Here we are, back at this baking table again, except instead of APPLE PIE it’s festive spiced orange pomander balls! Otherwise called cloves & oranges, assuming that like me, you had no idea what a spiced orange pomander ball is until just now. I just looked it up and went back and changed the title of this post, haha. Anyway, there are holiday traditions that I savor from my childhood, and this is one. It’s simple and easy and there are literally two ingredients; cloves & oranges! They look, smell, and feel like pure magic. They photograph nicely, too.
Today, however, didn’t feel like magic at all. If there was ever a run-for-your-life and flee-for-your-sanity kind of day, it was today. Like, seriously, sometimes the only plausible solution to parenting four children all under the age of seven on a bad day is just to RUN. Nap time didn’t happen, all the kids are sick, Lilah has the worst of it all (plus she’s teething). She had a few minutes of really precious cuteness upon riding down the slide by herself at the playground- not even caring that she crashed at the bottom every time- but I was so spent that I honestly couldn’t hardly enjoy it. That’s what parenting feels like a lot of the time. There is boundless, abundant joy to had, even in the messy, disorderly times, but no energy or patience to appreciate it. And that, I suspect, is the age-old way of parenthood. It’s a wonder that God entrusts us with children at all, knowing how well He knows us. But that’s the other wonder- that His mercies are new every single morning, and that our children are so quick to love, forgive, and trust us. Just like our God is, knowing our darkness and unworthiness.
Yet, it is written:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
We can always, always, find blessed conviction, comfort, and strength for the road ahead in His words.
P.S. If you want to get a little fancier with your spiced orange pomander balls this year, see THIS VERSION made with a citrus zester and some pretty designs. Happy crafting, friends!