Monday, September 24, 2018

Storytime: Come On, Rain!


After the heat, and what seemed an endless summer, I can relate to to the downpour and wanting to dance in the rain that is depicted in this lovely picture book.  I've prayed many days for rain in our drought. 
Up and down the block,
cats pant,
heat wavers off tar patches in the broiling alleyway....

I stare out over rooftops,
past chimneys, into the way off distance.
And that's when I see it coming,
clouds rolling in,
gray clouds, bunched and bulging under a purple sky.

A creeper of hope circles round my bones.
"Come on, rain!" I whisper.
The watercolor illustrations, in warm colors, convey the heat of the drought and later the joy of beautiful rain.

My favorite part of the book, shows emotion and love between a Mama and daughter.
I hug Mamma hard,
and she hugs me back.
The rain has made us new.
A sweet read aloud that we would recommend.  Wrap up together under a blanket and enjoy this book with a cup of honey sweetened hot tea.

Praying for a season of much needed rain!   "Come on, rain!"  I whisper, too.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole


Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole


This is for 2 casserole dishes - bake one now and freeze one for later!
or
For one casserole - choose only 1 can of soup and cut other ingredients in half.

Ingredients

6 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
2 (16oz.) container sour cream
2 TBLS poppy seeds

Topping:
3 sleeves Ritz Crackers - crushed
½ cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Mix together chicken, soups, sour cream and poppy seeds.  Divide in ½ and spoon into 2 greased baking dishes.

Pour melted butter with crushed crackers and poppy seeds and mix together.  Spoon evenly over both chicken casserole dishes.  Bake at 350°F for about 30-40 minutes until bubbly and crackers appear slightly browned.

Serve over steamed rice with a side of steamed fresh green beans, broccoli, or carrots for that southern comfort!

**Freezer option:  Before baking, cover with wax paper and foil and freeze.  To cook, remove wax paper and foil and bake at 350°F for 60-90 minutes watching for it to bubble.

Adapted from a recipe a friend shared many years ago.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Oh September . . .


September has been a cruel month full of grief and pain.  In the early hours of the 1st day, this month brought great heartache as Daughter L suffered from a placenta abruption in her 29th week of pregnancy and our precious grandson passed away.  We shared our baby boy's grave and the grief and memories resurfaced with the digging up of his grave.  It's too raw to share in words right now.

Then while cleaning my daughter's home before she came home from the hospital, I hit my elbow and chipped the bone and also had some kind of bleeding in the bursa.  I'm not sure exactly of all the medical stuff, but I know that it has truly been some of the worst pain I've ever experienced in my life and added two trips to Urgent Care alongside all the grief.

....and today, as I type this, a baby born prematurely to a friend of our family just passed away.  My heart is overwhelmed and broken. 

I'm not sure where to even begin . . .

Update on August:

-:- help with baby shower for daughter L ✔
-:- sew some curtains for 2 shelves

 -:- clean and organize homeschool room
-:- purge at least 2 baskets of books {ugh...soooo hard!} didn't get to this project
-:- craft school wreath
- still need to add some finishing touches
-:- start 2018-2019 school year!  
-:- go through my closet and thrift items  
-:- stay healthysort of - other than injury to my elbow
-:- catch up on blog post
-:- start reading my Bible in 90 Days Reading Plan - started but I am way behind as of this post
-:- clean out deep freezer
 
-:- spray paint vent over stove to match - too much going on (water heater went out...and so much more)


 
School wreath in progress - love how it's turning out so far!
I still want to add a few touches like wording "love beyond measure" and more color.

September plans:

-:- help with Baby A's funeral service
-:- be available to grieving daughter
-:- replace water heater
-:- switch cell phone carrier -ours is showing "no service" far too often
-:- re-start homeschool
-:- send out thank you cards for all the help we've received
-:- decorate for Autumn
-:- create Daily Rhythm cards for school
-:- make healthier eating choices
-:- find beautiful rest again - feels a little lost right now
-:- buy a car for Daughter M
-:- apple picking
-:- have a canning day!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

This is my story . . .


I am weary.  Drained from the busy of life.  I don't fit into this blogging world as I once did.  I'm sort of a lost companion in the ever expanding social media platforms, but I do love sharing the pieces of my life and writing the words of my overflowing heart.  I've tried repeatedly to find my niche in this little corner of the world wide web, and inspire others in a similar journey, and I feel awkward.  My own inward battle.  It's a fine line between putting it all out there, and cautiously keeping yourself safe in this virtual realm where you don't really know who is watching and reading.

As much I desire to share and interact among others, this weight-bearing burden of caution has a greater pull to keep myself and family safe and blog quietly . . . no comments, no names, no obligation.

My heart is raw right now.  Grief looms over our family.  A similar grief and a path I prayed I would never step onto again, yet alone walk it with a child of mine, but here I am painfully struggling to understand and remain faithful and rooted in the Father's loving promises.

While the world around me is trying to speed things up and do even more, I'm intentionally choosing to seize the chaotic rhythm of life and embrace slow- pressing the pause button and holding onto the beauty and wisdom around me.

 love + do + think about

This is my story.
. . .  moments captured, family gathered, and words written in love.  

Monday, September 3, 2018

Little bits about me - Cozy


 

1.  Slippers: yes or no?  No.  I prefer fuzzy socks!

2.  What is your favorite blanket?  I currently love soft light weight fleece with a gray plaid pattern.

3.  Thin or thick pillow?  Thick pillow with a cotton pillowcase.

4.  Favorite warm beverage?  Starbucks Chestnut Praline that comes out every November is my favorite cozy warm beverage.  A special treat every Fall.

5.  Robe: yes or no?  No.  Give me a pair of flannel pajamas and a t-shirt with my warm, fuzzy socks and that is all I need.

6.  Favorite comfort snack foods?  Popcorn, cheese, dark chocolate with caramel, ... I'm not much of a snacker.

7.  Movies or TV Series binge? A little of both.

8.  Actual pj's or leggings?  Actual pajama bottoms.

9.  Do you cozy up on the couch or a chair?  The couch with a few pillows piled around me.

10.  Hoodie, T-shirt, or Sweater?  I choose layers - a t-shirt and a sweater :)

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