Guys, let’s be real for a second. I’m so tired. I think mothers everywhere just sighed and said, “Me too!!” I wouldn’t change this job we have for the world because I love it. It’s exhausting, but it’s amazing. Going to the bathroom alone is like a vacation. Hearing, “Mama! Watch what I can do!!” and then seeing them jump up and down six times before falling over laughing hysterically; that must happen at least 487 times a day. Ahhh, the joys of motherhood.
I was showering this morning (while my 14 month old son was looking in on me and getting soaking wet himself and simultaneously throwing every single last thing he could into said shower) and I was thinking of how our Heavenly Father never gets exhausted with us. That is crazy to me. We can’t even fathom it because we’re such sinners and I don’t know about you, but my patience runs thin sometimes. In theory, God should be banging His head against the wall over and over because time and again, He has to tell us the same things and teach us the same lessons day in and day out. Remind you of anything? Um, yeah, it reminds me of wanting to throw my son for putting his grubby little hands in the nasty trash can for the 5th time in 2 minutes. I’m trying to teach him but he’s just taking FOREVER to learn!
Thankfully, though, God does not get impatient with us. Exodus 34:5-7 says “Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin…” That verse makes me just want to praise Him even more! So this morning as I was showering and giving thanks to Him, I was made aware of yet another reason that He is great. He should be banging His head against the wall in frustration toward us, but He never is. Instead, He lovingly and patiently tells us once more, or twice more, or as many times as we need to hear it for it to sink into our harder (and some harder than others) heads. Let’s all give thanks for that today and every day!
Oh, and this icebox cake is the heat. It feels fresh and light, except it’s really a trick because all that heavy whipping cream could never be light. So it’s a lie. But it’s delicious and you can trick yourself into eating too much under the aforementioned “light” lie.
No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake
2 pounds fresh strawberries, washed
3 cups whipping cream, divided
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 sleeves (about 24 to 28 whole crackers) honey graham crackers
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
- Hull the strawberries and thinly slice them. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, whip the cream until just holds stiff peaks. Add the sugar and vanilla and whip to combine.
- On the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish, spread a spoonful of the whipped cream. Lay down six graham crackers, lightly cover with whipped cream, then top with a single layer of sliced strawberries. Repeat three times, until you have four layers of graham crackers. Spread the last of the whipped cream over the top and top with remaining strawberries.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring occasionally until melted. Drizzle over the top.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, until the graham crackers are completely softened.
Source: slightly adapted from The Kitchn