Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It's A Wonderful Life

If you've been around my blog over the past few years, you may remember that my niece Pun'kin Natashia is a budding rather accomplished young actress and performs with several local theater groups. My short road trip last week was planned so that I could attend yet another one of her performances!

First, I enjoyed a fabulous day visiting with my sister Brenda and my nieces, Natashia, Paige & Laurie. We played games and sang Christmas carols and colored and exchanged Christmas gifts. I had a FUN lunch out for a belated celebration of Natashia's birthday, then Brenda made yummy chocolate/pumpkin muffins for an afternoon snack and a delicious supper of pulled chicken sandwiches.
It's a Wonderful Life is one of the movies that Robbie and I watch each year. Several years ago, we saw a musical production of this show at a historic theater in Dallas. We (especially Robbie) can quote lines from this show, and I've even titled our chronological scrapbook albums Our Wonderful Life. So, I was definitely excited to be able to attend this show.

Natashia was absolutely fantastic in her role as Mary Bailey! (No, of course I'm not prejudiced, I'm just stating the facts!) Luckily the theater allowed non-flash photography, and I was able to capture a few photos of her onstage.




Of course, when I take a quick road trip by myself, the best part is coming home to Robbie! This was my greeting when I returned home Saturday - lunch was ready, a new snowman decoration welcomed me, and Christmas music was playing in the background! I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful hubby!

Yes, it truly is a wonderful life!

8 comments:

Missus Wookie said...

Definitely a FUN trip - and photos :) Glad you were able to go and enjoy the day out.

Ellyn said...

it is indeed a wonderful life!

Becky said...

Ah, that is lovely! A really FUN trip for you and a wonderful homecoming.

Sian said...

I bet she will remember it all the more because she knows her aunt made a special trip to see her. These things mean a lot!

Sandra said...

Oh how wonderful

Karen said...

What a great reason for a road trip!

Barbara Eads said...

I agree with you! It's a Wonderful Life! That's one of my favorite Christmas movies too. Maybe Robbie is so good to you because you are a Wonderful "wife!"

Rachel B said...

Your trip looks so much fun! :)