It has been very warm here, especially since we have not been able to run our cooler during the past week. Last week, our roof started leaking from our cooler, so we had to stop using it. It has gotten up to 87 degrees in the house most days. But hopefully that is fixed now. These things in life are when we must learn contentment in all circumstances. I am very thankful that the cooler is fixed now, but we still have ceiling damage to get taken care of.
Not too long ago, I also suffered a miscarriage. Just a week after we found out we were expecting, and our little one was gone to be with the Lord. It has been a very hard thing, as everyone was so excited to have a new baby in the house. There were so many discussions with the children in that week, as they excitedly talked about what the baby might look like, if it would be a boy or a girl, remembering how babies smell and the sweet noises they make. But the Lord is good, and it was His will that our baby should be in Heaven with Him now. I am reminded of the many women who have not been able to have any children here on this earth, and how it must break their hearts. I am very thankful to the Lord that He has seen fit to bless us with several children on this earth.
But we continue to learn and grow, clinging to Christ in the midst of life's toils and trials, and really, we have so much to be thankful for. We know in this life we will have tribulation, but the Lord says to be of good cheer, as He has overcome the world.
We have had other things to enjoy this Spring, like beautiful sunsets:
One of our daughters requested this cake for her birthday. It was made a few weeks late, as we had so much going on during her birthday week. It is called "Chocolate Berry Wedding Cheesecake". It was good, but I think I did not put enough coconut sugar in it. I will have to make adjustments for next time.
And then, we have had these lovely bright yellow birds at our hummingbird feeder recently. I believe they are orioles. They are very timid--you have to sneak up on them without making a sound, and without making a noise either. They make quite a lot of noise themselves, but they are really beautiful. I managed to take some pictures of a male.
I have been so busy this week that I have had the older girls cook all the meals. But at least they are getting more practice, and I am sure glad I trained them when they were younger and taught them how to cook! Now I just must not forget to teach the younger ones too. The children are having homemade thin mint milkshakes for breakfast. They really enjoy them.
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