I used to sing The Twelve Days of Christmas like any kid, always getting mixed up about the maids-a-milking and lords-a-leaping, after the five-go-old-rings. But I never knew that the first day of Christmas is actually December 26. Till now.
I've been reading (and loving) Walter Wangerin's Preparing for Jesus this Advent and Christmas season. The book has a chapter for each day of December and on into January, up until the Twelfth Day of Christmas. Today's reading was about Simeon. If you've never had something to guide you through Advent, this is a wonderful book to consider!
Thanks to the inscription on the inside flap, I know this is my fourth attempt to read the book through. And for the first time, I'm eager, and expecting, to make it to the end. It's not the book's fault, just the busyness that can sap my good intentions!
You know how it is, with all those packages to mail to out-of-town family.
Not to mention all the baking that had to happen before we could mail the packages.
Although, actually, well, ah, those cookies were the ones my sister sent to us. And so it was that we were eating the cookies we were making to send out as gifts as well as the ones we were receiving in the mail.
Somehow we did manage to get enough baking done to fill our bellies as well as those of our loved ones. This year our favorite (and most re-made) cookies were the mint chocolate ones. I was craving peppermint all month long! How about you? What was your favorite baked treat — sweet or salty — that you made or received?
As you can imagine, we've also been busy with the pre-launch work on Marry Well. As part of the prep, I'm working on a "state of online dating" article to update Browsing for a Mate. A lot has changed since that first ran on Boundless in 2005, both in the online dating marketplace as well as in expectations and habits. (Did you know that as many as 1 in 8 new marriages begin online? I'm learning all sorts of new things working on this!)
Much of my inspiration for this re-approach to online dating comes from the stories I hear from readers. What's your experience — or non-experience — with e-dating? I'd love to hear!