Christmas 2020

December 29, 2020

20 …an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). – Matthew 1:20-23

About 33 years later, before He was to give up Himself for us on a cross for our sins, Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6.

Do you see it? The way to God is free through Jesus!! No payment or sacrifice of our own could do it; only a perfect Lamb could pay the price for sin, because no amount of our good deeds could outweigh our serious crime of sinning against God. And that is why we celebrate Jesus coming at Christmas. He is God who put on flesh to rescue we who were lost without Him forever. He is my righteousness, my salvation, my God! Christ is truly the reason for joy-both now in 2020 and for all time.

goal setting

2021 goal planning worksheet

December 26, 2020

Heading into 2021, I need a plan for my goals. I find that once I put my goals on paper, I am much more likely to want to accomplish them! I love having a fresh start in a new year, so I made this worksheet to help me line out what I would like to accomplish in 2021:

If you want to try it for yourself, you can click on the image or download it here for free! 🙂


goodnight, city of the hills.

December 20, 2020

Saying goodbye is always hard. And even more so when you’re not sure when you’ll be back. Somehow friends become family quickly in a foreign place, and leaving them feels like saying farewell to your brothers and cousins. Leaving friends makes leaving a country for home much more difficult. As Shakespeare wrote: “Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”

Goodnight, dear Islamabad, and farewell, dear friends.


have mask, will travel. :)

December 6, 2020

Without a doubt, traveling abroad in 2020 brought new challenges, but these two people were pretty excited to be headed east once more:

Who would have thought the sight of an airport would be so sweet? Welcome to December 2020! 😉

Masks were mandatory in the airport and on board the aircraft, but surprisingly, they didn’t make the flight terribly uncomfortable. I buy these cotton masks from LOFT and I love them over all others for sure!

Masks or no masks, one thing is for sure: I was glad to be traveling again in 2020. 😀


traveling time!

December 4, 2020

For the first time in 2020:

I’m flying again! I can hardly believe it’s happening, but I’m SO glad to board a plane again!

gift guides

2020 Christmas Gift Guide for Women

December 1, 2020

Looking for a lovely gift this year for the lady in your life? Here is your 2020 gift guide for adult women who are 30 years old or older. These are my very favorite things- things I would add to my own Christmas list!


Thanksgiving cooking itinerary for 10 people or more

November 29, 2020

We celebrated a wonderful Thanksgiving at our house this year! After a long 11 months, it felt so great to have our extended family together again.

Here’s my Thanksgiving/holiday cooking itinerary- I try to line this out in advance, so that I know what should be worked on when. Your oven may differ, so check on your food often. 🙂

1. Three hours before dinner time: Rolls out to thaw and rise. Preheat oven.

2. Place smoked fully cooked turkey in oven to warm for about 3 hours.

3. Add green beans to CrockPot and set on high.

4. Set table. Prepare glasses, napkins, plates, serving utensils, and silverware. Prepare bowl or ice chest of extra ice for drinks.

5. 2 hours before dinner: Peel and cook mashed potatoes in Instant Pot for 20 min. on manual. Set out any finger-food appetizers or pre-dinner drinks for guests along with small serving plates and napkins.

6. 1.5 hours before dinner: Put dressing in oven to cook for 1 hour at 350. Cook any fresh pasta dishes.

7. Prepare fresh salads/ trays.

8. Put desserts on trays for dessert buffet bar.

9. 30 min before dinner: pull out turkey to cool. Hand blend or mash potatoes and add butter and milk.

10. 25 min before: Put rolls in oven at correct temperature.

11. Carve turkey and separate white meat and dark meat into two large dishes.

12. Remove rolls from oven and butter.

13. Set up buffet, gather crew, give thanks to God together, and serve dinner. 🙂

While I wasn’t quite this specific in my own planning this year, this was very close to what I did in the order I did it, and it worked so well. I hope this kind of itinerary might help us both next year. 🙂


the Light of Christmas

November 23, 2020

Our Christmas lights are officially up!! So thankful for this coming time of year when I can go into a store or restaurant and hear songs about Jesus saving us from our sin! Oh, what a gift it is to live in such a time and place where we can celebrate the birth of Christ, the very Light of the World! 🙂