Along with that, nothing could put me in a better frame of mind while working at all this then listening to a series of tapes by Bessie Wison, the wife of Jim Wilson, who are the parents of Doug Wilson, who is married to Nancy Wilson, who gave me these tapes. (Did you follow all that?!)
For those of you who don't know who I mean, let me just say the Wilson family has been inspirational to countless souls and a huge catalyst for Christianity and changed lives in Moscow, Idaho--particularly--but all over--really. The entire family has been in ministry and time would not permit all the details of that here. To get a better understanding, go to http://www.canonpress.com/ and take a look at the long list of books written with the Wilson name attached to it.
They are prolific writers and thinkers. In fact, recently Doug has achieved national fame through his series of debates with atheist Christopher Hitchens on Apologetics. The just released DVD is called "Collision" and a must have. (Canon Press carries the DVD as does Amazon and other large book sellers.) By the way, his son, Nate Wilson, has also received national claim with his children's book series, "100 Cupboards".
Suffice it to say that Jim and Bessie set in motion this ministry phenomenon many years ago when they received a call to come to Moscow, Idaho afer retiring from the Navy. Bessie is a former missionary to Japan who married a little later in life. She has a wealth of practical, down to earth, wisdom to impart--all delivered in a no nonsense (yet endearing) style. These tapes have been brought out of the archives by CCM Books and are being reproduced on CD's. The two series are entitled: "Riches in Christ" and "Constancy". They were done many years ago when her children were young newly weds, but the practical wisdom is still priceless. I've been totally blessed by a random act of kindness by Nancy Wilson, Bessie's fine daughter-in-law, and I intend to share it around!
If you'd like copies of this lovely series and more, go to http://www.ccmbooks.org/ They are slowly getting everything up on their website including, I hear, another wonderful series on marriage by Douglas Buzby. They are asking for a donation of $3 per CD, and I can't think of a better investment!
In the meantime, if you've never had a hot buttered rum, your in for a treat! (Incidentally, I don't care for hard liquor, but you can mix me up a buttered rum anyday.) This recipe is from my son, Zac. It's fantastic and super easy.
Hot Buttered Rum Batter
(ratio is 2:1)
4 Cups vanilla ice cream
2 Cups brown sugar
2 Cups white sugar
1/4 C batter
1 ounce Rum
boiling water to fill
Cinnamon or a Cinnamon stick