Grilled Cheese, Andy Warhol and a Family Meeting

Hope you had the best Christmas with family and friends! Here’s a recap of ours:

Christmas Eve service Tuesday night. One of my favorites all year! Joey did a fantastic job leading worship.


My charismatic boys can’t take a decent picture…


cLast year we made the mistake of thinking we could pick up dinner after the service, but McDonald’s was the only place open. And we don’t do McDonald’s. So this year, I packed french onion grilled cheese sandwiches for the 4 hr. car ride to Arkansas.

Recipe: French Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


1 yellow onion or 3-5 shallots, thinly sliced

1 T. butter or olive oil

¼ c. white wine (I used chardonnay)

1-2 loaves French bread (depending on how many sandwiches you want to make); We use wheat.

One block yummy, melty cheese (Gruyere, asiago or white cheddar are my favs for this recipe)

Sea salt, pepper and oregano to taste


1. In a skillet over low-medium heat, cook onions in butter or oil until they are translucent. Once the onions get soft, add the white wine and seasonings and allow to caramelize.

2. While onions are cooking, grate about ¼ c. cheese per sandwich. Slice the french bread down the middle and lightly brush with butter.

3. In a separate pan (I use a grill pan), place slices of french bread, butter side down. Add grated cheese on top of one half. Then spoon caramelized onions on top of cheese.

4. Place other half of bread on top of sandwich and press down, flattening sandwich. Flip over carefully to brown both sides evenly. Sandwich is finished once cheese is melty and crispy on the sides. YUM!

It’s Christmas morning! We received way too much. It was so fun to watch Finn unwrap gifts this year. He’d exclaim in his sweetest little boy voice, “Wow!” or “Oh Boy!” to each gift’s reveal.

Nana made Finn a stocking to match the rest of us!

Nana made Finn a stocking to match the rest of us!




Chad made Finn a wood burned plaque. Blessing indeed.

Chad made Finn a wood burned plaque. Blessing indeed.

Papa and Finn

Papa and Finn

After opening gifts, we had our traditional San Antonio breakfast: pork tamales, southwestern egg scramble and home fries. We love food in this family.

The boys play “Bomb Squad” using their iPhones as devices. The whole family plays Settlers, Quiddler, Wizard, and Taboo throughout the week.i

A few quiet moments on the dock with Jersey.w x photo 4

Too much food. Need some exercise and fresh air. Beautiful walk around the lake in Bella Vista. Saw schools of fish in the creek, a bald eagle, Canadian geese, and two herons.

Went to Crystal Bridges, Bentonville’s modern American Art Museum. This place is incredible! Free admission to the public sponsored by none other than Wal-Mart. They had a new Andy Warhol and gave out bottles of Coca-Cola in its 5

One of my parents’ gifts to Joey and I was a night away at their favorite hotel, 21c Museum Hotel, in Bentonville. (New blog post to come on this trip!…seriously one of the coolest places I’ve stayed).l

Today we had a “family meeting.” This was Chad’s idea. He’s like a wise old 76 year old in a 26 year old body. We discussed what we want our family to be about. What kind of people we want to be…to the world and to each other. Here’s what we came up with:

Intentional time together, Fun–games, cards, puzzles, etc., Service–every holiday, we’re going to do a service project of some sort together, Prayer–spending the time we are apart praying for one another, Fitness–staying active as a family: hikes, long walks, swimming, etc., and Honesty–something my family doesn’t particularly struggle with…sometimes we’re too honest with each other.

I’m just so grateful for these people in my life. I believe family is the foundation upon which we build our everyday lives. Whether yours is particularly good or not-so-good, I think we can all be building (or rebuilding, recreating) healthy family relationships…inching us closer to becoming healthy human beings.

Blessings to you.


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