I grew up with a Mom who baked everything from scratch. This is one of the recipes that sticks out most prominently in my childhood. Chewy granola bars! They are not a replacement for the kind of granola bars you get from the store. At least, I’ve never viewed them that way. They are thick and chewy and delicious!! I will show the recipe as written and put my current changes in parenthesis:
Yesterday I had a friend post this on Facebook:
“So I’m at the post office, and a girl is ahead of me is all excited mailing off forms to her college. She just graduated from a local school she was saying. She turns and asks where do I put the stamp on this envelope? Really??? She was serious. Hmmmm.”
My response was “don’t people have Pen Pals anymore?” Maybe it’s just me because I have lots of family and friends that live out of state, but I love that my kids have learned to write letters/thank you notes, address envelopes, and put stamps on all by themselves! Granted, we don’t do it nearly enough, but they are pretty adept at the whole envelope thing. So that got me thinking about something I saw on Pinterest (which, if you knew me in person, you would hear me say multiple times throughout the day!). I found a super cool blog that had tons of ideas for all of these unusual things you could mail, as long as they are 13oz or less. So I now have a renewed commitment to be more intentional about making my kids write to their friends and family. I will not have a daughter heading to college who doesn’t know how to mail something! I’m off to go buy some stamps!
Ever since I was a child people would remark, “you get excited easily” or “it doesn’t take much to make you happy”. I can’t say they always meant it positively. Sometimes they said it in sort of a condescending, snide way as if that joyful attitude was irritating. As I got older, I saw that people would get excited over huge things, but those little reasons for happiness went by the wayside in the hustle and bustle of life.
I remember my grandma saying “Take joy in the little things in life, because the big things don’t come along very often!” As I learn how to be content in all situations, I have really taken my grandma’s advice to heart. I don’t want to feel happiness only when we’re going on a big family vacation or buying a new house or entering summer vacation. Life is not a string of monotony, broken up by occasional drops of sunshine. It’s more like finding peace and joy in everyday life…and occasionally there’s a mountaintop experience that is just spectacular! But it’s not what we live for. If we open our eyes and see what God is doing in our lives each day, we can find all the little reasons to be excited and happy and joyful.
*Photo taken by Amy Peterson Photography, Clarkston Michigan