Tonight we had peach cobbler for dessert. Why you might ask am I posting such trivial information? Well, peach cobbler was Tonya's favorite Sunday lunch dessert and today marked the one year anniversary of her death. So, tonight we had peach cobbler for dessert.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I am borrowing this title from something that my sister wrote several months ago. She was at a place in her life where something was ending, but she was hopeful about the future...hence the Once Upon a Time phrase.
Today my nephew, Dylan left to start his new life in California with his dad.
So, we are saying good-bye and "The End" to life as we once knew it. We have never known anything except Christmas, birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales, and much more with Tonya and Dylan by our sides. I have said many times that Tonya was my partner and Dylan was Adele's. We have so many memories with them that I just can't imagine life moving forward without them, but it will. Really, there is no choice in that.
However, as I begin to sink deep into the pool of good-byes I am reminded that there is also a "Once Upon a Time" to all our stories. Dylan is starting a new life with his dad. A life that I hope and pray brings him joy, fulfillment, and peace. Oh, how I hope that for him. And we are starting our Once Upon a Time too. Even today the Lord is blessing us and showing us his enormous grace. We will be making new traditions, not because we want to mind you, but because we have to.
My sister has also started her "Once Upon a Time"... she is now in eternity and this time her story will have no end. So, thank you Tonya for reminding me that seasons and circumstances sometimes produce "ends" but that in all endings there are also beginnings.
So, today we really begin our, "Once Upon a Time....."
2 teaspoons sesame oil (you can leave this out if you don't have it on hand)
2 teaspoons freshly grated garlic
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
1 package linguine
2 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons oil
3 cups broccoli florets
4 oz. sugar snap peas
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
Sauce: Whisk together the cornstarch, chicken broth, teriyaki, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. Set aside.
Cook noodles as directed on the package. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil and chicken saute until lightly browned. Remove chicken from pan. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil and saute broccoli, sugar snap peas, and red pepper. Add chicken back to pan with vegetables. Pour sauce over and cook for about 30 seconds or until sauce has thickened. Add to noodles.
This really is a delicious and easy meal. We all love it!