carols and cookies; love and magic

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”   Ephesians 1:2, 3

This morning I awoke to discover that the snow is completely gone.  It was in the 60’s yesterday, unheard of for December in New England.  I wore sandals to church, just to be able to say that I did (on December 22!)  This morning it is raining.  The ponds are melting and have a layer of slush over the tops of them instead of the hard ice of last week.

Rich is home today!

On Saturday, we joined our friends at church for a caroling party in town.  We walked down the street to the library and set up a sound system.   Dave and Mike played guitar and some of us sang while others of us passed out little gift bags containing some treats and an invitation to our Christmas Eve service.


(daughter Grace in brown jacket)


I asked Micheal to watch over Seth so he could give out some bags.  I was told later on that it didn’t last long.  As soon as Seth saw the other kids playing in the snow behind us, he left the bags so he could play, too.


The kids were thrilled to be playing in the snow on such a warm day….I know my own children were soaked by the time we left.


Tony held Sarah


Wally passed out pocket calendars in the street (made me nervous the entire time).  This road has non stop traffic.


Rich took a turn at the mic to preach a short invitation.


Joanne and Sara enjoyed a song from Sarah Joy (her rendition of “Silent Night” is adorable).

We all left happy and full of the joy of fellowshipping and singing Jesus’ praises together.


THEN, later on that night Rich gave me the gift of TIME (which is what he is doing now, too, so I can write here) by taking Seth and Sarah out shopping.  Grace and I took advantage of the quiet to bake Christmas cookies together.


I enjoy this daughter of mine so very much.  I put her in charge of the buckeyes and she did a great job with them.

(She is currently trying to teach herself sign language using youtube videos).

Her shirt said “love and magic” on it, two of our very favorite words.


I can recommend the Costco brand of chocolate chips; they melted wonderfully and hardened up perfectly on the candies.  They have a nice, dense texture and rich chocolate flavor.  (It’s hard for us to stay away from the buckeyes.  We keep them in the freezer and we all sneak into the pantry for “just one more”).


I made cherry snowballs and then the ever-popular candy cane cookies, made with a butter dough and flavored with mint.


Jacob and Ethan arrived home from watching the latest “Hobbit” movie to a flurry of activity in the kitchen.


Caleb and David amused themselves by stuffing blankets down Dave’s pajama shorts.


This is a tip from me to you (mama to mama or grandma):  If your children complain of boredom have them try this activity.  It is sure to bring hours of entertainment, just be sure to have them wear their most stretchy shorts!


Grace got creative with the last tray of the buckeyes; she painted chocolate initials on them (one for each member of the family) and also did a heart:



Spirits were high (on sugar) as the evening progressed.

Grace did a basic sugar cookie next, and tinted them green.  My candy canes were also green.  You see, all of the red food coloring was used up by Jacob this summer.  He used it to dye water red and fill up containers with it to shoot with his bb gun (realistic blood?)………





These cookies ended up tasting really weird but we are hoping the boys eat them regardless.


The kitchen was a disaster but, Mom, I did clean it before I went to bed.



David amused himself by making an origami candle.  I tell you, my children are talented.



15 thoughts on “carols and cookies; love and magic

  1. How fun! It looks like lots of fun and memories being made here! Husband taking some of the kids to see newest Honbit tonite. One of my sons has a fever. Three out of six have been six this past two weeks. I made choc. Peppermint cake balls, peanut butter blossoms turtles for my husband, and chocolate crinkles. By the way, I have the very same cookie cookbook from my grams who died a year and a half ago. My daughter also has one. Fun!
    Thanks for sharing thoes special moments with us:).
    Congrats for wearing sandles in cold weather. Lol

  2. Merry Christmas to your family from ours friend! Sweet video of Sarah! Looks like some nice memories going on and fun in your household this season! I plan on calling you when this year of business is done. 😉

  3. Caroling and inviting to Christmas service is so wonderful. We have found people much more open this time of year. You have a very cute little caroler. I love her little sweet voice. Bob was a wise man on Sunday, I am hoping someone took a picture!
    All the cookies look yummy! Now I want chocolate! 🙂
    Love to you all, and have a wonderful blessed Christmas.

  4. Wow those cookies look good!
    I do agree that each of the kids have their own gifts that God gave them. But they all know how to be a good friend, and that is one of the best things that anyone can have.

  5. What a great day that was….My favorite part was standing on the post office side with David, Caleb, and Matt and helping them hand out little calendars to verses and reminding them to say Merry Christmas and not just hand it out as a chore but to do it with a joyful Spirit, i actually got them all into a group to tell them this and they got alot more excited to follow through…

    Michael T Payne

  6. This is so cute and funny….love how the girls can entertain themselves with constructive things and the boys….well the boys are just goofy:) So typical at this house too! Grace is turning out to be a lovely young woman!

  7. so much to smile about. 🙂 we’ve done that stuff sweatpants and shirts with balloons to make big muscles game… so I KNOW that the shorts thing would work around here too. haha. sarah’s singing is beautiful. happy next to last day of 2013. ❤

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