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Last week was a doozy… the stress just started wearing on me. I soon realized it was because my slight controlling tendencies (cue laughs please) got the best of me, and I was simply trying to carry everything. The trusting God issue is a two steps forward, one step back process for me. But I know He is faithful in my head, and I just have to remind my heart that sometimes.

I would really appreciate your prayers for my sweet mother-in-law. We found out a week ago that she has bladder cancer, and tomorrow she is having surgery to remove the tumor. Please pray that the surgery goes really well and most of all that the tumor has not metastasized. My MIL has been so strong and so encouraging since finding out. I can certainly learn a lesson from her about trusting God. We love her to pieces, and we know God will be glorified through this.

And then there’s the house… if you remember, we are moving back home whenever our house sells, and our hearts are just very ready to be closer to family. We know God’s timing is absolutely perfect, and we are resting in that. We would appreciate your prayers though for God’s incredible provision and that we would soon be able to be closer to our family.

All my anxiety turned last week into a blur a little bit, and I really didn’t like that. We got to go to Jackson over the weekend and the warm temps made it feel like summer. If you know me at all, you know I l.o.v.e. summer. The sun was shining. The grass was shooting up and I was surrounded by my family. We feasted on fresh shrimp and ribs with my favorite pink strawberry cake from Primos and homemade ice cream. It was wonderful and just what I needed to change my outlook from last week. This week, I want to trade anxiety and worry for hope and gratitude. Sometimes, it’s the simple things that are the hardest to remember, so this week when I am stressed and anxious I will stop and say thank you for all the blessings I have been given, many of which I so easily take for granted. Most of all… thank you, Jesus, for loving me.

Elissa’s No-Stress, Super Simple Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Panini
via Elissa (hence the title of the recipe 😉

Ingredients:
Sourdough bread (or something else, but I like sourdough for paninis)
Tomatoes (organic and preferably homegrown, but it’s still a little early for that this year)
Fresh Mozzarella (one ball is plenty for two sandwiches)
Fresh Basil
Garlic
A little bit of butter

I make my paninis in a panini press, but if you don’t have one you can use a cast-iron skillet and something heavy (like a brick wrapped in aluminum foil) to smush your sandwich (yes, smush is a scientific word). First, lay your bread on the panini press just long enough to get a little color and a little crispy. Then, I turn the slices over and start layering. First, smear or rub a garlic clove over both pieces of bread. Then, layer slices of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil on one of the slices. Place the other slice on top and spread a very thin layer of butter on the outside of the sandwich and pull your panini press down. You want to apply a little pressure to it. Let the outside of the sandwich get crispy and the inside ooey-gooey (yes, another scientific word). You can turn the sandwich over and spread a very thin layer of butter on the other side of the sandwich too, if you want. I like to serve this with fresh baby Romaine and a dollop of Caesar dressing. Here’s to a week of gratitude! Cheers!

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