Hello, my name is Laura, and I’m a homemaker. I’m also a wife, a mom, and a writer. I make most of our food from scratch, grow a large garden, and preserve a good portion of our food for the year. I homeschool our four sons. I have company over regularly. I’m in charge of one of our local health food co-ops. I cut my family’s hair.
I also worry too much, yell at my kids sometimes, don’t always make time each day to read my Bible, have a messy minivan, and I can’t remember how to thread my sewing machine. The chair in my bedroom is covered with clothes that need to be hung up, I can never find a pen, and I haven’t taught my youngest son to tie his shoes. I often have overdue library books, my refrigerator needs to be cleaned out, and I’m terrible about returning phone calls.
Some might look at all the great things I do each day and think I have it all together. I beg to differ. Any time I have tried on any of the varieties of Superwoman capes available, none of them seem to fit me right. They’re either too tight, too short, too bright, or they’re so long that I tripped over it when I try to wear it and fall flat on my face.
Each of us has our own God-given strengths and our human-based weaknesses. What I’m good at, you may not be, and what you’re good at I may just have to admire from afar.
Trying to be a Superwoman doesn’t work for me. The cape doesn’t fit.
How about letting God use us to be the best woman we can be for Him? Now that’s a plan that’s a one size fits all.
Laura Coppinger is featured in the November 2010 ParentLife on pages 18-21. She writes and shares recipes at HeavenlyHomemakers.com. Here’s one of her excellent, "real food" recipes she shared with us!
Apricot Breakfast Bars
© Laura Coppinger
1 cup butter
¾ cup honey
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup buttermilk
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1½ cups rolled oats
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ cup sesame seeds
¾ cup dried apricots
Melt butter and honey together. Remove from heat. Pour mixture into a mixing bowl and add baking soda, salt, vanilla, buttermilk, and eggs. Stir in flour, oats, coconut, and sesame seeds until well combined. Cut dried apricots into small bites (I usually cut mine into fourths). Fold apricot pieces into dough.
Bake in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. When completely cool, cut into 16 bars.
Variation — soaking grains (optional): Mix melted (and cooled) butter, buttermilk (with live cultures), flour, and oats thoroughly in a glass bowl. Cover and leave on the countertop overnight. In the morning, stir in remaining ingredients. Bake as above.
Photo used with permission of Flickr Creative Commons.