Monthly Archives: May 2013

Grilled Pizza

Once upon a time, I used to gluten-free blog. Then we decided to move to Brazil, and I moved over here to share more about this journey. Another day to love will still be about that, but pizza is something we all love. I’m 3 years into this gluten-free world, and one of the biggest challenges has been to satisfy my craving for pizza. We have tried most pizzas out there. Pizza made from almonds. Pizza made out of cauliflower. You name it. We’ve probably tried to turn it into a pizza. Which is why the first time I stumbled on this recipe, I wondered if somehow gluten snuck into this crust. IT TASTES SO GOOD! SO…normal!

Grilled Pizza (Gluten-Free!)
1½ cups all-purpose GF flour blend*
1½ teaspoons xanthan (or guar) gum
1 package active dry yeast
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
2/3 cup hot tap water (around 110 degrees is perfect)
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl of an electric mixer fitter with paddle attachment. Mix on low until combined. Scrape down bowl once. Turn mixer to high and mix for 3 minutes. The dough may clunk around in the mixer at first then soften up. The dough will be soft and sticky.
2. Dust a work surface with more GF flour blend or sorghum flour. Knead the dough a few times until it is smooth and no longer sticky. You can use the dough now or save to use later. (If using later, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in the fridge.)
3. Pull off golf ball-sized pieces, roll into a ball and roll out with a floured rolling pin. Roll until about 5-6 inches in diameter and thin. Dust off any excess flour with a pastry brush.
4. Heat an outdoor grill to medium. Lightly oil the grate. Place the rolled out pizzas on the grill pan or grates and cook about 2 minutes per side. Add any topping you like and lower the lid, cook for about 5 minutes or until the cheese (if using) is melted and the toppings are hot. If cooking on a grill pan, flip over and cook another 2 – 3 minutes. Top with desired toppings and put in the preheated oven for about 5 minutes or until the topping are hot and cheese is bubbly.
*GF Flour Blend: I use a mixture of 4 cups brown rice flour, 1 1/3 cup potato starch, 2/3 cup tapioca starch.
* I double the recipe for our family of 5. We triple or quadruple the recipe for company.
* If grilling the crusts, we try to cook them only enough for the crusts to stay together. If you get them too done, it will be too crisp once you put the toppings on and cook.
* You could also cook these on a grill pan over high heat.
* OR, you can use a panini maker! (Which is what we do in the winter now, thanks to DMB 🙂
For the panini maker: oil the grates, grill the crusts, then add the toppings and finish off in the oven on broil to melt cheese.
* If you need to make the pizza crusts ahead you can grill them up to one day before and store, wrapped in plastic at room temperature.
Recipe adapted from
Enjoy your pizzas!
And your days.

I am unplugging for the week. No computer. No TV. No phone.
Going off the grid, folks.
We are going to spend some time with my family in the mountains.
I may not have any friends left when we return,
but am excited to take a break from the extra distractions.
To reign in this heart that’s prone to wander.
You are welcome to join along, to search for places of stillness.
To feel a sense of emptiness and not seek to fill it with anything…
Experience a bit of loneliness and not run to anyone…
Get lost in our way and not turn anywhere…
Other than the Lover and Guardian of our souls. 

He personally carried our sins
in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By his wounds
you are healed.
Once you were like sheep
who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd,
the Guardian of your souls.
1 Peter 2.24-25


Love in Focus (May)

I spend my days with a 4 year old. He’s a pretty “cool dude.” We hang with friends, explore our town, sit down to piles of books to read, run errands with a warm little hand in mine, make peanut butter and honey sandwiches with 2 pickles and 2 carrots for lunch. I have relished the fact that these days have been such a gift, knowing time goes all too fast.IMAG0505
It’s funny how in a matter of a few hours he can go from saying “This is the best day ever!” to “I hate this day.” Today he told me “This is my favorite day. Well, as long as it goes okay.” I learn alot from my little friend. If we spoke every word we thought, how often would we say the same. You may be at Disneyland with perfect temps and no crowds and short lines and someone who insisted on paying for the whole day. But even then, a seagull could still fly over and poop right on your head (and yes, that may have happened to a blonde-haired girl writing this post.) It’s not the circumstances we can control. But it’s never too late to change our attitude.

I want to start posting some images from our month. Believe me, it’s not always pretty. (Hence the “I hate this day” moments.) But we choose what we focus on. And I want to thoroughly enjoy these moments. To wonder at the gifts. To be astonished by the Giver. And to always find something to love in the day He has given.


It is not how much we have,
but how much we enjoy that makes happiness.
Charles Spurgeon
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Wishing you all a lovely memorial day weekend! Enjoy!!
Also. It’s my parents’ 49th anniversary!!
They are on a date right now, which makes me smile that they are still dating after 49 years.
Love you, mom and dad. So thankful for all the ways you keep love in focus.

May What-What

Not sure why I have been so stumped to think of the best word to call these monthly updates. It probably was the hardest part of writing this post. 
too predictable.
News: too bland.
Royer Review: what we would have called it 15 years ago.
Rundown: has some other connotations to it.
So, we decided to call it something different every time. This month, it’s the What What.

I guess the first What is that we are continuing to prepare for our move to Brazil. It’s a busy season for us as nothing has really stopped – we’re still working, raising kids, coaching soccer, gardening, cooking, cleaning (somewhat), hosting, living. Meanwhile, we added a whole other dimension that requires wading through paperwork, learning portuguese, figuring out homeschooling, sorting through what to store or sell, and gathering addresses for dear ones from different walks of life. (BTW, If you would like to receive our vision letter, we may need your address. Email, and we will get one to you.)

Some big Whats!!
– We received our boys’ Brazilian passports in the mail.
– We booked our flights to Florida for NTM Orientation/Training in June.
– We are humbled and honored by the support of others.
– We already are receiving 30% of our monthly support needed for us to work in Brazil!
– We are so very thankful for our excitement for the future. As we think of the dangers and difficulties and adjustments ahead, I am reminded “She can laugh at the days to come.” (Proverbs 31.25b) Praise God! This is His work in my heart!

Some prayer Whats:
– Wisdom in ordering our days.
– God would build the team He has for us – pray-ers, supporters, co-laborers.
– Our boys – as all they are “leaving” becomes more real to them, that God would give them with an understanding of all we “gain” in following Jesus.
– Journeying through all of this with surrendered hearts and open hands.

How can we begin to thank you for your interest in our family? We so deeply appreciate your care, thankful we are not alone. But this is so much bigger than us! Since the very beginning, God has been all about shining His light into the dark corners of this world. He was the light and shared His light with His people. Then Jesus, the Light of the World came to us. And to those who follow Him, He has given the light that leads to life. We are thrilled to be a part of sharing His light with the people in Brazil who live in spiritual darkness, who have no access to the Good News of Jesus. Because we believe this is God’s heart.

Genesis 1.3: And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.
2 Samuel 22.29: You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.
Psalm 27.1: The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?
Psalm 104.2: The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment.
Matthew 5.16: In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
John 8.12: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
2 Corinthians 4.6: For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
1 Peter 2.9: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

I have made you a bring salvation to the ends of the earth.
(Acts 13.47)
(Image taken from The Dark, by Lemony Snicket)

Shine on, dear friends!

For Mom

Dearest mom, Happy Mother’s Day!
I have thought about you all day. All you are and all you teach me. All you have done and all you have helped me become. You are a wise counselor, a peacemaker, servant, prayer warrior, and close friend. You teach by example. You inspire through encouragement. You love without limit. You have prayed me through hurtful relationships, out of difficult situations, and into an understanding of the matchless love of our Heavenly Father.
I love you, mom. More than words.
Thank you…for everything.


And for the mommas out there who wonder if the roses of this day are worth the thorns. Mother’s Day may hold recognition and praise, but there’s countless days of self-sacrifice and sleepless nights. I found these words inspiring. I hope you will too.

“Mommas, you are the warriors of our world. You are equal parts soft and strong. You are paramedics, nutritionists, comforters, counselors, personal shoppers and chefs, teachers, and principals. You are life-givers and life-enrichers. Let’s face it, without you we’d all have candy for breakfast and stomach aches by lunchtime. We would feel lost in this big, scary world, but you tether us to the soft edges of home. You guide, instruct, nurture, and pray.

And all of this even though your job is often thankless. There is always one more load of laundry to fold. One more crisis to resolve. One more meal to cook. Being a mother means a lifetime of work that seems small but adds up to big stakes in the lives of your children (and their children, and their children . . .)

Clothing little bodies. Putting cold washcloths on warm foreheads. Making endless plates of mac n’ cheese. Creating a home that says, “You’re welcome here any time.” Gassing up the car again to visit children and grandchildren in far away places. It doesn’t go unnoticed, momma. And the ripple effect of your efforts to mother go far beyond your children. Look past the “least of these” in your world, and see that your service and sacrifice has Kingdom implications.

You don’t have to work to be noticed, because Jesus already sees all you do. Your prize isn’t just a great Mother’s Day gift or a fancy brunch. It’s knowing your life is a living demonstration that sacrifice is worth it, that love doesn’t have to be earned, and that living for more than ourselves is worth every mess, stretch mark, and sleepless night. Your family is a gift, momma, and your thank-you card has already been delivered through God’s Word. Press in to the One who gave them to you, and press on!
Erin Davis

Double Digits

Our little man turned ten this week. 10!
We have officially entered the uncharted territory of Double Digits.
I can hardly believe we’re here. The night before his birthday, I just sat by his bed while he slept. Thanking God for his life. Thinking of all he has been through and all that is now known and overcome. Praying for all that is to come. I was a sentimental mess. Wasn’t it just yesterday we were dressing him in a coming-home-from-the-hospital outfit? And now he is asking “Have you heard of skinny jeans and could I get a pair sometime?” We’ve heard the tweenage stories out there, but I just have a feeling this is going to be fun.

We have been taking turns for who gets a party each year, so as not to have 3 parties in 2 months. But since next year we hope to be in Brazil and who knows who there will be to party with us, we’re going for it. 3 parties in 2 months, baby.

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He was writing out the list of who he wanted to invite.
There is a special needs kid in his class, who has a full-time aid. I asked Miles if he thought that kid has ever been to a party. He thought about it, then said “let’s invite him!”
Turns out, it was his first party. We had such a blast! (And thankfully, we did not lose him.)

It is a beautiful thing to watch this boy grow.
It definitely has not been without hardship. The stuff he asks me before bed break my heart sometimes. I have to blink back tears at the honest questions of a little man trying to make sense of this broken world. And yet, our God is faithful. And He can be trusted. Even with our kids. I pray God will use the ways of this cold world to foster a tender spirit in him, a soft heart for others, a passion to live for the One who gives him breath; and that I can be there for him. Especially if we enter into those tweenage stories.