Real maple syrup

I have such a good life. I’m so thankful for everything I have! I love the verse in James (1:17) that says that every good thing comes from God. That’s so true! Even though Ted and I work hard for what we have, God’s the one who’s given us and the boys good health and the ability to have what we have. There is no way we can control all of our circumstances; and I make myself sick sometimes when I try to do just that.

I’ve forgotten this fact recently, and I’ve not been been very happy. On the way to church a week ago it hit me that the very thing I tell my children holds true with me: God can’t give me good things (like His joy, for one) if I’m not obeying. I knew that for the week beforehand, but I just felt rebellion. Rebellion that I can’t do what I want with my life when I want to. I knew I was being unreasonable, and on the outside I kept up appearances ok, I think, but I wasn’t as happy as I know I can be. I gave up my rebellion on the drive to church that morning, and yesterday I really felt like my old self for the first time in a few weeks. I know we have a wonderful life. When I started focusing on all the good things we have instead of what I thought would make me happy I became happier. I know that I’m happier where God wants me, and I know we’ve made the right decision, I just needed to give up my illusion of control.

I decided to let the boys sleep as late as they wanted this morning since Max’s outing last night ended late. Jack came into my bed at 8:45! With that late of a start who knows when we’ll finish school? But that’s the beauty of homeschooling; I know the boys got a good night’s sleep last night!

After I set Jack up with his school I started making the pot roast I had planned for last night. This recipe has a good bit of balsamic vinegar in it for a tang; I’m eager to try it!

This smelled so good as I was browning it!
Ted’s gonna be so jealous when he sees this!

The roast wasn’t as tender as I wanted it to be, but we ate it anyway instead of cooking it further. I usually use leftover roasts in sandwiches, and since I cut across the grain it should be fine even though I know it could be more tender.

After Jack finished his school we walked to the office to get our packages; some gifts for my girls came in! We looked at the books and I found 3 Reachers, but Mom said she has all of them now.

We’ve seen skywriters several times lately…they’re so cool!
I don’t know why Jack wanted to bring these poles on our walk.
But then again, I don’t really know why he does any of the crazy things he does!

Max finished school at 6:30! He finished his last 3 units in 30 minutes! He said at the end that if he’d not spent so much time griping and spent that time working he would have finished earlier. Oh, if only we all would do that!

For supper we had pancakes, an apple and oranges. I’ve never really liked pancakes or waffles; I don’t enjoy the taste of syrup. Since going to Canada and buying that real maple syrup I’ve realized I’ve been eating inferior syrup all these years! Or maybe my taste has just changed? Either way, I like maple syrup. We had our pancakes with our neighbor’s syrup again and they were great!

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