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Feast of Purim

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New House

Beach Trip

Savanna's Photos

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6th Birthday
Feast of Sukkot


Christmas Day
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Born: 2002, Hickory, NC




March 2008



Purim - The Feast of Esther

Alexandria's maternal grandparents, Curtis & Carolyn Loftin, have been observing the Biblical Festival ever since Beth and Philip lived at home.  When grandchildren came along, they enjoyed sharing the experience with them, too.
Brad, Beth, Savanna and Alexandria joined Curtis & Carolyn (and all of Beit Yeshua) on 21 March 2008 as they celebrated the Feast of Purim.  Because GOD hid Esther in the King's palace, it's customary to wear costumes on Purim.
Esther 9:26-27

26 Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur...
27 The Jews ordained,a nd took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing and according to their appointed time every year.

Savanna & Alexandria were dressed in their dance costumes
(Left to Right) Duke & Mryl Peeler, Laura Cromer, Kirk Herbertson, Doug & Lynda Williams,
Carolyn Loftin, Susan & Paul Myles, Savanna & Alexandria
Savanna  & Alexandria watch as Curtis calls out the impromptu cast
Curtis costumes Esther as she is called up from the audience
2008 Purim Cast
Stacy Travis: King's Attendant, Andy Melnyk: Haman, Jane Melnyk: Zeresh, Chuck Anthony: King Ahashuerus,
Janice Anthony: Esther, Allison Scott: Queesn Vashti, Bill Shupp: Haman & Melba Finley: Advisor
Groggers and other noise makers are used to drown out the name of the evil Haman

April 2008




The Seese Family joined Curtis & Carolyn on 25 April 2008
as Beit Yeshua celebrated the Biblical Feast of Pesach/Passover.
Leviticus 23:4-7

4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
5 In the fourteenth day of the first month (Abib or Nisan - March or April) at even (evening) is the LORD's Passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. 7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

1 Corinthians 5:7-8
7 ... Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:  8 Therefore let us keep the feast ...
Guests begin to arrive - including Brad, Beth, Savanna & Alexandria
Maternal grandfather, Curtis Loftin led the group
Brad, Beth, Savanna & Ali chat with Sandy Baucom
Curtis taught 8th Grade with Sandy for 16 years
Sandy became Savanna's teacher in 2013 - 2014 at River Bend Middle School
Waiting for the Seder to begin
Curtis Loftin & Doug Williams led the Passover Seder
Handwasing is one of the first parts of the Seder
Elements on the Seder plate are explained: a bone (usually the shank bone of a lamb), an egg, parsley, horseradish and a sweet apple mixture called kharoset
As each of the 10 plagues are repeated,
a drop of grape juice is dropped from a finger onto a napkin
Savanna asked the 4 Questions at the 2008 Passover Seder

May 2008

Vintage Studio Photos

Beth had this vintage photo of Savanna and Alexandria taken on 10 May 2008.

Always a smile from both of the girls

June 2008

New House for the Seese Family

In the summer of 2008, Brad & Beth were invited to take up payments and move into his maternal grandparent's (Reese Mathew Denniston & Winifred Irene Gardner) home in Startown/Newton.

Always a smile from both of the girls
Poppi & Nonni helped Brad & Beth paint the entire house -
and along with Great-Granny purchase new carpet for the house
(Below) Living room with fireplace
Master Bedroom with walk-in closet
Alexandria enjoys her new bedroom

July 2008

The Beach
The Loftin & Seese families (Curtis & Carolyn, Philip & Leslie, Brad & Beth, Savanna & Alexandria) planned a family vacation to North Myrtle Beach, SC, for 26 July 2008.  The families lodged at Xanadu II for the 7-day vacation.
All packed and ready to go
Afternoon view of the beach from our balcony at Xanadu II in North Myrtle Beach
Beth and Savanna do some unpacking
A Full Day on the Beach
Time to head down to the beach
So many toys with which to play in the sand - Alexandria loves it
Three umbrellas for this group
That's Xanadu II directly behind Beth, Philip & Leslie
Beth, Savanna and Alexandria were the first to get in the water - but not too deep
Beth checks out the beach toys with Ali and Savanna
Savanna brings a little ocean water to help Ali out
Philip, Leslie & Beth soak up the sun - but it's the shade that Brad enjoys
Alexandria and Savanna eventually move down to the edge of the water
An Evening Walk on the Beach
An after dinner walk along the beach - Poppi & Nonni's favorite part of the trip
The girls even had a new friend to go along with them on their beach walk
Looking for shells is always lots of fun
Mother and Daughter
Going Out To Eat
No trip to the beach would be complete without going out to eat fish

Ordering, then waiting for the food to arrive
Aunt Leslie & Uncle Philip
Back at Xanadu II
Beach Photos

Poppi decides to take the girls out on the beach for some photos

Beth takes a photo of Poppi with Ali
Going Out To Eat
After a quick bite to eat at Chick-Fil-A
Poppi & Nonni get their photo taken with the girls
Beth with Savanna and Alexandria

Philip & Leslie

Let's Build-A-Bear
The family went out for dinner, but afterwards stopped at Broadway At The Beach
giving the girls an opportunity to choose a toy from Build-A-Bear there
The first thing the girls had to do was choose their bear
but they did stop long enough to take a peak at some of the bear clothing
The girls even chose how much stuffing for their bear
Next it was time for an imaginary bath for the new bear
A name had to be selected and the bear registered


Next it was time to pick something for the stuffed bear to wear
Time to dress the new bear
Nonni offers Alexandria a little help
My Bear is Special
I Brought it to Life
I Chose It
I Stuffed It
I am Taking it Home
Best Friends Are Forever
So I Promise Right Now
To Make My Bear My
#1 Pal

Finally, Mom has to pay for everything!

Next, it was time for some ice-cream
No beach trip would be complete without it
Another Day in the Sun
Beth and the girls were the first to venture into the water
From the look on Beth's face,
you can tell that the morning water temperature was "cool"

Ali especially enjoyed playing in the sand at the edge of the water



Savanna, however, enjoyed floating in the water with the boogie board
Brad (with Ali), Philip and Leslie ventured into the water, too. That's Savanna's head on the right side of the photo
Poppi was usually taking photos but this was one time he got his photo taken

One Last Day On The Beach
Only the younger group (Brad & Beth, Savanna & Ali, Philip & Leslie)
went out on the beach the last day of the beach vacation
Poppi & Nonni stayed in the cool room


One Last Look
One last look at the beach before we all head home

August 2008


Savanna's Photos


Savanna took these digital photos of Alexandria on 22 August 2008 at Poppi & Nonni's house.


September 2008

Yom Teruah - The Feast of Trumpets
The Seese Family joined Curtis & Carolyn on 26 September 2008 as Beit Yeshua celebrated Yom Teruah (The Feast of Trumpets).  Guests were encouraged to dress in white, symbolizing the spotless Bride of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus.
Leviticus 23:23

23 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month (Tishri - September or October), in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets (shofarim or ram's horns), an holy convocation.

A time of Praise & Worship - Brad, Beth, Savanna & Ali sit on the front row
During Praise & Worship, Curtis led Israeli Folk Dance for those wanting to participate
Beth, Savanna and Alexandria joined the group of dancers

A drama titled "The Ancient Jewish Wedding" was the main activity for the evening

The Bible is a marriage covenant.  Both the Tanach (the Old Testament) and the Brit Hadashah (the New Testament) describe how God through Messiah Yeshua/Jesus, the Bridegroom, is in the process of marrying His bride.  Yeshua’s first miracle - turning water into wine - took place at a wedding in Cana of Galilee.  There are many parallels between the ancient Jewish Wedding and the marriage between Messiah Yeshua and his Bride.  Yeshua even called Himself the bridegroom.

For more information and additional photos, CLICK HERE
The Bridegroom and Bride under the Chuppa, or Wedding Canopy
(Left to Right) Myrl Peeler, Barry Finley, Chuck Anthony, Doug Williams, Jeremy & Jeanne Eldridge
The Jewish ceremony of Tashlich during Yom Teruah occurs when participants walk to a lake and cast scraps of bread or rocks (symbolic of the individual's sins) into the water.  It's a beautiful object lesson to share repentance and forgiveness with children - and adults.
An artificial lake was created in order to share Tashlich with the group
The evening concluded with Communion


...and a time of food and fellowship

October 2008



Alexandria's 6th Birthday

On 11 October 2008 the family and friends of Alexandria gathered at her house in Newton
to wish her a "Happy Birthday" and to celebrate with a party in her honor.
Beth waits for everyone to arrive
Ready to enjoy some birthday cake and other refreshments
Because of her love for horses, the 2008 cake had horses on it
Needless to say, Alexandria enjoyed all of her presents
(Left) Paternal Grandmother, JoAnn Denniston Seese
(Right) Maternal Great-Grandmother Willie Goble Loftin
Savanna with Uncle Philip and Aunt Leslie
(Apologies from Poppi for the 2008 birthday photos - most of which turned out blurry)

The Feast of Sukkot

Alexandria's maternal grandparents, Curtis & Carolyn Loftin, have been observing the Biblical Festival ever since Beth and Philip lived at home.  When grandchildren came along, they enjoyed the experience, too.

Leviticus 23:33 - 43

33 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, the fifteenth day of the seventh month (September or October) shall be the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot in Hebrew) for seven days unto the LORD. 41 And ye shall keep it a Feast unto the LORD seven days in the year.  It shall be a statute forever in your generations: you shall celebrate it in the seventh month (Nissan in Hebrew).  42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites shall dwell in booths:  43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
The Biblical Festivals paint a beautiful picture of Yeshua/Jesus' life.  He died on the Feast of Passover, was in the grave on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and arose from the dead on the Feast of First Fruits. The Holy Spirit was given on the Feast of Pentecost.  The Fall Festivals will be fulfilled when Yeshua/Jesus returns - The Feast of Trumpets (or the Catching away of His Bride), the Day of Atonement (when Yeshua/Jesus returns and judges the Earth), and the Feast of Sukkot (which symbolized the 1000 year reign of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus when He will "tabernacle" with Believers).
Every Autumn, Curtis & Carolyn build a sukka/booth in their back yard
Sukkot provides a wonderful opportunity to share about the provision of God



Curtis & Carolyn share a Sunday afternoon meal with the Seese family in the sukka


The sukka should have 3 walls - with the branches of various trees on top
Even though the branches are on top of the sukka, you should still be able to see the stars

The Feast of Sukkot begins on Nissan 15 (September or October) and lasts for 7 days
There is always a full moon as the Biblical festival begins

December 2008



Christmas Day

Brad, Beth, Savanna and Alexandria (as well as Uncle Philip & Aunt Leslie) went over to Curtis & Carolyn's house for Christmas lunch.  Lunch time is usually 11:30 a.m.
Savanna tells Nonni what she found under the Christmas tree


Savanna & Alexandria, wearing their Christmas dresses, ate lunch at the bar
Christmas is always special when you share it with family

   Uncle Philip & Aunt Leslie got married in 2001 - but still didn't have children in 2008
Poppi & Nonni gave them a gentle "hint" that they wanted grandchildren

Savanna & Alexandria start opening their Christmas gifts
Savanna & Alexandria are pleased with all the pretty dresses from Poppi & Nonni
Additional dresses for Alexandria

There was lots of other fun stuff, too


Great-Granny Willie eventually arrived and there were more clothes from her


Thank You Great Granny

Family Studio Photos at Philip & Leslie's House


On 25 December 2008, after lunch and opening Christmas presents, the family all went over to Philip & Leslie's house for some family studio photos.  We were pleased to have Great-Granny Willie Goble Loftin in these, also.
(Top Row) Brad & Beth, Leslie & Philip
(Bottom Row) Savanna, Carolyn, Willie, Curtis, Alexandria
Philip got some good family photos of Brad, Beth and the girls, too
The family changes clothes and gets another good family photo

Hanukkah - The Feast of Lights


In 2008, the Biblical Feast of Hanukkah occurred at the same time as Christmas.  On 25 December 2008, the 5th day of Hanukkah, Savanna & Alexandria help Poppi light the Hanukkiah.
Savanna lights the first few candles ...
... and Alexandria lights the rest of them
Poppi shares the Hanukkah story

Alexandria's Life

Alexandria 2002
Alexandria 2003
Alexandria 2004
Alexandria 2005
Alexandria 2006
Alexandria 2007
Alexandria 2008
Alexandria 2009
Alexandria 2010
Alexandria 2011
Alexandria 2012
Alexandria 2013
Alexandria 2014
Alexandria 2015
Alexandria 2016
Alexandria 2017
Alexandria 2018
Alexandria 2019
Alexandria 2020
Dance 2005 - 2014
Murray's Mill - 2015


Ali, I love you so very much.  Every photo that I've added to this page made me smile - and reminded me just how special you are.  You're kind, sweet and gentle.  May you always follow after the ways of the LORD and may you grow up to serve Yeshua/Jesus with zeal and passion.  Only "true" happiness comes from Him.  Love you, Poppi.