Benedetto's Pop Up Restaurant
Sweet potato and celery soup
In the pan
Chatting and chopping
Paleo cottage pie, using mashed cauliflower and leeks as a topping.
A rare occurrence these days, the two of them working on a Lego project whilst Dave and I enjoyed a few moments peace :-)
Making sugar paste roses to top ...
... eton mess for our afternoon tea.
Epiphany Day Presents
Beautifully wrapped presents, thank you Dorina, Greg and all. Benedict read the Star Wars book in one sitting and we are using "Adam of the Road" as a read aloud. Pip's "Blue Willow" book is our chapter book at bedtime and you can see from the smile on her face that acorn girls were a real hit. Dave and I have yet to try the tea and coffee and this bag ...
... is now my knitting bag :-)
Looking back over these images not only makes me smile but is a reminder that joy really can be found in the midst of great difficulties. It has been a really hard week this week:
A very dear friend is dealing with a suspected serious medical condition and the thought of losing her seems to sad for words, so we are storming heaven for a good outcome and healing. Both her and her husband have played a major part in our lives these past sixteen years and in the absence of family near by, they are our "local family."
Dave started with a nasty virus on New Year's Day which in turn has exacerbated the MS, so his walking has dropped off again and I've lost sleep helping in the night. We are both exhausted and frustrated by our circumstances but God's will is found in sickness and in health as well as in sorrow and joy.
Pip really did not want to return to school and she made a very convincing case on Wednesday night: "You, Dad and Ben are at home each day, so why do I have to go? All I do is work, work, work and Ben gets to go swimming, do some cooking and play with Lego!" Despite her complaints she did get up the following morning and after a breakfast of her favourite food, boiled eggs with corn crackers, her and I were soon on the commuter run across town.
I am stretched thin and find it increasingly hard to deal with everyday events; it is by God's grace that I have not succumbed to a breakdown, but in my weakness is His strength. In addition to my "daily joys photography" I have been writing out scripture passages today's writing says it all:
"This is a great joy to you, even though for a short time yet you must bear all sorts of trials; so that the worth of your faith, more valuable than gold, which is perishable even if it has been tested by fire, may be proved ~ to your honour when Jesus Christ is revealed." 1 Peter 1 v 6-7
Be Blessed x