November 2, 2010

Two Fine Sundays

This little peanut was part of a fine Sunday about a week and a half ago. She is the precious newborn daughter of some sweet friends of ours. Isn't she perfect? Isn't it amazing what God does?! We enjoyed our lunch with the family and I had the thrill of holding this lovely baby for several hours. Bliss!

The next fine Sunday included a party at our house to celebrate Reformation Day with our church. About 50 people came to enjoy some wonderful fellowship!

Reformation Day fell on Halloween this year, but in Iowa, the trick-or-treating usually happens on the night of the 30th, so no children were denied candy!

Set up started the day before when some hearty souls came down with a load of wood and built this classic bonfire structure. I must confess I did have a moment of fear when I saw this monster, but these guys were experienced bonfire builders, and we knew the garden hose and a fire extinguisher were going to be nearby!

The first annual soup/chili cook-off took place at this gathering. And yep, we did indeed blow a circuit a couple of times due to the line up of crock-pots and the coffee and hot water urns! We eventually got it figured out and no one ate cold soup!

This soup ladle was awarded to the first prize winner who made a delicious Bacon-Cheese Potato Soup. We had a great variety of fantastic soups, including Pumpkin Soup, Black Bean Chili, and Chicken Posole with lime wedges on the side. Good cooks!

Also on the menu were hot dogs and hamburgers, expertly cooked by my DH. Even with the pesky wind playing with the grill, he did a valiant job!

And of course every good gathering needs a few desserts!
This is a flat apple pie - yummy! - and here's the link to the recipe from The Splendid Table. Add to this a little chocolate and a little cupcake and you have a happy mix.

At the end...4 brownies left, and nothing else. Perfect for me since I love to bake these goodies and don't want to have them left in the house - ha!

It was really interesting to stand out in the yard and take pictures back toward the house. I have to admit that in the 4 years we've been here, we haven't utilized our home for this kind of gathering as much as we would have liked. My DH has done lots of sprucing up in our outdoor spaces and it was very satisfying to be able to enjoy it so much.

And now back to the bonfire - it was the main attraction after all!

It was a chilly day and the warmth from the fire was even a comfort all the way up on the deck!

It kept our pastor warm as he led us in a few minutes of devotion and song.

And kept the listeners warm too.

"Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire."
Hebrews 12:28-29


  1. That baby girl is so precious!

    It is wonderful to see you guys enjoying your church family! Many, many blessings Jill!