Thursday, September 22, 2011

Plain and Simple

The past few weeks have been...well they have been and coming on the computer has not been a priority for me.

Last Friday hubby took the day off since he was working the next day and we did the family thing. After our volunteering we ran some errands, and then went for a hike on one of our favorite trails. We only did 3 miles on that day, we went to the little stream that the kids love digging around in and skipping rocks.

Yguy is into taking pictures right now so he took pictures while Ash dug around for rocks to skip and just cooled her feet in the cool water.
Hubby and I sat and watched, talked, and listened to the stillness of the forest.

Ashley turned up this little guy by accident. Of course they gave him a wide berth and let him swim his little way to the other side of the stream.

This morning I decided to make a completely out of ordinary breakfast, for us at least. Banana Choc chip Muffins.

1 3/4 c  flour
1/4 tsp soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 salt

sift the above item together
then add

1/3 c shortening
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten

1 c mashed bananas
choc chips to your taste.

Since this is for a loaf the cooking directions are; place in a greased bread pan and bake at 350 for 1 hour or until bread is done. Muffins cook differently and faster.

More trail photos. Lately hubby and I have been trying to spend alot of time together and with our children. It is very important to us to let them know how much we love them and how much we love each other. Things in the world are so crazy and the future is uncertain, but the constant is our love as a family.

As my children grow, and soon into adulthood, I am uncertain as to what to do. I feel lost and a little scared wondering if I have done the right things by them. They are compassionate people, Ash sees only good in all people, though she knows there are bad apples everywhere she sees the good in those bad apples, she is reserved and quiet. Wyatt loves to help and jumps in to help those in need, he is a little more vocal, and not as shy.

I remember being 17 and thinking the world was a great place, but over the years have learned it isn't always that easy nor as friendly or loving as home. While I don't see what the future brings I do see two children growing up and lovely the Lord and being grounded in that. For that I am thankful and feel I have done at least one thing right.

Ether 12:4 Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with a surety of hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.


  1. Beautiful photos! I love nature - and wish we had more forests and things to explore out of the mountains here. It looks like it was a lovely hike! The muffins look delicious too - I love muffins for breakfast. Hope you are doing well, and praying for you and your family for a blessed weekend.

  2. Oh Dear Friend, you have been attending to your family - and that is what we are all supposed to be doing!

    Your muffins look delicious. Easy recipe to follow :)


  3. hi erika,
    lovely pics!!! i love the nature ....i wish we hade so a wonderful place in the near.
    mmmmh your muffins looks very delicious!!
    thanks for sharing the recipe!
    have a wonderful week,

  4. I'd like to have an out-of-the-ordinary breakfast. Just thinking about them makes me drool.

    Looks like a fun family day.

    BTW, I'm living my life as if everything is an miracle. Love that quote!


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