this song as I beheld the beauty that only God can create! And in that moment I found peace.
"You give and take away,
You give and take away,
My heart will choose to say
Blessed be your name!"
-Tree Sixty Three-

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Next time..

Today I was startled out of a deep sleep by the telephone. Amazing the difference a day can make. We always hear that old saying that we need to never take for granted those we love because you never know when they might not be there anymore. So, after a tragedy we make the resolution to follow that advice. Then as time passes the conviction fades. Until the next time...today was one of those "next times" for me. The early morning phone call informed me of a death.
I clean house for a couple of families as some of you probably know. One of my families is without a husband, father, papa, friend, brother, uncle and boss today. Suddenly, he is gone, taken away by a heart attack at the age of fifty-seven. My heart is heavy because I lost my father the same way when I was twenty-six and I know the pain and shock. I respect my employer very much and have grown to "know" them well as I am entrusted with their private life week after week.
Sometimes I wonder why God has me cleaning other people's toilets. I just know that this is a season in my life and it is teaching me to be a servant. Besides, how would I have ever met this couple if He had not seen fit to bring our paths together in such a way?
I didn't really want to even post about this cuz it's such a sad subject. But, it is part of this life journey. May we all follow where God leads, even if it seems like He's leading you somewhere foreign. That is when two paths cross.
Seize the day my friends.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Lady Bluejackets !!!!

Well last night was the first home game of the season and all three Girls' Basketball teams beat Duluth Denfeld soundly! Sweet. We spent four and a half hours at the High School watching our "C", "B" and Varsity teams all play well and win their games.
Britt cheered her first Varsity game and did a great job! Keep smilin' Britt! (don't worry about any distractions, cough cough)
Randy coached his first game of the season and did such a great job. He was fun to watch as he stood and yelled from the sidelines. He really looked like a coach!!! I love how he is so encouraging to his girls. They won by over twenty points. Jessie, #46 got two baskets. So all in all it was a great night.
Jessie's next game is away next Friday night in Duluth and Britt cheers again on Monday night.

Today I just might have to put the UCLA vs USC game on while I prepare for our party. Go Trojans!!!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

December!!

I have to say that this is absolutely my favorite month! People seem happier and I just love the Christmas season. So nice that I can actually say the word "Christmas", seeing as this is my blog and the world can't tell me they're offended. Yeah! for December!
Today I had a very productive day. Randy and I are hosting our Church staff and the Board of Deacons and their spouses on Saturday for our annual Christmas party. I love having everyone over and showering them with love and food! They all do so much throughout the year that we like to have them in our home and spend a fun-filled December evening with them.
I baked all day! Let's see, I completed seven recipes today. I put on my "Gilmore Girls" first season DVDs and spent all day in the kitchen. For those of you who don't know the Gilmore Girls they are the Williamson Women's favorite Tuesday night chums! I have to say the first seasons were my favorite. (As with all shows they seem to go downhill after a while.)
I also got all my Christmas cards mailed. So I have to say that I am feeling pretty good about facing December now!!!
I hope this December 1st finds you all looking ahead to the season of Christ's birth with joy, health and love!