Happy Thanksgiving

Maroon Family Thanksgiving Photo Card

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! We hope you have a safe, enjoyable and relaxing holiday. We will resume our regular schedule on Monday, November 30.

Three FREE Christmas Printables

Before you tell me it’s still November, I know. But with the lack of Thanksgiving celebrations due to covid, I’m running out of ideas as to what I can post for Thanksgiving content. It doesn’t make much sense to post pretty tablescapes and recipes and party games when we can’t gather. Besides, we need some joy this year, so let’s get into the Christmas spirit early.

I have created three Christmas printables today for your viewing pleasure. You may download them for personal use ONLY; these are not for commercial use or monetary gain.

I have created three Christmas printables today for your viewing pleasure. You may download them for personal use ONLY; these are not for commercial use or monetary gain.

1. Merry and Bright

2. Jesus is the Reason for the Season

3. Jesus is the reason for the Season 2

To download, simply right click and save it to your device. If you share this anywhere online, please credit back to me. For best results, do not print larger than 8×10. I use Staples Copy and Print, but you can print these at home from your own printer.

I hope you enjoy these free printables!

Sunday Musings: I don’t have it all together…and that’s OK

Sunday Musings: I don’t have it all together…and that’s OK

I don’t have it all together. Not even close.

If most of us are honest, we will admit that we don’t have it all together. In today’s Pinterest-perfect society, we are expected to be perfectly dressed with perfect makeup, not a hair out of place, with perfectly clean, magazine worthy homes. We are expected to have a home-cooked dinner on the table every night, with perfectly dressed and perfectly behaved children.

I don’t have that; at least, not all the time. And never all at once. So, who holds us to this impossibly high standard? We do. We hold ourselves to these impossibly high standards we can never meet, but luckily, God does not.

God chose us, even though we are a long way from perfect. We don’t have it all together and God chose us anyway.

Ephesians 1:4 says “For he chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before Him.” We don’t need to be perfect; we just need Jesus. There are no perfect humans, and there don’t need to be. Jesus already fulfilled the role of the perfect human.

It’s tempting to spend all of our time trying to be perfect and live up to those impossible standards, but instead, let’s put that energy into trying to be like Jesus. He already knows we aren’t perfect and he loves us anyway.

Have a blessed week.

Life as a Lumber: Our Week in Photos

Happy Saturday! This has been a long week and not an amazing one. We are glad to see it end. That being said, some good things did happen this week.

My friend and her mom make the most amazing foods every Friday and sell them. We had a delicious torta yesterday.
Daisy wanted E to get off her computer and pay her some attention…so she laid on her computer!
I love Just Crack an Egg but, in an effort to save money, I’ve started to make my own. These are made from eggs, cheddar cheese and a Pampered Chef ceramic egg cooker.
We also made a delicious chicken pie.
We went to Tanglewood Festival of Lights near Winston-Salem with our family.
We decorated our home for Christmas. Yes, it’s early but it brings us a lot of joy.
Our kids enjoyed some sweet hot chocolate.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! We will see you again Monday!

In the Kitchen with Lumber in my Minivan: Classic Hot Chocolate

My kids love hot chocolate but with coronavirus on the rise again and with two small children, we are staying home. Did you know you can make delicious hot chocolate from things you already have in your cabinet?

All you need is Hershey’s cocoa, salt, sugar, hot water, milk and vanilla extract.

To make the cocoa, simply bring four cups of your choice of milk to a boil. I am dairy free, so I opt for almond milk. Stir in 1/4 cup of Hershey’s cocoa and add a small amount of salt. Then, add 1/2 cup of sugar and stir. Next, add 1/3 cup of hot water and 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Bring it all to a boil.

My girls love to add whipped cream and sprinkles to their hot chocolate to fancy it up.

E approves of this hot chocolate.
And little A loves it, too!

Now that the weather is colder, make yourself some hot chocolate.