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Merry Christmas

It’s the time of year where ample baking takes place. There is egg nog in the grocery store and candles are lit that fill the room with the smell of Christmas. The tree is lit and adorned with ornaments from Christmases past and presents are piled underneath the tree. There are carols on the radio that have stood the test of time and are still enjoyed by children of all ages. We go to church to see old friends and meet new friends. We worship together, play together, and party together.

This is what we refer to the spirit of Christmas.

All through this season, we bake cookies, cakes, and all sorts of sweet treats to share with our friends and family to express our love and appreciation. We linger a little longer in conversations that we would normally cut short. We take the time to not only ask the questions, but wait for the answers. Although there is hustle and bustle in the stores, I find myself strolling through the mall looking at the decorations and watching the children in line waiting to speak with Santa.

What is Christmas about? Why is there such a hype?

Of course we all know that this is Jesus’ birthday. He was born in a lowly manger filled with hay, surrounded by animals. A baby, but not just any baby, The Baby. That is what this season is about. The little babe who was born in a stable in Bethlehem who in the end saved us all.

Its about family and friends and sharing love with each other. Its about taking the time to appreciate what you have and realizing what the important things are in life.

I realize more and more each day to cherish those important things. To take the time to appreciate them is the key so that those people know that you care about them. Remember that.

Merry Christmas!

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Happily Ever After

One of my college friends got married this weekend. She had been dating the same guy for several years and they are head over heels for each other. So, this summer, soon after graduation, he proposed and of course she was ecstatic and she cried.

Well, this was the big weekend and the ceremony was beautiful! I was part of her big day and I felt so lucky to be there with her. My part was to read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 while they were lighting the unity candle. It was wonderful to be able to watch their faces. The emotion that they had during the ceremony was beautiful, and I got to see every bit of it!

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Here stood the bridal party during the reception, watching their first dance as husband and wife. It was beautiful!

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Another of my college friends read in the ceremony as well and of course we had to take a picture next to the Christmas tree!

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At the reception, there were two cakes, the groom’s cake which was chocolate with chocolate mousse and chocolate chips and nuts on the outside. YUM! The other, was the traditional wedding cake and it was SUPER Yummy! Of course I enjoyed a piece of both!

This was the chocolate groom’s cake.

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And this was the wedding cake that I didn’t get a picture of until we had eaten most of the piece of cake. Luckily, this was a good cake.

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To send the bride and groom off on their honeymoon, the people in attendance lit sparklers. It was so beautiful because it was pitch black and it gave suck a beautiful lighting to everyone’s faces.

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We had a wonderful time and I truly enjoyed seeing friends from college that I haven’t seen in 6 months too long.
Lots of love and happiness to the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Mason!!

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Blue Raspberry

This week, Matthew and I were beginning to make cookies when we realized that there were lots and lots of cookies in the refrigerator. So, instead we decided to make something blue, sweet, and jiggly…

Jello Jigglers to be exact. Yummmm!!

Matthew poured the powder and  while the water heated, he stuck his finger into the powder to taste its sweetness.

Of course by adding the water, we had to keep stirring it for 3 whole minutes. That was difficult for Chef Matthew to do as he wanted to continue sticking his finger into the mixture, but he sure was proud of himself when we completed the task.

The difficult thing was knowing that the jello had to sit in the refrigerator for 4 hours before he could eat it. Now, try telling that to a proud (and hungry) 4 year old.

Well, at least when dinner came around, he could have his Jello Jigglers for desert!

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Happy December!

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