National Chocolate Day isn’t until sometime in October. Who did that?
Don’t they know we need the month of January to gather and practice our recipes for Valentine’s Day? Who doesn’t plan chocolate molten for dessert on Valentines Day…or a healthy chocolate syrup for strawberry dipping…or my grandmother’s Mississippi Mud Slide? At the very least, we can quickly throw together some caramel brownies!
All those things take practice…for perfecting technique…for testing…for tasting…for drowning our sorrows, for Pete’s sake.
And by the way, am I the only one still recovering from 2016? What a year! Can I say chocolate therapy? I’ve decided that this will be my personal “Chocolate Month”. Yes, the entire month!
Friends and family must know me well. For Christmas, my friend G sent me the vintage dictionary sign with the same message as the tea towel my parents gave me a while back.
Yes, chocolate understands! 🙂 And, boy, do I need some understanding.
Yes, I’m joking a little, but not totally. 2016 had a lot in it that was hard. I’m very glad to see 2017 roll in, and I pray for a better year. Already, 2017 is off with spits and sputters.
Yes, God has His purposes for all things, good and bad. I’ll back up a little and explain.
On Thursday before Christmas, I fell down some steps at PAM and HBD’s house (Painter Artist Mom and Handy Builder Dad). I injured my ankle and spent all day Friday getting a diagnosis.
The first diagnosis was a fractured leg just above the ankle, but nothing could be done over Christmas weekend. (What was I thinking, breaking my leg at Christmas?)
PAM and HBD kept me iced and waited on me for three days while HH went to his mom’s. It was very relaxing (call me Queen Asterbutt). I’m caught up on all Hallmark Christmas movies and HGTV episodes!
Oh, and I also read an entire book – something I don’t get to do very often these days.
On the down side, I was filled with doubt. What was God up to?
There would be no projects I’d planned, no tablescapes, no tried and true recipes. I’d be able to write, but what would I write about?
Thankfully, I only have a badly sprained ankle, complete with rehab and lots of time for healing.
Oh, and wearing a boot. Don’t forget the lovely boot. Ha!
I’m thankful for the time of questioning – to consider what God may have in our future. I’m thankful for all of you! And, I’m thankful God didn’t say to stop blogging. If He led me away from blogging, that would mean He has something else for me to do, probably something even better.
I trust God and know He’s in charge. I’ll be faithful to Him, no matter what. And, I’m so happy God’s still in this with us!
For a minute or two, there was a temptation to have a pitty party, sink into depression, and ruin Christmas. Instead, I chose (and still choose) to trust God in this. (Things could be worse, after all.)
What would I tell you if you were in this situation? I’d tell you to learn from the experience and let God use it for His glory. I choose that.
I can still do most things, but it takes me longer. So, things will only be slightly different. Thank you for your flexibility and patience!
The designated chocolate month is essential for healing – because it doesn’t ask silly questions. 😉
OK, so are you with me for Chocolate Month? Do you have silly questions to ask?