Thursday, July 26, 2007
I decided to make some zucchini bread for church Sunday evening. We bring snacks for a fellowship time after each evening service. I haven't made zucchini bread in ages, but think back to the many summers as a child that we made batch after batch of this! I pulled out the same recipe (More with Less Cookbook) and made a double batch, with the kids watching. Here is the result of our work. It was such fun to re-live a childhood memory. Somehow, I think the bread tasted better when I was a child, though. :)
Thursday, July 19, 2007
-- the birth of our four children
-- surviving seminary together
-- moving to Scotland for four years
-- Michael's completion of his PhD
-- enduring a discouraging and debilitating illness
-- moving back to the USA
-- Michael's taking on the pastorate
-- buying our first house
-- all the everyday ins and outs of life that happened in the midst of those major life changes
God has been so good to us, and allowed our love to only grow and deepen even through many and varied trials.
My Mom came over Tuesday morning to help after I had a difficult weekend healthwise. She brought a bouquet of the most beautiful flowers in her garden, and I think just about every single snap-dragon she had.
Hopefully Mom's garden will survive this week while she is away visiting her brother. So far, we've had buckets of rain, so no worries!
Strawberries were on sale, so I bought 25 pounds to freeze.
In the evening Michael and I took a picnic dinner to the grounds of the Art Museum and ate beside the Lake. My dear sisters filled our picnic basket with all sorts of lovely food -- fresh bruschetta, mixed olives, sparkling pomegranate juice, prosciutto, brie, a mix of cheddar and blue cheese, crackers, mango slices, and an assortment of baklava.
We devoured the dinner and it was absolutely delicious!
The setting could not have been more peaceful and we had a delightful time looking at a scrapbook of the first year of our courtship and marriage.
"God is faithful to all His promises, and loving toward all He has made."
We invited friends from church over for dessert on Saturday evening. We enjoyed the apple pie and the peach/blueberry pie. We also had an incredible lemon cheesecake that my friend brought in celebration of her husband's birthday.
My sister did the grilling for us on Sunday. We grilled eggplant slices with herbs and olive oil, as well as pork with a delicious peach jam, mustard, and honey glaze.
I highly recommend the peach glaze for the pork. I was slightly dissappointed with the eggplant, but I think we just needed some fresh tomatoes and mozzarella to go with them!
Friday, July 13, 2007
I took my letters out to our mailbox and thought how remarkable it is that my ordinary letterbox is the place from which my letters begin their journeys to land in mailboxes and letterslots all over the world!
Once letters were finished we spent a delightful day at my mother's house with my sister and the children. We sat outside, talked, knitted, enjoyed the lovely weather, mom's beautiful flowers, and the children playing.
The delights of going to Grandma's -- special treats!
We also spent time digging through Mom's hall closet, looking for pictures from our years in Africa, and discovering pictures from the year we were married, baby pictures, pictures of trips overseas, and even two ancient cookbooks belonging to my Great-Grandmother, which will definately be showing up on this blog at some point. And then we dug through Mom's boxes of old little treasures -- jewelry, gloves worn by my Grandmother, pins won in a competition, and baby rattles.
How thankful I am for the gift of being close to family. After living away for 6 1/2 years, and most of those on another continent, it is very special to be so close we can drive to each other's houses whenever we want.