As this crazy, crazy year comes to a close, I want to wish all of you the merriest of Christmas seasons.
I treasure you and appreciate you so much. I know I say that every year when I post these “Merry Christmas” messages, but it’s true. My life is infinitely blessed because of my interactions with you.
All throughout this year, you have buoyed me up with your comments and reviews on recipes, with your personal notes via email and social media messages, and with your support of me, all the content and recipes I publish here, and also for my bucket list projects (the cookbook! the winter kit refugee project! raising donations for a sweet family friend facing a pancreatic cancer diagnosis! THANK YOU!).
Thank you for bringing me back to the simple reminders that life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured. And that there is a lot of joy to be found when we look outside of ourselves. 💗
Amid an incredibly blessed life, I’ve had some challenges this year that have, at times, weighed on me mentally and emotionally (and sometimes physically) more than I felt like I could bear.
I know I’m not alone; it seems like so many people I know are going through really hard things right now. Which means so many people I don’t know are also experiencing deeply difficult things.
Even though I don’t know all of you personally, I deeply, deeply hope and pray that with the new year will also come new hope, new beginnings, and new light ahead for you.
I’m grateful every day for my Savior, Jesus Christ, who doesn’t take the hard away but instead provides the peace and strength needed to get through it. The older I get, the more I learn and feel and believe that He came for the beggar, for the sinner, for the broken-hearted…for you…and for me.
Brian shared this song with me recently and it is such a beautiful reminder of who Christ is and what He can do for us. It is worth a listen if you have a few minutes. 💗
Thank you for being here. Thank you for being YOU.
Merry Christmas, friends.