Okay, so I know apple butter isn’t exactly going to blow anyone’s mind, but I love this recipe. It’s easy, almost effortless, tastes delicious, and makes my house smell like everything I love about fall. Continue reading
I tell you, do not worry. Don’t worry about your life and what you will eat or drink. And don’t worry about your body and what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than eating? Aren’t there more important things for the body than clothes? Look at the birds of the air. They don’t plant or gather crops. They don’t put away crops in storerooms. But your Father who is in heaven feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? Can you add even one hour to your life by worrying?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the wild flowers grow. They don’t work or make clothing. But here is what I tell you. Not even Solomon in all his royal robes was dressed like one of these flowers. If that is how God dresses the wild grass, won’t he dress you even better? Your faith is so small! After all, the grass is here only today. Tomorrow it is thrown into the fire. So don’t worry. Don’t say, ‘What will we eat?’ Or, ‘What will we drink?’ Or, ‘What will we wear?’ People who are ungodly run after all those things. Your Father who is in heaven knows that you need them. But put God’s kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all those things will also be given to you. So don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:25-34 NIRV
Okay, so snapdragons may not exactly be wildflowers, but they are my favorite flowers. Dimension, vivid color, textural interest. And the name! It’s got some life, some bite to it. I love it.* Continue reading
It’s autumn—the time of year when the world bursts into flames. This time of year always make me think of the mythical phoenix. Fall is a fabulous glory of fiery color before everything settles into the char and ash of winter’s leafless trees and snow. But life will emerge again, a fledgling in spring growing into the vibrant, mature hues of summer, before succumbing yet again to the necessary autumnal demise of it’s natural life-cycle.
When reading other mommy blogs, I often get the sense that the thought process behind starting a blog went something like this:
“Well! I certainly have it all together here! My laundry is all caught up, the dishwasher (and the sink!) are empty, dinner is in the crockpot, I can’t find any more dust bunnies and I am doing a FANTABULOUS job raising my kids right now, so—ya’know what? I better start a blog so I can help other women have it all together, too!!!”
If that is you, I really am not criticizing. My hat is off to you and I am so pleased for you that you’re in that situation. It’s a great feeling, I am sure—I’ve just never experienced it. But based on the high I get from occasionally accomplishing just one of those tasks, I’m sure you do feel great and I appreciate your willingness to share.
However, that is not me, not at all. Not even close. Just ask my mom (who is a pretty awesome homemaker and housekeeper).