A Delightful Time

If you have read our blog long, you might remember that three years ago, Steve and I began gifting our granddaughters, Abigail (12), Bethany (10), and Christina (8), with Hobby Lobby gift cards for Christmas. As part of the gift, we provide the trip to Hobby Lobby (about 35 minutes away) and a light meal after shopping. That gift proved so successful for two years that we continued it for Christmas 2020, and it now feels like a tradition.

This year, we scheduled our trip for the Monday after Christmas, but Grandpa had a cold so that date didn’t work out. Then we postponed it until February because the girls’ family was on an elimination diet for the month of January to experiment with some health issues. 

Monday, February 1st at 2:30, we picked up the girls for our shopping trip. This year the girls were all interested in card making supplies with Christina also wanting some modeling clay. In addition to cards, envelopes, and stickers, each girl bought a package of multicolored pens.

We tried something different this yeareating at our house rather than out. Lots of eat-in fast food places aren’t open for dining in so we did take out and ate at home. That allowed Steve and me to eat with the girls. Last year, we sat with them while they ate, took them home, and then Steve and I ate back at our house because of Steve’s restricted heart-healthy diet. 

With our new plan, we had enough time in the late afternoon and evening, after the shopping trip, to not only eat together but also to play games and have Bible time. The girls are doing the chronological read-through of the Bible that our church has a schedule and reading plan for and has encouraged people to do this year. We are also doing that during our family Bible time so it worked out well. 

Show and tell at dinner

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having
this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And,
Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” 
(2 Timothy 2:19).

Those Little Glimpses of Warmer Days Ahead

For part of the week, we had sunshine and warmer temperatures. Spring promises to come, but today, we have snow and cold. The changing of seasons is another reminder of our amazing God!

Debi with Ellie on Tuesday. I love photos with little kids and Ellie.

“He appointed the moon for seasons:
the sun knoweth his going down” (Psalm 104:19).

“…Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever:
for wisdom and might are his:
And he changeth the times and the seasons:
he removeth kings, and setteth up kings:
he giveth wisdom unto the wise,
and knowledge to them that know understanding” (Daniel 2:20-21).

Surprises, When Was the Last Time You Pulled One Off?

Surprises. Aren’t they great? At least good surprises are great. I will add the disclaimer that not everyone likes surprises. But most folks do love to feel loved. Could it be what makes a good surprise great is the love and care shown into pulling off a surprise?

One such surprise happened for us right before Christmas. We sat in our living room, having just begun family Bible time. I heard a strange noise, almost as if someone had entered the house. Since we have many relatives living around, you might think that’s normal, but one thing we’ve done through the years is we’ll call out, “Hello, it’s Sarah,” (or insert the name) if we’re dropping in. With this instance, no noise followed that initial door creak. I half wanted to get up and check it out, but that seemed silly because of course, no one was visiting us at this moment.

So back to Bible we went, and suddenly, I gasped as I saw Jesse standing nearby with Anna close behind. They had come to spend two nights with us before Christmas Eve. There was laughter, happiness, and exclaiming over what a wonderful surprise it was! Come to find out, Dad and Mom planned the surprise, knowing we girls would be excited with the extra time with Jesse and Anna.

What surprise could you plan for someone in your life to show them extra love this month?


These four did our traditional 12 Days of Christmas WOD, such a small group, but they had a blast!
Christmas baking + cooking together

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither
in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).