Blessings and Cookies

Nick had to tell me the other day to stop obsessing about getting things "right" for Christmas. That's what the Thanksgiving Event was about--having fun, not stress. I completely forgot about that in the last few days trying to get everything done before Christmas comes.

Christmas is not about celebrating with family, and having the ham cooked to golden and all your cookies delivered. It's about the birth of Christ. Put aside for the moment even what He came to do--it's the day He came! The day that the Son of God became Man and entered the world. That is reason enough to drop everything else and just be.

I have found myself alternating between trying to mail christmas cards and feverishly decorating cookies, and stopping in the middle of a wild, screaming frenzy and just sitting down to enjoy the blessings I have been given. I'd like to take a moment and share them with you.

I'm married to my best friend and the most wonderful man in the world. He struggles with self confidence, and is managing to support a family of four on less than $11.00 per hour. I think that in itself is worth a year of praise. He also loves me; he makes me feel like I'm more beautiful than the sun, moon and stars.

Together we have the two cutest boys in the world. I could be biased because I'm their mother. They are also very intelligent. The younger, at only six months old, has figured out how to roar. The older one is not yet two and he insists on praying before he eats--every time. They also look startlingly like their father--stunningly gorgeous!

We are now in an apartment with real walls and a brick exterior. The heat pump was replaced this year. There are no holes in the floor and the whole building does not lean to one side. You never really think about how big something like proper heating and straight walls are until you have to go without. We went without a lot last year. We do not have to this year.

And so many other little things; like the fact that Nick now has insurance and vacation time, and that we have so many good friends, and family.

Christmas Cookies

1 C butter
2 C sugar
3 eggs
4 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream butter, sugar and eggs till fluffy. Combine flour, salt and baking soda; add to eggs.
Divide dough and wrap. Chill at least 6 hours. Roll out and cut.
Bake @ 350 for 5-7 minutes--till light golden. Baking time will vary depending on the shape and size of the cookie.


  1. ZiZi, How true it is!! We already have the greatest gift ever, CHRIST!! What a blessing that He gives us far and beyond what we could ever dream possible. I am so happy for you guys. Aren't walls and heat nice?! I too am enjoying a winter w/ a fully functional furnace for the first time in a couple years and it is merely by the grace of God. I pray that your holiday season will be full of rich blessings and enjoyment and that the year to come will hold even more.

  2. Walls and heat are beyond incredible. :-) Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!

  3. And that was so totally not where I wanted to go with this cookie post. I wanted to go on about how good the cookies are and how, at the resturant I worked at, the owner's mother was giving a wine tasting the week before Christmas and she wanted some 1" christmas cookies and asked me to make them. Two years in a row!

    Yeah...less ego, more food.


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