This has been me. Hanging precariously over some of the deep valleys that we encounter in life. Dangling my feet in a perilous position. Holding on but losing grip. Feeling weak.
I am thankful for my man that offers wisdom. For the reminder to persevere. For a coffee with a friend. For the courage to be honest with strangers. And for the sunshine and reminder of spring.
Maybe it is good to know that life can feel too big sometimes. That we all feel overwhelmed. That whilst there may be no one solution that I can wrangle on my own – inviting others in supports me, lifts me up and offers me a new perspective. That is not precarious. That is powerful.
My fascination with good cook books continues. I discovered this treasure in the home of my sister in law, busy mother of two small people. Laura Herring’s The No Time to Cook Book has a great range of up to the minute recipes and ideas for putting healthy food on the table for your family, three times a day, seven days a week. What I loved about Herring’s book is the fun illustrations and the easy to follow instructions.
Much like these how to overnight oats, her recipes use a build your own concept for making and creating delicious food. Basic recipe plus extras. Imagine not one but several different ways to create a salad for a on the go lunch at work, pizzas a la DIY, soups, dips, smoothies, sweet treats and more.
This would make a great gift for a young person learning how to cook and survive in the wilderness of apartment living. A Christmas gift addition perhaps? Be inspired with this little book. If you are like me there are always many mouths to feed so here is some inspiration and food that is fast.
It was years ago now that I first read Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages and I recall being quite confronted by the ideas. The basic premise is that there are five main ways we feel love: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch. I responded by feeling let down by all these people who I now felt did not know me well and had failed to really love me, to know me. So I put the book away….
Several years later the love language notion showed up in The Marriage Course my man and I completed. The course was a bit like getting your car serviced. You know you should do it regularly to keep your ‘vehicle’ on the road and well maintained but you get slack, it costs money and you forget. So it turns out that learning to love one another and working on a marriage is just like care maintenance. Loving your partner requires regular focus and the love language framework really helps.
Would you believe that raising kids is the same. We need to know how they receive love and give love so that we can best love and affirm them. This image above is a simple, timely reminder of how to love your children and your teenagers practically -the actions, the way to communicate and what to avoid. This is a clear summary of how to implement love languages in your home. A page to print for your journal or use as your screen saver, so that living out the love languages is possible.