My family called my mom, “Mommy” all the years that we were blessed to have her in our lives.
I am thankful for the many ways she invested in my life and in the lives of so many others. Her investments into the spiritual lives of others will continue to produce dividends for eternity.
This year marks the 20th year since she passed from this life into the next, and I’m remembering many wonderful ways that her life affected so many. Thinking of her accomplishments, the most important was to work with my dad on the translation of the New Testament into Piapoco, one of the minority languages of Colombia and Venezuela. Below is a photo from the final checking of the text before the New Testament was formatted for the first printing back in 1986.
Our Piapoco friends were very excited to have the New Testament completed in their own language! When the first copies arrived in each village, the leaders prayed with my dad, thanking God for the New Testament in their language….
…. and then everyone wanted a copy!
We are thankful to be in contact with some of the Piapocos we knew in Colombia. They are still enthusiastically requesting copies of the New Testament and the book of hymns and choruses in Piapoco, most of which my mom wrote for them. This month, the New Testament is in the reprint process. We praise the Lord for this wonderful news that the Piapoco people still value God’s Word in their own language and continue to request it.
If you’re interested, you can see what the New Testament in Piapoco with Spanish section titles looks like here on Scripture Earth. This is a neat site to view various resources in many different languages from around the world. If you visit Scripture Earth, you can see some other results of my parents’ efforts – the three volumes summarizing the Old Testament.
Even as my parents were focused on their work as translators, they never let my brother and me feel as if we were less important than their ministry. Instead, they found ways to include us in their work. We listened as my mom taught people how to read and write and we joined in as my mom taught the villagers the new songs she had written for them in their language.
We also helped collate the pages of the hymn books when they were printed and ready for assembly and distribution.
My mom invested in my life in so many ways; the most important was her influence to trust and obey my Lord. She also encouraged me to learn to cook. She didn’t enjoy working in the kitchen very much and didn’t have a lot to teach me, but she encouraged me to read the recipes in the cookbook and follow them. Her contribution was to wash the dishes to keep me motivated! I enjoyed learning to cook and I appreciated her help with the clean up process.
She had a few recipes I remember fondly. One recipe I remember she would prepare almost every Christmas was for Snickerdoodles. I still have not located the old notebook of recipes that she and my dad prepared and collected while we were in Colombia, but I found a Snickerdoodle recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.
Following the method outlined in A Recipe for Survival for converting a standard recipe to a gluten-free recipe, I developed the following:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup raw cane sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
3/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup rice flour
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
1 Tbsp rice bran
1 Tbsp flax seed
2 Tbsp raw cane sugar
1 tsp cinammon
1. Beat the butter for 30 seconds using an electric mixer.
2. Add the 1/2 cup sugar and baking powder to the butter and mix in well with the mixer.
3. Add the egg and honey to the mixture and mix them in completely.
4. In a separate bowl, combine everything else except the 2 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.
5. Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix well.
6. Cover the dough and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
7. In a separate little bowl, combine the 2 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.
8. Using roughly 1 -1/2 Tbsp of dough, prepare each little sphere of cookie dough. Roll the spheres in the sugar/cinnamon mixture and then place on a cookie sheet, approximately 2 inches apart.
9. Bake in a 375 F oven for 10-11 minutes. For my oven, I find it’s best not to preheat it for this recipe.
10. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven. After 1 minute of cooling on the sheets, remove the cookies from the sheets and place the cookies on a cooling rack.
Enjoy making your own memories with these tasty cookies!