May 29, 2015

A few summer happenings.

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...


  1. yay! A get away - how lovely!! Where, pray tell??? And yes, your mom will be happy to have your kiddos for a night, it's practically home there to them anyways!! lol!! (though I think Joe finally has figured out where Joshua actually lives! hahahah!!)

    I can't wait to hear, in person, about all Kendra has been doing, it will be wonderful to see her!

    That's great that you two are fellowshipping - that is so necessary!! Even some people who go to a 'regular' church don't fellowship and that makes me sad! And I admire that even when you can't meet together you Skype! (tough I've never tried Skype myself...I never liked internet talking stuff but that was yeaaars ago...I wonder, is it better now??) Plus you fellowship with me, so that's key! BAH!!! ;)

    Buttermilk eh??? Never tried least that I remember....freeze a muffin for me to sample, okay?! heheheh!

    1. I will fill you in more on our plans :) I did actually freeze the muffins but they are not quiiite as good as fresh from the oven! And agreed, fellowship is such an important thing!

  2. Almost 4 years for us too, can you believe it? I feel like I have so much more to learn about my husband and being married! :) Your baked goods look so delicious, I can almost taste them. I almost never have milk on hand for recipes like that, but sometimes use kefir or sour cream.

    The "church thing" can be complicated because each family/individual is on a different journey. We have an hour commute for church, but I think that's part of living in a residential area of a big city. For me I feel that consistency is important, but at the same time the large group gatherings aren't always the ones that nourish me. It's more that they remind me that these are my people and I want to spend more time with them. Could definitely write a book on the subject, and having small children also changes the game!

    1. That's right, we were married the same year! Where has the time gone! And I would have you over to sample a muffin if it weren't for the fact that you're in Russia and it's just a tad far!

      Yes, agreed "church" can be a difficult thing...I'm not sure where God is going to lead us but what we experienced was quite disheartening and after some time we felt led to move on. Some are called to remain in situations and work towards revival or change but after a while I don't think that was the case for us. But God is good, it's an adventure to look to Him and pray and see what He will do :)

  3. Hmm, I might have to try baking with buttermilk sometime! I'm not sure I ever have. Congrats on four years of marriage! A getaway will be really nice. We haven't gotten away by ourselves overnight in a while, mostly because of finances, but I'm hoping we can make something happen for our anniversary this year too.