Thursday, December 27, 2007

My new favorite ingredient: almond extract.
I just made those candy cane cookies...and I can't say that mine looks even half as good as the picture in the Betty Cocker Cookie book, but they sure taste good. It's all about the almond, I'm sure of it. They are even better with a glass of milk...yum! The wonder and priceless effect of cookies and milk on a soul!
Baking can be so therapeutic. No one is in the house, the music is releasing sweet melodies, the kitchen floor is free to dance on, and the oven is begging to be used. Once the apron is on, a whole new world of ingredients and utensils are seen. By the end, there is the feeling of such accomplishment! There is actual evidence that I did something today...well, there is until the family returns and gobbles down everything. Still, there is a satisfaction that I made my family happy somehow...what an esteem booster! :)
Anyway-the buzzer is now ringing at full volume...I must take out the last batch!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Star of wonder,
star of night,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading,
still proceeding,
guide us to Thy perfect light.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.

All of creation, from the star to the animals to the shepherds, who were the lowest of people, were in awe of all that had happened. "And Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." May you join with the heavenly hosts this season and witness the blessing of the birth of our Lord! Ponder all that He has done for you...MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Nativity Story

I just watched The Nativity Story with my dad to help us get into the Christmas spirit...especially since we're having Christmas with Joel and Julie tomorrow. It was actually an alright depiction of the story we all hold so dear. My dad and I found ourselves discussing the facts and logistics of what happened...such as how the wisemen were not present at the stable but came to the house about a year later (Matt 2), if the gifts from the wisemen supported Joseph when he fled with his family to Egypt, did the star really shine like a spotlight down upon the fatigued couple in the stable...and the pondering and researching began until we both get tired (which occurred rather fast).
Keisha Castle-Hughes (an Australian, born in 1990, first discovered for her role in Whale Rider) and Oscar Isaac (a Guatemalan, born in 1980) played the roles of Mary and Joseph. They drew you into the times and the integrity and character that the real Mary and Joseph would have exemplified. I honestly can't imagine being in Mary's place...but at least in time, she had Joseph on her side. God knew just what she needed to make it through that trial.
My favorite part in the movie was when Mary and Joseph stopped by a shepard's fire to keep warm, just for a few minutes. This weathered man said to Mary, "My Father told me something a long time ago, that we all are given something...a gift...your gift is what you carry inside of you."
And she replied, "What is your gift?"

That pledged me...what is my gift? how can i use what God's given me to be a healing salve or an encouraging balm to others surrounding me?
And I must ask, "What gift did God place in you?"
Don't let it be dormant this season...give...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

snow day...

It's a snow day today. Even church was canceled.

I sit by the fire as the wind howls and blows against the house.

It picks up quite the speed as it comes over the field behind the house.

The zucchini bread is in the oven.

I've read my first book for this vacation and have started on the second.

I took a nap.

I watched a movie with my parents.

I ate cheese and crackers with dad, who needs help doing things due to his fractured elbow.

Ice is no good at times, though it is pretty when the sunlight reflects off of it.

I think we need these kind of relaxing days with no work or worry swarming about us.

Just days to share in company of family and to have no reason to change out of sweats.

Now all I have to look forward to tomorrow is getting my wisdom teeth out...oh the joys...

Sunday, December 2, 2007

my 1/2 birthday

Don't you love when someone remembers something special about you that you weren't even aware of that day? My brother's girlfriend wrote on my facebook wall this morning and wished me a happy 1/2 birthday! Then I came back to my room after a Sacred Christmas party and there were flowers, a piece of cake, a sign with streamers, and a card from my roommate! She made a big deal about it since she doesn't get to see me on my real birthday.
Those sweet reminders made me feel special and thankful for such amazing friends!
So, here's to being 20 1/2 today!