Like the Rain

like the rain

It seems that spring is finally here! I’m so glad that the world has thawed and daffodils are sprouting up in my front yard.

But along with all the good things that spring brings, there is also stress. Now that I’m no longer in school, spring doesn’t bring the same kind of busyness as it used to, but there’s still the desire to Get out and Do.

I want to get to the park several times a week to enjoy the weather & stay active, to find time to camp, and take a trip back to Fayetteville, to plan and execute a garden, to get out and explore more of our new city now that it’s not covered in snow.

The Young Widow & The Church (Part 1)

Several months ago, Cara and Lisa approached me about writing a post for The Helpmates regarding how the church could assist widows. In 1992, my husband passed away from cardiomyopathy after an eight month illness. I was 34 and my kids were 4 and 6. I have been a widow now over twice as long as I was a wife so perhaps the word ‘young’ in the title no longer applies. I would like to share with you 3 simple ways to reach out to a widow.

Whenever a woman loses her husband, she becomes a member of a sorority no one ever wants to join. No matter if she has only been married a few years or has just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, whether she has small children at home or lots and lots of great-grands scattered across the country, no woman wants to have to face the death of her husband. Still many of us do become widows.

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The Bible is clear that God cares for and values widows and orphans:

Gluten Free Review: Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix

*This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.* 

I post these gluten free product reviews every month. Check out my previous reviews here and here.

bisquick gf baking mix

This weekend, the hubby & I traveled to Knoxville, TN to surprise my cousin Rebecca for her 21st birthday. My uncle is also going gluten free, so my aunt made us waffles from this Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix. Having already tried several waffle mixes that turned out badly, I was a little skeptical.