This weekend we’re having a big crew of college students, friends of our sons, over for dinner. We’re making Ethiopian food for a special treat: injera (Ethiopian sourdough flatbread made with a grain called teff), alecha wat (mild veggie stew), doro wat (spicy chicken) and misir wat(lentil stew). Since the injera takes a couple of days to do, we started it yesterday morning. It should be a lot of fun. If I remember, I’ll take pictures of more of the dishes for you. But pictured here is the injera (here’s my recipe), and the alecha wat, which is made with cabbage, carrots, potatoes, and onions, with turmeric as part of the seasoning.
In February two of our sons will be taking drivers’ ed, which means EARLY morning rising for five weeks straight. I am not naturally a morning person but I do enjoy the productivity that those early mornings tend to give me. OK, and the chance to sit at the coffee shop for an hour sipping my americano with coconut flavoring. Yum!
Another lovely thing about February and March is that I get to do some adventuring. Feb 7-9 and March 7-9 I’m attending Created for Care, an amazing adoptive-momma retreat in Atlanta, GA. I went last year and was sooooooo very inspired and encouraged. It is an amazing experience, and was sold out almost immediately when registration first opened last summer. But rumor has it that there have been a few cancellations, so if you’re interested in attending, check the website and see if there’s still space.
The other adoption conference that I’m attending is closer to home–the Refresh Conference in Seattle. That event is for dads AND moms, and there’s even child care! I’ve never attended this event, but I’ve heard great things about it so I’m really excited. Registration is still open for this particular event.
In both places I’ll be sharing on two topics: organizing a busy home, and trusting God in times of challenge. At Created for Care I’ll be speaking on my own, and at Refresh I’m blessed to be speaking with Jen Summers and Lisa Qualls. Jen writes at Grace and Glory and has 10 kids. Lisa writes at One Thankful Mom and has 12. I’m so much looking forward to meeting these fellow mommas-of-many in person!
Now I’d love a bit of feedback from you all. I’ve talked about organization and family management before, but this time around I’d like to add more wisdom about learning to say ‘no’ to what won’t fit well in your life. I’d love to hear what you’ve said no to, and how you came to feel that was the right decision for your family.
One small example from my home: I rarely iron. Usually it’s when I sew, or very occasionally (as in maybe 4x a year?) I’ll help one of the boys iron a Sunday shirt if it didn’t get pulled out of the dryer and put on a hanger quickly enough. We pick easy-care clothes and I have just decided not to sweat it. It works for me but it wouldn’t work for everyone. What DON’T you do to add to the peace and freedom in your home?