Friday, December 05, 2008

Food Friday: Cookie Exchange Troubles

Cookies are wonderful. Christmas cookies take bake goods to that next level of joy. The trouble is finding the time, energy, and ingredients to make anything more than Pillsbury cookies. Kim has invited me to a cookie exchange. There will be about 8 other ladies each making three dozen cookies. I know that someone is bringing shortbread, sugar cookies, and peanut butter balls. I'd love to go but not sure what to make. Any suggestions of simple cookie recipes I could try?

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Things I am thankful for this week...

Sleep.

The chance to listen to others experience and wisdom.

Books.

Ideas.

My warm white scarf.

Those who use their gifts for God.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Sleepless Night

Last year the founders of Open Arms’ Ministries, began ‘Inn From the Cold,’ to provide one night emergency shelter in the Valley (if you know NS its Windsor to Middleton) during the coldest months of the year through coordinating local churches. The churches involved agreed to host the shelter one night a week. These churches provide a bed, warm meal or hot coffee depending on the guest mood, safe environment to rest with people willing to chat, and breakfast (or Timmy dollars) with a drive into town all in an effort to communicate love, grace, and mercy.

When I heard about the ministry at a board meeting I was like “cool” but quickly let other things consume my focus. One of the ladies in our church didn’t forget. I can not express what a joy this woman is or her great passion for meeting needs. She caught the vision and held onto it all year. When Open Arms’ began asking churches to participate this year she brought it to the board, who agreed %100. It has been amazing watching her share the need, organizing all the details for finding bedding to food and find willing volunteers. The church staffs the hosts for their night. normally three people.

The program started up November 1st and will run till the end of April 30th. Tonight was my first night as one of the churches’ hosts (with other people). It is going on 6am and I have to say this has been one of my most rewarding nights without sleep.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Humour Reflects Life

Did you listen to Larry’s Christmas Countdown yesterday? The silly thought was something like, “the great thing about artificial trees is that every year you have a complex puzzle you’ve never seen before.”

This morning two of the church trustee’s were setting up the larger Christmas decorations. Mid-morning Clair came into my office wondering if I knew where extra pieces of the church’s large Christmas tree would be keep. I followed him to the multipurpose room they were working to find his partner standing in the center of tree parts holding a pole completely surrounded by ‘pine’ branches for different lengths looking and looking very confused. I giggled (only on the inside because out loud giggling would not have helped the situation) remembering Larry’s silly thought. You can here today’s Christmas Countdown at BigIdea.com.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Larry’s Christmas Countdown

Check out the VeggieTales website for their annual “Larry’s Christmas Countdown!” button (it’s a button on the right hand side). Each day Larry makes a different observation or silly statement about this festive season.