While shopping in my favorite INDEPENDENT bookstore,Afterwords Books, located in Edwardsville, IL, I came across a small deck of cards created by Lynn Gordon entitled, 52 Christmas Activities, and my squirts and I are so glad I did. With one daughter home with Type A flu, this deck of cards has been a blessing.
Together THE PATIENT (green denotes illness) and I sorted through the cards and picked our favorites based on what supplies we had available in the house. We decided to begin with the Cookie Paint card. An activity which combines baking and painting, oh yeah, this was definitely deemed high priority.
First, I sifted through my cookbooks and found a simple but delicious sugar cookie recipe in Mrs. Fields Cookie Book: 100 Recipes from the Kitchen of Mrs. Fields, which required only six ingredients, my kind of recipe.
I mixed, and then my sick squirt flattened the dough onto a cookie sheet. While the dough was chilling in the refrigerator, we mixed the paints using egg yolks, water, and food coloring. My oldest opted for pink, red, and green. We then removed the chilled dough from the fridge, and painting began.
The final product is cooling now, but we are anxiously looking forward to eating our edible art.
Give. Reading Kate Motaung’s post with the prompt, Give, really leaves a reader a lot to ponder. To appreciate the good, there is hardship, struggle, unrest, etc. This is a tough concept to accept. In the last week, my grandfather-in-law passed from cancer, my husband’s co-worker was killed by a driver under the influence, a friend’s mother passed, my mother was diagnosed with dementia, a dear friend told me her Thanksgiving was spent arguing with her husband, another friend spent the holiday nursing her two kiddos and husband back to health after suffering Type A flu, a loved one in debt, and on and on and on. With all of this take, the idea of give seems exhausting.
In a sermon last week, Pastor Dennis touched on this same topic in finding the joy in the every day, if even just a smidgen. Over time these small observances will accumulate into a large acknowledgement of joy. Thus, he ended his sermon with, “I wish you enough.”
So, this week I plan to trudge on and search for opportunities to give to others so that they, too, may have enough and discover their own inkling of joy.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. -Luke 6:38