O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 63:1-7 (NIV)
I think it is appropriate that it is raining in torrents on a day that husband and I once doubted we would ever see, youngest son’s high school graduation. For many dry and desolate years, he hated school, hated life, hated just about everything, but as I have said before in this blog, look how far he has come. He finished EMT School on Monday and received his certification of completion. He is awaiting assignment to the state test in order to be state licensed. He received the highest grade in his class and was the only student to have all his assignments completed and turned in on time before the deadlines. He will walk across the stage this evening to receive his high school diploma after four wonderful, happy years. To put school and happy in the same sentence was unthinkable just a few short years ago. He has been a leader in his class, trained other cadets, excelled in raiders competitions, become an athlete and has respect for others and most importantly, himself. In August, he will start fire academy and six months later, begin his career. In a moment it will be time to load the fire truck shaped cake and party decorations into the car, head to the auditorium for the ceremony and then, to a favorite pizza place for a party. A GREAT BIG PARTY for we have much to celebrate. Yes, though for many years, we were thirsty to see God’s Hand in youngest son’s life, today, like the rain streaming off our roof, our cup runneth over. The drought is long gone.
Now, for sandcastle momma (sorry, but I don’t cook by recipe and don’t measure, but I think this will work):
Chicken Pot Pie
Cook one large roaster chicken and debone it (you can also use two already cooked rotisserie chickens from the store or leftover turkey). Brown one cup of flour in one stick of butter. Add two pints of half and half, a pinch of salt and two pinches of pepper and a small can of chicken broth. Slowly bring to a boil stirring constantly. When liquid boils, it will thicken into a creamy sauce. Add chicken and four cans of mixed vegetables, drained or two bags of frozen vegetables, cooked and drained to the sauce. Put in a large rectangular pan. Top with biscuit dough (I use Mary B’s frozen biscuits, the thin ones work best, but if your store doesn’t carry them, the regular size work as well.) Bake for 45 minutes to one hour at 350 or until biscuits are done and sauce is bubbly.
Go to your nearest Sweetbay or Hannaford Brand Store. Buy a box of Bumbleberry Blossoms frozen desserts in the freezer section (4 to a pack) (Taste of Inspirations Brand-manufactured by Chudleigh’s Ltd., distributed by DZA Brands, LLC, Salisbury, NC) Follow directions for preparation. Enjoy topped with ice cream! (LOL-anyone can be a star with a microwave and a box of frozen pies!)