My husband graduated from night school this May, our girls finished another school year, we went to my brother’s wedding, our daughter celebrated her first communion that same weekend, my sister’s wedding is in August, my husband got a great job offer in the South and he’s thinking about taking it, and our ninth wedding Anniversary is tomorrow. The years have been good and they’ve been full, here’s to many more!
A recent survey confirms what I already knew to be true, “stay at home moms” with four or more children are the happiest. It isn’t surprising that children bring more happiness, but the world just can’t accept this simple truth, children are a blessing.
Every week at least one of my girls is asking me to fix their rosary. I’m beginning to think that Our Lady is allowing these rosaries to come undone so often so that I can gain more patience by fixing them or maybe I’m just terrible at linking them back together.
Mississippi Mudcake (With my Sugar free GF adjustments)
1 ½ Cup Water
6 squares of bakers nonsweetened chocolate (used to be 3 squares but they recently changed the size)
2 C Flour ( I used red mill’s gluten free flour)
2 Cup Sugar (I used 1½ C maple syrup instead)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda (if using maple syrup increase to 1 ½ tsp baking soda)
1 stick of butter
melt chocolate in water.
Combine dry ingredients mix
add butter, eggs, sugar (or maple syrup) mix
add melted choc combine.
Pour in greased pan bake at 325º bake 30 min or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.
I recommend critically examining every cultural event then ask: “Would I have created this myself? If the answer is no, just walk away. Life is too short.
In this light, here’s some events I (and now my family) gratefully sidestep:
Valentine’s Day (modern version)
TV parties (e.g. sports, movies)
Expensive, garish weddings
Non-active, non-local vacations (rare exceptions)
May I say what a relief it is to hear someone disavow birthday parties! Good grief the bigger my family gets the more obnoxious they become. I’ve done birthday parties for my children in the past and have enjoyed them, usually just family members present and sometimes we double up the parties. But they are getting old, (heh) the parties I mean, and between my family and my in-laws it’s more than a birthday party a month. No thank you. Though I doubt we will skip them altogether, sizing down the pomp is inevitable as our family grows and guess what- that’s okay.
P.S. I also hate Thanksgiving, but my husband enjoys it so turkey and stuffing it is I suppose.