Sunday, July 12, 2009
Around the family table.
Our months' long illness of winter got us off track from going to church, which in turn, gave me time to ponder my own confusions and misgivings with regard to where to go, confusions and misgivings that I'd successfully (or so I thought) previously addressed.
Ziggy misses church terribly. He misses, as he recently told me with trembling bottom lip and chin, "My friends at Bible school class at the big church where Miss Ruby goes, and my favorite part is sitting with you, Mama, in the pews and looking at the big books when we listen to the beautiful peaceful music."
Hard to argue with that. And I've told Ziggy that I'll happily reengage my efforts on his behalf, and either return where we'd been attending, or find a better fit. I have found fellowship, reengagement with tradition, and spiritual nurture at Belmont -- and am particularly excited for Ziggy about their children's programming-- but also find good in so many others, including having felt elements of home at Nashville Friends Meeting, as well as local Unity and Unitarian Universalist churches. Alas, the coughing at present makes sitting in a peaceful sanctuary a bit difficult.
Which brings us to this morning, here at home where we've played and visited and gardened and planned.... The breakfast above: all local and whole foods, save for the Sister Schubert rolls (oh, my, they are good) procured for nearly free on that tripled coupon spree last month. And good as it was, as much as I enjoyed the couponing puzzle, I think we're done in largest measure with that experiment. As avowed previous, we're eating what's in the larder and freezer that which is off list with the new plan, but not replacing it tit for tat. Instead, we're going full on whole foods and moving away from the "junky" stuff we've enjoyed in addition to our largely local and healthy diet. Cutting the fat, as it were. Which also cuts cost, and elminates most need for couponing.
I've been wanting to begin baking all our own bread, and have several friends who've become converts to the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day which holds much allure, though the library book has a waiting list many people long. I think I'll spring for a copy myself. Those of you already using it, are there ways I can use all whole grain flours? I know the basic boule is made with all purpose or a mix of all purpose and whole wheat, isn't that right? But to wean my family off white flour, is there a version I can make with full on whole grain? Tell me, do.
The planning and the organizing becomes ever more important, as it appears that I will become, for the first time in a good while, a working outside the home mama, as soon as this week; an endeavor of mixed blessing and mixed initial feeling as I scramble to navigate childcare and other commitments. At the bottom of it all, however, I welcome the opportunity to engage my skills and more significantly contribute to my family's economic well-being. I think that the timing is very right in terms of our needs and current abilities, including Ziggy's comfort with being in the care of others.
Our breakfast blessing acknowledged all these things, and asked for the guidance to make sound decisions with balance and time management, that we may all truly bask in the opportunity.
Posted by Ms. Booty Homemaker