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Menu Plan

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I saw this at `A Godly Homemaker` and decided I'd do it. Monday Breakfast: Oatmeal w/fruit Lunch: Salad w/Broccoli florets Supper: Roast Chicken w/ Potatoes catalan
Tuesday Breakfast: Grits + Eggs Lunch: Carrots, Raw Pecans, Sunflower Seeds Supper: Chipotle Tamale Pie
Wednesday Breakfast: cereal w/fruit Lunch: Salad w/ tomatoes & Salad Peppers Supper: Beef & Beans Burritos
Thursday Breakfast: Oatmeal w/fruit Lunch: Broccoli florets, carrots, raw walnuts Supper: Bean Enchiladas
Friday Breakfast: Grits + Eggs Lunch: Waldorf Salad Supper: Spaghetti  w/Marinara sauce
Saturday Breakfast: Cereal w/fruit Lunch: Mandarin Oranges w/Cottage Cheese Supper: Spinach stuffed shells
Sunday Breakfast: Oatmeal w/fruit Lunch: Bacon,Lettuce,Tomato sandwich Supper: Curried Chicken w/vegy's & rice

My 2nd Award

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I am so surprised and honored to have received this award. I really blog about what interests me not knowing whose reading. It's nice to have my mom read my blog (Hi Mom!) But when someone else recognizes what I'm doing that's really special. I would like to thank Amy of `Keeping up with the Shultz Family` Now, I am suppose to List 10 things about me: (1) I have 3 boys (2) I don't like blood (3) I don't like to iron (4) I enjoy doing meme's (5) I Love to cook using recipes (6) I have been divorced and remarried (7) I love to enter giveaways and post about them (8) I spend so much time on the computer I should get paid (9) I used to color my hair, but now it's more salt than pepper (10) I wrecked my motorbike requiring 325 stitches in my head
Now I am going to pass this on to ten other bloggers. Please take this award and pass it along if you want.
If not just take it and post it on your blog..  (1) Chasity of `Seasons of a Godly Woman` (2)Valerie of `Walking in Sunshine`

Scripture Cake

1 cup Butter            (Judges 5:25)
3 cups Sugar           (Jeremiah 6:20)
6 Eggs                     (Isaiah 10:14)
1t Honey                 (Exodus 16:3)
1 cup water             (Genesis 24:17)
3 1/2 cups Flour      (1 Kings 4:22)
2 cups Raisins          (I Samuel 30:12)
1 cup Almonds         (Genesis 48:11)
3T Nuts                   (1 Corinthians 5:6)
Pinch of Salt            (Leviticus 2:13)

`City of Refuge`

What was the most meaningful to me in 2009?

City of Refuge outreach trip this coming Saturday to Atlanta, GA. You need to be at the church Saturday morning NO LATER THAN 7AM. Please dress casually and warmly.
Saturday will involve our participation in one of their Super Saturdays for children at City of Refuge.  These are children who are bused in from the surrounding housing projects. There will be lots of kids in need of attention — some  in need of nothing more than hugs & smiles and comfortable laps to sit on. Some will want to just talk to someone because they don’t get much of that at home.  Others will want to color and draw. You can jump in there and just participate with them. Then there will be all kinds of  indoor sports activities for them that morning. By the way, it will all be done inside in very nice facilities.  At some point in the morning we will join them for a kids service conducted by their children’s pastor and the team there. This will be followed…

`The Sweet By and By`

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I'm so excited to have won this book.
It certainly was a God thing.
And here's why:
This drawing was very amusing, at least to me. Mimi put everyone in at Random.org and got the number of the winner. It was the one person Mimi has no way of getting in touch with (forgot they entered). Then she drew a person who only left a comment, but didn't want to be entered. Next she drew Rachel's Hauck's name. She's the author and is no need of her own book! Finally, Mimi drew my name!! How crazy! :)

If you would like to know more about Mimi please visit her blog at Woven by Words

Introduce Yourself Day

Welcome to Introduce Yourself Day, brought to you by Trisha at MomDot.
I'd like to thank my readers for stopping by.
Perhaps you'd like to know a little bit about me!?
I got this idea from Desiree at `Writing to Sanity`
I'll try not to bore you...

(1) I have salt & pepper hair (mostly salt)
(2) I’ve worn glasses for a long time, my $10 reading glasses work better for reading.
(3) I have brown eyes.
(4) I am the youngest of 4 kids.
(5) I have three boys.
(6) My birthday is December 21.
(7) I was married August 7, 1988
(8) I am shy at first, but I usually end up being a social butterfly in most situations.
(9) I love to spend time with people I am close to.
(10) I am a republican
(11) I'm a stay-at-home mom
(12) I love the smell of freshly cut grass.
(13) I have 3 cats.
(14) I’m a packrat.
(15) I am predominantly right-handed.

New Year's Resolutions

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My Resolutions:
Family: Step out of the way & allow God to work in our lives
Love my boys more and more each day.
Health: Eat more fruits & vegy’s. Exercise more.
Get in shape and lose 100lbs.
Spiritual: Get lost in the Word of God.
Allow the Holy Spirit to show me His truths.
Homestead: Organize my clutter.
Give the house a deep cleaning.
Online: Engage in thoroughly reading blogs.
Seeking God and His righteousness
See more participants at 5 Minutes for Mom

Mentoring Moments Blog Carnival

Mentoring Moments is having a Christmas Carnival. They are telling some of their favorite Christmas traditions and asking what are some simple things we do at home during Christmas. Please join us as we reminisce about Christmas past and present. These special memories don’t cost much, yet they enrich our lives in priceless ways.
What are your home-spun Christmas traditions? We’d love to hear about the little things you do at home to make the season special.
Some things we have done are go through drive-thru Nativity Scenes, go through open Christmas Homes, make special goodies all through the season, go to Sunday School Christmas Parties, visit far-away friends and family, help feed the homeless, and participate in a Super Saturdays for children at City of Refuge. These are children who are bused in from the surrounding housing projects. There will be lots of kids in need of attention — some  in need of nothing more than hugs & smiles and comfortable laps to sit on. Some will wan…

Have Thine Own Way Lord

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit ’till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me.

Adelaide Addison Pollard

Attitude of Gratitude

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(1) My own Bible to read
(2) Heat on this cold day
(3) A Christian husband who loves me dearly
(4) Three boys who are God’s gift
(5) Christmas time to celebrate Jesus birth
(6) A New Year to begin again
(7) A Pastor who stands on the word of God
(8) A loving church home
(9) My friends who love me for me
(10) My parents are still alive at the age of 80
It’s so nice to join our hearts (and blogs/comments) together and “raise our praise” of THANKSGIVING TO GOD!
Join us at `A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings`

Family Corner

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I saw this meme at `Diary of a Stay at Home Mom` and decided to do it.
Please visit Sandra at Diary of a SAHM for more inspiration.
(1) The weather in my neck of the woods:
It’s been rainy lately. Need to rake leaves, but their too wet.
(2) One of my simple pleasures:
computer time, blogging
(3) On my bedside table:
`How to read a book`   by: Mortimer Adler
(4) On my TV:
Who has time for t.v.?
(5) On the menu for tonight:
`Cheeseburger Casserole`
(6) On my To Do List:
laundry, reading
(7) New Recipe I tried last week:
`Pineapple Millionaire Pie`
(8) In the craft basket:
Prayer Blanket to crochet
(9) Looking forward to:
cooking goodies for Thanksgiving & Christmas
(10) Homemaking Tip for this week:
Paint several clothespins white, and initial them with nail polish.
Make one pin for each member of the family.
Use the clothespins in the bathroom to keep towels of the
different members of your family separated.

(11) Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
Cecelia Dowdy (Author…

Welcome to my Kitchen

I saw this meme on Kim’s blog at `A Place To Call Home` and decided I wanted to do it.
If you would like to do it also please leave a comment on Kim’s blog letting her know.
1. Do you have magnets on your fridge? YES, many
2. Do you have a calendar in the kitchen and if so, what is it’s theme? America
3. What is your favorite kitchen gadget or tool? CrockPot
4. Are you lucky enough to have a pantry of some king? Yes!! 2
5. What is your favorite appliance? Microwave
6. Do you have an eat in kitchen? yes
7. Do you have a bread box? no
8. Do you have a picture of your kids on the fridge? YES!!
9. Have you ever cooked breakfast in your PJs? yes
10. Do you have a favorite cookbook? a couple, those that my boys have contributed recipes to
11. Are you lucky enough to have recipes that were passed down from your mom and Grandma? Yes
12. What is your favorite food? N.Y. Cheesecake
13. What is your favorite thing to cook? Spaghetti Pie
14.Is your coffee pot electric or stove top? electric
15. D…

Family Friendly

A family movie viewing guide! Please note: The movies listed are of my opinion. Use your own discretion in viewing any listed movie.
Favorites for kiddos:
(1) The Magic School Bus `Hops Home`
(2) The Magic School Bus `Taking Flight`
(3) Sesame Street `Visits the Hospital`
(4) Focus on the Family `McGee Out Of Control`
(5) `Charlotte’s Web`
(6) `Trap on Cougar Mountain`
(7) `Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory`
(8) Focus on the Family `Breakout`(The Story Keepers)
(9) Focus on the Family `Raging Waters` (The Story Keepers)
(10) Little House on the Prairie `The Lord is me Shepherd`
(11) Michael Landon’s `A Horse from Heaven` (Father Murphy)
(12) VeggieTales `Dave & the Giant Pickle`
(13) VeggieTales `The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s`
(14) VeggieTales `Are You My Neighbor?`
(15) VeggieTales `The Toy that saved Christmas`
(16) Veggietales `Madame Blueberry`
(17) VeggieTales `Larry Boy! & the Fib from outer space!`
(18) veggietales `Larry Boy and the Rumer Weed`
(19) VeggieTales `Lo…

My Awesome Award

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I received an awesome reward from my awesome bloggy friend Sheri at Homeschooling on a Wing and a Prayer.
Please be sure and visit her at one of her fine blogs. She puts a lot of work into what she does.
You can visit her at the above link or `What’s in the Box`, Homeschool Product review blog, On the Right Track,
or her Scrapbooks and Lapbooks blog. Sheri is one busy woman, yet she does a wonderful job in keeping her blogs up.
Now I am to write up 6 random things about myself and pass this award along.
Well, I have seen lots of fine blogs out there. So if you go visit at least one of Sheri’s blogs and leave her a comment,
please grab this fine award for your blog.
1) I go to bed at midnight and wake up around 6:00a.m. – 7:00a.m.
2) I have read the whole `Little House` series over and over again.
3) I like quiet as opposed to noisy.
4) I used to drive around those steep mountain roads barefooted and speedy.
5) I am learning to be frugal/green.
6) I Love cooking from Recipes.
7) I Love…

Prayer Blanket

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My DIY is a `Prayer Blanket` I made. Sorry about quality of picture.
It usually takes me about 1-2 weeks to finish a `Prayer Blanket`.
While I am making it I pray for the specific person I am giving it to.
I use about 9-10 skeins of yarn.
I only know the Granny square, so it’s actually one big Granny Square.
The only variety is the color of yarn.
These blankets have gone to elderly who are homebound, people who have lost significant others, and just because.
Many people tell me I should sell them because my stitches are done so precise.
I do not wish to sell them. I plan to continue praying for others and surprising them, after it’s made.
No one knows they are getting one until I hand it to them and say `I’ve been praying for you`
Have a wonderful day.

Getting to know You

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For the Captain of the party please visit Lynnette at `Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground`
Lynnette has a list of questions we answer as many as we want or we make our own.
So as for the questions:
1. What is your favorite thing to snack on while you’re blogging? Ritz crackers w/ pepperoni 2. What is one thing you wouldn’t want to live without? My Family 3. Beach, Mountains or Farm? Where would you live if you had a choice? This is a hard choice. I’d have to say all 3. The beach: I Love the smell of the ocean & the gentle breeze w/ mist of water The mountains: I love the beautiful scenery in Spring and Summer The farm: I would love an old farm house on land that has a meadow that goes on & on (seemingly without end. A place to run carefree) 4. What’s your least favorite chore/household duty? Cleaning the toilets 5. Who do people say you remind them of? I have always been mistaken for some twin I am suppose to have. I have never met her, but people say I have a twin 6. Prefer parties…

Revive the Family

Mothers are the want of this unhappy world,
Especially as the onslaughts at the family are hurled!
It is sad that in many ways the mother has become
A stranger in the life of her daughter and son.

Humanist deception is the reason and blinded by its lies
The families are suffering, can you not hear their cries?
It’s our precious children of such tender years
Whose lives are being ruined, can you not see their tears?

And so we ask for your help to build and restore
The honor of the family, ordained by God’s law,
To encourage godly parents to be the heroes in our land,
Won’t you generously dig deeper and give a helping hand?

Publishing costs money; without your aid we cannot print,
With postage and shipping, it adds up to a mint!
But as we work together to build God’s way in the nation,
We’ll birth a great revival in true family restoration!

A poem which Val Stares, Above Rubies Director in Australia, wrote a few years ago.

Happy Birthday Bubba

I had a wonderful date w/ my son. We talked and laughed & talked and laughed. The food had a lot to be desired. My Ceasar salad had no Ceasar, his steak was a bit tough. We learned something new tho. We should order `med` instead of `med well`. How people can eat `well done` is beyond me. We were told lots of people order “extra well` done or `rare` (cow still mooing). However, Bubba got his whole meal `FREE` appetizer, salad, entree, bread, drink, (BIG savings) so I took him to Barnes`N`Noble where he got a CD & I got two Joyce Meyer books (`Approval Addiction` & `The Confident Woman`) priced down to $5 ea. from $23 ea. Today was a real blessing!!

Book Meme

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I came across this “book meme” at `Another Road To Ramble`…  I thought the questions were fun! Feel free to copy it to your blog and add your own answers. Let me know if you do. I’d love to know what you think!
Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I think hardbacks are nicer, but paperbacks are easier to store.

Bookmark or dog-ear?

Bookmark -definitely. I hate dog-ear.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Definitely not random… but my system is not strictly alphabetical either. I group similar books together. My vintage readers are arranged by series. Picture books are more loosely organized, grouped by author, but arranged more by size than in alphabetical order. My novels are arranged by subject (historical, chick-lit, fantasy, thriller, etc.) with series together.

Keep, throw away or sell?
I rarely throw a book away– only if it’s in really bad shape or if it was too horrid for anyone to read. I keep way more than I should… but most often, I give books …

Praise

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“I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good.” Psalm 52:8-9
Sunday meme from Jennifer at `My Chocolate heart`
This meme is to Praise Jesus on His Lord’s Day.  If you would like to see more like this please visit `My Chocolate Heart`
(1) Praise God He is in control and I am not.
(2) Praise God for His abundant Grace, which I don’t totally understand.
(3) Only His tender mercy could reach my vile heart.
(4) Everything I once held dear leads me to my knees.
(5) He made me and knows me, according to Psalm 139
(6) He heals my broken heart
(7) Thank God for Spiritual Giants
(8) Thank God I’m not a finished product, He is still working on me.
(9) Thank God there is a day I’ll finally get it right.
(10) Praise God for a husband who truly loves me.
What’s on your list this week? Sing out your Praises to God for all His wonderful works! I pray that this coming week you will truly know that…

Hearts for Home

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Gae at `Hearts For Home` invites everyone to do this meme. We are to commit ourselves to 4-6 thoughts and deeds that encourage our hearts to think inward `toward home`. Please visit Gae and see links to other blogs with meme’s like this at `Hearts for Home`
My commitments are:
(1) Read more books
(2) Enjoy my family more
(3) Remember God is in control
(4) Bring my heart and thoughts back toward Jesus
(5) To be quick to forgive my son when he rebels
(6) Be thankful for my husband

Give Him a Day

What shall you give to one small boy?
A glamorous game, a tinseled toy?
A Boy Scout knife, a puzzle pack?
A train that runs on some cruising track?
A picture book, a real live pet?
No, there’s plenty of time for such things yet
Give him a day for his very own.
Just one small boy and his Dad alone.
A walk in the wood, a romp in the park;
A fishing trip from dawn to dark.
Give him the gift that only you can.
The companionship of his ‘old man’.
Games are outgrown and toys decay,
But he’ll never forget
If you give him a day!
— submitted by Faye in CA, ‘Homeschooling a Houseful’ Yahoo Group
(as seen online)

A Woman Inspired

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(1) No traveling is required.
(2) Makeup and fixed hair is optional.
(3) No childcare needed.
(4) Financially possible.

Please go to `A Woman Inspired` to register and find out more.

Is God Good?

Now here is something that is pretty awesomely put! ‘Let me explain the problem science has with Jesus Christ.’ The atheist Professor of Philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand. ‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?’ ‘Yes sir,’ the student says. ‘So you believe in God?’ ‘Absolutely.’ ‘Is God good?’ ‘Sure! God’s good.’ ‘Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Are you good or evil?’ ‘The Bible says I’m evil.’ The professor grins knowingly. ‘Aha! The Bible!’ He considers for a moment. ‘Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?’ ‘Yes sir, I would.’ ‘So you’re good…!’ ‘I wouldn’t say that.’ ‘But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.’ The student does not answer, so the professor continues. ‘He doesn’t, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus…

Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
Forward into battle see His banners go!
Refrain:
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.
Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine, one in charity.
Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never ’gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.
Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
This …

Washed in the River of Shiloam

Good Morning,
I must write a letter of Praise for our Lord. and Savior Christ Jesus.
I spent all day yesterday praising & worshiping the Lord.
A day of fasting, for the most part, from the computer.
And praying for our son.
Last night as he began to quickly get worse, seemingly a new symptom every minute.

Same symptoms he started with, on Thursday, only much worse with vomiting, congestion and seemingly so much mucous it made it very hard to drink water (or anything, even trying to sip it) so he could stay hydrated.
I had him stand still so I could lay my hands on him as I prayed.
This was around 7p.m. (I think).
At 10:00 I gave him his dose of Ibuprofen.
At 11:00 he was still hot to the touch, so I put a call in to our Doctor.
Our Doctor told us to go ahead and give him some tylenol.
And I was instructed, if the fever still didn\’t go down take him to the ER.
We have been alternating Ibuprofen and Tylenol since Thursday at Noon.
Last night, I also called a very dear friend to pray as our son l…

Our Homeschool Song

Our house is mainly boys,
We have a lot of joys,
And sometimes radio noise,
Our homeschool family.
We learn at home,
Dad likes his pocket comb,
Mom would like a whispering dome,
We all would like an observation dome,
Our homeschool family.
(silly)
(chilly)
(peace lily)
We have three cats,
But no gnats,
We all like family chats,
Our homeschool family.
We’re learning about Creation,
Geology tells of its formation,
We give God a standing ovation,
Our homeschool family.
The librarian knows our name,
We like to play a card game,
There is never a day the same,
Our homeschool family.

Billy Graham's Prayer for our Nation

Heavenly Father,
We come before you today to ask your forgiveness
and to seek your direction and guidance.
We know Your Word says,
‘Woe to those who call evil good,
but that is exactly what we have done.
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children
and called it building self esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions
and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography
and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers
and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today;
cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!’
With the Lord’s help, may this prayer
sweep over o…

Joyful Thoughts

II Chronicles 20: 15
This is what the LORD says to you: `Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
II Chronicles 20:17
You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.

God Will Make A Way

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me
He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way He will make a way
By a roadway in the wilderness
He’ll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and earth will fade
But His word will still remain
He will do something new today.
By Don Moen

The Road to Salvation

If you are ready for a personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus, you can receive Him right now.
Here’s how:
* Admit that you are a sinner, and that without Christ, you fall short of the glory of God.
* Be willing to turn your life away from sin.
* Believe that Jesus died for your sins and that He rose again as the Bible says.
* Pray, asking Jesus to come into your life, and to fill you with the Holy Spirit, which will be your comfort and your guide. Ask God to forgive your sin and to cleanse you within.
* Follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit by following goodness and truth according to the Word of God (The Holy Bible).
The Bible is spiritual food. It keeps us growing in Christ and provides comfort to our soul.

Christian Casserole

1 Heartful of Christ                                             1 Headful of Patience
1 Soulful of Holy Spirit                                         2 Handfuls of Generosity
1 Spiritful of Faith                                                Dash of Laughter
1 Lifeful of Prayer
*Spread out foundation of Christ Jesus and Holy Spirit.
Add Faith and Prayer for substance.
Add body and richness with patience and generosity.
Bake well with warmth of human kindness.
To lighten, sprinkle generously with laughter.
Serve with love for for a lifetime to everyone you meet.
My Bible Verse:
`Trust in the LORD and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truely you shall be fed’. (Psalm 37:3)