I LOVE arranging flowers - even IF they aren't real. : )
Well........here we are - another Saturday! As I look out my window, it is green, green, green. We started the week with hot, humid, weather and then it rained Thursday evening, cooled down and dried out yesterday, and now today looks promising with pretty much the same as yesterday. : ) Another good day to get out a bit.
I say it ALL the time but the months are flying by. It's the first day of Summer already (even though it's already been summery) and tomorrow is Father's Day. I know that Father's Day is either a sad day or it's a happy day or it's a bittersweet day. I won't go into all the aspects of that because how we feel about our dads is a very personal feeling. Some are still with us, some are not. But it's a day of honoring them whatever that looks like to you. Yesterday we began the day by buying flowers for my husband's dad's grave to honor him. My dad is buried in my hometown of South Dakota so I hardly ever get to go there. Tomorrow our son and his wife will come over for brunch (outdoors of course) to celebrate here before they leave and go and prepare a meal for her side of the family. : ) Our meal for tomorrow includes:
*English muffin breakfast pizzas - these are SO good. All you do is toast English muffins, drizzle a little olive oil on top, add a slice of tomato, next add a few slices of hard-boiled egg, and then top with a sprinkling of shredded Mozzarella cheese. Pop them into the oven for a few minutes until all melty and serve warm. I usually serve 2-3 (halves) per person. They are delicious and actually quite pretty in presentation. BUT.......because there is no meat on these (and men need the meat) I will also serve:
*Homemade sausage patties and bacon slices.
*Yogurt parfaits - taking a small canning jar and layering yogurt, fresh berries, and granola on top.
*A variety of sweets - poppy seed muffins, coffeecake, and cinnamon rolls
*A variety of juice and coffee.
We usually like to play a game of some kind when we're together so I'm thinking of putting up the bean bag toss. After that, and before they leave, I will serve:
*Homemade no-churn chocolate ice cream with caramel sauce on top and then sea salt on top of that!
That's the plan anyway!!!!! : ) We all know how plans can change.
I hope you can make the day special, in some way, as well. Again, I know there are a lot of emotions associated with this, so also give yourself permission to feel what you feel and then keep going.
The next plan for this month (the 28th) is our son's 31st birthday. When I say this I can't believe it - where DID those years go? But since he is now married, as moms we all know that we now have to leave it up to their wives to plan something! We no longer take the reins and plan it (no matter how hard we want to!) - we just wait and do whatever we can to help. : )
And, then........after that.........(can you believe it?) - making plans for the 4th of July!!!!!!! My birthday is on the 3rd so that is when we usually get together, but really - July 4th already? I'm assuming there will be no fireworks this year because of all the virus restrictions, so we are tossing back and forth as to whether or not we should buy some backyard fireworks this year. We'll see. But, most likely, we'll have a backyard BBQ and play some games. Just being together (outside) is what I look forward to. I haven't made any set plans or meal ideas yet, so I would love to hear what your family does and serves for the holiday!!!!! SO fun to learn from each other. : )
Since the week was hot, again I was in the kitchen. I'm hearing this from a lot of people - that because of our staying home, the kitchen has been the place to be. I keep working from my list of to bake/to make for freezer items and it has already proved to be working. I look at what I'm serving for supper in the morning and then just go downstairs and pull what I need from the pantry shelves and freezer and it frees my mind for the rest of the day, knowing that I have the meal already planned out.
Also being indoors because of the heat (heat and humidity is hard for me) I found an idea for helping out Senior citizens in their isolation. It is called "Letters of Love" - where you send cards and letters to them so they feel connected to someone. Through all of this they feel so lonely right now. Well, I love to make cards so I spent a couple of afternoons doing this and this is what I came up with for now (looking forward to making more!):
sorry about the background - I just put them on an extra bed with this covering on it.
There are 20 of them in all so I will spend part of this weekend adding Bible verses on note cards to place inside of the cards and then write a little note. In all honesty, I do hesitate sometimes in telling you about service projects because it always feels like I should just keep these things to myself - kind of what the Bible says (and I'm paraphrasing here) - when you do something don't brag about it but do it in secret so that no one else knows. The ONLY reason I WANT to mention this is so that it might spark an interest in YOU (or you could pass it along to someone who might be interested) as well. Is there a nursing home or senior center in your community who could benefit from this project? You don't HAVE to make the cards (I just enjoy doing it) you can buy the cards. If you are like me and enjoy going to the mailbox and seeing a card from someone, you can imagine how they might feel about receiving one too. : )
Before I go, I wanted to mention that while I was looking through all my Bible study notes I found something that is usually applicable for right after Christmas, but really it is applicable all year long and I wanted to share it with you. I wrote it on a note card a long time ago and so glad I found it again because I want to hang it up as a reminder. It goes:
"When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
THE WORK OF CHRISTMAS BEGINS.
*To find the lost
*To feed the hungry
*To rebuild the nations
*To bring peace among the people
*To make music in the heart
*To heal the broken
*To release the prisoner (and this, of course, is for those who are in bondage to sin - prisoners of sin)
I think this is truly wonderful. Isn't this what the world needs right now? Our world is SO broken that they need someone to do the above and those of us who profess to be Christians are called to this work. Let us begin today to do SOMETHING that just might make a difference.
What I'm seeing (and feeling myself) that with this staying home and isolation is that we tend to get the "poor me's" and only think of ourselves as far as what we're missing out of and our own loneliness and our own aggravation of it all, but it's SO much bigger than ourselves because this WILL pass (even though it might take a while) and when it's all said and done what will we have to look back on? Will we be able to say that we helped someone in some way? The one sure thing that can be of help to those of us who are VERY tired of all the virus news and social unrest news is to be proactive.
And then the next thing I found was this from Alistair Begg -
"Live for your soul".
I love that. Our fading bodies will die some day - it's the soul that lives. And it's going to either live in heaven or hell depending upon whether or not we have believed in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Ask Jesus into your life and you will live with Him forever. : )
I hope you have a good homemaking day today! Thank you SO much for dropping by because I appreciate it very much. God bless. : )