Thursday, July 14, 2016

Day story

Outside my window, early mornings mean I catch the first glimpse of dawn. The tree silhouette is majestic. Light cresting sings glory. It's my mother's birthday today. She would have been 78.

Giving thanks for 66 Books and Thursday morning scriptures. Reading today about Elijah, a heart that seeks God, and influences.

In the school room, books stacks. New arrivals. Audio books. A movie. A purple blanket. A morning basket (people sized and doll sized). The cheery smell of Satsuma in the warmer.

From the kitchen, a coconut chocolate bread, recipe off the bag of a mighty delicious King Arthur bag of coconut flour:

Chocolate Coconut Quick Bread (King Arthur Flour)

 1/2 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 large eggs
(a handful of chocolate chips, optional)

Combine and sift flour and baking powder. In a separate bowl, blend melted butter and cocoa powder. In a third bowl, whisk sugar, salt, vanilla and eggs. Add melted butter/cocoa mixture. Then whisk in flour blend until mixed thoroughly. Prepare greased bread pan. Let rest ten minutes as oven preheats to 350 degrees. Bake 35-45 minutes and let rest 30 minutes before slicing.

I am creating a home of welcome, safety, love and inclusion for my family, friends and guests.

I don't ever want to forget God's faithfulness.

I am working on the garden and yard. Though these humid days gave me the perfect excuse to stay in air conditioning and read a bit longer ...

I am reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch Jean Lee Latham, Balance that Works When Life Doesn't by Susie Larson, The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst, Teaching From Rest by Sarah Mackenzie, The Life-Giving Home by Sally Clarkson,  Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child by Anthony Esolen, and The Writer's Jungle by Julie Bogart.

I am praying, yes.

I am hearing the evening sound of baby owls calling from the trees lately, and locusts during evening walks, but this morning, the unexpected hum of the air conditioner before the house is awake. Another hot day.

Around the house, preparing shelves for a new school year; purging old clothes and old papers; planning to paint a master bedroom and bathroom.

A view of my favorite things

A few plans for the next week, water check on the pool and then let the splashing begin. Looking forward to summer plans and playdates, a sense of peace and tranquility spending time with people we love. Summer, unhurried.

At the table, my friend Kristine came to visit and, among other dishes, we enjoyed a summery delight of strawberries, peaches and blueberries topped with fresh mint from an outdoor pot. My mouth waters still at the memory. Andrea and I caught up yesterday over glasses of ice water while our youngest daughters played. Tomorrow, Kellie in the afternoon and Linda at the table for dinner.

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