Christmas with the family

Being far from family during the holidays can be difficult. We make the best of it and video chat with John’s parents and his brother’s family. We love getting to see our niece and nephew, we open gifts together and celebrate! And here is our Christmas family portrait. :) Merry Christmas!

cookie exchange series 6

These sugared cranberries are so wonderful! Thanks, Marlene, for bringing them!


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar


  1. Combine granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring mixture until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat. (Do not boil or the cranberries may pop when added.) Stir in cranberries; pour mixture into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain cranberries in a colander over a bowl, reserving steeping liquid, if desired. Place superfine sugar in a shallow dish. Add the cranberries, rolling to coat with sugar. Spread sugared cranberries in a single layer on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature 1 hour or until dry.
  3. Note: The steeping liquid clings to the berries and helps the sugar adhere. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week.

Christmas Eve

It’s snowing at Crosspoint! Our church celebrated our first Christmas Eve services this year.

I am humbled that God would humble himself to be born in the most lowly of places–a feed trough. And he did this to provide us a way out from the penalty of all the wrong we do. Today is only the beginning of the story!


We love displaying our Christmas cards and photos around our living room. We had strings along three walls this year. Makes it feel nice and festive. And yes, they are still up! ;)

first one

My husband has a funny tradition when we decorate our Christmas tree. The first ornament that gets put on the tree is this one. It’s a picture of his little brother in 1st grade pasted on some yellow construction paper. Funny traditions are the best ones.