~these are the days of making soft pretzels~
I love my kids wanting to help in the kitchen. Really, I do.
With five kids, someone always wants to help. Most of the time, it’s too hard to manage all of them helping at the same time. Because nothing would ever get made. There’s a lot they can do independently but between checking on them and chasing Judah off the stairs, it’s a lot to manage. Sometimes it goes smoothly. Sometimes it’s a bit crazy and there’s more mess than usual.
Because I cook mostly from scratch, I spend A LOT of time in my kitchen. Between meal prep and snack prep and actually cooking and cleaning up and cooking again and cleaning up some more, it feels like the majority of my day is spent in there.
We’ve had our systems of schedules where certain kids help with certain meals but we never stick with it. Usually, whoever asks first gets to help, as long as they don’t ask first all the time. I really need a better system that helps us be more consistent.
They each have cooking tasks they always do and enjoy the most. Micah makes his own eggs and rolls out tortillas. Naomi stirs her eggs. Eliana chops vegetables and makes cookies. Eden does whatever she sees everyone else doing. They all want turns flipping pancakes. They all
roll out eat pie dough.
Sometimes, though, it’s just easier to do things myself. It goes faster. I can attempt to clean up at the same time, and I keep a little sanity while they chase Judah off the stairs.
Because we currently have no snacks
in the house the kids wanted, I thought I’d make them soft pretzels today with my sourdough starter. If you are a sourdough lover, I use this recipe. And they are taaaasty!
The older kids were all busy, but suddenly I hear, “Mommy, I help you with pretzels?”
To be honest, it wasn’t a day I wanted help. Pretzels aren’t hard to make, but they take a bit of time to roll and boil and bake. I just wanted to make them and get them done. I really didn’t want someone in my way.
But it was also one of those moments where I knew I needed to say yes. To give my two-year-old some needed attention.
I showed her how to roll the dough like a snake. Twisting them was a bit too complicated and she was fine with just rolling.
And grabbing large fists of dough and putting them into piles.
And somehow managing to block out the blazing sun.
She talked my ear off the whole time. We talked about the egg wash for the top and the large pieces of salt that she proceeded to dump all over the counter. And then tried to be helpful by sweeping them onto the floor with her hand. Two-year olds are rather matter-of-fact so it was an endless stream of her stating the obvious and repeating me. Which is one of the things I do love about this age.
Thankfully she didn’t notice me grabbing her piles of dough and rolling them into an actual shape. I could have kept her dough balls but I wasn’t sure how they’d come out. Because they looked like this.
It would have been so easy to take this time with her and keep thinking about how much she was in the way. That it would be easier to do it myself. Trust me, I’m guilty of having that thought before.
But as we were working, I began to think about surrender and where I am in my life and how often I get in God’s way. That when things get hard and I don’t see what God is doing and think that He’s not moving and obviously needs some help, I step in and do things myself. In my own strength. In my own time. That I don’t keep A.W. Tozer’s words in mind and really just move over already. To allow him to work in me and through me in His way and His time. To remember that His power is made perfect in my weakness. To rejoice in trials because the testing of my faith develops perseverance. And oh, how I want to persevere! To carry what I’m learning from one season to the next. To move ahead with hope, changed and ready for what the next season holds.
And to remember, that through it all, God goes with me. And He goes with you.
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