The relaxation and freedom of a long, full summer took it's impending turn a couple weeks ago as we walked into a brand new season of life - Kindergarten. Excitement and adventure await.
I hope your own Fall adventures are inspiring and full of Life.
Maine! A very happy celebration of ten years of marriage.
Through Gates of Splendor, by Elisabeth Elliot, inspires. This particular quote gripped me as I realized how much I needed to hear it:
I want to be free of self-pity.
It is a tool of Satan to rot away life.
-Barbara Youderian, processing the murder of her husband in "Through Gates of Splendor"
Recipe: Chicken Basics
One of our go-to's, especially during fall and winter, is the crockpot whole chicken, with it's accompanying chicken stock. The results can sustain meals throughout the week or can be frozen for months. It truly is the easiest meal in the world, especially if you don't bother putting the seasonings under the skin and shake it all on top instead (whatever seasonings you want). I used to be scared of whole raw chickens, but I fear no more!
Rather than writing out all the instructions I'll send you over here to the blog where I originally got my recipe (more or less) several years ago.
Now this is how the chicken might carry us through the week: After it has cooked all day we typically eat a good amount of it at dinner. Everyone loves it. The guys really like sauces for dipping so I might whip something up like this or this, or just serve with plain ole BBQ sauce. We eat it with a salad, sweet potato fries, or a roasted vegetable of some kind.
After dinner I de-bone what's left and store it in the fridge to use that week for chicken salad, soup, stacked enchiladas, quesadillas, chicken fried rice, or something like that. All the bones and skin (I know, it takes some getting used to) go back in the crockpot for the stock, as you'll read in the recipe link above. This stock is so much better than the canned or boxed variety.
I typically do this about every two weeks or so. It's delicious and stretched into so many meals.
Am I Glad To Be Nothing?
In the midst of an extended departure from most social media I've come to think of it a bit like ice cream.
Ice cream is a great accompaniment to the main meal and can bring much happiness to its consumer, but too much of it results in unhealthy consequences. It's a treat in moderation but not intended to be eaten all day, every day, and especially not at the neglect of a healthy, balanced meal. Too much of a wonderful thing can become a harmful thing.
And so it seems with social media and all it's alluring offerings, at least for my life-season or perhaps my personality.
On a somewhat related note I'll share this quote from the life-changing book, Humility. It hit so close to home for me. It embodies what social media often produces in my heart and mind and I want to triple-underline every word.
Brother! Nothing can cure the desire of receiving glory from men, or of the sensitiveness and pain and anger which come when it is not given, but giving yourself to seek only the glory that comes from God. Let the glory of the all glorious God be everything to you.
You will be freed from the glory of men and of self, and be content to be glad to be nothing. Out of the nothingness you will grow strong in faith, giving glory to God. And you will find that the deeper you sink in humility before Him, the nearer he is to fulfill the every desire of your faith. (Humility, Andrew Murray, 1895)
ART SHOP: I'm just finishing up a couple flowery commissions and have two spots now open for October.
And last but not least:
- My boys have been drawing a ton with this great site.
- We listen to these CDs all the time. I learned tons of verses as a child with the same ones.
- I will have some friends over one cold morning and make this.
- We are thrilled that our foster son's adoption continues to move forward, and he will hopefully be a Rose within two months. I can't wait to introduce our sweet boy to you.
- Have a wonderful month, friends. Thank you for reading!