Last Saturday we catered a wedding for a friend.
The bride and groom requested authentic Indian food.
Above is me trying to explain to 120 people what they are eating and what is spicy and what is not.
Gulab Jamun (like a sweet soggy doughnut) and fruit.
Olivia was actually the brains behind this meal. She did all the research and practice of recipes. Our family ate Indian food for a couple of weeks before the wedding…we learned a lot!
Curry Chicken, Red Lintels (spicy), Broccoli and Rice
It’s a strange but great feeling as I the parent, step back and watch my now adult child step into my shoes, and actually she is running faster and harder than I ever have. She and Emma did most of the cooking for the reception, and I was the ‘support’ help. I am learning to become less as they become more. And what is so very cool is that we work so smoothly as a team,
and now with our new little people they too are learning how to work as a team…as a family. We took 2 of the new kids with us. They were excited, but by the end of the day they were exhausted. Doing things like being Olivia’s right-hand-man is hard work!
There were two days of food prep and cooking, here is Emma putting in hours of making samosas and Gulab Jamun the day before.
We spent one day at a local water park.
I have such mixed feelings about this. The nudity…the tattoos…the piercings…We spent a LOT of time talking about modesty and what behavior brings God glory and what does not.
The kids loved the fun, there was a lot for little kids…
and for the big kids too.
This was the kids first time to anything like this, they had so much fun!
The kid’s lawyer, who was appointed by the judge during our custody hearing came for a visit last week. It is so nerve racking to allow yourself to be “inspected” and “evaluated” so much. I never dreamed I’d welcome a State social worker in home home every month either. But these are all hoops that have to be jumped through for this situation, and these precious souls are so worth the jumping. Thankfully God paved the way through all of this. I have learned how to trust Him even when I’ve had to do things I did not want to. I hate playing the game, but it’s where we are right now, and I welcome yet another move in the right direction and I long for the day to say, “Checkmate” and remove the State’s involvement in our life! But I am NOT complaining… God has been so very good!