Every Christmas Eve our church has a candlelight service. I wanted to show you all how beautiful it is but the pictures just didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. We light all our oil lamps and they serve as our lighting for the service. We sing Christmas songs and the pastor reads the Christmas story. Then we have communion.
Next, we make a circle around the sanctuary and light our little hand held candle, sing a few more Christmas songs and leave. It is always such a moving service reminding us of the TRUE reason we celebrate.
Sunday morning, Hubby and I got up and enjoyed our morning coffee together as usual. Then the girls got up, we opened our gifts, ate breakfast and got ready for church. It was a very nice service. We did not have Sunday School. We came home, ate homemade soup. I made it from the leftovers from Friday’s dinner. Then we just relaxed the remainder of the day. We didn’t have Sunday night church.
We had planned on taking down the Christmas tree and all the decorations today but I think that will have to be another day. It is raining pretty hard here and it is cold. Temperature is 28 degrees with a fairly strong wind. All our decorations are stored up in one of our buildings. I’m not too big on carrying all that up in the cold rain. Maybe tomorrow.
Well, the snow did come yesterday-about 4″. So no family coming today. Hopefully, Dave, Jess and the boys will get to come about the middle of the week. I’m not sure when Chuck will come. The girls are excited today. There is enough snow to make snow cream, which is a favorite around here. There probably will be some sledding today too. The winds are supposed to start later today so we’ll just have to see how everything goes. The cows don’t seem to mind the snow at all.
I took these pictures from our dining room window. Later today, we will be going down to the barn to get milk. I will try to take more pictures then.
Hubby completely surprised me yesterday morning. We very seldom get each other gifts at Christmas but this year he got me this wonderful mixer. He even braved Wal-Mart on Christmas Eve to get it for me. Complete surprise! I got up yesterday morning, went to turn the coffee pot on and there it was. I squealed out loud and he just smiled that beautiful smile of his that always says “I love you”. He said with all the cooking and baking I do, he thought it would come in handy. Well, it certainly will. I made a batch of banana nut muffins in it this morning. I used a different recipe than I normally use and I think I like it much better. The recipe is:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (I used whole wheat), 2/3 cup sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/3 cup applesauce, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. allspice, 2/3 cup mashed bananas, 1/3 cup chopped walnuts. Combine all ingredients. Pour into muffin tin. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 min. I used my large muffin tin and got 6 muffins. Very good.
No church today because of the snow. I sure am glad we got to go Friday night to the candlelight service. Enjoy your day and God bless.
Yesterday, I decided I just could not fix my machine. We decided we should not be having all that trouble with a new machine so we took the machine back to Wal-Mart where we had purchased it. As you all recall, I had not had the machine very long at all and it has always given me trouble. Anyway, Wal-Mart took it back and we exchanged it for this machine. As soon as I started sewing on it, it was obvious this is a better machine. I have never used a Singer before but I definitely pray we will be getting better service from this one than from the Brother. I finished the sewing project that I had previously started.
This is for my little man, Daniel, who loves, loves, loves to help his mom in the kitchen. I hope it looks like a little boy apron. I wanted something with tractors on it but blue jean material was all I had that looked boyish. Weather permitted they will be coming up Sunday. Chuck and his family may come also. This would be a first-all my grandkids in the house at the same time. WOW! They are calling for some snow to hit here tomorrow and Sunday so we’ll just have to wait and see.
We will be having our candlelight service at church tonight. This is such a beautiful service. We have these little shelves on the walls and on top of the shelves we have oil lamps. All the oil lamps are lit and the electric lights are turned off. It is absolutely beautiful. We have communion and the pastor has a message. Then we all light our individual candles, gather around in a circle and sing Christmas hymms. It is such a special time and we all look forward to it. I pray you will all have a wonderfully blessed Christmas Eve as well.
Celebrate the birth of our Savior. May He bless each of you with a special portion of His presence on this wonderful day-Christ’s birthday. God bless.