Rest and Receiving

I haven’t blogged in a bit. I was busy – but only part of the time. The rest of the time I have been blissfully resting. I’ve been enjoying the little things in life and am being filled with hope for what’s to come. I love having hope. I love finding it.

Mr Darcy and I have been on a drastic (to me) eating plan for the past week and a half and therefore I have nothing exciting to talk about in the world of food. Let’s just say I am tired of meat and I want to dive into a sandwich. With a side of cake, please.  Oh dear.

I was at a bridal shower this afternoon and was reminded how blessed I was at my bridal showers. Such lovely ladies hosted and attended and extravagantly blessed us as we began our life together.  We returned from our honeymoon to our new apartment filled with even more gifts for us to open. After opening several gifts, Mr Darcy came upon a gift from his friends, Jeff and Norm. It was a ceiling fan.  Later, he opened a box from his friend, Bruce.  It was a leather basketball. Now, this girl did not know why anyone would give anyone else a basketball or fan, but my new husband was thrilled beyond words.  He still talks about those special gifts. Now, 18+ years later, I wouldn’t trade those gifts for anything.

How wonderful it is to belong to One who give such good gifts to us!  How often do I receive the gift and think, “um, wait a second here, Lord…this is not really what I had on my registry. What were you thinking? This isn’t even my color or pattern!”  Forgive me, Father, for when I have responded this way and didn’t have eyes to see that the gift was exactly what I needed and even wanted later down the road!

~Janna

Things that make you scratch your head

This morning, I was throwing the load of laundry into the drier (dryer?) and something dropped on my foot. Because I am consumed with being efficient, I did not stop to check it out until I had loaded all of the clothes from the washing machine. When what did my wondering eyes should appear, but this:

Laundry Supplies...

So, can you see what that is? Yes, it’s a piece of beef (Milanesa cut) from dinner last night.  It was the yuck part – with a chunk of fat that was supposed to go in the trash but somehow made its way in either a napkin, towel or placemat. Um, yuck.

I am quite proud of myself for not throwing up when I realized I washed meat. I almost became a vegetarian this morning. I will, however, forget it all the next time I smell a cheeseburger. That’s the truth.

The past two weeks have been crazy busy. Mr Darcy and I went to a conference up in the DFW area. It was awesome. We are refreshed and didn’t realize how much refreshing we needed until we were on the plane home. It was good – better than good to be alone with him. We were able to see some beautiful friends and family and I even got a power lunch with my sister and my sweet nephews! We also had dinner with Mr Darcy’s sister (who really is my sister, too!) and her hubby but we totally forgot to get any pictures! Nuts!

Me and She (and two of the four)

4 boys and the auntie that introduced them to soft drinks

While we were away, my precious Mom drove down here and watched the boys for us. They had a great time. They like Grandma rules. They painted, they went to the museum, they ate, they baked. When we returned, (after a longish flight delay in San Antonio), we had Charro Days.

Lest you start thinking, “coochie- coochie Charro”, this is an entirely different ball of wax. Charro Days is the festival our city has each year to celebrate the special relationship we have with Matamoros, Mexico. Um, right now our special relationship is “please keep your grenades pinned and your gun chambers emptied.” It’s really scary over there and “over there” is 5 minutes down the road. In any case, we have three days of parades and more. Our church had a food booth and Mom and I worked it. For three days, we made corn dogs, funnel cakes, nachos (con jalepanos y no), raspas (snow cones) and more. We were exhausted, but we had a blast. Mom left the day after it was over (maybe she ran away?) and we have slowly been trying to get back on course over here since.

So, that’s it. No new recipes, no new tips and techniques. Just me, trying to get the laundry done and finding squeaky clean meat in the darks load.

This is my life. I am living the dream

~Janna

 

PS. If you have loved ones and you have access to a video recorder. Tape them. Let yourself get lost in listening to them talk in their normal way with their regular mannerisms. What a blessing this is! Yesterday, I found a recording from a couple of years ago of my sweet Mother-in-Love. Oh, how I needed to hear her voice! I cried while I smiled. I will be better about recording. This I know. ~J