“See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
and its people a joy.
I will rejoice over Jerusalem
and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
will be heard in it no more."
It's a funny thing that hearing that someday they'll be no weeping made me weep...perhaps because it is so completely unimaginably awesome!
Following the service is a chance to chat with friends then lunch out (no cooking, no dishes), then home to a quiet afternoon.
My husband and middle son are off to son's soccer game. I would have liked to have gone but I stayed behind to wrap presents and then welcome them home with a homemade chicken soup. :)
And it turned out that a quiet afternoon was just what I needed. Time to work around my own little home, time to breathe, time to cook. I do love being home and I love working (puttering) around the house. And a little hot comfort food at the end of the day doesn't hurt either.
I used to make my own chicken stock. I still do once in awhile. But when I don't want to be that labor intensive, there's a store brand I love called "Nature's Place." It happens to be organic, but I love it because it doesn't have the "packaged flavor."
I chopped a few veggies (Have you ever tried boiling onions in soup? They're super yummy!),
I add chilled gravy and roasted chicken (roasted yesterday and chilled over night) and cook until the veggies are cooked (I like them cooked to death in my soup!). Oh, and I don't add the meat until the veggies are cooked so it doesn't break all up.
Wrapping presents, hot soup, a quiet house, old movies...bliss!