The kids are out of school for 2 weeks and that means that, with much rain this month, we are staring at four walls most of the day. This does not have to be a burden! I’ve found many things for us to do together….painting, watching movies with popcorn, visiting friends, building tents, baking, crafting, taking walks, etc.
Now, it’s lunchtime. I’m making sandwiches with fruit and chips for the kiddos. Right now, they are actually having a good time playing in the makeshift tent I put up in the boys’ room. Let’s hope it doesn’t get torn down soon. They’ve been fighting all morning (no kidding) over their toys, their space, their words. It’s breaking my heart. I was telling a friend yesterday that I sometimes tire of telling them the gospel over and over and over and over and over. I fear they are not “getting it”. It hurts to see them act so flippantly about the truth that we share with them, in times of praise and in times of discipline. Is it penetrating their hearts? Are they resentful? My dirty heart has shone brightly today and I hate that my sin has been so vivid to their little eyes. But, I’m thankful that I was able to sit down with my child and talk about our wrongs, pray to the Father, forgive and receive forgiveness, and move on. Being a parent is such great joy but belonging to the Father brings far more delight to my heart.
I know God is faithful. His word is living and active and it WILL change their hearts. Oh, forgive my doubt and unbelief, Lord. I need you desperately. I pray your gospel stays in front of me constantly, in my head and in my heart. You make perfect sense, Jesus.
I plan on making this casserole a tradition each Christmas morning. It’s a recipe that allows for you to prepare it the night before, refrigerate, and then bake on Christmas morning while gifts are being opened. It will be nice to have something warm and ready to eat coming out of the oven mid-morning this Friday! Yeah, that’s right….my kids sleep late!
Instead of white bread, I’m going to use crescent rolls. Some might want to add onions, peppers, pepper, dry mustard, tomatoes, cottage cheese, or mushrooms…..but not this family!
|DO AHEAD BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
8 slices trimmed white bread
Layer bread in bottom of 9 x 13 buttered pan. Beat eggs with a little milk; pour over bread. Refrigerate until next step is completed.
1 lb. sausage, fried, drained and cooled (chopped ham, bologna, hamburger, etc, could be used)
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
Sprinkle meat over eggs. Sprinkle shredded cheese over top. Refrigerate overnight. Bake the next morning at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Variations: You could saute some fresh or canned mushrooms, green pepper or use pepperoni instead of or in addition to other meat. Use your imagination!
Serves 2 to 4 (depending upon your appetite) !
Luke is so interested in the nativity scene. He looks for all the shepherds, wise men, animals, angels, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. It’s sweet to listen to him name every one.
Abigail had the lead lines in her school Christmas program: “Jesus Christ is born today!”.
This past Sunday, the younger children sang two Christmas songs while using hand motions. It was precious to hear them sing about the birth of Christ.
The Budweiser Clydesdales visited our city so we stopped by to see their beauty. The boys couldn’t believe how huge the horses were nor how far they had galloped from St. Louis to Georgia just to see us. Funny guys. Andrew liked the horses so much that he came home and taped the Clydesdale poster to his ceiling so he can look at it while he lays in his bed.
Luke took some time last week to draw a portrait of our family. I have so many ideas of how to use this in various crafts.
Notice Abigail’s Rudolph nose. How cute!
Family Tensions Over the Holidays, by Russell Moore.
Some of the tensions Christians face at holiday time have nothing to do with outside oppression as much as internal immaturity on the part of the Christians themselves. (I’m not insinuating anything, Mom).
How to Respond to Family Feuds, by Tim Lane.
Tim Lane writes about these challenges and how through your relationship with Christ you can learn how to love your family and reach out to them in concrete and practical ways. (I’m not insinuating anything, Mom).
Christmas inspired comics. Hilarious!
Brian Regan on cooking.
He’s been four for a week now but I’m just getting the chance to post the pictures…. at 1:10 a.m. I’m weird.
We celebrated at home as a family with our traditional cupcake dessert and candle.
Luke requested a basketball themed party so hence the basketball cupcakes, court, and stadium seating.
Blowing out his four candles atop one cupcake.
My sweet friend, Becky, made this birthday banner for me and I have plans for it to hang in every birthday party picture with the “person of honor”.
Thunder sticks were a “hit” with Luke and his best friend, AC.
Luke reading his birthday card from his grandparents. It contained a very sweet message from his MeMe. Oh, how he loves his grandparents!
Three generations of men playing one of their favorite games.
One of Luke’s favorite gifts he received was that of the game Hungry Hippos. He could play for hours! However, Abigail likes it, too….there have been a few fights, to say the least.