Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Together

We returned home just one hour ago from Ohio. As usual, the trip was relaxing and maybe even cathartic. This time around, the ever-familiar was peppered with some new friends, some old friends and a date with my Honey.

Right now, I'm droopy-eyed but smiley at the thought that Tuesday is grocery day. My soul is soothed by the ritual of planning meals for the week, inviting opportunities to try something new, seeking to love each one as I plate up the food, sometimes special, sometimes mundane, always born from the part of my heart that wants to scoop them up and hold them so tightly that they giggle and squirm all the livelong day. I wonder if they will realize down the road how I loved them one way extra at dinnertime.

Even if they don't, I'll keep flipping pages for something new. I'll imagine their roots growing deeper, their limbs stronger. I'll imagine lymphocytes that begin to behave, all of the time, because the little body is nourished.

I may hear "You're a good chef, Mommy", or it could just as well be, "You never cook things that I liiiiiiike!" It's alright. Pre-Schoolers have miles to go, and so do I.

We'll shop together and Ruby will ride the Penny Horse when we're through.

In the late afternoons, I'll stoop to pick up Silas over and over again while I chop and stir. Calvin will ask if he can help me. Ruby will color while she watches.

We'll stir and make messes and our love will bake up fluffy like a coconut cake.

I am the luckiest gal around.


tuesdays unwrapped at cats

31 comments:

  1. I love cookin for my family! I love that my babies will remember mommy always made them banana bread and muffins for breakfast... I love that they will know I made tomato rice soup and bean burritos because I love them! I love that they love making the same Christmas cookies I made as a child every year ~ and I love making them try new things "because they might find a new favorite food" and I love it when my hubby loves his dinner and I made it!! weird? maybe. ;)

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  2. two things: Is the horse really only a penny?
    Are you really going to make coconut cake?

    Your writing makes me feel HAPPY, I feel my roots growing stronger too, and I am encouraged to be a mommy who loves them extra at mealtime. Thanks for being a great example for me, the one who dislikes cooking (but loves baking)...(Why can't we just eat cake for mealtime?)

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  3. Oh I love your writing...it's making ME all smiley!

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  4. Together ... what a wonderful word that is.

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  5. You are making me long for the good 'ol days. I can't wait to focus my attention on menu planning and daily rituals again. I'm rather burnt out on to do lists and tasks. I'm longing to cook and read and garden and be still and listen.

    I'm glad you had such a wonderful trip home. You are so very lucky to have a place to go home to. But I know you know that.

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  6. You are one amazing young woman and your family is lucky to have you. Your mom must be very proud of you...and a wonderful teacher herself. When my girls were little, their Dad and I had gone to a home art party where the rule was you could "not yuk someone else's wow". So Dad instituted the rule at home, that you had to tell Mommy you didn't care for something....and NOT YUK her dinner!! Thanks for such a wonderful peak into your family's life. With all the discouraging news today, it is a breath of fresh air to read about your search to enjoy what life has to offer everyday. You are passing an amazing gift on to your children. Have a wonderful day!

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  7. How precious is that photo of all your kids in the back! I think it's sweet that everyone was able to get together and y'all had a great weekend.

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  8. I am so jealous that you can have all three of your kids in one seat during a car ride. Mine would kill each other.
    You are one amazing mother, your children are very lucky to have you. Lori

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  9. That is beautiful -- you make me want to cook (I have to admit --usually I sort of dread it!).

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  10. This is why I come back over and over again!!

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  11. You are a wonderful mom to make sure your littles have a nutritious meal in their tummies. It's not easy planning and preparing good-for-you food every day. Blessings.

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  12. it's a great idea to have a separate day chosen just to make meals ... i love your heart. beauty.

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  13. I love how you just live in the moment and enjoy everything big or small. You are an inspiration!

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  14. I love that you count your blessings. xoxo

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  15. Sounds picture perfect. Wish I had that warm fuzzy outlook on cooking in my house. It's usually me alone in the kitchen, making a big mess. Not one of my favorite things to do at all. Maybe I need to change my attitude:)

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  16. sounds lovely. I would love to spend meal time at your house, not just for the food ;) but for the experience of all of you together.

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  17. We're feeding their bodies and we're fueling memories: for a lifetime! I love your description here of nourishing your kids...in the ways that count so much!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  18. You're so lucky to spend this time with your babies - I'm jealous! My baby is on the couch with a fever with my mother in law and I'm at work - wish I was home to snuggle today :(

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  19. Enjoy every moment. You are such a good Mama. Where at in Ohio. I live in Granville. Your kids are so adorable.

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  20. I love it! Your family is blessed to have such a wonderful Mother/Wife!

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  21. Sigh. Lately I've lamented that all my cooking effort is in vain. My kids are just as happy with spaghetti or sandwiches. Still, I keep at it...and hope that one day their sophisticated palettes will thank me! : )

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  22. You ARE a lucky Mama!
    Thanks for inspiring me to make something better than Mac & Cheese tonight. :) PS sometimes I sprinkle flax seed on the Mac & Cheese or Top Ramen or whatever and it kind of makes me feel better about serving it.

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  23. Cutie cute kids you have! Enjoy that time with them :)
    ~Kiri

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  24. That was beautiful. Cooking in your house is obviously a joy. I could learn a few lessons from you. Thanks for this post and for reminding me of the joy in serving my family.

    -FringeGirl

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  25. Ooohhh! I hope you post some of your week's recipes. I can't wait to try that tomato pasta recipe you shared.

    And beautiful children as always. So adorable!

    I can't find a sun tea jug. (They had some at Kmart, but they weren't cute.)

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  26. This one speaks to me I hung on every word. You are speaking my language! Do you wear an apron? I find it always makes the entire process more enjoyable!

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  27. So beautiful. Cooking with the kids is the best.

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  28. This is sweetness and it made me smile. Your kids are adorable, looking so happy in the back seat! Isn't that the best thing?
    Loving them one way extra at dinnertime, I love that!

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  29. I so hope your love of cooking rubs off on me. I've been in a bit of a slump lately. And those darling kids of yours will certainly know they were loved special at dinner and all day long.

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  30. This is my first visit here, and I enjoyed reading. I found you via a link on my sister's blog (The Homespun Heart). I had to smile when I read your music preferences on your profile page. Minus Willie Nelson, I've listed the same ones! It's nice to "meet" you.

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