To my son:
As I watched you get ready for your first day of your junior year of high school, I thought to myself you were that three pound one ounce baby I just brought home.
You were so small I thought how can I do this by myself? But I knew I was strong enough.
You were such a good baby. Gram Haythorne loved you like no other. Pap just couldn’t get over how small you were. Your Gram Morgan also loved you as you were her first grandson. She spoiled you beyond belief.
The love that people had for you was unreal. The love I had for you — there were no words to say. God had truly blessed me with you because I was told by doctors that I would never have children. Then, at the age of 37, I became pregnant.
I didn’t know God in my life as I do now, yet He still blessed me.
Our lives have been full of ups and downs, but with God on our side we have prevailed.
You have grown up to be a handsome young man.
Now, have we had our tough times? You bet. But I wouldn’t want to do it without you.
I can’t wait to see what God has for you in the coming years. Whether it’s a college degree or a bride on your arm, God is the only one who knows.
Mom loves you!
The verse for this week is Psalm 127:3, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him”
The recipe for this week is Apple Cinnamon Bread. This is delicious!
Apple Cinnamon Bread
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup self-rising flour
4 eggs beaten
1 can apple pie filling
2 teaspoons cinnamon (divided)
2 teaspoons sugar (divided)
1 apple diced
Add dry ingredients, mix well. Then add the rest of the ingredients (except for apples) and mix well.
Separately, take apples and 1/2 sugar and 1/2 cinnamon and toss well.
Fold apples into batter.
Pour into two loaves pans then sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on top. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes to an hour (or toothpick comes out clean).
From my blog to your kitchen, God bless and happy dishes.
Stay tuned for more homemade recipes and blessings from my table to yours.
In addition to providing delicious recipes on her Faith and Food blog, Tina Rucker is a proud mom to her 18 year old son, happy wife to her husband Joel of six years, and the spearhead of the Five Loaves Food Pantry ministry in her local church, open twice a month.
Tina has worked in the food industry for over 25 years, and has a heart and a passion to serve, feed, and provide for those in need.