33 is new and fresh and I’ll fill you in on the crazy happenings of my beautiful, curious, adventurous life along the way.
Thank you for the moment you’ve given me… I hope to help you love the ones we have even more.
I think I have a small idea of why the Lord uses grapes in so many analogies in the Bible…
Because WHEN grapes come… they come in abundance! We have so many grapes, there is no way we will be able to eat them all. I picked 20 pounds to take to church to share with my friends and there is easily 20 more pounds left on the vine! This is from 1 grapevine!!!
This is the picture of God’s extravagant love for us!
Today, I am so thankful for my Shire Life.
May the Lord remind YOU of His great love for you in some abundant way. Maybe it will be grapes!? Maybe pumpkins… only God knows!
Shire life means being a good steward of all that God has given us. I have more apples than time and my tomatillo plants have bushed out and fallen over onto my squash. It’s a beautiful problem. I spent half the morning pulling weeds and coaxing tomatoes back into their cages.
Productive. Quiet. Fresh. Focused. Me, God, dirt, and Denby the Shire Cat.
If you have yet this season… Go get some dirt under your nails. Pick some berries. Hunt for potatoes. It’s amazing the perspective one can find in a little but of dirt.
But what’s done is DONE! Gone. Finished. Behind us.
Just like the morning mist on the valley creeping through to wake up the flowers for the day – each morning brings NEW opportunity to start fresh.
I wouldn’t trade today for 100 yesterday’s.
“His mercies are new everyday.”
~ Ants’hillvania ~ circa 1981
My first lessons in gardening I learned from a record player.
You’ll have to stop by sometime and see for yourself… I really do live in the Shire.
Have you ever noticed that chocolate chip cookies are always a good idea? Seriously, there is never a bad time to make them. (Its your own fault if you eat too many!)
Rainy Day Chocolate Chip Cookies
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together well
Then mix in –
Blend these together well – Remember –Homogeneity is the goal! (At this point, you should probably stick your finger in the batter… cuz butter and sugar!? Duh. It’s caramel in its pre-mutated state!)
Add – mixing in 1 at a time
Add and mix –
Now mix thoroughly then scrape the sides of the bowl before adding –
Now for the good stuff!
On a baking sheet drop ping-pong ball size dollops of dough. Its a good idea to attempt to make them all the same size. This way they will bake evenly. Place tray on middle rack in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Be sure to note whether your oven cooks hot or fast or any other quirk that is inevitable in your kitchen.
During the 12 minutes: make yourself a cup of tea, coffee, or pour milk over ice, and eat a cookies worth of dough while preparing the next sheet.
Cookies will be light brown with a little bit of crispness to them. DO NOT OVER BAKE… because none of us really like really crispy cookies! Use a spatula to remove the cookies from the sheet right away, place on plate, cooling rack, or sideboard.
Then enjoy with your beverage of choice!
My friends know that I love to read… the truth is I need to read… I crave the fresh perspective, challenge, and delight found in a good story. I recommend ALL of the books below. Please let me know if you have any questions! I’d be happy to elaborate on any and all of them!
November – January
Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation, Madeline L’Engle
December – January
Light in My Darkness, Catherine Marshall
January – February
The Mercy Watson Series, Kate
Epic, John Eldridge
A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside, Susan Branch
A Severe Mercy, Sheldon Vanauken
Peter and the Star Catchers, Dave Berry & Ridley Pearson
April – May Currently Reading
Reflections on the Psalms, C.S. Lewis
The Mystery of God’s Will, Charles S. Swindoll
Isle of Dreams, Susan Branch
What’s on YOUR Reading List?
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