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Food on Fridays with Ann
I arrived at the canyon quiet and tired, like the thin soles of a secondhand sneaker, its worn rubber peeling away from the canvas.
Heading into the fall, our family schedule appeared sustainable as I plugged appointments and plans into the calendar, but by the time September slammed into October, several surprises loaded down our days—surgery, another surgery, struggles with the class I teach. By November, hour after hour of day after day filled with task after task, leaving me heart-heavy, exhausted, and longing for change.
But then, a gift. Mid-November, I’d be flying to Texas—a break from the schedule for a worn and weary girl.
The High Calling team met to discuss our work, laugh, and tour the new family camp, cheering those who spontaneously slid into the green depths of the Frio River.
We sang and prayed together during the retreat, tweeting highlights of the speaker’s call to a Christ-centered life. At dinner, the server placed this bowl in front of me, filled with sauteed veggies over a bed of spaghetti squash—a nourishing meal for a girl with food allergies. As I lifted a forkful to my mouth, I began to relax into their care.
On Sunday I flew home to my thin-soled life; however, I felt that I carried back with me a strengthened soul, reinforced and renewed from a week of canyon hospitality.
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Sam Van Eman says
Glad to hear about the refreshment, Ann, and I love the cloud photo. My leg from San Antonio to Charlotte was mesmerizing. I couldn’t stop staring through the window.
The flight home was not nearly as beautiful as the flight from Indy to Atlanta. Flying over the clouds with sunshine streaming in the window offered an encouraging image to bring to mind next time I’m stuck under a blanket of gray this winter.
I would have liked to ride that slide. And eaten that food. And talked with you.
It sure looks like you all had a God-grande time. I’m glad you are re-fueled.
Thank you, Darlene. I didn’t even take time to write about this trip before I took it. It’s been a long fall.
Marcus Goodyear says
Darlene, some day you will get to ride that slide. We’ll even save a hard hat for you.
I had to come back and say that the 3rd image would make a great photo writing prompt… if ya didn’t know the folks in it and what they were really up to.
Hazel Moon says
I am so happy for you that you could have a change of pace and enjoy the relaxing time at the High Call meeting. The soup they served you looks delicious!
Thank you, Hazel. This break and the time with friends was much needed….and the meal made me feel so cared for, because the chef had to invent something different for me, which had to be a pain. But they did it. And it was indeed delicious!
Nancy W says
What a well needed refreshing getaway. Have a great weekend!
April @ The 21st Century Housewife says
What a lovely break! I’m so glad you got a chance to recharge like that. We have a very busy season going on in our lives at the moment as well, and it’s very important to take care of yourself during these times. This week I’ve shared a vintage recipe for Cowboy Coffeecake, a treat full of memories for me. Thank you for hosting.
Thanks, April, for your encouragement and for the coffee cake recipe. I always love how creative you are in the kitchen, and it’s fun to think back to what fed us in our youth.
Nancy Franson says
I have to say, I had mixed feelings about all the live tweeting coming from the canyon. It was great, getting little glimpses of what you all were sharing together. But, oh, how I longed to be there with you.
There is deep soul rest in that place, and the beauty of the meals served there are an important piece of that rest.
I don’t usually write food-related posts, but mine was food-ish so I decided to join you this week.
I felt the ache when I saw all the photos of you all during the writing retreat, Nancy. How I longed to receive the gift of community with you all along with the inspiring writing input….sigh.
Too bad we couldn’t all do both. If I had the resources, I would have joined the writing retreat, too.
Barb @ Frugal Local Kitchen says
Beautiful! I’m glad you were able to get the renewal you needed.
Thank you, Barb. I wish I could take everyone along for the same kind of rest and refreshment.
Sandra Heska King says
Did Tim make that for everyone or especially for you? It looks absolutely yummy and healthy.
Ann Kroeker says
Just for me, Sandra! Can you believe it? Well, I think Charity got the the same thing, and maybe Tina and Dena. for the next night, he fixed something else gluten- and dairy-free that he invented to serve as our alternate lasagna. Normally I feel like such a bother for having these weird health issues; instead, I felt so cared for.
This makes me miss you more :(. It always feels strange, stepping back into the everyday after the canyon. But it always reminds that the rest of this stuff is holy too. I hope the thin-soled parts have been a little gentler since your return. Love to you, my friend.
Ann Kroeker says
Oh, phooey. Now I’m all teary-eyed.
I’m so glad we were together in the cabin on the bluff over Singing Hills. You are a life-giving person, and I’m honored to have you in my life.
Cheryl Smith says
My own thin soles found new treading in the Thin Place of Laity Lodge. You, my friend, played a large role in the resouling. (intended)
Ann Kroeker says
We need each other, don’t we? Missing you…