Food Memories

Being greeted this morning  by a counter full of dishes left over from our family Super Bowl party got me thinking about how my best memories can all be associated with food.

Whenever I have black berry jam, applesauce bars, or cream cheese frosting I think of my Grandma H.

Trips to Grandma R’s house usually meant Orange or Strawberry Crush, cookies from the freezer, and a butterscotch disk from the jar on the counter.

I can’t have a stick of Wrigley’s, Big Red or Juicy fruit chewing gum without thinking of my Grandpa V.

An apple or cheese slice always tasted better when Grandpa C cut it at Christmas time using his old pocket knife.

Our annual extended family camping trip is full of great food… especially the incredible pies my Aunts make.

Perhaps the reason the term “comfort food” exists is because food can be so closely tied to our favorite people, places, and times giving us comfort.

You’ve just read some of my favorite food memories… mind sharing a few of your own?

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The Animated Me?

Having more family movie nights is on my list of goals for 2014.  Last night we watched The Croods.  It’s a funny movie with some great lessons.

Watching it made me laugh, think… and a little uncomfortable.  The Dad, Grug, seemed like an animated, Neanderthal version of myself.

He’s a caring father who would do anything to provide for his family and keep them safe.  Monotony, following the rules, and avoiding risks were his routine and keys to survival.

The daughter in the movie, Eep, reminded me of my youngest daughter.  Inquisitive, adventurous, up for anything.

Without ruining the movie I can tell you that in the end both Grug and Eep have a better understanding of each other.  Grug also learns to let loose a little and take some risks.

Who would have thought that a kid’s movie would get me to thinking so much. I need to be more like Grug at the end of the movie and not be so afraid to risk and dream.

I highly recommend The Croods. Have you watched it?  What did you think it?

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Forgive Yourself

Earlier this week Chris Hogan shared a tweet that stuck with me:

“GOD forgave you. If you refuse to forgive yourself then you are choosing to resist his grace. #truth”

That’s a pretty powerful statement!  One worth remembering.

We all mess up.  We all sin.  It’s a given.  What we need to do is learn from it.  Learn to ask for forgiveness from God, from others… and from ourself.  I do realize from my own experiences that this can be easier said than done.

It’s funny how things work out.  As I was trying to decide if I wanted to write about this topic something happened that made the decision clear.  My Mom would call it a “God Wink.”  The first tweet I saw this morning was from Pope Francis:

“Sometimes we are saddened by the weight of our sins. May we not be discouraged. Christ has come to lift this burden and give us peace.”

I hope you can take comfort in these words.  I know I do.

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