At the beginning of the year, I told you that I wanted to buy more flowers for myself this year. Well, it's time, and I just bought another bouquet. You all know how much I love red roses, but there is another rose that is a favorite of mine - the pink rose. The color is beautiful, they remind me of spring, and they brighten up the house.
When I was growing up, my Grandma made THE BEST enchiladas.
She was a great cook in general and whenever we came to visit, she would feed us until we were about to pop. When my mom was young, she used to make everything in the enchiladas from scratch, from grinding the chili powder to preparing the fresh and soft tortillas.
Grandma's enchiladas were served at all family gatherings: holidays, birthdays, and every other get-together. Everyone in the family loved them, and to this day I have yet to taste a better enchilada.
I was told to keep this special recipe within the family, but I will tell you that black olives provide the perfect touch.
In the last few years, we have tried to carry on the tradition of making Grandma's enchiladas for special occasions. Every time we find ourselves in the kitchen, stirring the homemade sauce, rolling every last tortilla, and tasting that first bite, we think of our beautiful, loving, and strong-willed Grandma Peg.
I hope to pass this recipe on to my future family.
When I get to begin teaching one of my favorite books…
Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
It’s a wondrous and magical story about a little boy from India named Pi who finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
But it’s really about so much more than that.
It’s a story about choosing faith over doubt.
"The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.
It was natural that, bereft and desperate as I was,
in the throes of unremitting suffering, I should turn to God."
(Life of Pi, Chapter 93)
It’s about seeing God in all things.
“The presence of God is the finest of rewards.”
(Life of Pi, Chapter 20)
It’s about creating connections instead of dwelling on differences.
“When I corrected her, I told her that, in fact, she was not so wrong, that Hindus, in their capacity for love, are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians, in their devotion to God, are hat-wearing Muslims.”
(Life of Pi, Chapter 50)
And most of all, it’s about choosing the better story.
“So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can’t prove the question either way, which story do you prefer?
Which is the better the story…?”
(Life of Pi, Chapter 99)
I’ve learned a lot from Pi over the years I’ve had the privilege of teaching this beautiful book, and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with him this spring.
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
(Charles W. Eliot)
Have you read any good books lately?
~ Nel ~
P.S. Fun Fact: All the photos for this post were taken from the books on my shelves. ( :
Me and my husband went to the park the other day. I have special memories of the park because I used to take my kids there all the time when they were little. Now for me, it is a place to think, pray, and slow down.
While my husband took a walk along the nicely groomed trails,
I thought I'd take some pictures of flowers.
One of my kid's favorite things to do was go on the swings. With their feet up in the air and their hair flying in the wind, they couldn't get enough of this. I would often join them in their play.