Life

Milo
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. 
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” 
Debbie
Who could use a hug? Warm soup is like a comforting hug from the inside. I love soup anytime but when the weather starts to cool, the cravings begin. My mind turns to thoughts of velvety bisques and brothy veggie packed bowls of deliciousness.
Debbie
How often are we faced with “warning lights” in our life?
Heather Smith
Confession:  Sleep is a hobby of mine.  I like naps.  It’s one of my favorite things. 
Guest Author
I have been divorced now for a number of years and I have experienced both the positives and negatives of both married and single life. As they say, the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence.   
Debbie
I like to sleep in as long as possible, so I need a quick meal that is warm and satisfying.
Milo
 We might always carry our fear, many of us because of past emotional or even physical trauma. People hurt us in the past, circumstances broke our strength, trauma scarred us—but we can be strong and courageous knowing that God is near. We can trust Him to never forsake us!  And yes, it took my dog’s actions to remember that-we forget so easily but the Spirit is good at reminding us. 
Heather Smith
It’s going to get ugly, my friends, really ugly.  The next 2 months have to.  Everyone has to be angry or it won’t work.  WHAT?!? It is presidential election season:  The goal of both sides is to get you angry because the angriest side has the best turnout. Don’t be angry, but vote anyway. 
Milo
I started to hear rumors about the awakening of the legendary and mighty Pumpkin Spice Latte, and stores already have their fall and Halloween decor out. While I do love fall, I did get a little sad. What happened to all the grand adventures I was supposed to do in the summer? What happened to the summer? Like seriously, where did it go? 
Heather Smith
I’m wearing a wet mask… Four months.  Four months since I’ve seen some of these faces except through a screen and now I only get to see half of their faces.  From 6 feet away.  Every other pew.
Debbie
Summer is here and it is hot! One of my favorite treats has always been ice cream. It is cold, smooth and satisfying on a hot, humid summer day (or cold winter day when I am dreaming of summer). Sadly, dairy decided it was no longer my friend. Thankfully, I found other frozen delicacies that help satisfy that craving for an icy, delicious treat. Grocery store non-dairy desserts can get spendy, so I have experimented with different homemade versions of “nice” cream. These are similar to a dessert found at a very famous mouse theme park but a lot cheaper! And it is fruit, so a healthy option.
Guest Author
By Carolina Gutierrez. Cooking became a matter of optimizing: how can I get the most nutritional bang-for-my-buck without sacrificing enjoyment and flavor? So, below are some important things I learned in the past few months:
Milo
God is a creative creator, and as bearers of His image so are we—millions of art pieces, songs, books will prove so.   If you are feeling stuck in a routine, I have a challenge: Create Something New. 
Debbie
Things have been a little crazy lately. When my world feels upside down, I long for things that are familiar and comforting. What fits the bill better than freshly baked bread? Next to the smell of coffee and fresh chocolate chip cookies, it is one of my favorite scents.
Guest Author
Written by Elizabeth Perlaki. Are you a mom who suddenly took on the new role of a teacher?  Are you feeling stressed out by trying to manage everyone’s learning on top of your normal responsibilities?  Are you still working, or working overtime, and don’t know how to get it all done?  Are you worried that you’re going to fail your child? 
Heather Smith
As I catch the vibes of fear starting to leak into society and those I love, I feel that the most important thing we can do this week is to stay positive.  We have control over our minds and attitudes.  Here are some practical tips. 
Guest Author
by Lisa Copen     So, your mother tells you that your family is eating out too much and your kids will never know a home-cooked meal. And you have to admit that the cost of eating out is starting to make you a bit sick to your stomach, but not enough to get rid of those few extra pounds you’ve been putting on.
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One of my favorite dishes as a child was the Mexican Meatballs that my grandma (Mama Oli) use to make. In fact, it is one of my family’s favorite dishes, so much so, that my grandma didn’t make them too many times. The reason was that: either she had to make like 200 or we would fight over them—it was worse than playing monopoly.  I asked her to share the recipe with me so I can share it with you gals. Enjoy! 
Debbie
January is my time to reflect and assess: finances, health, habits. I like to stop, take a breath and evaluate what I am doing and whether it still makes sense. Last fall I needed to clear out my closet and decided to give the capsule wardrobe a try (I Have Nothing to Wear). If you are not familiar, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of 30-40 essential, classic pieces that coordinate with each other to make a multitude of different outfits. It took me a while to whittle down my multi-size collection of clothes to decide what my capsule would contain, but once I committed it was on!
Heather Smith
and on the 7th day God rested.   He rested.   He didn’t need to.  He chose to.  The day of rest is part of the seven days of creation.  There were not six days; there were seven.  The actual rest is part of the work.  When God created, and said, “It is good,” the rest was part of that.  Rest is good.