Sunday, December 22, 2013

Memories, lights and Christmas joy!

After looking at my yesterday's post, I was thinking about this picture of Gwen and Doug sitting in front of our tree in 1982 when Doug was about 9 months old and Gwen was 3 1/2 years old.  Yes, being with the family yesterday certainly brought memories to the surface.  I love that I saw the same sister/brother thing yesterday between Gwen and Doug as I saw when this picture was taken.  I was thinking about how special the bond is between Lia, Ellie and Zeke.  Those kids are close!  They play together, they really want to be together.  It is amazing.  Gwen and I were talking about next Christmas when Anna will be around 11 months old.  It will be an interesting Christmas for sure! 
Today was a busy day.  I finished making some candy, made another batch of Butter Cookies and then made the cookie of the year..... Ken's Grandma Baker's famous Raisin Cookies.  These are certainly his favorite cookie and one that he remembers so fondly.  They are not easy to make (think 1950's not 2013!).  You have to make a raisin filling that requires letting raisins and other stuff cook on the stove until you get a thick paste.  And the cookies are a rolled out sugar cookie that you have to cut out.  Then you have to top one cookie with the raisin filling and then add another cookie on top of that and seal the edges.   The entire recipe makes only about 18 cookies - although they are large and actually are two cookies!  Ken loves these so much.  So it was good to make him so happy! 
Tonight we tried to go to the Morton Arboretum to their big light show.  Notice that I said TRIED.  We did not actually get there.  The line to park was way outside of the entrance.  There were so many people trying to get in and buy tickets.....well let's just say it was not happening.  We turned around and left.  Maybe we will get there some other night.   Last week we drove about 30 miles to see a house that has this amazing light show.  They actually won a big TV show prize for the best house in the USA.  We never got to see that house either.  The cars were parked solid for several miles.  So we just kept driving.  It seems that we will just have to do our usual drive around and look at lights - just normal lights on houses.  I believe that we will do that on Christmas Day! 
It's been such a wonderful Christmas season for me.  I love that joy and peace have just been filling my heart and spirit every day.  It has been such a great time of seeking Jesus and spending time reflecting.  I am so thankful..............
Jesus, thank you for today.  Thanks for cookies with special memories, for candy and for joy and for love and peace.  Thank you for light shows and lights on houses.  Thank you for everything that surrounds this season.  Amen

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