We have been busy...too busy to blog....so here are some pictures of what we have been up to...
Making candles, as I posted earlier..... (messy but fun. I melt down old candle pieces, add some crayons for color and some scents..and voila! new candles in cups!)
Baking day was a lot of fun....with a little prelude of Nick making brownies for his secret santa pal at school.
My camera died half-way through our baking extravaganza...but we all had fun, Mom, Aunt Barbara, Dad, our kids and Aunt Barbara's grandkids....lots of sweets and lots of fun.
Monday night we went to a friends house (Thank you Lori for the invitation, loads of fun and yummy dinner, good company included) and made gingerbread houses...well some of us made houses..some of the boys made gummy bear vs graham cracker bear battle scenes...but we all had fun!
My boys being funny outside the front window and flaunting the fact that they found where I hid the Trader Joe's gingerbread man cookies....
and then chomping them down! We had fun hiding them and discovering them and alas, as I feared, they are all now gone!
We went Christmas caroling with our church last night. Nick brought his saxophone and led us in melody. Mary sang her heart out, Taddy made a new buddy...and guarded the candle flame. Olivia was all smiles, skipping, singing. At one point Olivia scooted up to me and linked her arm in mine and said: "I love my family!"
I do too!
Merry Christmas...a fun and busy week. Lots of sewing, and gluing and painting and wrapping and laughing.
O God, I have tasted Your goodness,
and it has both satisfied me
and made me thirsty for more.
I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace.
I am ashamed of my lack of desire.
O God, the Triune God,
I want to want You;
I long to be filled with longing;
I thirst to be made more thirsty still.
Show me Your glory, I pray,
so I may know You indeed.
Begin in mercy a new work of love within me…
Give me grace to rise
and follow You up from this misty lowland
where I have wandered so long.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Some would gather money Along the path of life Some would gather roses, And rest from worldly strife. But I would gather children From among the thorns of sin, I would seek an ebony curl, And a wide and toothless grin. For money cannot enter In that land of endless day ,And roses that are gathered Soon will wilt along the way. But oh, the laughing children ,As I cross the sunset sea, And the gates swing wide to heaven ,I can take them in with me! ~Author Unknown~
“God wins us, not by shouting, beating us up, or starving us into submission, but by asking for an invitation to enter.
We are loved into surrender. The more we accept that he operates out of love for us, the more we will entrust ourselves to him.
Fénelon expresses this truth beautifully: "God is not a spy looking to surprise you. He is not an enemy lurking in the shadows to hurt you. God is your Father who loves you, and wants to help you if you will but trust in His goodness."