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{missing my dad}

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Today is the two-year mark of my dad’s death {you can read about that HERE, HERE & HERE}. I can hardly believe it. Mostly we are just celebrating his life today but of course we are sad. I feel sad at the most random times. A song on the radio or something the kids say about my dad often bring tears to my eyes. It is bittersweet to feel his absence so deeply and yet know he is in Heaven with our sweet Jesus {and with his Mom & Dad pictured here}.

When I think about motherhood I am continually drawn towards thoughts of my Grandma Lil. My dad loved her and she loved him. She was a remarkable woman who took great care of her kids, her family, her neighbors. There was a short time in our married life when Aaron and I lived in my grandparents house of 40 years. The neighbors who still lived around that house would consistently mention how loving and kind my Grandma had been to them. She was the kind of person who did not take herself too seriously, loved Jesus, had a generous heart and would always “go with the flow” in life. Most of her days were spent in the kitchen and I thought her food was the most wonderful tasting food in the world. To me her Thanksgiving and Easter meals were fit for royalty. She was patient and frugal and adored children. She would have had 20 kids if she could have. Her only fault was that she did not take very good care of herself. Once I was at her house for a family gathering around the age of 8 and my mom encouraged me to go with her on some outings. To my shock {and horror} she passed-out in the grocery store and refused to call my grandpa when she finally “came-to” because she didn’t want to bother anyone. You have to picture my grandma literally laying on the grocery store floor {it was near the produce area} and shrugging it off as half a dozen people tried to help her. She kept saying she should have eaten more but it was no big deal. I didn’t know her address or phone number so I just had to get back into the car with her. I remember praying desperately for safety during the drive home because I was terrified that she would pass-out again and crash. And the funniest part was when we finally made it back to her house after the death-defying 10 minute drive home she walked in the door and said nothing. Not a peep. Just acted like it was a normal outing. She was a tough and humble lady and I truly loved and adored her.

The reason I am going on and on about this wonderful lady is that she is one of the greatest mothers that I have ever known and a few years before my dad died he told me that I reminded him of her as a mother. The more he got to see me interact with my kids and see the kind of mother I was he would, from time to time, say that I reminded him of her. Honestly it may have been the biggest complement my dad ever gave me. Sharing affection or encouragement with me was a rare thing so while I’m convinced that I have a lot of work to do to be as wonderful as she was I cherish the sentiment from my dad. I will cherish it forever.

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Soup’s On {and a Potato Leek Soup with a twist}…

I linked up at The Larson Lingo yesterday with one of my favorite recipes: Potato Leek Soup.

I chose this because it’s simple and only has a few ingredients and can be adapted a million different ways {and it was my grandma’s recipe}! See below for how I adapted it into a veggie soup! {P.S. I always enjoy reading The Larson Lingo…so go check it out!}
To make this recipe simply add whatever veggies you have on hand {I added carrots & mushrooms} and follow the steps in the original recipe. Chop your veggies {I don’t even peel my potato’s most of the time}, add to the pan in layers {with or without the bacon/ham}, and add the broth/stock {you can use veggie or chicken broth or stock}. Make sure you season it well as you go! For one more twist you can add fresh garlic for a few minutes before you add the broth/stock if you like garlic {don’t add it first as it can burn}. I did not get a picture of the completed soup {sad} but it was great. I often make this when I have a girlfriend over…I chop and simmer the whole thing while we chat and in no time we are enjoying a warm and yummy soup! Just add your favorite bread, salad or sandwich!
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one of the most thoughtful gifts…

that I have ever been given!
So, since I have been on the subject of Valentine’s Day I want to give you an example of the most wonderful gift Aaron has ever given me for my birthday/valentine’s day! This is one of the most romantic things that Aaron has ever done for me and one of the coolest things that Kim (my cousin) OR anyone has ever made for me! I love this…love it!  The story goes this way, Aaron found a bunch of my grandma’s recipes when he was cleaning at my grandparents house (I was not around).  He gave them to Kim (on the sly) and she made this beautiful scrapbook for me of Grandma Lil’s collected and written recipes, plus pictures of her. My Grandma Lil was so special to me and having this book makes me feel closer to her. She spent her life in the kitchen and she would love to know that me and my siblings all love to cook just like her! Here’s to hoping you can do something thoughtful like this for someone in your life!
 
I love these recipes quickly written on an envelope. They are dirty and well used and with her handwriting!
 
 
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