(WE are still Christmasing...)
I count it an honor to know this man and his dear wife. He will celebrate his 94th birthday next week, and they celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary last month. They spent 50 years of their lives on the mission field and they have SO many interesting stories to share. I could sit and listen to them for hours. C is very fond of them and was excited to find out they would be able to spend some time with us on Christmas Day. She does not usually get too "cozy" with people too quickly, so I was surprised to see her rocking with him, and I had to snap a picture. He was quite pleased, also.
"E'en down to old age all my people shall prove
my sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
and when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,
like lambs they shall still in my bosom be borne."
I have previously shared (here, and here) that I enjoy writing out Scripture as a way of committing it to memory. Pinterest has provided some good themed lists for this exercise, and this week was no exception. Once again, I encourage you to write out the verses and meditate on them. It was/is such a blessing to me and I hope it will be for you also.
10 Ways to Love
- Listen without interrupting. (Proverbs 18)
- Speak without accusing. (James 1:19)
- Give without sparing. (Proverbs 21:26)
- Pray without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9)
- Answer without arguing. (Proverbs 17:1)
- Share without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15)
- Enjoy without complaint. (Philippians 2:14)
- Trust without wavering. (1 Corinthians 13:7)
- Forgive without punishing. (Colossians 3:13)
- Promise without forgetting. (Proverbs 13:12)
Since I shared my Thanksgiving Menu with you, I thought I'd share the Christmas Lunch Menu as well. Christmas Eve is a tradition from my husband's family, so we'll be having spaghetti and this is what we'll have on Sunday after church:
Ham and Smoked Turkey
Stuffing and Gravy
(And, Mom, if you were planning to fix any of this, we'll be happy to eat it again at your house! ) ;-) I've been in the kitchen since a little after 6 this morning and I'm so glad to have gotten many things made ahead of time. I prefer to do this (whenever possible) so that I can relax and enjoy my family and guests during our time together. Today we had the special privilege of an "Auntie" being in town so C had a playmate. :)
What's on your Christmas menu?
(Essential for survival currently: lists, coffee, chapstick)
Perhaps you noticed the lack of posts other than DPP -- this is probably the best you can expect until after the first of the year, AT LEAST. We are busy enjoying one another over here as we celebrate this wonderful Christmas season. So many fun things to see, do, make, enjoy, hear, smell, taste, feel, love. Truly, we are blessed beyond belief. Merry Christmas.
This was something that I saw on Pinterest, and as an exercise for myself, I hope to write out each of these verses. What a great way to meditate on our Heavenly Father this Christmas season!
My Father is:
- Loving - John 3:16
- Caring - Matthew 6:26
- Forgiving - Psalm 103:12
- Compassionate - Psalm 103:4-5
- Giving - Romans 8:32
- Understanding - Psalm 139:1-2
- Accepting - Psalm 139:1-6
- Satisfying - Psalm 107:9
- Persistently Pursuing - Luke 19:10
- Reasonable - Isaiah 1:18
- Pardoning - Psalm 103:3
- Healing - Isaiah 53:5
- Redeeming - Job 19:25
- Loving-Kindness - Psalm 86:15
- Renews - Isaiah 40:31
- Righteous - Jeremiah 9:23-24
- Gracious - Ephesians 1:7-8
- Sovereign - Psalm 103:19
This is one of my favorite recipes and nothing says comfort food like this stew on a chilly evening!
Begin by placing stew beef in crockpot...
Coat with flour, salt and pepper...
Add other ingredients and stir. Cook and enjoy! :-)
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1" cubes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. worcestershire
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 c. beef broth
3 potatoes, diced
4 carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped
Place meat in crockpot. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, salt and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery. Cover and cook on low 10-12 hours or on High for 4-6 hours.
**I often double this recipe, except for the meat.
original recipe from allrecipes.com