Monday, February 8, 2016

40 Days of Decrease by Alicia Britt Chole: A Review


As I mentioned a few days ago, I requested 40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast by Alicia Britt Chold for review.  It's the perfect book to work through Lent, so I'm excited it arrived in time for the beginning of Lent on Wednesday, and I would love it if you would join me for these 40 days.  

If you happen to have Amazon Prime, you could order it now and have it by Wednesday.  If not, the book is available in a Kindle edition--but here's the secret--you don't have to have a Kindle to read books intended for Kindle!  You can read them on your device or computer using the free Kindle app.

From the introduction:
40 Days of Decrease guides readers through a study of Jesus' uncommon and uncomfortable call to abandon the world's illusions, embrace His kingdom's realities, and journey cross-ward and beyond.  Designed to prepare our hearts for Easter ... each day of 40 Days of Decrease features a devotional based upon Jesus' life, guidance for reflection, suggested (and occasionally surprising) daily fasts, an inspiring quote for prayerful meditation, an optional ... sidebar chronicling the historical development, practices, and images of Lent, and a suggested Scripture reading with journaling space.

I've enjoyed flipping through the devotionals as Lent approaches.  There are 40 chapters, each with a devotion, question for reflection, suggested fast, scripture, and journaling space.  The fasts are varied and interesting.  Usually when I hear about people fasting during Lent, they will give up something for the entire 6 week time period.  Some of my friends add spiritual disciplines like prayer or meditation during Lent, but I've never heard of fasting from something different each day.  The author suggests fasting from such things as discontentment, leavened bread, isolation, tidy faith, fixing it, and even, on the last day, fasting from fasting.

The devotions and reflections are well written and thought provoking, and the historical facts are interesting.  Each chapter is artfully crafted to illuminate the scriptures and bring our hearts closer to Jesus.

Bottom line: This is a well written and thoughtful book designed to prepare its reader to experience the awe of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.

I received this book for free from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Menu plan for the week of February 8

Wanna know what surprised me last week?  It surprised me that the family liked chicken fajita pasta.  I mean, they like the flavors, but I was expecting them to not like the combination, because, well, they're weird like that.  Although, I suppose it's not that weird.  For instance, I like peanut butter, and I like coconut, but I do not like the combination of peanut butter and coconut.

Anyway, they liked it, even the ones who went into the meal fully expecting not to.  MC even had seconds, my friends, which is some kind of miracle.

If my recipe success makes you want to try it, you should know that I thought it was pretty mild, but AKD thought the chicken fajita pasta was spicy.  If your family is not a fan of spicy, you could always just use regular tomatoes instead of ro-tel, and use less (or less spicy) taco seasoning.

I'm not expecting any surprises this week.  But then again, if I was expecting them, they wouldn't be surprises, would they?  Here's what's on the menu this week:

Supper:



Other:

Friday, February 5, 2016

Things that happened

 Did I ever tell you about the time my sister in law and my favorite brother in law and their kids drove 500 miles to see us and we abandoned them in the company of our kids for several days?

That's love, right there.

The other day Chip was taking photos off her phone and sent me these couple of pictures taken while they were here.  And we were not.

Poor Chip.  She was probably overwhelmed with trying to keep an eye on 5 boys at once, especially since 60% of those boys tend to want to hang out in caves and behind waterfalls and climb up rock faces.  The other 40% are heavily influenced by their cousins' daring feats.  Which, in some ways, is a good thing.


We did come home, Sawblock, and I.  Eventually.  The boys and I started hanging out with astronauts.  Really.  Big.  Astronauts.


Then there was the time Sawblock and AKD kayaked, mountain biked, and trail ran, all in the same day, with about 500 of their closest ... competitors?  And AKD came home with hardware.


And then there was the time a Red Coat showed up on our doorstep, wielding his sword.


Shortly thereafter, there was the time when MC got ... a little ... muddy.


I made puffy bread.


And then this happened.



I'm not quite sure what's going on there or what to say about this.  I mean, they're eating pie, obviously, but ... yeah.

That happened.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Next reviews

Speaking of books, I'll be reviewing this book next:

40 Days of Decrease:
A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.
I'm hoping it'll arrive before Lent begins, since it's intended to be used during Lent... 

Here's the blurb:
We ache deep within to meaningfully honor Christ’s resurrection. Yet, in practice, this focal point in the liturgical calendar is often a celebration of public holiday more than it is of humanity’s hope. At day’s end, we fall asleep well-fed and perhaps even grateful, yet still somehow something short of awed. Enduring awe is rarely the fruit of a morning’s celebration. Enduring awe is the fruit of daily participation with Jesus, our resurrected Love. 40 Days of Decrease invites readers to walk with Jesus through the holy decrease of less and loss that led Him cross-ward and beyond. Each day offers a meaningful consideration of Jesus’ journey through reading and reflection and then issues a challenging daily fast. Instead of social media, chocolate, and designer coffee, 40 Days of Decrease calls communities to a Lenten fasting of apathy, injustice, resentment, hypocrisy, and more for the love of God. After all, in the same way self cannot satisfy self no matter how long it feasts, self cannot starve self no matter how long it fasts. Decrease is only holy when its destination is love. We thin our lives to thicken our communion with God.
Care to join me in a different kind of fast this Lenten season?

I'm also reviewing these:
Hope Unfolding: Grace-Filled Truth for the Momma's Heart
The blurb:
God’s love, plans, and promises for you are forever unfolding. I get it, Momma. I totally get it. Every day you wake up and try your very best. You love, give, and pour out your life for the ones who call you Momma. But no matter how much you offer, there are still days you feel as though you come up short. You worry, Am I loving these babies enough? Is this ever going to get easier? Why does it seem like I am the only one who cannot balance it all?
Sometimes, we just need hope (and maybe a long uninterrupted nap). We need someone to help tune our hearts to the voice of the Father and to remind us that He has not forgotten about us.In Hope Unfolding, Becky Thompson is a friend who reminds you that you aren’t alone, and that God is still writing your story. She guides you to encounter the Truth of God’s presence that not only fuels you with strength, but also a fresh confidence. And beyond gaining faith that tomorrow could be different, you find hope and purpose where you are standing today.
And:
Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids
Blurb:
Jesus is the Friend who is always with you. Jesus Today®: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children’s hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine.

Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him.

Adapted from ECPA Gold Medallion–winner Jesus Today®, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures. It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.
Spend time with Jesus today . . .

I've shied away from Sarah Young's devotionals in the past because I think it's a little weird/presumptuous that she writes from the perspective of Jesus, as if Jesus were speaking (we can read the Bible if we want to know what Jesus has to say), but I have some good friends who highly recommend Sarah's stuff, we've reached the end of our current family devotional book, and it's free, so I thought I should try it.

I'm pretty excited about this crop of books :)  Feel free to read along!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Library Emergency

Did you catch what I said in my menu post yesterday?  The part about making an emergency run to the library?  Yeah.  I'm willing to make a special trip for books, but not for food.  In my world, running out of Boxcar Children books, which absolutely drive me bonkers when I have to read them out loud, is considered an emergency, while not having the ingredients to make a certain planned meal is not.

What does that tell you about my priorities?

This surprises me, because I certainly talk about food more often than I talk about books.

The reason I'm not willing to make a special trip for food is because we do have food in the house.  Plenty of food.  Food that would last us at least a month if we needed it to.  Well, maybe not quite that long...  When we lived in West Virginia, I was a 45 minute drive away from the closest grocery store.  I shopped once every 2 weeks and that was it.  Hubby brought home the occasional gallon of milk, but for the most part, if we didn't have it, we didn't eat it.

We also have plenty of books.  Sure, we've read them all before, but we could definitely wait until the next scheduled library trip to get more books.  We don't even necessarily need to go to the library anymore, since we've discovered e-books.  Yes, I know.  We didn't discover them.  I guess I should say, since we've started using e-books.


Have I told you that Bubby talks about the Alden children as if they're friends of his?  More than once he's said, "that sounds like something Henry would say," or "I think Benny would like this."  He's on book number 23 of approximately 237 gazillion.  I guess it's a good thing that we will not run out of Boxcar Children books before Bubby outgrows the series.  Makes it easier to find books for him, for sure.

Anyway, I just thought that was kind of funny, the whole library emergency, and I was wondering if anyone else caught it and thought it was funny too.  Or maybe you didn't think anything of it, because you feel the same way?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Menu plan for the week of February 1

Today we're supposed to have ancho chicken & black bean salad with cilantro lime dressing for supper.  It is really yummy.  And quite filling, but we haven't had it in a while.  I'm not sure why.  Anyway, it would have been helpful for me to have looked ahead to this week last week when I went grocery shopping, or even on Friday when I had to make an emergency run to the library (Bubby was out of Boxcar Children books), because I used the last of the chicken on Wednesday, I used the last of the Greek yogurt on Friday, I used the last of the romaine lettuce on Saturday, and I don't have a red pepper, a lime, or cilantro.  In fact, pretty much the only thing for this recipe that we do have is black beans.  And I'm not going grocery shopping until tomorrow.

Humph.

So, whatever, this whole post is a lie.  We are not having ancho chicken & black bean salad with cilantro lime dressing for supper tonight.

But that doesn't mean you can't.  Go for it, friends.  It's so good.

Here's the rest of the menu:

Supper:



Other:

Monday, January 25, 2016

Menu plan for the week of January 25

This week the meal that Hubby is preparing is a little different.  I like it.  The children will still complain about it, though, since it's soup, and they claim to not like soup.  By the way, MC liked the Campbell's chicken noodle soup from a few weeks ago, so that's good.  And gives lie to the whole not liking soup thing.

I like it, the soup Hubby is making this week, but I haven't made it in ages, because it's a lot of work, and I found a new favorite that is so much easier (open can, dump in pot, repeat.  Add seasonings.  Stir.  Simmer).  I'm happy to let Hubby make it, though.

Supper:

Other:


Sunday, January 24, 2016

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: A Review

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

My honest review? Don't waste your money. It was boring, irrelevant, and poorly written, and truthfully, I couldn't bring myself to finish reading it.  If I knew then what I know now about this book, I wouldn't have wasted my time.

Bottom line:  Just don't.

Trim Healthy Mama Plan: A Review

You may recall that a couple of months ago, I reviewed  Trim Healthy Mama CookbookEat Up and Slim Down with More Than 350 Healthy Recipes, written by sisters Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison.  I thought that there would be enough information in the cookbook about the plan that I could take a short cut and just read the cookbook, skipping the plan.  I was wrong.  As I wrote in my review, "if you are not following THM, you will find this cookbook frustrating and confusing.  If you are not yet, but would like to start, following THM principles, start with Trim Healthy Mama Plan, then get Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook."

So that's what I did.  I requested Trim Healthy Mama Plan: the easy-does-it approach to vibrant health & a slim waistline to review.



Trim Healthy Mama is anchored in protein.  Pearl and Serene suggest that each meal and snack contain protein and either complex carbohydrates or healthy fats, but not both.  The book is organized into 4 sections: The Basics, which explains, well, the basics of the plan, including types of meals; Let's Go, which is kind of a quick-start section; Menus, Eating Tips, and What to Expect, which addresses the concerns of several different types of folks who may be using the plan, including pregnant or nursing mamas, and allergen-free; and Trim Healthy and Beyond, which is kind of the advanced learning section, talking about exercise and balance.

I have mixed feelings about the book and about the plan.  One of the biggest criticisms I've heard about Trim Healthy Mama is that it's difficult to understand and that there is a steep learning curve.  I think that criticism is absolutely valid.  If you already have a good understanding of nutrition, especially macronutrients, you will find the plan easier to understand and follow.  If not, you are going to have a really hard time with this.

Another criticism I've heard about THM is that it requires a lot of specialty ingredients that are difficult to find in your local grocery store.  While that's not entirely true--in fact, it is possible to follow THM eating principals with no special ingredients at all--this is also a valid criticism.  The sisters are forever talking about and recommending special ingredients I've never heard of and wouldn't know where to find (except for on their website).  They way they talk, and the way their recipes are formulated, it seems so much more difficult to achieve success without those special ingredients.

On the other hand, the message makes sense.  I really do feel like if one was able to successfully follow the principles of THM, it would work.  And I also think that once the reader navigated that steep learning curve, eating this way would become easy and second nature.  I just don't feel like it makes sense for me right now.

I received this book for free from the publisher through Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Sandcastle Kings: A Review


I recently finished reading Sandcastle Kings: Meeting Jesus in a Spiritually Bankrupt World by Rich Wilkerson, Jr.  In this book, Mr. Wilkerson uses the context of the stories recorded in chapter 7 of the Gospel of Luke to highlight 4 different ways that we build our castles on sand, instead of finding the true joy and fulfillment found in building a life on the solid foundation of Christ.

With personal anecdotes and vivid story-telling, the author explores the stories of the Centurion, the Widow, John the Baptist, and the Sinful Woman, showing how our deepest longings and needs will never be met in the places we tend to look: in self-reliance, in other people, in the world and material things, or even in religion, instead encouraging the reader to seek Jesus.  Mr. Wilkerson contends that our ultimate desires can only be satisfied in Jesus.  Only in looking to Him can we find the peace and joy we desperately crave.

I really liked the book.  I found it easy to read, and enjoyed the personal narrative woven throughout.  I was inspired to really take a hard look at to what or to whom I am looking to find joy and fulfillment.  And what I discovered is that I, like the Centurion, Widow, John, and Sinful Woman, I am not always looking in the right place.

I did find the chapters to be a bit unfocused at times--I would have to flip back to figure out which story, and which "sandcastle" we were currently evaluating--but I still enjoyed the book and learned a lot.

Bottom line: this is an engaging book which will make you re-think your focus.

I received this book for free from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Skiing

I've never really considered myself to be a skier.  The first time I ever skied was during my senior year of college.  I had to take 4 PE classes for my degree, and my friend Bob convinced me to try cross country skiing for one of them.  He even had skis and boots and poles for me, and offered to wax my skis every week.

See that sticker on my right ski?
First of all, that means I had my skis on the wrong feet.  Who knew there was a right and left on those things?
Second, I got these waxless skis at Goodwill for $1.99.  Whoop!
Unfortunately, I have no idea how to care for waxless skis.
It was a lot of fun, and I got pretty good at it.  Fun fact: I never, ever fell going downhill.  The only times I fell were when I was going uphill.  Funny, huh?  You would think the higher speeds assisted by gravity would encourage falls more than the slower speed of fighting gravity.  Not for this girl.

After we were married, Hubby and I would go skiing together.  Not regularly, but several times each winter.  Then we moved to a less snowy location and the kids came along.  I took a hiatus from skiing, but vowed to get back to it someday.


So here I am, back in a place where there is snow on the ground for most of the winter, and there are trails that are groomed.  And I'm back to skiing.

It's a funny thing.  I seem to remember being a whole lot more graceful way back when.  I'm trying to figure out if my equipment is at fault, or if I can blame on the terrain and trail conditions, or if my memory is faulty, and I never was very good at it.

The "bridge to nowhere."  I love this bridge.
I think it's probably a bit of each.

Don't worry--I turn around when I see this sign.  Maybe someday I'll feel confident enough...
But I'm skiing again, regularly, even, and I'm loving it, even though I feel like mostly I'm just walking around in the snow with long skinny boards on my feet.  Good thing I rarely see anyone on the trail.

Surely there was more glide in my stride back in 1995.


The other day, I passed a cute couple skiing together, so apparently there is at least a little glide going on in my technique.  We were on the river loop, a side trail that goes out to the river.  They were going slow.  So slow.  And I was going slow, too.  Because I was behind them, and I couldn't remember the trail etiquette for passing.  Do I call out to them?  Do they get out of the tracks or do I need to pass them in the center "skate" zone?  Which, let me tell you, would have been an embarrassing disaster.  I remember being able to "skate," but apparently, my body does not.

We came to the river, and they stopped to look.  The woman saw me behind them, and told her man to get out of the tracks so I could pass.  Grateful, I said thank you, and skied on past.  In response to my thank you, the woman said, "it's no bother, we're in no hurry.  No hurry at all."  And she smiled the most glorious smile.


That's how I want to be.  That's how I want to live my life.  In no hurry at all.  And with a glorious smile on my face.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Menu plan for the week of January 18

So Hubby has a goal this year.

I meant to make goals.  Like think of them, and then write them down, along with a plan for accomplishing them.  But they're still just floating, amorphous, about in my brain.  Oops.  January's not over yet--maybe I should make a goal to make goals by the end of January?  Of course, at this point, the only one of these goals that is sorta kinda clearly defined is to make kale chips when kale is in season.  There.  I wrote it down.  I've got goal, people.  Halfway to goals.

Oh, wait a minute.  I do have a goal!  My goal is to show up in one of my Facebook's friend's posts where you list your 1st ten friends, you know what I'm talking about?  Like Santa's naughty kids' list?  So and so was caught replacing all the wrapping paper with toilet paper and someone else was caught taking the sleigh for a joyride?  So I'm stalking my friend on Facebook.

It is so good to have goals.
Goal setting
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Anyway, Hubby has a goal this year.  And I kind of feel like he should have run it past me first, because his success depends heavily on my cooperation.  His goal is to take his wife out on a date once a month this year.  I'm his wife, which means I have to go on dates with him once a month for him to achieve his goal.  The first of these monthly dates is coming up this week.  The kiddos will be left to fend for themselves.

Continuing with the Hubby-cooks-food-that-the-kiddos-will-complain-about-and-I-also-don't-particularly-care-for series is enchiladas this week.  I'm still not quite sure what Hubby means when he says enchiladas.  I know what I think of when he says enchiladas, but that's not necessarily what he's thinking.

Anyway, here's what's on the menu this week.

Supper:
  • Beef stroganoff (similar to this), corn, salad
  • Tacos (from the freezer), taco toppings
  • Omelet (with lots of veggies) or sausage egg english muffin
  • Hamburgers with or without buns, grilled green vegetable, salad
  • Pizza, salad
  • Out to eat/fend for yourself
  • Enchiladas

Other:
What's on your menu this week?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Once upon a time

Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in the woods.

OK, she was actually a woman.  A married woman with a child.  But she did live in the woods.  No grass.  Rocky creek bordering the property.  Closest year-round neighbors about 1/4 mile away.  It was awesome.

One day this woman and her husband had some people over for a bonfire.  Because she was a married woman with a child, a child who was nursing, she found herself left behind when the others traveled the 1/8 mile or so down the gravel road to the firepit.

It was a lovely night, but overcast, and it was dark out, darker than she thought it was, when she set off, with her baby, down the path to join the others.  If she had realized how dark it was, she might have looked a little harder for a flashlight.  Or stayed in the house.

But she didn't, and soon the lights of the house faded behind her.  It was dark.  So very dark.  She felt alone and afraid.  She could not see where she was going.  She considered turning back to the house, but couldn't see light in any direction.

***

When she arrived at the firepit, the others asked her how she was able to find her way in the dark.  "I looked up," she responded.

You see, there were no trees over the road, so by looking up, the woman was able to see the contrast between the trees and the not-trees, the slight difference in blackness, and she stayed on the path.

And then she realized that's how she should navigate through life, to look up when she felt alone and afraid and in the dark.  To look up, to the Creator, trusting God to show her the way to stay on the path.

***

Years later, the same woman was walking through the woods again.  This time, she wasn't looking up, because it wasn't dark out, and she was wearing snowshoes and didn't want to trip, and there were all these tiny little black bugs on the snow.  They were kind of distracting.  I mean, what kind of bug hangs out in the snow?

No, seriously.  What kind of bug likes to hang out in the snow?  They were itty bitty tiny, like gnat-size.

Anyway, she wasn't looking up.  She didn't need to.  Until God tapped her on the head.  The tap looked like a clump of snow falling from a tree branch, but it was a tap.  A gentle reminder.  To look up.  Even when it's not dark.

And it was beautiful.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Menu plan for the week of January 11

When I was planning meals for this month, I asked Hubby for suggestions.  He gets a little frustrated when I ask him for meal suggestions, because I reject a good portion of his ideas.  I reject them because I know most of the kids won't like them, and my personal feeling is, if I'm going to make something that my kids won't like, it needs to be something I really love, to make enduring the whining worthwhile.

Please note that I said if I am going to make something the kids don't like, it needs to be something I love.  I.  I told him if he wants to eat those things, things the kids won't eat and I don't particularly like either, he needs to make them himself.  And he said OK.  I hope he's mentally prepared to deal with first the whining, and then the leftovers.  Can you guess which meal that is this week?


Supper:



Other:

So, what's your guess for Hubby's meal?  

It's the white sauce with linguine.  That's white sauce from a jar.  Oh my.  I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to even bring myself to buy such a thing.  You can tell it's his meal by the preponderance of starch and the lack of green vegetables.  Oh, I love him :)

Monday, January 4, 2016

Menu plan for the week of January 4

Hello, everyone.

It is good to be home.  Of course, the problem with being home is at home I have to plan meals.  If you find yourself in a similar situation, let me help.  Here's our menu plan for this week.  Feel free to copy.

You might notice Campbell's chicken noodle soup on the menu this week.  Well, now you'll notice it for sure.  MC announced several weeks ago that he likes chicken noodle soup.  A couple of weeks later I made chicken noodle soup, which was not, apparently, the kind he likes.  I'm not sure that I've ever actually made chicken noodle soup before then, so I'm not sure where MC tasted it or what the recipe might have been, so I've decided to heat up the classic, see if he likes that, and work from there.

You also might notice (or will for sure notice now) that I'm also making creamy chicken and wild rice soup the same night.  This is the same soup I made and loved not too long ago, but this time I'm going to use cauliflower to thicken and creamy-fy the soup.  I'll let you know how it goes (if it's good, at least...)

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl
Slow cooker chicken burrito bowl courtesy of No. 2 Pencil
Supper:



Other:

One giant peanut butter M&M cookie to cure even the largest peanut butter cookie craving!
Giant monster cookie courtesy of Sally's Baking Addiction

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Top 15 posts of 2015

Hey y'all.  Welcome to 2016.  Whew.  We made it.

Today I thought it would be fun to look back at my 15 most popular posts from last year.  Here ya go:

15. Everything you need to know, from January


14. Recipes to share, from April

13. The Lego Storage Problem, from June



11. God's Story in 66 Verses, from March





6. Psycho Cannibal Chickens, from February


5. The Dirty Floor Blessing, from April



3 & 2. Mock "KIND" Bars {Fruit & Nut Bars}, from January; Playing Cards, from February

And the number one most popular post in 2015 was ...



Hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane.  Here's to a fabulous 2016!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Favorite Christmas posts countdown: 1

This week I'm sharing some of my favorite Christmas posts.  This post was originally published in November of 2011.

Light


It's getting to be the time of year when I think a lot about light.  I don't recall ever thinking this way before moving back to the upper midwest 6 years ago.  I think it's because we're more than halfway to the north pole, and as the earth tips away from the sun, we have less daylight here in November and December than in any of the other places I've lived.  We also don't have street lights where we live, so when it's dark, it's very dark.

As I get older, I'm beginning to hate driving at night more and more.  I don't like not being able to see beyond my headlights--it's such a narrow view.  I was thinking about that last week as I was driving home from somewhere. As I drove through a section of road lighted by streetlights, I thought, hmmm, this is nice--I can actually see what I'm driving through, but it wasn't enough, though.  Those artificial lights, our feeble human attempts at dispelling the darkness, are nothing compared to the sun.  And the light of the sun is nothing compared to the light of the Son.

The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
Isaiah 9:2
Curiously, it usually seems much lighter to me in January, when in reality, near the beginning of January we have even less daylight than we do now, in November.  I think it's because every year, at the end of December, I'm reminded, in a powerful way, that Christ, the Light of the world, has come into the world to shine His light into the deepest, darkest places.

But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,
so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done
has been done in the sight of God.
John 3:21
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