#2,066 Wait Until + Evening Walk.

Today I got a letter in the mail from Lisa, who knows all about my anxieties about aging. Honestly, Ben’s elaborate month-long birthday plan is 100% working and instead of dreading August 30, I feel like I’ve waded into it already and I feel excited about life every morning I get to wake up. Lisa’s words were the chorus to his surprises and a balm for me:

Now, isn’t that the truth? Let’s not be the “wait until” people, y’all.

And the sky on tonight’s walk stopped me in my tracks. No filter here. Just late summer magic.

Also, just for Talia, I’ll share my take on the Ranch Stew recipe here tonight. Hopefully Annalee will forgive me! It’ll be so much easier for me in the future when I’m shopping for the groceries to just search it here on my blog, too. I hope you’ll save it—it’s seriously one of the best soups. Similar to taco soup, but much better and heartier.

Ranch Stew (makes a whole crock pot, serves around 12, freezes well)

2 lbs. ground chuck (I like the even leaner ground round) 
2 green bell peppers, diced
2 yellow onions, diced
2 large (28 oz.) cans of diced tomatoes
3 cans white shoe peg corn
1 can kidney beans 
2 cloves of fresh minced garlic
2 tablespoons of sugar (magic ingredient)
3 tsp. chili powder
sour cream
extra sharp cheddar

Brown the meat and drain. Add onions, garlic and bell peppers and cook until tender. Stir this and all the other ingredients into a crock pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours. Serve with cheese and sour cream and Erin’s cornbread recipe.


Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

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3 thoughts on “#2,066 Wait Until + Evening Walk.

  1. Hi Erin. I just found your blog thru another. When I read that you're having anxiety over getting older I thought you might be turning 40 or maybe 50. This was without looking at any of your photos for the record!! : ) When I read that you're turning 30 I honestly had to laugh. I remember when I turned 30 I finally felt like a grownup. I also told my husband he had better throw me a surprise party or else I'd throw one for myself and mine would be a heck of a lot more expensive. : ) I will be 49 in January. I can't even believe I'm typing those words. I cannot tell you enough how absolutely wonderful life is as you get older. It is certainly not without sadness or difficult times but that's just how life is. You have a stronger sense of self and less worry about what others think. There is so much to look forward to and you'll realize just how much of a baby you still are in your 20's. Most of all, you'll look back and wonder what you were ever afraid of. To be honest with you, it is definitely kind of scary to be at what is considered middle age. There is a sense of urgency in a way and there is also more of a sense of your mortality. Enjoy your new decade and be fearless. Embrace every day!!! : )

    ~ Wendy

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