I was kind of wondering if we were going to make it, with Thanksgiving road trips and pre-Christmas stirrings. But we survived. For lunch I made General Tao’s Tofu and vegan Pistachio, Coconut & Lime Cheesecake. Vegans, I’m telling you, they’re everywhere.
Now that it’s getting cold, I strategically bought s’mores to lure the children outside after lunch. Buying our peace and quiet. Here are my twisted fire starters taking a quick sparkling cider break.
And Jael and Piper having a more civilized luncheon in the drawing room.
This month we read “Loving the Little Years” and “Fit to Burst.” Both books are little snapshots of “motherhood in the trenches,” with ideas and admonitions on how we can be more content, more grateful, more Christ-like – all while under fire. One of the analogies she used was that of being in a rock tumbler. Because, whether we like it or not, we all kind of need to be tumbled. So “…open your heart to the tumble. As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. You cannot resist opportunities to be corrected by God and expect them to receive correction from you.” This is supposed to be hard, it’s supposed to hurt, use it. Grow.
“Blessings, like children, are not ethereal and weightless. Sometimes they feel like they come at you like a Kansas hail storm – they might leave a welt! But if you accept your lot and rejoice in your toil, God will give you the kind of overwhelming joy that cannot remember the details. Motherhood is hard work. It is repetitive and often times menial. Accept it. Rejoice in it. This is your toil. Right here. These are their faces. Enjoy them.”