Mother’s Day Eve and my house is clean, dogs are bathed and the dishwasher and washing machine running to get the rest of it clean. I plan on playing tomorrow, but today was all work. Husband had to work today so instead of sleeping in, I got up with him and started cooking. Four young men in our church are on a mission trip and left behind their wives and lots of young children. These are hands on daddies whose families are missing them a lot. So our Sunday School class is trying to look out for the families and provide food and some treats to make the time go by faster until Dad comes home. Always the overachiever, I decided to make mother’s day dinner for all the moms and deliver it to church tomorrow. And since, I would spend most of the day in the kitchen, why not add cooking dinner for our own moms? By 10:00 this morning, I had made three cakes and six casseroles. I cleaned the house, did laundry and shampooed the rug all before leaving at 10:45 to go speak to a Women’s group at a local church for their Mother’s Day luncheon. I only had thirteen copies of my book left, took twelve and sold them all! I have another order coming on Wednesday, but until then, I am SOLD OUT! I got back home a little before 2:00 and still had potatoes and carrots to cook for the families tomorrow and dinner to prepare for my mom and dad and husband’s mom and dad. With his help, we got it done and were not too frazzled by the time they arrived. I tried a new dessert which is always questionable when my mother in law is here because she is such a fantastic cook, I will never out do her. But, this recipe came pretty close and it was so easy! I heard about it on the radio and it is from The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook. Apple Dumplings made from crescent rolls and mountain dew! When husband saw how much sugar it called for, he advised me to lighten up the recipe which I did and it was still very yummy! They were even better with the soft serve vanilla ice cream from the Citrus Stand on the island. We were having such a good time talking that I almost forgot to give the moms their Mother’s Day presents before they left. We are very blessed to still have all four of our parents with us and as the years go by, the holidays become even sweeter. After they left, I put the dishes in the dishwasher and the leftovers in the fridge washed the dogs and now, I am headed to bed. I need to do less and cut back, but like my battle with sugar, I am not always successful. Despite the hard work and frantic pace today, I would not change a thing. Happy Mother’s Day everyone!
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. Proverbs 31:15-19 (The Message)