It is well

It’s raining today.  And the weather forecast is for a week of rain.  But it is warm, thanks be to God.

Our neighbours’ daffodils are rising through the mud, and the willows have sprouted catkins.  Spring is here!  We’ve seen lots of big, fat robins and a flight of eagles passed the house yesterday.  We’re glad they didn’t stop to snack on our chickies, who have begun laying again.

The fact that there is a sudden increase in eggs must be responsible for my inspiration to make Dutch Baby for breakfast.  Three pans.  Nearly wiped out.  I’ll have to devise a plan for when the littler boys start eating like their Pa and big brother, Jack.  Or when I have hungry sons-in-law to breakfast.

In any case, it is something comforting to enjoy.  It’s a dish that feels like a hug.  Just the thing on a rainy Monday after a weekend of… well…

Our weekend was somewhat dramatic.  I cancelled a much-anticipated trip to a conference of wonderful women in Boston.  It makes me sad.  But I know that there will be other opportunities to meet them all.  Oh, how I pray there will be. Because I was so sorely disappointed.

We thought that there was going to be a problem with some of our new goats coming to the farm.  And while we were trying to work out what really was happening, we were also scrambling to come up with a Plan B.  Sleep was lost, gray hairs were created.  And all for nought.  Because, in our very human way, we forgot to remember that God has all in hand.

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well” – St. Julian of Norwich

And then the telephone rang this morning.  It was the APR office wanting to set up our initial inspection, and to clear up some details about our final plans.  I became totally flustered.  I was sure I was going to say something stupid.  But Brian was right there and assured me that I was being stupid about sounding stupid.  And that I just need to relax.  Because I do.

And this weekend was also filled with good things.  Hopeful things.  Productive things.

Brian met with our new pastor on Friday (watch for Brian’s post).  We will be serving two beautiful parishes – St. Mary and Sacred Heart.  It represents quite a change for us, coming from such a large parish.  But one that we welcome with arms wide open.  The rest of us are looking forward to meeting Father David, and our new Church family this coming weekend.

Yesterday, we worked together on our plans for the alfalfa fields, and on the pastures.  How many tons of lime we need to spread this year for the fields to be ready for seed next year.  And how much diatomaceous earth to put on the pastures, and which herbs to include in our pasture mix for healthy, happy goats and sheep.  Inquiries have been made and answered about pigs, and turkeys, and tractors, and post-hole diggers and…  Things are beginning to come together.

We’ve been searching for a large RV to camp out in while restorations and other preparations are being made to the farm.  This appears to be the time of year to be looking.  Hopefully, we’ll find one that will sleep all of us.  And God willing, the temperatures will stay mild.  Wish us luck.

And soon it will be time to give away those things we no longer need, and to move our remaining belongings to storage so that we can clean up and rent out our little house.  Poor, sweet domicile…  It has sheltered us faithfully for a decade.  Seen the birth of 5 children.  And it will, we hope, bless a new (and much smaller!) family.

Such a mix of sadness and joy, wistfulness and anticipation.  We are off to new adventures.  And not everything is clear.  We worry and fret, though we try to remember that we are in His hands.  He wishes only good for us.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Perhaps another small sliver of left-over eggy, apply goodness?  No, I think I’ll just share with you my recipe.  And take myself out for a walk in this glorious rain.

Dutch Baby

8 eggs
1.5 c. flour
1.5 c. milk
1 tsp salt
½ c. butter
4 medium apples, thinly sliced
½ c. sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 400F. Place two large baking dishes (glass/Pyrex) in oven with ½ stick butter in each. Beat eggs, flour, milk and salt together for 1 minute (some folks like to use a blender for this part). When the butter is completely melted and HOT, add equal amounts of batter to each dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Combine cinnamon and sugar, set aside. Divide the apples evenly between both dishes, sprinkle on cinnamon sugar and bake for and additional 10-15 minutes.

Serves 6-8 people.