scout's almond tea cakes

scout’s almond tea cakes

We made Mrs. Hick's tea cakes and drank coffee on the front porch, just like she used to with her grandparents. We talked about writing and speaking and all kinds of other big God dreams. This was my first introduction to tea cakes. ACF summer intern, Morgan, came over and we made her great … read more

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what to do when God seems complicated …

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