Monthly Archives: December 2006

Ten Great Questions to Ask During Christmas meals


Ever have that moment of awkward silence among family (and sometimes strangers) during a meal…especially during the holidays? Here are a few great thinking questions to ask during those times.

1. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you since last Christmas?
2. What was your best Christmas ever? Why?
3. What’s the most meaningful Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
4. What was the most appreciated Christmas gift you’ve ever given?
5. What was your favorite Christmas tradition as a child?
6. What is your favorite Christmas tradition now?
7. What do you do to try to keep Christ in Christmas?
8. Why do you think people started celebrating the birth of Jesus?
9. Do you think the birth of Jesus deserves such a nearly worldwide celebration?
10. Why do you think Jesus came to earth?

HT: Girltalk

Callaway Gardens


We took the boys to Callaway Gardens to enjoy Fantasy in Lights this past Monday night. They both liked riding the trolley but Luke fell asleep halfway through the five mile journey. Andrew liked singing the Christmas carols along the way but was ready to get out on the last leg of the path. We went with our small group from church so we took up half the front trolley car. If you haven’t experienced Fantasy in Lights, you should before you die.

Luke’s Day


Even though we celebrated two weeks ago so family could all be present, tomorrow is actually Luke’s first birthday. We plan on giving him a cupcake with lots of icing for him to dig into and smear all over his face. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures and share them soon. He’s feeling much better than he did the weekend of his party so I’m hoping that he’ll enjoy tomorrow.

I can’t believe that it’s already been a year since he came into this world. What a wonderful year it has been. I was thinking the other day that I’ve been pregnant the past three out of four Christmas seasons. I wonder what next year will hold (stop holding your breath, Mom!).

Pope’s Farm with our small group


Tonight, we took the boys to Pope’s Farm to partake in the hayride along with our friends in our small group from church. It wasn’t terribly cold and the boys really seemed to enjoy it, despite the fact that they were up way past their bedtime. We sat around the bonfire and chatted while sipping on some hot chocolate. Andrew especially loved seeing the Christmas characters such as Frosty, The Gingerbread Man, and Santa.

Top left to right: Seth, Elizabeth, Santa with Andrew, Chad and Chrissy.
Bottom left to right: Ira, Jennifer with Amelia, me with Luke, and Mitch.

Hot, Hot, Hot – Hot Chocolate!


Thanks to my sweet friends, Erick and Christy, for this delicious recipe!

1 14oz. can of sweetened condensed milk (never evaporated)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
6 1/2 cups skim milk, heated

Whisk together the first four over medium heat until thoroughly blended. Add the milk. Whisk together well. Pour. Drink. Enjoy.