Ok with no place to go and having pretty much tied up all my loose ends with the preparations of Christmas I decided to play in the kitchen today,
so I set to work making homemade tarts to burn in my tart burner.
I just melted parowax in a saucepan on low added nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon candle oil then poured them into chocolate molds, cooled them in the freezer and put them in cute little jars. You can decorate the jars any way you like. I like to use raffia. Then I just pop a couple out and put them in my little tart burner.
*One of my best friends is spending Christmas in Florida this year. That was their gift to their kids. Hope you guys are having fun! We miss you!
*Yesterday was a hard day for me. I had been prepared for it all along but when it came right down to it I cried tears of joy and pain. One of my dearest friends prayers were answered. They privately adopted a sweet little boy. She came to me a few months ago asking about adoption and shared her heart. They were approached shortly after making the decision, to privately adopt a baby who was to be born in December. She told me right away and I was sooo excited for her and her husband. They arrived late to church yesterday and totally surprised everyone! Not too many knew about it. I, like I said was prepared for it's bittersweetness but what I wasn't prepared for the sympathy hugs....that was hard. Priase God He granted me the grace to get through it. I know God has a plan for us. I know it's big, I know it's wonderful but I just question His timing....is that bad of me? I now look at her and she is my new hope.....I know His plan is better than mine. It will happen.
In my course that I'm taking one of the verses I have to memorise is Isaiah 55:10-11 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." One of the ladies who is committed to praying for our adoption gave me a gift with that scripture on it. Funny thing is I never really noticed it before. I believe it is a promise from God and I'm holding on to that and it's timing couldn't have been more perfect!
*Shane was supposed to fly to Toronto today for a meeting tomorrow. I was not very happy about it. I was afraid that he would end up storm stayed at some airport someplace and not get home til late Christmas Eve. He is the only one in the company that doesn't live in Toronto or Montreal and his boss clearly doesn't understand Maritime weather. I was more than relieved to hear that his flight was cancelled.
*My university classes have been crying for attention. I've been slacking big time. I have to get back on the ball to try to get caught up. I have til Feb 25 before I write my first exam.....I'm about 2 1/2 weeks behind! Life demanded more of my time than I intended to give it. Jac having her baby early, our craft and bake sale fundraiser and then Christmas parties and Christmas. Pray I get caught up!
*I'm so proud of our youth group. We had our Christmas party last week and I asked them a couple of weeks before if they wanted to make up a Christmas box to give to a family that could use the extra help this year. I put the box beside the door and they filled it!!!! I had someone donate a turkey (thanks Mei Mei ;O)) and the box is ready to be delivered! The only thing missing was a tree ornament for them to put up each year to remember their box of hope but a friend of mine just texted me and said she wanted to donate one! YEAH! God is amazing! We have family games, food, candy, mitts, hats, a few little toys a treat for mom and something for the dad and much much more! I remember when I was about 9 my mom sat the three of us down and told us that she wouldn't be able to give us much for Christmas but little did she know how truly precious her time on the floor playing with us and making crafts was. Three days or so before Christmas a knock came to the door and we raced to see who was there.....no one....but a box sitting there filled to the brim with everything a family would need for a Christmas feast! There were a few treats in there for us kids too! The only thing that made me sad when I thought back to that precious box of hope that Christmas was that there was nothing in there to make my mom feel special. She was all we had...so I shoveled driveways for the next two days so I could go to the store to get her a little gift. I had earned about 3 dollars and a very sore little body but I trudged threw the snow to our local Stedmans store so I could get her a gift. She still has that little ceramic blue dog toothpick holder! LOL. It was the thought that counted ;o). I was sooooo pleased to see that the box of hope we put together had special little things in it for Mom...and the dad. Tomorrow we will anonymously deliver it. I am so excited!