R to L: Ali, Amy, and Dana ... Do you notice a 6th "Whitlock"?? Our cousin, Antoine, came to visit for a few weeks. He has a passion for the Word of God and a servant's heart. He greatly impacted our family during his stay.
So, we have a valid excuse this time. Not that the other delays weren't valid; but this one is for sure. ;-) We are behind by three waffle posts, BUT!!... I have them all. The good side to this is that you won't have the same ol', same ol'. We've enjoyed a wonder-mous summer, so far, with key highlights that I'd love to share.
Let me first begin with our past two waffles. Just in case there are those of you who do not know, we have been doing 52 weeks of waffles and trying to come up with 52 different ways. Some days our brains are on fire and other days our creative juices are flowing. You never know what you're gonna get. The first two waffles we made were:
1.) Carrot-Applesauce Waffles with some Rhubarb-Raspberry-Cherry Preserves.
2.) Lemon Whole Wheat Waffle with apricot preserves and and fresh strawberries.
I missed out on the carrot-applesauce waffles but the lemon ones sure were delicious. Of course, I think pretty much anything with lemon is good. But... I have to say the best waffles were the ones we've shared with our guests.
After 4 long years, God allowed our dear friends (who are more like family), Aunt Dana and two of her children, Ali and Amy, to honor us with a visit before attending a wedding here. It was very bittersweet since Uncle Tom (Aunt Dana's husband) has been home with the Lord for 2 1/2 years, now.. By God's grace, though, we were all refreshed with laughter, catching up, and looking towards an exciting future as we each seek the Lord's will for our lives.
There's nothing like fellowship over a good home-made meal and (as I am sure you all know) the Whitlock family loves to eat! The waffles that we made during their visit were Mango-Peach Puree waffles topped with Aunt Dana's mother's *excellent* fig preserves and Muscadine preserves.
We figured the canned preserves and mango were much prettier than the actual waffle. Besides, it's difficult to tell the difference between all of our waffles via photographs unless you taste them. ;-)
The day following our lovely reunion with Aunt Dana and her daughters, the handsomest little man in the world flew in, bringing with him his fantabulous parents...
Ladies and Gentlemen, behold:
This is Kait, the radiant mother of this striking young fella. She is such a great friend and sister-in-Christ. Among her many gifts is her gift of biblical encouragement. She's a rare jewel.
And just one more, folks... :
Ok. Last one, for real:
He is just so scrumptious! I love this little cuddle bug so much! He is a delight. You can really see his parents' investment in him at such a young age. :-)
We don't really have a close-up of Zach, but here he is with my parents. When Kait and Zach are over, we have lots of moments like these: sitting around the table discussing the Word, family, politics, etc.
The past few weeks have been filled with God's rich blessings as He continually reminds us of His goodness through the lives and testimonies of these families. The Whitlocks are overwhelmed by the Christ-centered relationships we have had throughout the years and how each has greatly challenged our family to seek to follow hard after the Lord. As someone said to me yesterday, there is much blessing in joyful obedience to the Lord and choosing to stay inside of His will. Not that we look to others to fulfill us; but it has been tremendous to have friends that point our attention to Christ.
I pray that you all have a God-centered summer, and we shall see you soon, Lord-willing, with our next waffle post! Thanks for reading.
Peace of the Lord.