By Rhonda Woods
By the time you read this blog, it will have been nine months since my sweet husband was totally healed by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. January 4 was the day everything in my life changed. As I write this blog, I struggle every day to accept he is not coming back. These are the days of “rain” as is the code for “I feel like I am falling apart”. I have sorrowfully and shamefully questioned God, His plans and my decision to return to teaching so soon. I guess this is a natural part of the grieving process. It is hard to see even a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel, much less search for my purpose or happiness in my future. My family, church family and friends are amazing support, but even they cannot fix the hole in my heart and the emptiness I feel having lost my best friend soulmate of nearly 40 years.
Bent on my quest to update the house he built has, at times, taken its toll on my nerves and my OCD for cleaning any and all dust created. My awesome contractor, Jonathan, who has become one of my sons, tolerates my constant cleaning. The updating is beautiful and I know my sweet husband would be pleased with my decisions. So, I ramble around this big house meant for a family of four or more with our two dogs, who look at me with questioning eyes as they miss him, too.
So let me reflect on happier times when he enjoyed anything I cooked or baked!
The perfect husband to please with food, ladies, and you know that can be a challenge for both husbands and children. He loved desserts, anything peanut butter, but sweets in general. This time of the year, people are testing new recipes for church Homecomings and holiday gatherings. With such an array of desserts to choose from on the bountiful tables, is just plain blasphemy in the south to put those little 6″ plates out when everyone one needs a full-sized one to “sample” a little bit of everything. You know it is true, don’t deny it! LOL.
So, I thought I would share a few pie recipes, especially the ones my sweet husband enjoyed the most; Peanut Butter Pie, Coconut Custard Pie (a prize winning one), No Milk Chocolate Pie (from a church cookbook a missionary contributed and my Mom’s favorite), Sweet Potato Pie (my adaption from a recipe in a cookbook my daughter gave me called “Sweetie Pies”), Pumpkin Cheese Pie and Lemon Cheese Pie (a favorite of my dear friend, Mrs. Betty). I hope you will enjoy these recipes and will add them to your list of favorites, too.
May God bless you and your family, as He continues to bless ours,