Beth paints almost every day. She loves it.
(I wasn't home when Alex took these pictures. I said, "Where'd Beth get those green rubber gloves?") funny.
It's a bad sign when you use the word "busy" in the title of 2 of your last 3 posts.
"We must not be satisfied with a Christian faith that allows us to live at the center of our own world. The Savior is the center." - Paul Tripp
"When you work, God rests, but when you rest, God works. Resting isn't laziness but trusting. let God be God." Rick Warren, on Hebrews 4:10
"Beauty is discovering God's presence in the midst of chaos."
This has been a busy week. And good.
This week Alex has only had time to bake lemon butter cookies, and herbal cheese bread and several batches of cinnamon and sugar muffins because we haven't been home much.
We only have pictures of the muffins.
They were mouth watering. I think that is why there were several batches. :)
Our friend Sam from WSU has been here this week. We have enjoyed it!
Eric has been cooking supper.
Busy but great.
I would love a few days of down time.
Yay for the weekend.
** Edited - recipe for muffins: (from LUCY...she found this recipe from Betty Crocker and made it first)
Cinnamon and Sugar Muffins
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
Heat oven to 350'. Spray muffin pan.
Put the first 1/2 cup sugar, milk and vegetable oil in the bowl. Mix with wooden spoon and add egg. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. batter will be a bit lumpy which is good.
Spoon into muffin pan to make 12 muffins.
Bake for 20 - 25 min or until slightly brown.
While muffins bake mix up the cinnamon and sugar. Melt the butter.
When muffins are done baking let them cool for 5 min. Then roll (all over) in butter and then in cinnamon and sugar.
We've had a pretty strong week of school trying to tidy up the year and prepare to break for summer.
Yesterday Alex made bread...and butter.
I finished a nightgown for Alex that is straight out of Little House on the Prairie (and no pics because she is 12) :)
We made these fun burp rags...
Beth has been in the basement shooing everyone away while she paints masterpieces.
And Jake has been writing...and reading.
But I think he is secretly artistic too. I'm just sayin'. :)
I am lazy today and didn't thaw any meat for supper.
It seemed like a great opportunity to make a grand slam breakfast just like Village Inn.
Lucy was my helper making pancakes. Alex made eggs over easy. The bacon baked in the oven.
We stirred up our batter from scratch. Pretty basic (and straight out of the yellow Kitchen Treasures Cookbook from Great Grandma Buller given to me for my birthday in 1992):
1 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBL sugar (I like raw sugar...and i add more)
2 - 3 TBL vegetable or canola oil
1 cup sour milk (or regular milk)
Mix it all together in big Tupperware bowl. (We triple the recipe to be sure there's enough. The leftovers freeze well and are yummy in the toaster.)
When we near the end of flipping pancakes we grow weary. We start making big ol' humongo pancakes. They go faster.
She turned 9 in April.
Lucy Lu. There is NO ONE like you.
She wanted pear pie for her birthday cake on her big day.
And a fake pearl necklace. She was so pretty.
Jake has a new financial plan after taking the Dave Ramsey course so he has a budget for birthdays. :)
The girls all saved their allowance (or commission as Dave Ramsey calls it but who can change that after years of calling it allowance???). They each also found treasures amongst their own things that they loved so much they wanted to give.
I love seeing them gift each other.
She has a love of life that I cherish. She is sensitive to people and loves them well. She knows no stranger (and at times I wish she did!). She smiles almost constantly and is quick on her toes. She has energy and passion and a mind that doesn't shut down. She knows where everything in my house is. I MEAN EVERYTHING.
She also has made 10 rolls of scotch tape and several reams of paper disappear in the last few months. Oh, and countless sharpies and pretty pens have also vanished...and rolls and rolls of toilet paper, earring backs, and thumb tacks.
But other than that, she's PURE joy. :)
Happy Birthday My Lu. You are truly loved by all of us.
I think that's what this has been. My sporadic posting, my lack of brain cells that would create a worthy blog post. I apparently needed a break.
Lots of things going on in my head right now but many have been difficult to pinpoint and record on paper. I feel disjointed and "ruined" since coming back from Africa. I feel a pull in many directions. I feel God giving me a sense of where to focus yet it feels distant and lacking in full vision.
So I'm going back to what I know.
I'm a baker. I'm a writer. I'm a quilter.
My kids are a mix of all of the above (with the added "E" for Eric ingredient of Engineering and brains).
When I went to Africa on the heels of a trip to China I returned with a loss of why I have the gifts I have. They seemed worthless to help orphans. There was no way to help stop sex trafficking or provide clean water through these things. They seemed pointless and frivolous. I stopped much of what I enjoy, only dabbling in it here and there.
But this time, since returning from Africa, I've felt a sense of purpose in the things I love. I can use any of these gifts with purpose.
That's what I'm going to do.
Bake more. Write more. Quilt more.
I'm going to allow my gifts to come back full force, to feel the creativity inside me unleash again, and see the purposes God intends in everything I do.