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Valentines – Let it be a Reminder

of a greater love.  A LOVE we can’t ever out give, it’s so much more then a date on the calendar!   Sometimes we lose sight of our Father’s love because we can’t see Him or physically feel Him but maybe He has come in the form of a whisper to your heart.  You just need to stop long enough to listen…..

Sometimes the hardest thing is attuning our hearts to hear what he says; because the ‘other voices are loud’ we let them drown out what is the best voice.

  Maybe you heard Him say, “You are enough”….when you feel inadequate

Maybe He is saying, “I am your Burden bearer”….when you are heavy laden

Maybe it’s, “I am your Door”…..when it looks as if there is no way out

He could be saying, “I am the God of Armies”…..when the pressures are on

Or let Me be your, “God of details”……when you are frustrated

I will be your, “God of love”…when you feel unloved and need a hug

Whatever your greatest need is today, there is always a name of God that can meet that need.  Sometimes it’s us simply aligning our spirits to His Spirit to hear it!  That is a LOVE worth KNOWING!

So celebrate the love you have with the ones closest to you this Valentine’s Day.  Make it a bit extra special but don’t overdo it, if it’s not in your realm to do so this year.   A simple celebration could be as basic as fresh strawberries dipped in Nutella.  Just be sure to light the candles.  Candles make the humblest of celebrations Grand!

Cheers to loving well!

Dawn

Grief

We laid my husband’s great niece to rest 4 days ago.

There is something about burying a 3 year old who has fought a battle with cancer that shakes you deep to the core.  The questions surface? You ponder! You cry! You some how come to terms that God  really is ok with the questions, because HE is present and is aware of our humanity!

There is a new element to grieving that I have never walked before, it’s helping my children grieve and grieve well.   We could have left them at home from the service but choose not to.  There is something about them seeing pain with Merv and I at there side.  They need to see our tears, hear the sadness in our voice and then also extend their  own arms and hug the people closest to the situation.

Our Kate, who is 4 months older then Imogen Sky just kept telling me on Sunday, “This is the saddest day ever?”  Yes baby, it is a very sad day! She was trying to figure out why they were burying her in a treasure chest, I actually like that name for a coffin better, I think it will stick.   As we lingered at the grave side, she told me she wasn’t ready to go even though the committal was over.  It wasn’t until we went and laid flowers on the ‘treasure chest’ that she was ready.  She was just disturbed that we would bury Imogene with the worms.  All of these questions were great opportunities to share with her that ‘this world is not our home.’  I don’t know to what degree she comprehends what I shared with her because some of these concepts I don’t get.  I choose to trust that the God who made Kate and formed her; will open her understanding even when it doesn’t seem right that we are burying little Imogen with the worms.

It is amazing how God is in the sadness, the questions?!  You hug your children longer, you linger a bit more as they tell their story. You realize that life, this specific life that has been crafted for me by an Almighty God isn’t meant to be taken for granted. We all know that but it’s in these moments that you ‘get it.’  All of you have had your own moments, your “it” where you heard Jesus calling you deeper into relationships.  That is what this past weekend has done for me!

Cheers!

Dawn

 

Free ebook for A Farmer’s Daughter and Baby Will

July 30 from midnight to midnight you can download for FREE, to your electronic device a copy of my cookbook,  A Farmer’s Daughter.  And then from July 31 to August 6, it will be on special for $6.99.  If you don’t have the book and have been wanting to get the ebook TODAY is a perfect chance to take advantage of this free deal!

You can access it from:

Amazon

Barnes and Nobles

Christianbook.com

And finally, Will Franklin joined our family on Wednesday, July 16.  We are thrilled with this precious little boy.  The delivery was great and my recovery has been fantastic!  We are so blessed.  He weighed 10 lbs, 13 oz at birth (biggest baby yet) and was 23″ long.  He is quite the hefty little fellow!

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July 4th Ice-Cream Cone Remake

Sweet little fingers stacking his fruit!

Sweet little fingers stacking his fruit!

As I near the delivery of my 4th baby I have been attempting to do things with my kids that make them happy, that let them know that they are special as we prepare to make room in our home and hearts for another little person.  I have far more ideas in my head then will ever make it into ‘reality for the kids’.  And then my own personal ‘LIST’ of projects will probably go undone for another year because the reality of my energy level is just that, well reality.  I hardly get anything done these days other then feed the kids and maybe one or two small projects.

I haven’t even washed and sorted the baby clothes but I did manage to get a few one-sies and a sleeper folded and into the going away bag last night.  I am sure that was all motivated by the fact that my sister in law was induced yesterday unexpectedly  at 36 weeks because of a few complications.  Thankfully, we could all breathe deeply this morning when little Mr Falb entered the world at 4:41 a.m, healthy and well. So it felt like maybe my own bags should get packed! My first due date is July 12 and my second is July 19th.  As you can imagine I am hoping for the first but also realize I need to be prepared to leave at any time, babies don’t wait!  🙂

Now on to the real reason for a blog post today:

The ingredients

The ingredients: Ice cream cone cups, white chocolate, blueberries, red raspberries and strawberries

Here our a few little things we have made and enjoyed together over the past couple of days.  We will not be hosting a big July 4th bash this year but we still plan to celebrate in little ways!

Dip 12 cones into 3/4 cup melted white chocolate chips

Dip 12 cones into 3/4 cup melted white chocolate chips

Tell the little hands it's ready and they will be right there!

Tell the little hands it’s ready and they will be right there!

IMG_2738We used cherries, strawberries and bananas the next time we made them.We used cherries, strawberries and bananas the next time we made them.

HAPPY CHILDREN!

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Our next project didn’t quite work out as well as we had hoped but we still enjoyed it.  We took black raspberry ice-cream and let it get soft.  Pureed 1 1/2 cups of blueberries and mixed the ice-cream and blues together to attempt to get a blue for our red, white and blue ice-cream loaf.

IMG_2703We melted some vanilla ice-cream and let it re-freeze then cut stars out of it.

IMG_2705We should have let the ‘blue’ ice-cream re-freeze a bit before we added the stars because what happened is the ‘blue’ was too meltly when we went to put the stars in and so the stars just tipped over.  Oh sigh!

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We put this back in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden.

And topped it off with raspberry sherbert (which is Camden’s new love, he thinks sherbert should be on the menu every day).  Here is a rendition of our finished project.

Take your loaf pan out of the freezer and allow it to thaw a bit. Turn over onto a plate and slice

Take your loaf pan out of the freezer and allow it to thaw a bit. Turn over onto a plate, slice and serve.  Repeat.  It’s that yummy!  You will want 2 pieces!  My hubbs did!

The flavors on this little piece of ice-cream cake goodness is tremendous.  So fruity and refreshing.  We will probably make this again!  This idea was not original with me, I think  it comes from Good Housekeeping.  They used vanilla ice-cream and blue food coloring which gives you a truer blue color.  We weren’t going so much for that but more for a refreshing dessert and good flavor!    Cheers to a fun, filled day however you choose to celebrate the 4th!  I would be most happy to be in at the birthing center, birthing my own fire-cracker!

Dawn