Monday, January 26, 2009

Our Woman-child

We start school each morning at 8:15 with morning worship and Bible. Then we continue doing schoolwork until each of my three students has finished his schoolwork that has been scheduled for that day.

I am not a good multi-tasker, nor do I deal well with deadlines. So the method of school I just described works best for us. Only the most URGENT of errands are ever run during the school day. Grocery shopping and such is usually done together as a family in the evening.

At least that was the case until this school year. Life & schedules seem to have been turned topsy-turvey. I don't deal well when things go astray from the normal routine. I end up ,as Bilbo Baggins would say, " feeling thin... sort of stretched... like butter spread over too much bread."

Last Friday, I had to drive half an hour away to attend a required workshop/class (DON'T EVEN ASK?!) There was no way to get out of it. On top of that it was a school day. NATURALLY!

I flustered around before I left, trying to put everyone on track to complete the schoolwork I wanted accomplished and giving my elder daughter instructions to throw some chicken in the crockpot with some seasonings as I headed for the door. At least the meat will be ready when I got home.

Four hours later, I was tired and on my way home again. Okay, what would I have with the chicken? At this point I neither felt like thinking NOR cooking.

When I walked in the door, a wonderful aroma came wafting though the house. Ohhhh! does that chicken smell good ... By the time I got to the kitchen, I realized there was more than JUST the smell of chicken. Precious daughter was also pulling baked corn (mmmm... a favorite of mine) and scalloped potatoes from the oven.

At that moment she could not have given me a better gift. No need for me to rush around and finish getting the dinner, and I even got to eat comfort food to boot -- Talk about the sweet life!

I find her stepping in and giving me a hand when I seem to most need it. One more step in growing up. I have to say I don't know what I'd do without my woman-child's help either.


Vickie said...

That looks so good. Does that corn have whipping cream, flour and butter in it?

It looks like what we called "Oven Fried Corn". YUMMO

Nanci said...


This is apparently the same type of recipe as you described - the difference is that it is made with whole milk and not whipped cream. It is also baked in the oven.

I've heard it called by several names . . . Baked Corn, Scalloped Corn, Corn Pudding, and now "Oven Fried Corn".

Hope all is well with you and yours. Enjoy some sunshine and warm weather for me down there in the sunny south. ;D

Heather said...

You must be a wonderful Mom, Nanci, to have such precious children! I'm thinking of your son with the snowblower. . .your perfect Christmas gifts. . .your daughter's cooking. They've obviously been shown a lot of love to be returning it as they do. :)

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