1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Home is definitely where the heart is and although our hearts remain heavy from our devastating recent loss, it is a blessing to have these moments where we’re building new family memories. Grieving is a process and we all grieve in different ways, but we realize that there is so much more life to live and so much to look forward to. That peace that transcends all understanding is such a mystery until you are truly walking through a life-altering moment. We continue to move forward toward our “new normal” and lean heavily on the Lord for His strength, comfort and healing hand.
The outpouring of love, encouragement and support has been amazing! I receive messages and cards from folks all across the country and overseas, just telling me that they are thinking of me and praying for our family. It really blesses my heart beyond words! Recently, we received this thoughtful framed gift from my sweet friend Lorin @somethinggray on IG. She has been such a blessing to me and was one of the first to befriend this “new girl” in IG town over a year ago. She chose this particular hymn to frame because it serves as a reminder to CHOOSE Jesus daily. What a treasure my sweet friend is and I will cherish this piece even more knowing how much thought and love went into making it just for our family. I love handmade gifts, don’t you? I know just the perfect spot for it too. She also made the sweet farmhouse scrabble sign for me last year. Choosing JOY even in the midst of difficult times has to be a daily conscious choice and although I fail miserably on certain days, I get back up and dust myself off and ask the Lord to help me get back on track. His unfailing love and forgiveness is truly amazing!
Yesterday, some of our littles that are 4H Club age were able to participate in a baking contest. Each grade had to bake a different recipe category. They had been looking forward to this for over a month and so I wanted to make sure that they were able to still participate. If you are looking for a light, but delicious springtime cake or cupcake recipe to welcome the warmer weather, you can’t go wrong with this one. It’s 108 year old standing will be evident when you see how super simple it is to make and how mouthwatering delicious, “simple” can be. And if you follow me on IG, you know how I love SIMPLE! This old 1910 Mc Call’s One Bowl Yellow Cake recipe was a hit and won first place for the Blue Ribbon award in the 7th grade competition. It is a delight to see our homeschooling littles shine in this new found extracurricular activity. Living out in the hollow can make you get a little cabin fever, especially in the wintertime, but these types of extra social activities make for a nice change of scenery. Hope you’ll give this yummy old recipe with a modern (because I use an organic extract) lemon twist a try! I promise you, your taste buds will thank you. (smile)
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Until next time, choose JOY…