By Rhonda Woods
May has arrived! Beautiful flowers and refreshing showers are evident of God’s great creations. When Azaleas (or bah-zale-yahs as one of my granddaughters calls them) bloomed in April I took a picture of mine that has grown very large over the thirty-plus years since my sweet husband and I planted them beside the gazebo he built for our wedding. I have never been much of a gardener, and I envy though with green thumbs. I’ll stick to my white thumbs, as in baking, and admire the handy work of God through the talents and skills of others.
Another birthday was celebrated at our family Easter lunch. This one was for my oldest granddaughter who wanted a Rainbow cake. She drew several pictures of rainbows to make sure I got the colors of the 6-layer cake in order. My first attempt making Swiss Meringue Buttercream was successful, however, my 2nd, 3rd and 4th attempts were not! I was so disappointed having just enough of the first batch to frost between the layers and crumb coat the cake. Two pounds of butter later, I opted for a whipped cream frosting of pink and white. Some sugar butterflies were place on it for a beautiful finish. The traditional lighting of the candles and singing was followed by helping the birthday girl make the first cut of her cake revealing the colored cake layers. We all missed celebrating my sweet husband’s birthday that would have been in early May. What a photo that would have been with all of his grands, especially the little ones, helping him blow out his candles! His cake request would have been either Peanut Butter or German Chocolate.
There has been several overwhelming days/nights as I pray and wait on God’s answers for my future and guidance in making wise decisions. As humans, we naturally try to handle all of our life issues and drive ourselves crazy worrying about how to solve them ourselves. It is hard for us to “Let Go and Let God”. I’m no exception to this fault. My life was turned upside down when my sweet husband was sick and then passed away. So much to try to handle on my on without him here to be my voice of reason, as he was throughout our marriage. I am reminded of the song “Press On” sung by the christian group, Selah. The chorus is, “In Jesus name, we press on. In Jesus name, we press on. Dear Lord with the prize, clear before our eyes. We find the strength to press on.” So this I will do…press on and follow the whispered answers the Lord has sent to me.
The end of the school year is upon us, and hectic as usual. My students and I have enjoyed a few global cuisine recipes including Crepes, Soft Pretzels, Churros, Empanadas and Cottage Pie (Sheppard Pie made with ground beef). I have included a few of these hoping you will enjoy them, too.
May God bless you and your family as He continues to bless ours,