Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter 2013

Jesus said to her,
"I am the resurrection
and the life.
He who believes in me will live,
even though he dies; and whoever
lives and believes in me
will never die.
Do you believe this?"
John 11:25

Pauline age 3
Janet age 7
John age 39
Mom age 86
Dad age 92

Waiting for the morning,
in ground that has been
sanctified and hallowed
by Christ on that first 
Praise be to His holy Name!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Seafood Dinner Recipes

Here is the link to make the 
Sand Cake
from our seafood dinner
I used Nilla Wafers not Oreos as
I thought it might be less sweet
and I used Vanilla pudding not French Vanilla.

And here is the link for the best GF Cornbread Ever!
Moist Sweet Cornbread
Only difference here is I  used Mama's Almond blend
in place of the regular flour.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Literary Walk #9

 Walk with Roald Dahl
12 miles
Great Missenden

 The cottage above is where Dahl would
go to get away from people and do 
his writing.
My Favorite book is
 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Favorite quote:
"Then the old man took a deep breath,
 and suddenly with no warning whatsoever, 
an explosion seemed to take place inside him. 
He threw up his arms and yelled "Yippeeeeeeee!" 
And at the same time, 
his long bony body rose up out of the bed
 and his bowl of soup went  flying
 into the face of Grandma Josephine,
 and in one fantastic leap, 
this old fellow of ninety-six and a half, 
who hadn't been our of bed these last twenty years, 
jumped onto the floor and
 started doing a dance of victory in his pajamas."

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dreaming of the Beach

This time for family dinner
I went all out with a beach/seafood
theme to anticipate an upcoming trip
and to cheer us all up in a rainy spring.

The food was great especially the cornbread
and chowder which were both GF.
I made the hot dog octopus and sand cake
for the little people and along with mac and cheese
and blue ocean punch,
they were very happy!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Side Porch

I've had a week since my Mom's
funeral and its been a learning experience.
I keep thinking that she's just a phone call
away...and then realizing 
never again here on earth can I see or
hear my Mom...
So I try to stay busy doing the things
that give me joy.
I had gathered up a few things over 
the previous weeks for my side
porch and one day that was less
cold and rainy (but not much!)
I put it together.
 All thrifted and some of it free!

It's a very narrow porch so the bench
works better than the chairs I had there before.
I used an aging technique on the ladder
as it was just fresh lumber.
I just love when something that is free ends
up looking like it was purchased for 
the exact space.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

62 Days

They were together for 67 years.
He left this earth for Heaven on January 2
and 62 days later she followed.
It was the perfect ending to a perfect love story.

But I miss her so much already!
She was a Mom who never was too busy 
to talk about the little things that made
up my life and never turned away
when I came to her with big things.
At the end of her life she was less than 100 lbs
but her frail shoulders were still able to
carry my heavy burdens with so much
grace and positive encouragement.
She always managed to find something good
to say about every person and every situation
and put the best construction on what others
said and did. So she was always terribly surprised
by any bad news as if that could not possibly be
true that everyone did not have some redeeming quality. 
If there was a new baby born it was just like it was
the first baby and a new tooth or first step
 in a grand child was
just as exciting to her as it was to the parents.
When her home was filled with "little people"
her joy was radiant.
Her life was always lived to serve and love others
starting with her Lord and then her husband 
and everyone else in equal measure.
When the time came for her at 19 to become a
preachers wife she embraced that calling 
as if she had been born to do it
and ministered to just as many as my Dad.
She loved to tell stories and was a prolific
writer of poetry and songs.
There was never any doubt that she was
a lady in the true sense of that word
and her serenity for life came from the fact
that she never tried to step outside of who
she was intended to be.
But most of all she was our Mom,
and we were always "her _____ (name)"
and when we came in the door whether 
we had been there 2 hrs or 2 years 
before it was like we were the most special
person she had ever seen.
I cannot imagine life with out her,
the hole is very big and we all know
that there is no one who will love us
quite like Mama did!
Born May 6, 1926
Gone to Glory March 5, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Guessing Games

For my 2 previous grand kids
we had to wait the whole 9 months to 
find out boy or girl
this time we found out early...

Big Sister said she doesn't mind, she can
be a sister to 2 brothers:)