Around here {February edition}

Around here, we’ve all been wishing for more snow.

Around here, we’re excited about Annie’s decision to attend Calvin College next year. She’s been busy applying for scholarships and connecting with other “Calvin admits.”

Around here, the warm weather has meant mid-winter basketball in the driveway. (but the beloved net will need to be replaced in the spring)

Around here, I’ve been in the middle of several writing and teaching projects…and this is what my desk looks like…


Around here, Bill is studying World War II in history, and he is fascinated. His class is using this book as a supplement.








Around here, we celebrated Valentine’s Day with chocolate, flowers, and meatloaf in the dining room.

Around here, we love each other.

My bags are packed…

This week is devoted to preparing for our JAM* Session in Lake County, OH.(*Jumpstarting an All-inclusive Ministry) I’ve been busy preparing kits for the make-it-and-take-it portion of the day. Pastor Carrie Garland, who is hosting the event at her church told me that we have 44 people registered thus far. We’re so excited to see what God has planned for all of the children and families these folks will reach!

There is still room in this class if you’d like to join us~ Email me for more information! Remember, the class is FREE (The church is providing lunch and breakfast for a small fee, or you may brown-bag it.)

As you can see, my dining room is pretty cluttered with the makings of the JAM Session.Things are better in the kitchen, where I baked a little treat on this chilly afternoon…

Want to try these with your family? Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt (plus a pinch more)
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (I use a rounded 1/4 tsp for a little extra spice!)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup ground pumpkin (canned)
1/2 cup cooking oil
1/3 cup chocolate chips (I used waaaaay more. Because that is who I am. Also, I used the mini-chocolate chips, because they were left over from Christmas baking.)

Mix together. Fill muffin cups and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
-Recipe from, but slightly modified.


~Muffins with JAM!

Christmas Fun: The M&M Christmas Story

Hi everyone!
Hope you are having a great Sunday!

 I wanted to share this cute activity with you~ I came across this last week on this website as I was looking for some Christmas craft ideas. It’s a fun way to remember the Christmas story (and get your chocolate fix at the same time.)

                                                                                     (Design credit: Heidi Swapp)

I’ve copied the poem in the format the artist created, and duplicated it so that you’ll have four to a page…perfect for stapling onto a cute bag of red and green M & M’s! (Guess what our guests will be taking home this year??)

To print this activity, click here: mmstory

Have fun! Wishing you a wonderful week of last-minute preparations~