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Y’all, I cannot – CANNOT – believe tomorrow is December 1st. Holy cow, where did 2018 go?

Now that we’re entering the 12th month  of the year, it’s time for the ol’ KitchenAid mixer to be front and center on the counter. Two years ago, FUMC Joshua began participating in a conference wide effort to provide freshly baked cookies to troops stationed overseas. They’re carefully packed the Sunday before Christmas, delivered by tractor trailer to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and loaded onto a C-130 cargo ship and delivered to troops at an undisclosed location on or before Christmas Eve. It’s a massive undertaking by individual churches but one that FUMC and the entire Joshua community has really rallied behind. Last year, our goal was to send 500 dozen. We nearly doubled that and provided 902 dozen. If you’re bad at math, that’s 10,824 cookies!!!!! This year, our goal is 1,000 dozen and I’ve already begun preparing and freezing dough to bake later. I hope to contribute at least 25 dozen chocolate chip cookies. I may step outside my comfort zone and bake a batch or two of these.

One of my favorite children’s Bible and Advent devotional guides …

A bucket list guide to Christmas lights in the DFW area …

If you’re still looking for a special Christmas gift, these 48 items available on Amazon are pretty spectacular …

No apologies, I HATE ELF ON THE SHELF. #itsnotbiblical #christmasisnotyourbirthday #briberyisnotcool

Speaking of Christmas, my grandmother (Neenie) still has a porcelain table-top tree like this

I’m hosting a book launch lunch soon and this cocktail sounds delish …

An amazing lesson on investing in the next generation