Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wrapping up February

I think I say this every month, but is it just me or has February flown by? I mean I blinked and it is the last week....the weather has been crazy beautiful almost to the point that I feel guilty when I see the storms in the south and back east. We enjoyed a three day weekend on Presidents Day and rode our bikes down to White Rabbit for lunch. Having Dan home for the day was a treat for sure.

We have also been going on walks after school each day. We also got the jump rope out but I was quickly reminded after 2 jumps that my leg is still healing OUCH! The girls said I was old and I was like "meh."

I have been on this kick lately of making yummy snacks for the week that don't include adding any processed sugar. I love the challenge of finding good recipes that are amazingly tasty and I feel good giving them to my family. These peanut butter bars are super easy to make and uses dates for their sweetness. I am in LOVE with dates. You can buy dates in a bin at like Whole Foods, Clark's that sort of place. They can be expensive so I only buy exactly how many I need for the recipe. Did I mention I am in LOVE with dates? Let me clarify I am not in love with the kind of dates that boys will want to take my daughters on one day...those dates are evil. I despise those dates. Oh and dentist dates....and tax appointment dates...okay I'm finished. Here is the link for these bars that you will be so glad you made.

Now these blueberry truffles are to die for as well and you guessed it; dates! dates! dates! I popped one in my mouth and started doing the happy dance; my husband said, "What are you doing?" Uhhh...the "I just put something AMAZING in my mouth dance! Sheesh!!!" But then he popped one in his mouth and we were doing the happy dance together...
I used gluten and dairy free chocolate chips to dip them...YAHOOO!! Trying to keep these hidden in the fridge is not going well....maybe the happy dance is giving me away?

I woke up this morning to a letter sitting in my quiet time seat. Our youngest has the ability to bring me to my knees in prayer and then in the next instant encourage me like no other.
God has been reminding me of His great love for me the last couple of weeks through other women who love me. Isn't that so good? That sweet fellowship where others invest in their walk with God first and then allow that to overflow into your life? I was able to have coffee with a friend who encouraged me just by her faithfulness in her own life and marriage. And then I ran into a sweet sister in Christ who is now 72 years old and used to meet with me weekly for prayer and studying Gods word. She invested five years into me and I loved getting to see her again and tell her how she had impacted my young life and made me realize how important it is to love on other young wives and moms. To seek God first and then let it overflow. That gets me really excited! To see discipleship lived out daily. I needed the reminder this past few weeks, it's funny how God never leaves me wondering about His goodness and mercy. Be blessed today.


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Jessica said...

Great post. I've been loving this weather too, I just want to be outside all the time. It's glorious! Hopefully we do get some more rain...

I've never used dates! I need to try!