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Snow: A Cross or Joy?

Happy New Year! I hope this new year has started off well for everyone.

Last year, our family kicked off the new year with a new hot water heater – the old one having broken the very last day of 2014. A memorable New Year’s that was! Though it was a bit stressful, in the end it was a blessing to finally have hot, not lukewarm, water on a moment’s notice. It’s the little things in life!

Actually, they say the key to happiness in life is pleasure in the little things. Like today, snow is forecast, which means slippery roads and sidewalks, but it is also a call to slow down in every sense of the word. Take time. Don’t rush, not just on the roads and walkways, but in life. Like stopping to smell the roses, stop to watch the snow fall. This is the season of blanketed fields of white, sweaters and hot cocoa. Sure, we may pine for sunshine and breezy summer days, but those are joys for another day.

snowy road in winter

A call to slow down…

There are joys reserved for us every day. Sometimes they are disguised as crosses, as in the case of snow. It is all about perspective.

The following reflection from Day 3 of the 9 Days for Life Novena was offered on a day when praying for those who long for a child, but it applies to many situations:

It can be very difficult and painful when the Lord doesn’t answer our prayers the way we hope. We may have many doubts and questions, wondering why we face the challenges that we do. Yet even though our suffering is often shrouded in a sense of mystery, we believe that the Lord loves us with great tenderness and compassion that is beyond our imagination. Knowing this, we can trust that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28).

Whatever your cross is today, we pray that, in this moment as you read this, the Lord will bless you with His peace. May He show you the joy He has reserved for you today. And may we all praise and bless Him for His goodness!

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CCL Cooks: More Recipes

potato-544073_640This post is all about food today! At a recent training, our CCL teacher and promoter couples shared good fellowship and food, always a winning combination. Today I get to pass along a bit of the festivity by sharing some of the recipes enjoyed that day. Hooray!

For more recipes by our cooks, check out this page.

Black Bean Soup by Missy Bailes

  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • ½ jar salsa
  • Spices to taste
  • Cut up smoked sausage

Bring to a boil and simmer until beans and seasonings are cooked through.

Chili by Kate Basi

  • 1 lb. ground beef, browned
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 1 1/2-2 T. chili powder
  • Dash of cumin

Bring to a boil and simmer to desired consistency.

Pumpkin Crunch by Missy Bexten
Click here for the recipe (made without the whipped topping).

Muffins by Maria Henson
Click here for that recipe (one batch was made with chocolate chips and another with strawberry bits).

New 2014 Class Schedule!

Whew, who is thinking about 2014 already? We are! Our 2014 class schedule is now available. You can check it out here. We’ve also got an easy-to-read .pdf ready to print; just look for the link on the page.

We are also starting a Resource list! I know I’m always on the lookout for a great read, especially pertaining to Catholicism and family life, and I love making lists, so this is a perfect of the two marriage (hehe!). Okay, well the list is pretty small at the moment, but it can only get bigger, right?

And yes, if you’re wondering if things look a bit different around here, you’d be right. How do you like the changes? If you think there is something we can do to make the website more user-friendly, just let us know!

In the meantime, I will work on my use of exclamation marks. (!!!)