Friday, December 24, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS - 2010 Brodie happenings

Dear Family & Friends,

We hope that your Christmas plans find you able to spend precious time with family and friends. This is a special time of the year. We are looking forward to spending the day with our children and grandchildren. Scott & Vicky, Scottie (17), Lacey (11) will be spending the afternoon with us which will be extra special because we didn’t get to see them on Thanksgiving. Donn & Sherry, Ashley (18), Tyler (16), Amber (13), Trent (12) and Trey (10)will also be spending the afternoon with us. We so look forward to this gathering as we are sure you do with your family. It is notable that this past year both Scottie and Tyler got their “learners” permit and are driving looking forward to getting their licenses. All the grandkids play instruments of one kind or another. Scottie plays regularly in local coffee house venues (electric guitar). The Schnarr children along with their dad minister in music in our church and at the Lynchburg Salvation Army where we regularly conduct services as an outreach to our community. Ashley sings in our adult choir and solo music specials for our church. Amber & Lacey love horses both looking for every book and opportunity that has anything to do with them. Scottie has a part time job with CVS. Tyler works part time at music business where the owner gives musical lessons, rent instruments and that sort of thing. Ashley still operates Ashley’s Creative Cakes. She also helps out part time with a local Home School business called The Learning Parent and she works part time at the church. All the grandchildren except Ashley continue in their grade or high school academics. Trent is our funny boy and enjoys participating in the Student Ministry at our church. Trey is still “scholarly” and loves to read and investigate the ‘why” and “how” of things; says he may want to be a doctor one day. He is cute as a button playing his violin. Scott continues with his love since boyhood and that is driving truck (18 wheelers). Vicky has a profitable home “on-line” business. Donn had to travel a lot this year in his role as Human Resource Director of Belvac Corp. We are very proud of all our children and grandchildren. The Lord has blessed us beyond our wildest dreams!

It is hard to believe that this past year Judy joined my ranks and we are now both officially in our 60’s. How did that happen? It has been a blessed year and we rejoice in the goodness of God. For the most part we have experienced good health though we would both admit to having days when we are feeling our age. The Lord has seen fit to have us run with the younger crowd! We shepherd the wonderful people of Timberlake Baptist Church along with three other couples. Bryan is our Senior Pastor and along with his wife Tracey Ferrell they both hit the big “40” this year. Stephen, our Student Ministry Pastor and his wife Shannon just move into the “30’s last year. Nathan, our College Ministry Pastor and his wife Bethany are only in their late 20’s! As you can see, we have a hard time keeping up. Honestly it is a joy to partner with these precious friends and we continue to find full time ministry as the Executive Pastor a daily blessing. The Sunday school class that Larry teachers had their annual Christmas Celebration last Friday night. We have the joy of teaming with Donn and Sherry and two other couples in leading that class. We had a little over 100 people at the celebration as we focused our hearts and minds upon the incarnation and birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the LORD. The Lord has allowed us the privilege of serving in full time vocational ministry at Timberlake Baptist Church and Timberlake Christian Schools now for over 23 years.

We stayed close to home this year. We made three annual pilgrimages to places that have become a refuge and refueling retreats for us. (Williamsburg, VA; Oak Island, NC; and Duck, NC.) Our Nephew (Joel) and his wife (Chrissy) brought their beautiful baby daughter for a visit in the summer. We spent some sweet time together with this precious family. Donn’s parents moved here last summer and his dad is losing a battle against cancer. We invited them and some of Donn’s family to join us for Thanksgiving. Barring a miracle it will be his last here on earth. We are inviting them to join us Christmas evening for some food and fellowship and we are hopeful he will be up to it. Where we can we try to help in ministering to these dear friends that we love. It has been a rich blessing to share grandchildren with this godly couple.

This past year we did the premarital counseling with a young lady (Lyndsie), who we have known since her nursery days, and her fiancĂ©. I conducted the wedding of this couple in early September. It was such a joy for us to be part of that day and their lives. Larry is doing another wedding on January 8th and of course we are hoping that winter weather won’t disrupt those plans. Larry has assured the couple that we are “Yankees” well acquainted with snow and we will make that day regardless whether anyone else does. So it appears the only possible question is; will any guests make it?  (We don’t do snow very well down here. The threat of 1-3 inches send us into panic! ) Judy labors as Larry’s partner in ministry. We are busy with people in our home, like the Christmas Luncheon Judy has for several ladies in our church. She still serves on a regular basis in the church nursery and serves in different children’s programs as the needs arise. Taking care of Larry and serving with him in ministry and being nanny to seven grandchildren keep her days full!

As we look to the New Year, Judy has surgery scheduled (1/13), on her foot (bunion). After she heals up then she plans to have the other foot surgically repaired. The “plan” is that by this time next year this will be all behind her. Your prayers are appreciated. We are doing all the needed “fixer upper” things to get our townhouse ready for sale. We are reaching that season of life where we need to consider situating ourselves, if at all possible, on one level and in something smaller (less expensive). We love our home and it has served our family well in these grand parenting years as there has been plenty of room for everyone. So besides the surgery our other focus this coming year is relocating to a different house setting. Your payers are appreciated on this too as we seek to yield to His direction and timing in this matter.

That’s a summary of our year and some of our plans for the days ahead. As we contemplate this time of year it is important that Christmas isn’t so much about a “baby in a manger” as it is “God in flesh.” The setting is Bethlehem with all its tranquility but the purpose is Calvary and the violence of crucifixion. Yes, Christ was born to die, for you and me. God choses a name for His Son and in that name the meaning and reason why He came. We find it in Matthew 1:21 “ You shall call His name Jesus, for he shall save His people from their sins.” He extends an invitation to all to “come” and be “saved.” Have you? Will you?

We hope you have a blessed and Merry Christmas. (Please feel free to pass this communication on to extended family who may be interested in an update on our family.)

Larry & Judy

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chairs Makeover

I have been wearing my "makeover gloves" recently. The first project was covering our dining room chairs...again. We have had our dining room set for about 28 years and I think this is the third time I have covered them. The original fabric was a golden color and for some reason I kept covering with more light colors. I finally came to my senses and put a darker color on so food stains would be less obvious. DUH!! I am happy with the new look and very glad this project was completed. My next project was our powder room makeover which I will post in the near future.

The old look.

Bare chairs.

Close up.

The new look.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Piece of Cake

Our eldest granddaughter, Ashley, creates beautiful cakes for all occasions. She was making a wedding cake for a friend recently in our home. She was a good sport and let me take pictures which I'll share here. She started on a Saturday and finished on Tuesday for the outdoor ceremony which was about an hour away. It really was amazing how many steps a cake takes to completion, including the delivering and finalizing the completed masterpiece. The aroma from the baking and icing was smelled just like a bakery! The family carried each un-assembled cakes to the van and we drove VERY carefully, even during the downpour en route!
I am very proud of her and the intensity and perfection she exhibited from beginning to end. It was worth every painstaking step to present such a beautiful and delicious creation. Making these cakes was certainly not a "piece of cake" but a serious effort and certainly worth it. Way to go Ashley!!

Basketful of ingredients.

Starting the preparations.

Icing the layers.

Cakes galore!

Detailing continues.

Arrived safely and the pressure is on!

Adding the finishing touches.

YAY!!! A beautiful and delicious creation!!

Time to cut the cake!

Open wide!

Congratulations and may your marriage always be a "piece of cake"!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Strawberry Picking May 2010

Recently a group of us headed out to Greta, Va to the do some fun and hot berry picking. It took about an hour but it was worth the heat and squatting down. I was sore for about two days :) I thought about calling those tasty berries "STRAINberries". Kind of wish I had picked more because after they were cleaned and put in baggies they didn't look like they would last very long. After looking at those beautiful berries for most of the day I did the only justifyable thing I could do...I HAD STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE FOR SUPPER!!!
Just a thought: am I bearing "Spiritual Fruit" for the Lord?

The strawberry gang ready to tackle those fields!

37 pounds (Sherry and kids) and 9 pounds (me) later.

Daughter Sherry and Me.

Cleaning and hulling.

All clean.

Packed and ready for the freezer.

The finished product!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Happy 16th Birthday, Tyler! Feb. 14, 2010

Our grandson Tyler turned 16 on February 14,2010. You could say he is "sweet 16" being born on a Valentine's Day...and he is:) We had his birthday at our house including the family and some special friends. Tyler has a desire to be a pastor one day and requested a special Greek Bible. We had a fun night playing "Tyler Trivia" which brought back some sweet memories and some good laughs. We feasted on pizza, cake and ice cream. His sister Ashley made a Yankee cake and a strawberry cake. It was a great night celebrating the life of a very special young man. Happy birthday Tyler! We love you and are proud of you!

Baby cute!

Happy Birthday to a true, blue Yankee fan :)

Tyler cookies.

Tyler Trivia!

Tyler's Dad giving his challenge to his son Tyler.

Grandpa Schnarr (Tyler's paternal grandfather) giving his challenge to Tyler.

Babum Brodie (Tyler's maternal grandfather) giving his challenge to Tyler.

A nostalgic gift for Tyler.

Tyler's new Bible.

Tyler's New York Yankee cake made by his sister, Ashley.

Our two 16yr old grandsons, Scottie and Tyler.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Paper Bridal Gowns

One of the games at a bridal shower I attended recently was for three groups of ladies to make a wedding gown out of...white tissue paper, clear cellophane paper and tape, ribbon,etc. Yikes! I was amazed at the creativity of these ladies. Makes you wonder why anyone would spend all that money on the real thing!

And the winner was: The Bride in the middle...Congratulations Katie and your group!

Monday, March 8, 2010


This has been an unusual few and sorrow mixed together.

One day last week, a grandson of a sweet couple, lost his life in a car wreck. He was only 17 years. So sad. He left behind a Dad,Mom and two sisters among other family members. He left a testimony that he was a believer in Jesus Christ as his personal LORD and Savior.He was planning a missions trip with his Dad later this year to Haiti. It is a blessing to us who are still here that his heart was tender to the things of his Lord.

Last night we received news of another sudden death of a Godly lady killed by a drunk driver. She had taught at our Christian school some years ago and touched many lives. She also was planning a missions trip in the near future. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

In between these tragedies my husband performed a wedding, joining a sweet Godly couple together in marriage. A very sweet,happy time.

Three events of life marking bittersweet times.Isn't that life though? Happiness and sorrow. It makes one think about what your priorities are. We never know what is next in life. We can make plans but only God knows what will take place next.

It makes me think of the verse in James 4:14 "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Happy 12th Horsing Around, Lacey!!!

Our Granddaughter Lacey just turned twelve recently and we celebrated her horse themed birthday with family and friends. She was very patient as her party had to be cancelled three times due to snowy weather. Because she loves horses we enjoyed horsing around with horse shaped cookies, haystack cookies and a horse pictured cake.

One of her favorite stores is Western Ways where she received some gifts for her birthday.

Lacey would love to own a horse one day and if she does I would love to ride it. I hope her dream comes true :)

Glad the weather finally cooperated and we got to celebrate with family and friends!!

May the Lord richly bless your life this year, Lacey, and all the years to come!!!!!

HEE HAW!!!!!!!

"Neighhhhhhh"... (Happy Birthday, Lacey)

I'm so hungry I could eat a horse :)

Happy 12th birthday, Lacey!

Lacey at her horse themed table.

Pink Horse Throw.

Matching Pink Horse Pillow.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Scottie's 16th Bithday...July 23, 2009

Our oldest grandson turned "sweet 16" last July. We celebrated with some family and friends with a musical theme. Scottie plays the electrical guitar which he learned by himself on line. He is very gifted in playing it so his family thought the musical theme would be very fitting. Everything looked great and everyone had a wonderful time getting together to honor such a great young man that we all love very much. We thank the Lord for giving each of us, Scottie, who is such a tender hearted young man whom we are all proud of. Thanks Scottie for making our life sweeter by who you are, may the Lord bless your life abundantly above all that you could ever imagine! We love you!!! Happy 16Th Birthday!!!!

Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men;...

Musical notes cupcakes and a guitar birthday cake.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Scottie's 16Th birthday.

Observing Scottie opening his presents.

Time for the fun stuff like opening presents!

A special book, the Bible for a special young man, Scottie.!!

Big cousin, Scottie, getting help from little cousin, Douglas.

Ear phones!!

Larry and Scott...Scottie's Grandpa and Father.

Scottie and his birthday cake and cupcakes.

Scottie, Nanny and Grandpa Brodie.