Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Today was a different Christmas experience than we had planned.  Zachary came down with the flu, so it has been just the three of us at home this year.  Anna is enjoying her first Christmas; she thinks it is an extra long weekend with Daddy at home.  What more could an eight month old want?
 Anna liked the bell I wore.
 I had her pose with her stocking.  First Christmas!
We had our quiet time together reading and singing.  I love lighting the Christ candle on the day we celebrate His birth!
Since we didn't have a family gathering and Zachary was resting for much of the day, I had some extra time on my hands.  I wasn't going to decorate a tree this year, but I pulled it out of storage yesterday and decorated it with ornaments I have collected since I was a baby.  I took the time yesterday to pop some popcorn, so it was ready to string with some cranberries today.  This has been a desire of mine for a long time, but it didn't quite happen until today!

When life gives you lemons, make cranberry relish.
We stayed in contact with both sets of parents throughout the day.  We were even able to do a Skype call with my parents, brother, and sister.  We missed seeing our families this Christmas, but we are glad we had the chance for Zachary to rest, and we will see our families soon.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas from the Pruett Family!

This was a big year for our family.  We transitioned from a newly married couple to a family of three!  Our daughter, Anna Christine, was born on Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:53 a.m. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces at birth and was 21 ¼ inches long.  That was eight months ago, so she has grown a lot since then.

Currently, she is an active crawler and uses furniture, walls, and us to stand up at every opportunity.  It has been fun to watch this gift from God grow and develop.  Parenting is the biggest challenge we have ever faced, but we thank God for the opportunity to care for this little one.  It is our privilege, our duty, and our great joy to care for her.

We chose to name our daughter after someone you might read about this Christmas season.  Her story is at the end of Luke 2 after the part about the manger, shepherds, and angels.  Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem to be presented to the Lord.  Anna, a prophetess, recognized Jesus as the awaited Redeemer when He was just a newborn! The name “Anna” means “gracious” and “merciful.”

The name “Christine” was chosen to honor Elizabeth’s mother, Christina Marie Moore, who has fully embodied her name’s meaning, “Follower of Christ.” Our prayer for our daughter is that her name would come to pass literally in her life.  We pray she would come to know the grace of God, become a follower of Christ, and, like her namesakes, give thanks to God and share the good news with others!

Our church family blessed us in so many ways while Elizabeth was recovering from childbirth. To everyone who prayed, brought meals or clothes, visited, etc., we extend a big Thank You!  Both of us were extended to our physical limits, but God provided.  There is nothing like having a newborn to remind one of God’s promise, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Zachary continues to work at Covington Aircraft. Outside of work, he spends time continuing his education, developing his skills with computers, web design, and photography, and playing with little Anna.

Our home life in Okmulgee took up most of our time and attention this year, but we were blessed with many opportunities to visit our parents and other family in Ponca City. We are so glad to be only two and a half hours away.

We also made two larger trips.  Anna was only six weeks old when we spontaneously hit the road for a weekend away.  And we do mean spontaneous.  A “short” evening drive to put the baby asleep led us to St. Louis, Missouri.  With only the clothes on our backs and a well-stocked diaper bag, we had everything we needed to unwind and enjoy a relaxing time on the road. We are glad the places we stayed had complementary tooth brushes! We talked, reminisced, and made new memories while our baby slept peacefully (most of the time) in her car seat.

November was an exciting month.  Our little family went with Elizabeth’s parents on a trip to Iowa to visit family.  Our first and longest stop was to see Grand Aunt Mary Willson – the older sister of Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother Marjorie Moore.  This was the first time (since Elizabeth was old enough to remember) for her to see any of the “Muckey” side of the family since Grandma Moore died before Elizabeth was born and all of the Muckey grand aunts and uncles live great distances away.  It was a sweet time of fellowship, and memories were made that will last a lifetime.

From Aunt Mary’s home, the journey continued as we saw cousins, historical family homes, and cemeteries in the Mapleton, Hornick, and Odebolt areas of Iowa.  It was a whirlwind of a trip but still a genealogy dream come true for Elizabeth and an opportunity for Zachary and Anna to visit several new states.  For one reason or another, Anna has already been in six states during her first eight months!

This Advent season, we remember the first coming of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, and prepare our hearts for the day He will return for us.  We pray a blessing over your Christmas and the year to come.

Merry Christmas from Zachary, Elizabeth, & Anna Pruett 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Swedish Tea Ring

My grandmother's sister Mary holding the 1948 Tea Ring
One of my 3rd great grandfathers was a Swedish immigrant named John Peterson. He married Clara Olson, the daughter of Norwegian immigrants. John and Clara had a daughter named Palma Lena. Palma grew up to become the mother of Irene Beatrice, my great grandmother. It is this family line that carried down the Christmas food tradition that is my favorite: the Swedish Tea Ring.

My mother made this special treat (like the two above) for us every year at Christmastime, just as her mother had done before her. Growing up, I knew I would carry this special tradition on when I was married. My first Swedish Tea Ring went in the oven last year; it wasn’t as pretty as the ones I enjoyed as a child, but I have many years ahead of me to work on my technique!

My First Tea Ring: 2011

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Lighting the First Candle

Anna's First Advent

Anna's quilted stocking is just about done; we just need to add her name to the front. After some adjustments to the pattern, it is now small and quaint -- the perfect size for a few treats someday when she is old enough (that she will know are gifts from me and her daddy). For now, I am planning to use it for our Advent celebration. Anna doesn't understand or appreciate the Christmas season yet, but I want to do something that will have lasting and eternal value in her life. My idea is to write a prayer or a blessing each day of Advent leading up to Christmas. I want to be intentional about praying for my precious daughter this month!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Thankfulness Day 30

I thank God for life. I am celebrating another year on this earth and anticipating many more, but no matter how much time I have, I am intent on living it all for the Lord. He gives my life purpose. He is my all in all!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankfulness Day 29

I thank God for modern appliances. I spent a lot of quality time today with the apartment washers and dryers, our refrigerator and oven, and my sewing machine. I've got it pretty good. Even my "work" is easy compared to what my ancestors went through to accomplish the same tasks.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thankfulness Day 28

I thank God for my friends. My life is enriched by those who show me in countless ways that they care.

Miles may separate us, or time may be scarce, but our friendship is a gift. I value every moment spent together -- even if that "together" is through a phone or computer. I am blessed, and I hope that I am a blessing to you too. Please know that you are loved, and I pray continually for you.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thankfulness Day 27

I thank God for my brother, David Andrew Moore. He is one of my forever best friends; he is stuck with me!

When I think back on the stories I told you, the bows and arrows we made with sticks, the long bike rides, recorder duets, paper route "folding parties," etc., I can't help but smile. We have had a lot of fun together over the years, and I anticipate a lot more in the years to come.

Happy Birthday! I love you, David!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thankfulness Day 26

I thank God for Zachary's job. He is a hard worker and a good provider, but I don't take employment for granted. Covington Aircraft has been a blessing.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thankfulness Day 25

I thank God for my husband, Zachary.  I am head over heels in love with him!  I truly believe we were made for each other.  Who better to go through life with but your best friend and sweetheart? His sense of humor and quick wit keep me laughing, and I love a good laugh.  He has proven himself an excellent husband and father, and for that I thank both Zachary and our Heavenly Father who provides wisdom to those who ask for it.

I love you, Sweetheart! Happy birthday!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thankfulness Day 24

I thank God for my grandmother, Jan Koskey. Her love has been a constant in my life. Grandma's boldness in sharing the truths in God's Word, her fervent and faithful prayer, and her generous spirit of friendship and hospitality inspire me.

I love you, Grandma!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thankfulness Day 23

I thank God for our home. Zachary and I are blessed to have a safe, warm, and comfortable place. Especially after a long trip, I am reminded of how nice it is to be together with our daughter in our own little apartment.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Thanksgiving isn't about the food. It isn't even about the family time - although I love both of these things. Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for our many blessings. It is a time to pause, set aside the everyday routine, and celebrate the abundant grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. So today, I thank God for loving me so much that he provided a way of salvation and forgave me of all my sins. I am His child and will spent eternity with Him. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankfulness Day 21

I thank God for my dad, Robert W Moore. He has been a faithful father, a loving guidance, and a source of wisdom in my life. He has been so supportive of Zachary and me as we create our own family. He is a wonderful grandfather -- fully in love with little Anna! Our trip to Iowa was made possible by him, and I will be forever grateful!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankfulness Day 20

I thank God for friendly people who are willing to help a group of complete strangers. I believe the Lord led us to just the right person today when we needed guidance. He used to take care of the little backwoods cemetery we were looking forward to finding, and he knows the people who own it. We followed him out to the property, and he waited at the bottom of the overgrown hill until he knew we had found it.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankfulness Day 19

I thank God for family. We were able to visit with three family groups in one day! My Aunt Mary saw us off in the morning. We had lunch with my mom's cousins, Debi Martin-Beem, Jess and Robin Branam Beem, and a bunch of my second cousins including Julia Beem, Alicia Beem, and Carlina Beem. After exploring Mapleton, we drove out to have dinner with my second cousin on the Moore side, Jen Stahl. A full day bursting with fun!

 Oh, and I met a third cousin twice removed in the afternoon! I hope I got that right.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thankfulness Day 18

I thank God for photographs - both old and new. Aunt Mary was able to identify aunts and uncles in family photos taken almost a hundred years ago, and we took plenty of new shots with her during our visit. Adding icing to the Muckey "cake" was being able to meet my grand aunt Jane through Skype. The two sisters were able to use our computer to see each other for the first time in 12 years! I am so glad I was able to be a part of that!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thankfulness Day 17

I thank God for the opportunity to go on a trip with my parents, husband, and baby to the beautiful state of Iowa. Meeting one of my Grandma Marjorie's siblings is a dream come true. Aunt Mary blessed me in a way few could understand. Her sweet spirit is a true gift, and her story telling restored a family legacy long lost to my branch of the family. I am at peace with a joy that can come only from the generous love of my Heavenly Father.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thankfulness Day 16

I thank God for my wonderful in-laws, Bill and Nina Pruett! I love them so much and could not begin to list the ways they have been a blessing. Our long talks on the phone and living room family time are so precious to me. They are awesome parents, and I have loved watching them fall in love as grandparents now too. I am so glad they are a part of my life! I get to see them tonight!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankfulness Day 15

It is amazing how hard it is to get things done when I am either feeding the baby, being still so the baby can sleep, or keeping the now mobile baby entertained and out of places she shouldn't be. Instead of thinking about what isn't getting done, I am just THANKFUL anything gets done around here. I have never prepared for a big trip before with a baby, but one way or another, we will make it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thankfulness Day 14

I thank God for my phone! I am able to talk to my sweetheart over lunch break almost every day -- which is great since he does not have time to come home. I talk to my family and friends and stay connected in their lives. Today, I was able to use it to work out details for our upcoming trip. We will see extended family members from three of the four quarters of my family tree! So excited!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thankfulness Day 13

I thank God for my Family Tree Maker software and Ancestry.com. They make genealogy more accessible and organized. I am printing off charts for my upcoming Iowa trip (THIS WEEKEND!), and it would be much more difficult without my Family Tree Maker!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thankfulness Day 12

I thank God for my mom, Christina Moore. Before I had Anna, I thought I knew what it meant to appreciate my mother. I thought I understood the love she gave me while feeding and changing me as a baby.

I didn't have a clue.

Now that Anna is here and I am on the other side of things, I understand a little bit better. My thanksgiving will only increase as my own daughter grows older.

Thanks, Mom. I love you!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thankfulness Day 11

I thank God for my Grandpa, Robert Wayne Moore, Sr. I honor his willingness to defend our country, and I thank the Lord that he was kept safe, married my grandmother, and now has eight living descendants. I love you, Grandpa!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thankfulness Day 10

I thank God for my sister Susanna Moore. One of my best friends and lifelong pals, she brings excitement and joy. I am so happy I will see her dance today! My little family is headed to an Irish Dance Feis in Fort Smith!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Thankfulness Day 9

I thank God for strawberries. Strawberries and cream are perfect when one wants to forget a disastrous dinner.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Elsie - Adventures of an Arizona Schoolteacher 1913-1916

Elsie Reed Hayes
Barbara Anne Waite and I must have some things in common because this book about her grandmother is exactly the kind of book I can see myself putting together.  Elsie - Adventures of an Arizona Schoolteacher 1913-1916 is a compilation of journals, letters, and newspaper articles from a short period of time in the life of a young woman of about my own age.  We even read some of the same books (such as Laddie: A True Blue Story by Gene Stratton-Porter).  This kind of book may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it immensely.  It made me wish again that I could read the journals written by my own ancestors. But, since I don't have them, Elsie's will do for now!

Every journal is a unique expression of its author's personality and priorities.  By reading the daily, short entries of Elsie Reed Hayes -- usually no more than a few sentences -- we can see her love of family, children, education, and books.  Her loyalties are strong and her love deep.  No stranger to tragedy, we feel some of her pain as she loses a dear friend to a slow, lingering illness, deals with a broken off romance, and enjoys the growth of true and lasting love. Elsie is often vague, so I am thankful for the research and notes of the compiler. This is a real journal -- not a novel with detailed character descriptions or a carefully woven plot.

This is a treasure to Elsie's descendants and a worthy read for the rest of us.

Thankfulness Day 8

I thank God for my aunt, Ramona Moore Ash. She is a gift to both her family and community. As my aunt and friend, she has encouraged and blessed me so many times. I am thankful I was able to live close to her, my uncle, and cousin for several years. She is making an impact on my hometown of Ponca City and the rest of Kay County as the director of Living Hope Pregnancy-Center. In this role, she is active in sharing the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

Happy Birthday, Aunt Ramona!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Thankfulness Day 7

I thank God for rest. I am tired or exhausted much of the time these days, so it makes an extra long nap like the one I got today special. I needed it, and the Lord gave it! Thank you, Jesus!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Thankfulness Day 6

I thank God for the privilege of voting. Zachary and I went in over his lunch and got it done. Now we will just keep praying. Our country is in God's hands.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Thankfulness Day 5

I thank God for "The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding." I thank Him that He guards my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. I needed Philippians 4:7 tonight. My God isn't going anywhere just because I had a tough afternoon or didn't "feel" at peace. So thankful!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Thankfulness Day 4

The cake from our church baby shower before Anna was born
I thank God for my church family. Zachary and I have been here in Okmulgee for almost a year and a half now, and I cannot imagine being welcomed more warmly. FBC Okmulgee is a great place to worship God and be encouraged in His Word!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Thankfulness Day 3

I thank God for the beautiful autumn weather I was able to enjoy with my little family today. We took pictures outside, and Anna loved playing with the grass. This truly is my favorite season, and November my favorite month!

Friday, November 02, 2012

Thankfulness Day 2

I thank God for our car, the funds to keep it fueled, the ability to drive, and a husband who is a GREAT driver. All these things make our many trips to visit family and friends possible and give us a mobility that is relatively new to the history of mankind.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Thankfulness Day 1

I thank God for my daughter Anna Christine. She is seven months old today, and because of her, my life will never be the same again. From the time I was a small child I knew I wanted to be a mother someday, but nothing could have prepared me for the abundance of love and joy I feel at just the thought of Anna. Her smiles brighten my day, her neediness forces me to reevaluate my priorities and become less selfish, and her sweet spirit encourages me and gives my life purpose. She is such a blessing to Zachary and me!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Samuel Knapp Obituary: Jones County Iowa

3 October 1878
Anamosa Eureka
Died 29 September 1878

Samuel Knapp [Elizabeth's 4th great grandfather] was born January 24, 1817.  He was converted at the early age of fourteen, since which time he has lived a consistent Christian.  As far back as the bereaved ones can remember, the voice of prayer has been heard morning and evening ascending from the family alter.

January, 1841, he was married to Miss Sarah Whittemore, and in 1843 he with his family emigrated from Maine to Jackson Co., Iowa, where he lived until he moved to Jones county, Wayne township, in 1864.

Our mother died in 1859 and our father was left with a family of children [seven girls, including Elizabeth's 3rd great grandmother Anzonetta], to whom he has been faithful beyond expression, ever striving to teach us by example and precept to speak right, to do right, and to live right.

May 6, 1877, he was married to Miss Eunice Denison, of Jackson township, but now she is bereft of the kindest of husbands, and been left with the care of an infant boy [less than three month old Albert Samuel Knapp].

May the God of the widow and fatherless watch with loving and tender care over her who is most deeply afflicted.

To-day, as we look around and see his empty chair – the clothes he wore – the books he read – and realize that the chair has held his dear form for the last time, our hearts sink within us, and we each say with the psalmist, “I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.” But the thought that he is among the redeemed gives us courage to again take up life’s burdens and go on, hoping at the last to meet the loved ones on the brighter shore.