Baking Class 101

Grace has her very first baking student, Julia.  She has 8 classes planned and I am so proud of her.  Thursday was her first lesson of muffins and scones.  It was so sweet to hear nonstop talking coming from the kitchen.  She is thinking of offering sessions this summer and next fall to have more students.


This past week’s sermon was on a praying life which is something that I desire more and more.  I was reminded that I don’t need to have it all together or that I am eloquent, but rather make it an ongoing conversation with my heavenly father with planned and spontaneous times.

I was challenged to actually get out of bed and have some time with Jesus to start my day.  I usually set my alarm for 6:30 am and pray, read my bible on my phone, fall back asleep, wake up, pray etc until 7 am. No one usually bothers me because they think I am still sleeping.

Today I got up and got ready because I know if I walk over and sit in my chair, I will still fall back asleep.  I need to shower and have breakfast.  At 8:30 am, I had fed the kids and they were playing downstairs.  I thought I could sneak away for just 10-15 minutes.

I sat down in my cozy green chair in the corner of my room, took a deep breath and opened my bible to the Psalms.  No lie, not even 30 seconds later, Silas starts screaming at the top of his lungs for me. I chuckled to myself and thought, “Oh boy, this isn’t the best start.  I thought my time was supposed to be uninterrupted.”  He comes barging in my room to ask a question he knew the answer to.  I shoo him out of the room.

Deep breath, take two.

Maybe a minute later, Max waltzes into my room wanting to start his math.  I shoo him out of the room.

The dog starts barking like a crazy animal at the squirrels in our yard.

I hear kids bickering downstairs.

Max comes back into the room with his big brown eyes begging to start his math with him.

I ask him if he wants to snuggle a few minutes with his mommy while I get my heart happy in Jesus.  He nodded his head and we sat together for a few minutes.

I laughed. God knew this would happen.  It didn’t surprise him.  I did have a few minutes of quiet and I think he was pleased at my feeble attempts.  Someday this will be a distant memory and I will have an empty house and all the quiet time I would like.  Today I am going to be grateful for the grace that God has given me to live life in the here and now.  There is no perfect way to pray for which I am thankful.  God says  come as you are and that is enough.

The Gathering

We had a fantastic Sunday. I think we had about 50 people total. I am in awe that God lets me travel the world while never leaving my kitchen. 

Grace made almond croissants that were divine – I mean top notch bakery good. 

When Greg came to visit

My boys counted down the weeks, then the days and finally the hours until Greg came to visit. Mind you, we had to remind them repeatedly that Greg was Dad’s friend and he wanted to spend time with Greg too!  Greg is officially invited to Titus’ birthday in June. The boys asked him if he could quit is job and work for Carl. My kids love big. 


I can never get enough of sweet school pictures. Notice Max is very happy because we are working on Math.