First Sunday of 2021 -Healthy Dips

I’m not great a food prepping but I am trying to eat a bit lighter than the heavy holiday foods I’ve been enjoying since Thanksgiving. This week’s lunches will be packed with fresh fruit, veggies, and healthy dips. Tonight we ate veggies & dips watching football and enjoying our last evening before back to school…

Top Nine and 2020

In typical fashion on the first day of the new year we are in our jommies cooking, eating, watching ballgames while reflecting on 2020 and talking about 2021. Reflecting over the last year makes me smile. As crazy as it was I learned a lot. I loved the extra time at home with my family….

Advent Week 4 and The Jesse Tree Day 22-29 with Christmas Cookies

It’s hard to believe Christmas is this week! All of the preparations, prayers, and expectations culminating this week. The fourth candle of Advent. This is the candle of LOVE.Jesus demonstrated self-giving love in his ministry as the Good Shepherd. Advent is a time for kindness, thinking of others, and sharing with others. It is a…

Week 3 Advent and Jesse Tree Day 15-21

The advent season is full of preparation and waiting expectantly for the birth of our Savior. We know the joy of Jesus is the hope, and peace for us all at Christmas. Today we light the pink candle to mark the third week of advent. Gaudete Sunday means rejoice. ⭐️ Rejoice in the Lord always….

Second Week of Advent: Jesse Tree Day 8-14

The second candle in the advent wreath is Peace and reminds me of a song we sang in catholic school as a child ️Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth The peace that was meant to be. With God as our Father Brothers all are…

Advent-Right on Time 2020

If we ever needed Advent it is NOW. In this year of unexpected challenges, heart break, and isolation. Advent means the coming. The coming of Christ. We wait with anticipation for the coming of Christ. We celebrate His birth and hope for His return someday. We mark this season with several traditions. The Advent wreath,…

The Jesse Tree Tradition

The Jesse Tree is a tradition from 1949 and celebrated the four weeks of Advent. Key events in the history of salvation are recalled from scripture and repented by symbols. These ornaments are hung on a tree in order of the story’s development. The tradition recounts God’s grace at work in history and heightens the…

Thanksgiving 2020 🦃

I’ve learned a few things this Thanksgiving. First, it takes just as long to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for three as it does for a group. Second, I still eat too much even when making tiny portions. Third, I am grateful for technology to see my family for the prayer even if I cannot hug them….

Thanksgiving Memories

I know we are all experiencing the new normal but when it comes to Thanksgiving I am not ok! I miss the house full of people. Waiting my turn for the bathroom. Long hot baths in the deep porcelain tub with the hottest water on earth. The early morning sounds of a walker before the…

Yes Please, Thanksgiving and Christmas

I love Thanksgiving and Christmas. For me it’s not one or the other it is both. I’m slowly decorating for Christmas and keeping Thanksgiving up too! My goal is to have everything done by Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving dinner I can swap the table to Christmas and enjoy every moment without stressing out trying to get…

Apple Cider Donuts

We are definitely in apple cider county. We consider ourselves connoisseurs after only a year living here. We’ve had the opportunity of sampling many varieties of this tasty mix of apples and spices. A true connoisseur never buys apple cider with added sugar. We’ve had apple cider hot, cold, and even had blind taste tests….

Birthdays are to be Celebrated

I’ve always believed that Birthdays are to be celebrated. I’ve loved planning parties for my girls based on a theme they selected. Last year we were new in town so we surprised Shelton with a train trip to DC. Wonderful meals, surprise visitors, and a family party at the American Girl Store. This year due…