Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas, as you celebrate the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. To Christ be all the glory this Christmas season. What a great Savior we serve!
Just a few thoughts as I prepare to take a little time for celebration, relaxation and meditation this next week: 1) The picture you see above is Johanna's birth announcement. It may make some of you feel oddly comforted to know that I picked them up last week. Yes, she's 4 months old. I figured it was high time we let people know we had a baby! Just kidding. I'm pretty sure they know. But still, it would be nice to actually get her photo [...]
Image by ishane It's Week 2 of making this holiday season more meaningful using the book Celebrate with Joy! How are your Advent activities going? We've been enjoying our special devotions (or "learning about Jesus' names", as my daughter says) so much. We've almost finished making our Names of Jesus garland, and it's going to be beautiful when it's finished. Each day we've been able to spend 10 minutes or so doing our Advent devotion, reading a scripture, doing a simple object lesson and then [...]
I've always been a list maker. I make lists of what needs to be done in the day, what food is in the fridge that needs to be used up, what meals I'm going to make, what to pack for a trip, what gifts to buy, what errands to run and what order to do them in, what blog posts I want to write, and what I'm going to wear each day (okay, so that last one isn't true, but the other ones all are). [...]
It's time to share all of our favorite, tried-and-true recipes! You know, the ones that you can't really imagine not having at your holiday table and that just taste like Christmas to you. Traditions are such an important part of how we celebrate holidays, and traditions involve all of the senses- including our smell and taste. Establishing food traditions, alongside our other relationally and spiritually significant traditions, helps to ingrain both the special times spent with loved ones as well as the rich meaning of [...]
Living somewhere foreign is an excellent way to challenge yourself to make more foods from scratch. While living in Japan, I missed North American food so very much (though I definitely like Japanese food as well). At times, I went to great lengths to make something that tasted like home. Like the time I made my own wheat-free lasagna noodles because I was 10 weeks pregnant and craving lasagna like nobody's business. Or my attempt to re-create a Thanksgiving "turkey" by covering up a mound [...]