This Christmas, my husband gifted me a breadmaker and it’s been a fun adventure learning to use it and experimenting with different recipes. In addition to the breadmaker, he also gave me a very thorough recipe book with a wide variety of recipes including that for this beautiful whole-wheat potato bread. The last note of these instructions indicate that the bread is best eaten on the day it is baked. It’s a daily bread.
You know, I’ve been trying to picture the household that eats a whole 2-pound loaf in a single day, and really, a single evening (since it takes three hours to bake a loaf). Certainly not my family! On the contrary, we’ve been going through a loaf in about a week, eating it liberally. It’s hard for me to picture a daily bread.
But, yet, lately I’ve been thinking a lot about daily bread. Over the past few months, my family has changed a lot: adding a baby, transitioning out of the military, my husband becoming a full-time student. Our budget looks a lot different now. Cutting your family income in half at the same time that you start paying for daycare and healthcare is not an easy pill to swallow. We went from contributing to savings monthly to carefully budgeting each month, praying we won’t run a deficit too great for our savings to cover over the next few years. It was a big leap of faith for me, in particular. (My husband is much more optimistic than I’ve ever been.) So frequently, I found myself focusing on how to afford our daily bread.
But then God surprised me. Continue reading