Monthly Archives: December 2012

a blessings distribution center.

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This may perhaps be the absolute, most random post.  Ever.  There is so much crazy running around here, that I’m not exactly sure what my thoughts are.

 
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I am feeling like a Blessings Distribution center.  Literally.  So if you are waiting on deliveries from me…they are coming!  Joyously!!!  I can’t wait for you all to get your stuff and hopefully love it.  I can’t wait to get all of your stuff out of here—and I know I’ll love it!  HA!  No, no, no.  It is more than fun.

A Blessings Distribution center.  What would that look like to be a “blessings” distribution center?  I think that is exactly what Jesus is calling me and us to be.  I was doing my early morning facebook check and I do love to read blogs.  There are a few that I always check throughout the week and love to read.  For many, this is just a stressful time of year.  Especially as a mom, isn’t it?  Luckily, Steve loves to go Christmas shopping and I am anxiously awaiting the day he says he’ll take off and we can go—hoping that will happen…Steve, are you reading this???!!!! 

My heart has gone out to a few this week as the overwhelming of the season is replacing the JOY of the season.  I can so completely relate.  There are so many things that I want to keep doing–traditions to keep alive—especially when my kids ask about some in particular, you know you are making an impact.  To recognize that you don’t have to do all or be all to everyone and everything…that is when you are free to be a blessing to your family, to others, and FOR God.  A Kindom Impact.  Don’t you love those words?  They are not mine—but from a blog I read this morning that made me just cry at the feet of the throne.  I’ve never read this blog before, but was directed there by one I do read.   If you are needing some encouragement today, I urge you to read and soak it all in.  Check this out…http://lisajobaker.com/2012/12/why-mom-significant-job-title-will-ever/?fb_action_ids=10151274276213851&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210151274276213851%22%3A524073470945889%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151274276213851%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=[]

A BLESSINGS distribution center.  That’s what I want my home to be.  And not only the obvious one it already is this holiday season (although I am loving that also!).  But a home where blessings flow.  And not just flow, but OVER FLOW. 

 
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So, since I’m talking about Blessings I have FOUR Blessings Blocks at a discount for your purchase for yourself OR an awesome Christmas gift for others.  This is a hostess exclusive priced item at a ridiculous low price, when you host.  (so keep that in mind!)  Originally $44, I am offering them today for $22!  That is HALF OFF the regular price AND with NO TAX or SHIPPING costs.  They really are a neat gift as you can arrange the blocks to spell 13 different words.  And they are one of the most popular items that Blessings Unlimited sells.  Please let me know if you are interested—first come, first serve.  You can reply to this, or on facebook, or send an email to ssnkklk@gmail.com.

 
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Are you ready to distribute????????????????????????????????????

bigger and better than expected…

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I just  have to put a plug in here for the ornaments on the Christmas special sale from Blessings Unlimited.  Wow!  I had no idea how big and beautiful these ornaments are.  And you wouldn’t know!  Because on the flyer there is no product description…

 
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So here you go.  I’m speaking from my own love of these—because I have figured out—there is no way I could sell something I don’t love.  They are amazing.  At $15 regular price, I should have known they’d be bigger than I thought.  Because I didn’t research into the product description until AFTER I bought them.  Had I prior to?  I would have realized they are 5″ in diameter.  The perfect size of Christmas balls that I have been looking for.  And in beautiful colors of smoke, green, and gold luster.  And I probably would have bought a ton more!  (I may still?  Don’t tell Steve) They are on sale now for $3 per ornament.  Joy, Peace, and Hope.  Take a look, and if you’re interested, let me know.  Quantities are limited. 

Here it is on our tree.  Feel free to come by and check them out if you’d like…and if you’re lucky I’ll make you some coffee and give you some Christmas goodies!
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And stay tuned.  From now until Christmas I will be posting random items at hugely discounted prices without tax and shipping!!  WOO HOO!   I must move some of this inventory I have accumulated in order to avoid a marital counseling session.  And to that Steve yells a big “Amen”!  To that I say…”I can’t wait until January to get some new products!”  Maybe the counseling session still isn’t out of the question…
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he just couldn’t wait.

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You know what is one of the most precious things about little kids?  They are OVERJOYED to give.  I just love it. 

Landon came home and said “Mom, I was going to wait to give this to you for Christmas, but I want to give it to you now”.  In the past, I have made him wait—which totally crushes his spirit.  He was quick to say this isn’t the only thing I was getting—but if it is—it is just enough.  Precious.
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Now there are things I absolutely LOVE about this portrait he drew.  I love that he has me wearing a Blessings shirt and it says Let your “lite” shine at the bottom.  This just made my heart swell and smile and made me giggle.  It is just too sweet for words.  Steve’s shirt says Prairie Land Partners John Deere, and the girls are mixed with Moundridge, Wildcats, MHS, and Landon’s of course is Nike.

So interesting to get his perspective on our family.  An 8 year old’s writing is to be cherished.  Around the perimeter of the picture where you can’t see, there is a picture of him hunting, a picture of the game Apples to Apples.  A picture of “shrades”, a basketball goal, and a Christmas tree.  Pretty much sums up Landon’s life I’d say.

Now, as much as I LOVE, love, love this picture, I am disturbed.  Disturbed that I am 10x larger than every other family member.  I’m going to start my diet.  Now.

rockin’ around the Christmas tree…

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Last night was a special night on multiple levels.  First, we were ALL home together to sit down at our table for dinner.  It makes me sad and embarrassed to think of the last time this has actually happened!  Don’t get me wrong, we have been eating and feeding our children.  But my table has not been cleared off in weeks.  And last night, it was time.  Time to put everything away and focus on the here and now with our kids.  It was just plain awesome. 
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For our kids, a celebration means sparkling grape juice.  And because last night we carved out time for putting up the tree in our basement, sparkling grape juice it was!  With the excitement and joy of family time together, there is always something that puts a bit of a damper on the mood.  Such as…a banana peel(seems like this has happened before?) on the fireplace hearth.  Or dirty dishes in the corner–or a basket full of laundry that has still not been put away.  This is real life over here.  Definitely not perfect! 
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I am trying to be very intentional these next few weeks to take time.  Quality time, that is, to celebrate this season of giving.  This season of relationships.  To be present.  Christmas program practices, basketball practices, games, and tournaments, family gatherings, and traditions…much to look forward to in these next few weeks. 

I have so many recipes I’ve tried that I would love to pass along to you for your holiday season of baking.  Today, it would be….

Cheesecake Cranberry Bars

2 C. all purpose flour

11/2 c. long-cooking oats, uncooked

1/4 c. brown sugar, packed

1 c. butter, softened

12-oz pkg. white chocolate chips

8-oz pkg. cream cheese, softened

14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 c. lemon juice

1 t. vanilla extract

14-oz can whole-bery cranberry sauce

2 T. cornstarch

In a large bowl, combine flour, oats and brown sugar; cut in butter until coarse crumbs form.  Stir in chocolate chips; reserve 2 1/2 cups of crumb mixture for topping.  With floured fingers, press remaining mixture into a greased 13″x 9″ baking pan; set aside.

 

Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until creamy.  Add condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla; mix until smooth.  Pour cream cheese mixture over crust.  Combine cranberry sauce and cornstarch and spoon over cream cheese mixture.  Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over top.  Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden.  Let cool and cut into bars.  Makes 2 dozen.


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A friend of mine made this to serve at her Blessings gathering in early November and it was ALL the rave.  So, I begged her for the recipe which is now really beat up and food stained from the 8 pans I made for Steve’s company’s Ladies Night.  Besides how delicious these are, they freeze amazingly.  And they are beautiful and look like you spent a ton of time on them.  You NEED to make these this year.  But quickly stick them waaayyyy far back in your freezer so you do not devour the entire pan.  This may or may not have happened in my kitchen…

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promise.

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Anyone else having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit when it is 70 degrees outside?  Oh my goodness!  But what a gift for the kids and all of us to spend time outside—like it’s spring.  We know it won’t last long, but wow!  It almost makes it hard to believe we really are in the Advent season.  But we are!  Today is the first Sunday of Advent.  Advent means “coming”.  Just ask any of our Wednesday night kiddos.  We got a head start on Advent devotions this last week with the kids.  But today, it is official.  We are looking forward to and anticipating that Jesus IS coming!!!

Steve and I have used an advent devotional and advent wreath ever since are kids were small.  Last year we incorporated this into our Christmas program practice at church.  And this year?  We are bringing the advent wreath and devotions to the many children in our Wednesday evening program.  The first candle we light today (or we did last week!) is the PROMISE CANDLE.  God made many promises that he always keeps.  And one of the most important ones being that He would send a saviour to the world in the form of a baby.  If your kids come on Wednesday evenings, ask them.  Who was the prophet who foretold of this event?  We can think of many promises made in the bible.  And the kids?  They can think of many times they have promised something.  And most all could think of a time when they broke a promise.  It is hard to imagine that what God promises will NEVER be broken, isn’t it?  In our human nature, keeping promises always is almost impossible.  But not for God.  What a blessing to know that!

Well, I made a promise to all of you, didn’t I?  That on December 1st there would be a drawing for the complete Nativity from Blessings Unlimited.  And you’re in luck—because I am keeping that promise!  HA!  Anyone who has ordered a minimum of $50 or has booked a gathering, or become a consultant was entered into the very technical drawing.  Technical?  Not so much.  But it was fun, nonetheless!

Congrats to LESHA STRAUSZ!!!  You have won the beautiful Nativity set from Blessings Unlimited.  It should be arriving in the next week.  I do not know Lesha well, but do know she is building a home in our neighborhood—and with that she is bringing lots of kids to our side of town!  YAY!  We are excited—two of which are not born yet.  Lesha—you do know you will have babysitters in this neighborhood, right?

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May you all have a blessed beginning to your Advent season wearing your shorts here in Kansas…