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12/11/13

A Christmas Cookie Party

Do you remember the fall party I hosted for a group of local mamas and their little people?!  You can see the recap HERE.

We had so much fun at that event, I decided to host a Christmas cookie decorating party this month.  Then I had arranged for us to deliver the cookies to a local retirement home after our lunch of soups and french bread.  

The funniest thing happened that I never could have expected.  All the guests never showed up. Haha!!  So instead of the big party I was planning, I managed to contact one of my friends and she, her daughter, my friend Jenisa and I decorated all the little snowflakes, candy canes  and snowmen.  It turned into a wonderfully chill get together and Adam and I have been enjoying lots of warm-up soup all week, so that's a plus!
 ^^  my ever-faithful-last-minute-details girl!! ^^ 
^^ such a holiday weakness. . . ^^
While Emmett and I were at the afternoon exercise group where we were delivering the cookies, I overheard the program director taking down a list of what each person wanted for Christmas.  My heart broke as I heard more than one elderly lady say I just want to have the whole family together again.

My prayer during these last days leading up to Christmas and even into February, July, October; is that Jesus would open my eyes to see the hurting, the lonely, the broken all around me.  I want more of His heart in this way.  I want to love more like He did.

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Happy Tuesday, friends!!
xo

10 comments:

  1. awe sweet girl! I bet you made their year bringing that precious baby boy in. Funny how God is in the details and unexpectedly surprises us, had you been there with a big giant group you probably wouldn't have noticed the small words mentioned by that elderly lady. Bless you friend.

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  2. "I just want to have the whole family together again..." Whoa, that kind of stops me in my tracks. For me, Christmas is such a joyful time. And yet for many people I know, there is so much pain & sadness. Sometimes I feel guilty for the joy I feel. But like you, I want to learn to LOVE better, and even in my own joy, to enter into the sadness of other people...

    And what a bummer about your party!! It looks so fun, I can't believe no one showed up. You have a great attitude about the whole thing. I love your heart, Nicole!

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  3. that looks like so much fun!! & how sweet to be able to deliver them! :)

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  4. oh my goodness - those cookies look delicious.
    and that totally stinks everyone wasn't able to show - but it sounds like the cookie decorating still went on lovely!
    :)

    and that breaks my heart about the wish the older woman had. it just goes to show that this season can be so heartbreaking and lonely for others - and that we have to do our best to bring cheer and love. great reminder today.

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  5. Such a fun thing to do for Christmas! It's so hard being reminded of all the hurt in the world, and feeling like you're only doing a tiny bit to make it better. But I think you and your family are such a huge light for Christ, and people all around you feel His love!

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  6. LOVE your garlands in your home! And those cookies are so festive:)

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  7. I just went to a cookie exchange! I love all the exciting cookie things that come with Christmas!

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  8. I can't believe no one showed up!!!! I'm glad you were able to have fun anyway. :-)

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  9. This looks like so much fun! I would have totally come!!! Loving your blog by the way. Happy I found it :)

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