Mixing, adding, stirring, flour coats my hands and the smaller set helping me. Kneading is a favorite activity, right along with the rolling. And who can resist spreading on the butter and heaping on the brown sugar and cinnamon. The extra effort is worth the hugs and smiles when a pan of hot, fresh Cinnamon rolls is placed on the table. And since this is my story, I can amaze even myself by whipping of a batch of fluffy pancakes, a side of bacon, a batch of scrambled eggs and a pot of fragrant coffee.
With tummies full and sugar energy flowing through everyone’s veins, we head to the woods for a nature hike. With my camera on the ready, we wind through all the curves, uphill and downhill, finding secret hide-a-ways and forest treasures. God’s gifts. I capture a touches of God and precious memories on film.
When everyone gets pleasantly tired and fresh-air-famished, we find the perfect open patch of grass, spread our blanket and enjoy a perfect picnic of deli meat and vege stacked sandwiches, warm apples picked from the apple tree in the fence row, and fresh squeezed lemonade. As our tummies fill we lay back and watch the lazy summer clouds float across the clear blue sky. Out in the quiet, we feel God fill our hearts and souls. We see His handy work. We feel His glory. We are warmed by His nearness.
While the day is still young, we head back home, my husband hands me a peppermint mocha latte that he magically has on hand. He sets me down in the over stuffed chair, covers me with my favorite cozy blanket, my Bible, a book and an assortment of candy bars. He mysteriously herds the children out the door to a destination unnamed. I’m left with only the ticking of the clock for accompaniment. After devouring my latte, multiple ounces of chocolate, and having read for awhile, with perfect understanding (due to the lack of disruption), I head to over to the computer.
Oh, how I love to write! A passion for sure. Blogging is the perfect outlet for expanding and growing my desire to be a better writer. I spend an hour or two just typing away, letting my creative juices flow. Memories, struggles, triumphs recorded.
As my family tumbles through the door all arms and legs in motion. I am reminded of how passionate I feel for them. They are everything that defines love. They are hugs and kisses, giggles and sunshine, fresh breeze and bright colors. They are mine. God’s gifts.
A roast and vegetables that I thoughtfully had placed in the crock pot earlier that morning and a hot loaf of bread satisfies the hunger call. Since there are a few more hours left in this blissfully, picture perfect day, we settle down to a pile of classic videos, Pollyanna, The Swiss Family Robinson and Anne of Green Gables. What could be better?
A perfect day filled with the Lord, family, writing, photography, flavored coffee, and chocolate. Showing me that my highest calling is to be a missionary. Maybe not a missionary across the sea, but a missionary in my own small world. To live my life in such a manner that it is saturated with the love of Jesus. Flowing out and over, shining for my family and those who pass through my life to see. Living a life that God is leading, full of love, teaching, molding, listening, hugging, and growing. With children or without that is my calling, to cast a light around me so that others can hear, see, taste the Gospel of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.
Thanks Amanda for making me think! This post came about when Amanda tagged me to answer the following questions.
1.) What is your favorite meal to fix for your family that you enjoy and they enjoy?
2.) If you had a free day with your husband and children and all work was done what would you spend the day doing?
3.) If you had a free day by yourself and your family was taken care of, what would spend the day doing?
4.) Why did you start blogging?
5.) Do you have a TV and if so what good family movies do you recommend?
6.) Tell me three things you are passionate about.
7.) If God had not called you to be a wife and a mother what do you think he would have called you to do?
Even though this day didn’t actually happen…..it could! :)