I begin making dinner around 5:30.
That's usually when all the Little Nies finish up homework (except my
8th grader Claire, who does homework practically ALL DAY).
Usually, we eat around 6:15, then we clean up and spend the rest of the evening
playing in the living room, or finishing up last-minute chores.
This particular night, however, we ate at the usual time but lingered at
the table over a huge pot of curry for hours.
Outside, the snow barreled down, and the pink sky out our windows lit up
every room in the house. It was cozy and beautiful.
I pulled out my computer, and we watched home videos post-2008.
What a wonderful memory this night will always be for me;
my children close, eating good food, and remembering wonderful past times.
With each video, my children all commented on how I have changed.
It's true, I have. In some of the videos, I totally shuttered, looking at myself.
I look like I'm in so much pain in the videos- and I was!
However, as the years passed, my body underwent a transformation,
and I became a very happy-looking woman and mother.
My eyes now exude light, I'm calmer,
and I radiate health, satisfaction, and perseverance.
I might add that the incredible work of some highly
skilled doctors contributed to this remarkable change.
As much as I sometimes hate looking at myself years ago
(especially in interviews with famous people!),
I am so thankful my children and I can witness this transformation.
We can see God's hand and His miracle in restoring me and my life,
and it's kind of cool.
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One-Pot Curried Cauliflower Rice:
4 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 large head cauliflower, cored and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
2 cups basmati or other long-grain white rice
4 teaspoons curry powder
1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 3/4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
(recipe: Martha Stewart)