Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Don't Forget the Brides

June is typically the most popular wedding month.
This year it seems that May was more popular among the people that we know.

The wedding day is so exciting.
I enjoy seeing the excited bride in the dress of her choosing.
I like to watch the grooms expression as the bride enters.
I like to hear what music the couple choose (usually).
I like to see the "unity" object (not just a candle anymore).
The dresses, the colors, the flowers, the vows ...
The day is just exciting.
Weeks later, I enjoy seeing the pictures.

Off the couple goes.
There is wedding travel.
There is a new residence to turn into a home.
There are presents to unpack and thank you notes to write.

And then, we are on to the next thing ...
and the bride ...
she has entered a new world.
Perhaps she has left the hustle of college,
the bustle of the work environment,
maybe she has chosen to be a stay-at-home wife ...
and it is quiet and sometimes lonely.

Perhaps you are a "seasoned" wife and have forgotten those days,
but can I encourage to look for that "forgotten" bride?
Maybe she has asked if she can help and you don't want to "bother" her.
Invite her over to help even if you don't need the help.
Invite her to do an activity with your children.
See if she would like to join you on an outing.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Back to the Bench

This week, I am humming and singing one of my favorite hymns.
When hubby was leading hymns regularly,
this hymn was in the "oft-repeated" file.

On Sunday,
I returned to the piano bench after nearly 6 months of rest.
I was excited, but, there were also some nerves.
I was quickly set at ease when the first hymn chosen was ...
"Come Thou Fount."

God once again showed that He cares for every aspect of my life.
He met a need and calmed my nerves with one hymn.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday Forum: As The Temperature Rises

While not at its worst,
the temperature is rising here in NC.
With that comes the desire for different meals.

We don't desire hot soup,
heavy pasta meals and casseroles.

I have begun to use the "summer" recipes again.
We have a lot of grilled veggie sandwiches,
Mediterranean grilled chicken salads,
turkey burgers,
salmon patties,
various pizza varieties,
fish with rice and veggies ...

But I feel like I am in a rut ...
uninspired for the summer season...

What's on your summer menu?
Help spur my creativity again!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Not a Recipe

Typically, I post a recipe on Monday,
but I have not been using many new recipes recently.
We have been using the "tried and true."
But as I thought of recipes to share,
I thought of how I really am not a phenomenal cook.
I usually put my heart into it,
but it will never be Culinary Institute of America good ...
it won't be the "good" of the seasoned mom in the church who needs no recipe...
but daily, I feel like I am a great cook ...
Because I have a husband who encourages me.
He loves food, particularly healthy food.
Though the food may not always be what our taste buds would gravitate to,
he praises the health value,
the time researching,
the extra time to prepare minimally processed food.

Encouraging words can lift folks up.
Encouraging words can change the outlook of a day.

I was recently thinking of this as I thought of changes in life that a friend is facing.
She is in a rough time ...
some loneliness,
finding new expectations;
and she needs encouragement.

Is there someone in your home who needs encouragement?
Is there a friend who needs encouragement?
Maybe you will look around Walmart and encourage a stranger.

It doesn't take money,
just a little time and effort to see the need and to meet the need.

Monday, May 28, 2018


If you prayed with us about the avocados and the guacomole for Saturday's wedding - 
We had 50 avocados and they were near to perfect.
One was a little hard, but there were no "rocks" and no rotting ones.

I bought 30 hard avocados on Tuesday.
Then I bought 20 more on Wednesday.
By Friday, I had to remove them from the basket because they were really
making heat (literally) and ripening well.

In the end, we probably could have done with 40 avocados,
but better safe then sorry.

The guac went together well,
transported well,
and still looked bright green at the reception.

The final recipe was ...

8 avocados
1 TBSP lime juice
1 tsp garlic salt

48 avocados
6 TBSP lime juice
6 tsp garlic salt

Now you know it - 
if you ever make guac for the masses.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Mother's Day Support

We have just come through Mother's Day weekend
and another birthday.
While the days are celebratory,
they also come with  a little heartache.
These are days that remind me that time is passing
and it has not been God's plan and design to give us children.

God has sent many along the path to shore us up.
4 out of 7 of our past pastor's wives have walked the road.
It was always a blessing to have at least one understanding look on the hard days
and to have sensitivity from the pulpit.

But this year, God sent even more.
He sent two ladies who had not just walked the road,
but were still walking the road.
They could truly walk beside me.
Isn't that a blessing?
We were even invited to share Mother's Day lunch with one of the families.

On this Thankful Thursday,
I am thankful for those ladies
and all of the ladies who encourage me
who walk with me
who remind me of the other joys of life
who can share truly empathetic tears.

Monday, May 21, 2018


Sometimes there is no choice but to recharge.
I have had an absence on the blog because I have been absent from health.
Two weeks ago, I got a sore throat,
that became laryngitis,
that came with some feverish days,
that left a nagging cough that liked to hit in the middle of the night.

So for one week, I had no choice but to recharge.
I literally did very little but make the bed,
get meals together,
and rest.

Sometimes the body just needs rest.

There is still an occasional "tickle" in my throat,
but all in all I am glad to be "back in the saddle" again.


One of the foods that we have come to enjoy is avocado.
It is one of the "healthy fats."
It is a lot of calories without a lot of bulk on the super busy days.
It is just delicious.

We eat it plain,
we throw it in smoothies,
but our favorite way is as a simple guacomole.
We put it on toast once a week for breakfast
or eat it with taco salad or spanish rice in the evening.
And of course,
who can resist it with tortilla chips.

My simple guacomole is ...

mashed avocado
squirt of lime juice
couple of shakes of garlic salt

How easy is that?!?

Glad it's simple, because I will be making a lot of it this weekend.
I have done gluten free corn muffins for a wedding reception,
A gluten free apple pie a couple of weeks ago for a wedding reception,
and this week is guacomole!

If you think of it,
will you pray that I get the number of avocados that I need
and that I can time the "ripeness" correctly
so that the guac turns out okay?

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Maybe the Burden is Not so Heavy

Eating gluten-free can often be a burden.
There are not quick stops at BK or Mickey D's when hungry.
There are many turned down invitations for pizza.
Each outing must be carefully planned if food is to be involved.

But then there are times when the burden can be a blessing.
Since our family has learned how to cook for us,
they have been able to meet the needs of many of God's servants 
in need of a special diet.
Saturday, I will be able to minister to some of the bride's extended family
by making a gluten free pie for the reception.
At the end of the month,
I can provide a lodging place and meals for a gluten free bride
so that she has one less thing to think about during a busy week.
I may also be able to minister to the girl friend of one of the groomsman.

I am thankful for this burden.
I am thankful for those who took the time to teach me about the gf lifestyle.
I am thankful that I have a unique ministry in this area.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Getting the Word Out

One of the difficulties of a physical move
or a ministry change is finding a place again.
Since I do not work outside of the home,
I rely on ministry and personal contacts to keep me busy.
Many people feel that if they ask for help, they will be a burden,
so I have to "get the word out" that helping is my job!

While I plan to continue local visits to folks and writing encouragement cards,
I am excited that I am starting to find outside ministries again.
I have the opportunity to help a young mother this week by watching her children.
I have the opportunity to help at a print shop field trip next week.
I am going to start what has become an annual event of painting again - 
it seems that I rotate between church or home each year.

I don't know how long each ministry will last,
but I will try to be grateful for each one.