Today the house has somehow fallen apart and it's raining outside so I have on my list of to-do's exciting things like folding laundry and cleaning out the fridge and tackling dishes. My little ones are almost finished quiet time but I thought I would take these last few minutes to at least start a post in keeping with my goal to write a bit more through the summer.
Here are some things I'm excited about in the month ahead and some happenings of late.
First, this summer will mark four years of marriage for us (on July 23rd) but we've decided to celebrate in June as that's when Loris is able to book a couple of days off during the week. As we haven't been away together for a single night since before babies, we've decided to head to a nearby city for an overnight stay. (The thought of a nice dinner and relaxing evening and some strolling and market/shop exploring the next day makes me a bit giddy!)
I'm a little nervous about being away from our children overnight but for no good reason - I'm blessed to have a mom nearby that will be excited to have them. Being a mother is my joy and responsibility, but I think little getaways like this can serve as a fresh reminder of my joy and priority in being a wife, too.
June is also an exciting month because my dear friend Kendra is back from Africa for a couple months and will be staying with us for several days. She's been helping African Christian University in Zambia by cataloging books and setting up their library among other ministry roles and will be returning to continue her work in July. Doubtless, our visit will include catching up, many cups of tea (or more likely coffee for me) and maybe an adventure or two. The last time I saw Kendra was before Miriam was born in March of last year so it will be fun for them to meet!
Something I've been grateful for is our fellowship group made up of a handful of friends. We've been meeting Sunday and Wed evenings for an informal time of prayer and reading the Word and sharing what's going on in our lives and hearts. Because of the distance (we live an hour or more apart) we either meet on skype (not ideal, but it works) or they try to all drive here at least once or twice a month. Since leaving the church we were attending last year, it's often been a struggle for me to trust God's guidance and purpose in that decision. Loris and I both desire to be in a good church but for now (without driving some distance) that doesn't seem to be an option for us.
It's a decision that's been misunderstood or disapproved of by some, but I keep coming back to the Lord giving me His peace and asking us to trust Him. We want to be faithful with the convictions and burden He's given us and not just do what (often feels like) would be easiest.
All this to say, while we don't view our group as an organized church (with elders, etc) it has been a source of encouragement and fellowship and I'm thankful for God's provision in this area as we wait on Him.
And to end on a lighter note, here's a keeper recipe I just tried for buttermilk muffins. I had some leftover buttermilk to use up (I bought it for the first time to make salad dressing) so I decided to make muffins. I wondered what the point of using buttermilk instead of regular milk is until I took one bite - truly muffin perfection! I read that the buttermilk gives a nice rise and texture and different taste and that's proved true! I doubled the recipe, split it up, and made a combination of a lemon raspberry loaf and a dozen and a half lemon blueberry muffins. Now let's see how long they'll last around here...