TRADITIONS PASSED ON

This Thanksgiving was quite different.  No more family get togethers with Aunts and Uncles.  Just our children!  It is heart breaking to realize the extended family will not know what it is to have meals with Aunts and Uncles who celebrate thankfulness of coming together to appreciate one another.  Our youngest gets very upset when she asks who’s coming for Thanksgiving.

I have raised my children with the emphasis on family gatherings.  Although our table has not seen my siblings rarely at the table for Holidays.  We would see my husbands parents and his sister and children.  Our grandson from Omaha was missed this year.

Traditions are so important.  This year I served my staff at work lunch. My daughters and husband were part of this by cutting the roasted turkey up and bringing it to work for me.  I made cranberry sauce.  We did not celebrate yesterday our Thanksgiving.  We had our celebration today.  As I was leaving my husband this morning, was putting our turkey in the oven and when I came home I found my daughter Haylie has made the pies, had completed all the sides and had dinner on the table by 1 PM.  Kelsey our youngest was so excited because they cooked the meal.  Hope for passing on the traditions was evident as we welcomed our son-in-law to our table.  As we welcomed our little grandson to our table. Those who used to come will be missed.  However the love of our family recipes and love for fellowship will just be different.  Passing traditions serves more than those at the table, it respects those who have shared the tradition prior to us!

Are You Demanding?

264fda8c7024c1c59ad405c34d33ea66Do you ever think that you are a demanding person?  No one wants to accept that they are demanding?  We might say that we are just particular.   You might be called high maintenance!  In reality this all comes down to being about ” SELF”  I know this is a tough subject.  However we all at times are demanding and selfish.

We use excuses about why we are the way we are.  The Bible says we are to be kind.  In Psalm 107: 8-9 states “so lift your hands and thank God for his marvelous kindness and for all the miracles of mercy for those he loves. How he satisfies the souls of thirsty ones and fills the hungry with all that is good!”  Ownership is never fun when it is a flaw.  To be more we must do more than make excuses.

Challenge:

What can you do to be more like Jesus!  How can we not be demanding or self centered!  How can we approach life differently that shows others an approach of honor while building up not tearing down.  Take time to ask questions instead of demand.

God knows your needs, seek him in all matters- Noah was told to build an Ark.  His neighbor’s surely thought he was crazy!  yet for 120 years he waited on God.   Noah waited on God.  He did not demand God to send the rain he waited knowing to trust in the Lord.   James 4:10 reminds “Be willing to be made low before the Lord and he will exalt you!”

 

 

Granola Break

It seems like it has been a few days since I have been here!  I have been so busy with home projects and studying.   I am studying to be a Real Estate Agent.  I have held a degree in Interior Design that I have never seen my education return on its investment.  Primarily,  because where I live.  I love interior design!  I think because it’s all about the people who live in the space you create! I adore  Joanna & Chip Gaines on Fixer Upper on HGTV!   I think working together in anything makes life better.

I was reading recently a story about Joanna.  She actually studied in New York to go into broadcasting. Funny how God says “No” and he sends you in a new direction.

I love to read about others because we see things we can relate to!  In the end our lives are what we plan and what God then takes our hearts too!

Granola is a thing I am being directed to by God right now. I just started a Granola Company!  We specialize in low glycemic & low sugar options. sugars.  We use local honey or organic maple.  We just launched on etsy.com

I spend time listening to what my customers want and formulating flavor profiles. I hit gold with the Apricot blend and a peach mango.  Today we took orders and replenished local stores that are carrying our line.  It is never easy to start something new.   It seems like people who cannot dream do just that they do not dream. They give up.  I feel like that a lot but I have to work towards what I start.

I hope my Granola is like MANNA from God.

I would love to visit with anyone who has started a small food start up!