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Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Cheesy Cheese Cake and The Real McCoys

"I will have a cheesecake" I declared emphatically as I got into the Suburban. My husband looked at me skeptically. "Have you gotten me anything for my birthday yet?" I reminded him menacingly. "Not yet" he replied in defeat as we drove over the the grocery store. I had just gotten off working my last and gizillionth shift for the stretch and it would be our last time in town before our big trip out east. We would be driving all day on my birthday and I was determined that I would be having cheesecake for my birthday cake this year.
When we got to the store, I knew already that getting myself a cheesecake for my birthday was a big mistake. The freezer section cheese cakes looked expensive and freezer burnt. We were trying to save all our money for the trip and buying a prepared cheesecake suddenly seemed like a waste of calories and money. I couldn't bring myself to buy the $10 one, already feeling the burden of guilt. Eventually, I settled on a $6 Sarah Lee job. The cheesecake already seemed eerie lurking in that cardboard box, but I willed myself over to the check out line anyway.
The night of the "party", I took the cheesy old cheesecake out of the box. It didn't feel very festive. It was still a little bit frozen on top and appeared lopsided, kind of like it was leering at me or maybe scowling. When I took my first bite, I was quite disappointed. It didn't even taste like a cheesecake. I suppose it's as much of a cheese cake as you can get for $6. The next day, I fed the rest of it to my husband and daughter.
I wrote that for a blog post that I never made. I just didn't feel inspired to continue on, but I saved it anyway. I don't know why. Part of the journey to fitness and healthy eating for me is learning to balance a variety of foods into my diet without me say.... eating half the cheese cake. No worries on that one written about above!
So when I got to my sisters, I hadn't said (or blogged) a word about the cheesy cheesecake. My whole attitude in buying it was wrong and I knew it. Her husband, who cooks in an upscale restaurant and goes to college, made me a home made cheese cake from scratch. It was unforgettable for 2 reasons. 1. He took time out of his full time college and work schedule to make me a cheese cake. Very thoughtful. 2. Because God knew I wanted some good cheese cake and put it on somebodies heart to make me one. I am humbled on both accounts. Consequently, every bite of it was out of this world incredible.
Last night at my mother in laws, she asked me "want some cheese cake?" I almost couldn't believe it. This time it was a turtle cheese cake with chocolate and carmel in it. Call me a weirdo, but its just the kind of thing that God does to prove a point to me that He is up there and cares about me. I start out with this attitude that I'm going to have to "take care of myself" in some manner. Then I do a lousy job of it. Then a little miracle comes on the scene to remind me just how Big He is and how much better a job He can do for me when I chose to trust in Him.
One of my last favorite "little miracles" is from back when we were moving to MT. I was home schooling the kids even back then and I wanted to switch math curriculums. The Archer wasn't doing so well with Abecka and I wanted to try Saxton. I insisted to my husband that we had to buy a Saxton text book. He said "no" because we were just getting ready to move and the money was real tight. He told me to "trust God for one". I laughed and scoffed loudly and said "God is going to bring me a Saxton Math book?!" in an incredibly sarcastic and antagonistic tone. Boy was I ashamed later on. That last visit over to my moms before the move, a woman from her church came over. She brought with her a Saxton Math book and the test and quiz booklets that went with it. Honestly, it scared me and I have never taken on a sarcastic attitude toward miraculous provision again. About 6 years ago, I was also given close to the entire Saxton Math curriculum for about fourth grade through Sr. High.
Anybody else out there have any little miracles to share?
Above Photos : Cheese Cakes I have known. After all that sugar, Moonbeam gets her teeth brushed. Uhh... the kids are trying to send you a message about my age. You will not want to reverse the kids hands and figure it out!


me said...

this is just a test !

me said...

2nd test !

Anonymous said...

Ah, I thought you look pretty good for 73! From their view point the numbers looked in order!

cmoursler said...

well, don't feel bad, YOu weren't the first and you won't be the last.
Abrahams wife laughed when she was told she was going to have a baby.
then she had one...
get scared if your 80 and turn up pregnant..lol.

Anonymous said...

Well, I love cheescake, and I am always in danger of stuffing myself with half of it, if there is any left. The ones we make at home are the best.

Thanks for visiting Secret Story Time.

Homeschooling, it's so interesting.
I wonder what it would have been like if my parents had done that for me?


Mr. Stupid said...

I love Cheesecakes. Now, who doesn't? I am glad, you got to eat two different cheesecakes. Two is better than one...:)

baili said...

so you are having super fun ,thanks for sharing such a beautiful pics dear may god keep you and you family in his blessings take care

Eric and Hannah Avery said...

I love cheesecake too! Its amazing to read about all of the cool stuff God has done for you! Thanks for all of your comments. I am excited about the pregnancy. I am actually pretty lucky, because where we work here at the Bible College, we are provided with a lot of food stuff, like eggs, milk, cheese, cereal, etc. So, I don't even need WIC. Its definitely a blessing. Yes, I need to get one of those pregnancy widget things for my blog. Actually, I think I will go do that right now! Have a great day!

Caroline said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment and advice and concern. It is very thoughtful of you. God bless you and your family today

Paula Rodriguez said...

What a great post. I need to get back to my bible studies group. Love these wonderful reminders.