A little background... In 2013, my husband sobered up after nearly 20 years of alcoholism, rage, and addiction related issues. Until that point, our marriage had been severely damaged by his violent outbursts and abuse. Through a gut-wrenching, potentially devastating incident, God reached into my husband’s heart and mind on the evening of May 5, 2013 and Glen fully confessed, repented, and truly surrendered his heart back to his Savior. I had married a godly, Christ-centered man in 1988 - on May 5, 2013, I got him back. Actually, I got a more mature and humble man back.
Since that night, we have been on a steady path of healing and restoration. We have joy again, peace again, trust and hope again. It's been hard - don't get me wrong - but it has been blessed nonetheless.
There are many difficult bumps along a road to true healing. One of the most difficult of mine has been dealing with the scars of trauma that Glen’s past violent behavior left on my hea…
I don’t think there’s any occasion like Christmas that swirls with as much hope and expectation...and there’s definitely no time as magical as Christmas morning for a child. As a child you go to bed and the tree is lit with a few presents tucked around the skirt and stockings hung limply by the fire then when you wake up the tree is mystically brighter, the gifts have miraculously multiplied, the stockings are more stuffed than a turkey, and even in warm California, there's an excitement makes the air feel crisp and fresh with expectation.
Expectation is why we love that movie, “A Christmas Story” with Ralphie hoping and wishing and plotting and dreaming for his Red Rider BB Gun only to have his hopes dashed in the form of ridiculous pink bunny pajamas. We’re hoping with him, laughing at him, and remembering what it’s like to want something so badly. Of course, Ralphie does get that gun and of course, he almost shoots his eye out...but it’s the longing and expectations that makes…
Today was almost the perfect day for one of my favorite comfort food lunches: Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese. The perfect day would be about 10* cooler and the sound of rain falling on the roof. But, it's California in January, so, yeah, that's not likely. It's about 65* out and grey skies...close enough! I've worked on this recipe and fine-tuned it over the years, and now it's reeeeeally good and super simple...and quick! I can bring it together with less than 10 ingredients and in under 30 minutes! We're empty nesters which took me a while to get used to as far as how much I cooked. This recipe is the sweet spot for the two of us. It doubles and triples easily also, so go for it if you have more mouths to feed.
My childhood self wants that sweet taste of the canned Campbells we all grew up with and my grownup self wants the savory basily taste of that yummy soup in the fresh foods section at Vons...this makes both me's souper happy!