Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas with Pearl and William: UYW December 16

I decied to write a small chapter in the lives of Pearl and William for today's post. If you scroll down you will find links to all the bloggers participating and at the end you'll find my story.

But first let me share this simple, delicious and frugal dish with you. W loves burgers and especially cheeseburgers. It was cold and why not turn that dish into a soup? Well, seems that cheeseburger soup is a big deal at different restaurants. Who knew? Not me. My friend Eva was saying she had "the best" cheeseburger soup. Eva honey I hope you like this one and that it is as easy as it is delicous!
Cheeseburger Soup
Frugality at it's finest! Plus it's comfort food at it's best.

Leftover potato soup - approximately 6 cups
1/2 lb lean ground beef
4 oz velvetta cheese
4 oz sharp cheddar shredded
paprika, onion powder and a dash of chili powder
water 2 cups

crutons or toasted hamburger bun diced

Brown the beef in a pan with spices, drain if needed. Add to the potato soup, stir well and add water. Heat through and then add the cheese. Allow to simmer about 15 minutes and serve. Simple and delicious. Very filling as well.

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado              
Southern Belle Charm                     
Not That Sarah Michelle                   
The Bergham Chronicles       
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy          
Simply Shannon                              
Confessions of a part time working mom  
On the Border                         
Your words are: freezing ~ house ~ wring ~ pine ~ heavy ~ floor
They were submitted by:      

Standing in front of the window, gazing out upon the freshly fallen snow, Pearl could see the house beyond the trees. The house of her cousin Sarah and her wunderful gut husband Abe. Pearl could hardly believe she had been here for 10 years now. So much had happened since she took the leap of faith to come help her cousin with the new babe. That babe now almost a teenager. How time moves ahead no matter how we try to hold it back.

She shivered, the heavy pine floor creaked as she tiptoed across to add another log to the fire. It was below freezing outside but the house was sturdy and would heat up in no time. Yes, a sturdy house, like their lives. It had weathered a lot of storms but stood firm because it had a solid foundation. Like their lives.

After placing the log on the fire, Pearl gracefully waddled over to the sink, took the rag out of the water. She had to wring it out and wipe her hands. The soot would not brush off like dust. 

William walked in and stood fixated with the sight of his pregnant wife at the sink. The pride he felt was overwhelming, like the love they shared. He was such a blessed man. Five healthy children and another on the way. A full quiver is the inheritance of a faithful man.

He signed and she turned. Their eyes met and the love burned, they both smiled and he crossed the room, took her in his arms and in the light of day right in the kitchen kissed her full on the lips. She giggled, swatted at him and the snuggled against his shoulder. Yes, the blissful moments alone, silent just holding one another,...well that didn't last long. They heard shuffling of feet and giggles.

Turning they saw their children standing before the Christmas tree, sleepy eyes, messy hair, yawning and smiling. These were the moments they lived for. A house full of love and soon chaos as Sarah and Abe's brood would join them for the afternoon meal. But he wouldn't change a thing, neither would Pearl.

The stockings were hung by the chimney and each held a treat. Times were tough, money was lean but they were blessed and the children were appreciative of any little thing. A stick of candy, an apple, an orange, a handful of nuts and a new pencil. They were delighted and let out squeals but the best was yet come.

William walked to the tree and picked up each package and read the childs name. That child would step forward and receive their gift. The others would wait patiently while they opened their gift. 

First would be Hanna and Thomas the twins, then William Jr, Katherine and lastly Jacob. Hanna received a lovely handmade by her mother and embroidered by her Cousin Sarah. She beamed with pride, she was growing into a lovely young woman and loved to cook. Thomas was given work gloves to protect his hands from the harsh winter winds and the splinters that caused him daily grief. Will was overjoyed with a pair of gloves as well. Katherine being 6 was given a handmade doll and being only 3 little Jacob received a toy truck.

The children said "Now it's time for Ma to have her gift" they were absolutely beside themselves. How they had kept the secret this long was a miracle, but William was ever so proud they had.

Pearl said "oh but William we agreed no gifts for us." she blushed but was so happy. He handed her the small package. Inside held a treasure that made her cry and fill with emotion. It was her parents bible with all the family history inside. Having lost them in a wagon/car accident earlier in the year her emotions were still raw. In the Bible was a note from her siblings each wishing her a Merry Christmas. THIS was the greatest gift she could have ever imagined.

She stood and walked to the room, William was a little confused but decided to wait for her return. She came out carrying a bulky scarf that was clearly wrapped around something large. He went to her and she held it out before her. Gently William took the scarf and unwrapped a new tool belt. It was hand crafted, leather and he was stunned.
How? When? Pearl just smiled. And for the second time that day, he took her in his arms and kissed her in front of the children who all cheered.



  1. sobbing, love the beautiful and treasured moment in their lives. family is all you need.

  2. I love this family!
    Well done with the words!

  3. First of all, I LOVE a hot hearty soup in the winter. What a great recipe.
    Second, what a beautiful reminder of what's really important this time of year.

  4. Christmas like it is supposed to be: family, teamwork, gratitude! Happy Holidays!

  5. Great job with the words! It's a beautiful story and makes me long for the simpler days.

  6. What a great reminder of the importance of family! Beautiful job with your words and your story. I need to try this soup, probably not even I could screw it up!