baking bread and making memories


Practice these things: whatever you learned, received, heard, or saw in us. The God of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:9

IMG_1443I may have had a career in exceptional education for a couple of decades; but the natural teacher in this family is Rebekah. I love to see her with the grandchildren, where every other instance is a teachable moment.

So this weekend they’re here with us again for an overnight; just around 30-hours. But there’s no way even such a short visit is going to be anything but filled to the brim with fun and history and learning.

David and Beks especially enjoy “Making bread with Grandmama.” Rebekah doesn’t hold back, and the experience is most definitely every kind of tactile, with flour going every-which-way and then some in the kitchen.

The children sit at the stone counter, up to their elbows in flour – then eventually dough – and Rebekah regales them with stories about their mother, stories from her own childhood, stories of their great-grandmama, and their great-great grandmother too – all custodians of the chain of knowledge that not only yields perfect angel biscuits, but passes on faith and family lore.

IMG_1459Measuring, sifting, mixing, kneading, resting, kneading some more, rolling out, cutting, covering, waiting, baking, eating, retelling the stories.

LIVE THE STORY! But we don’t just tell stories in our family, we live them. We live into this great narrative called The Greatest Story Ever Told; we pass on love and knowledge to our children and our grandchildren; we practice, we act out, we live faith out loud; we review, we do, and we teach again.

“Don’t just listen, children, ‘practice these things: whatever you learned, received, heard, or saw in us. The God of peace WILL be with you’” (Philippians 4:9).

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