Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Birthday Celebration

A few weeks ago I asked my (then) eight year old daughter what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday.  Her response, "A dirt cake with worms."

That is not at all what I expected (or wanted) to hear.  But, a mom must honor the birthday wishes of her only daughter.  With a twist.

I didn't want to make a simple dirt cake with worms so I went on the World Wide Web and Pinterest and searched for dirt cake ideas.  What came up in the search was a delightful mix of many different ways to serve dirt cake.  One of which was in a flower pot with a fake flower in the middle.  I loved the flower pot idea, but wanted the flowers to be mostly edible.  Then I came across this idea.  It was a great way to get everyone involved in the making of the cake.  Sadly, I forgot to take photos of the young bakers at work, but we had a good time making flowers and crushing Oreo cookies.

Here is the result.
One website mentioned serving with a trowel.  How could I resist?

Marshmallow/Skittle flowers.

I chose Skittles because of the color options.

Add a few gummy worms and you have a "dirt cake with worms".

Look at that smiling face.

And this one.

Photobomb!  Brothers!

She made her wish.

Digging in!

It really looks like dirt and the worms are grossing me out!

Confetti Party!

We "wrapped" up the day by opening cards and gifts from loved ones.  For some reason we have a tradition of tearing the wrapping paper into little tiny pieces and having a confetti party.  It must have been dad's brain child.  :) However, dad always does the coolest things and we enjoyed our confetti party over and over again.

Monday, May 2, 2016

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For Today... May 2, 2016

Looking out my window... a beautiful day filled with sunshine, birds and new leaves.  It's a weed pulling, gardening kind of day.

I am thinking... of Christopher Yuan and his family.

I am thankful... for days when my heart is heavy.  It allows me to slow down and ponder all the blessings in my life.

I am wearing... blue jeans and a black sweatshirt and flip flops.  The flip flops are so I can kick them off at any time today and feel the green grass between my toes.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Five Minute Friday : Pass


Traveling on the mountain pass, navigating the twists and turns.  Going through tunnels that are so small you can reach your hand out the car window and touch the wall.  Every corner brings a new view.  Tall pines crowd the road.  On the next turn the view opens to sweeping valleys with a view of sunny pastures.  You can hear the rush of water before you see the waterfall around the corner.  On one side of the pass, sheer rock and on the other, a drop to certain death with no fence or safety rail.  Looking beyond the loose gravel at the turn, you can see the mountains looming and their shadows on the water below.

Life is a lot like this.  One adventure after the other.  Harrowing drops into the unknown and twists and turns you don't see coming.  The sound of rushing water from a stream moving too fast to wade into.  Yet, you have no fear.  Just excitement and the rush of adrenaline.  Your knuckles might whiten as you strengthen your grip on the door handle, but that is more from not knowing what is around the next corner than it is lack of faith in your driver. 

Then the road straightens out, you loosen your grip and open the window to smell the fresh pine scent.  Pulling into a rest area, you find a sparkling brook babbling over rocks that have been worn smooth with time.  You roll up your pant legs and take off your shoes.  Dip your feet into the cool water and lift your face to the warm sun.  You look behind you at the mountain pass you just traversed.  You made it.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Five Minute Friday is a wild and wonderful flash mob of words.  Five minutes on one prompt. No overthinking or editing.  Please visit Kate Motaung and link up with Five Minute Friday to see more.

Monday, April 25, 2016

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For Today... April 25, 2016

Outside my window... a gray day is pressing in and the goldfinches are sunny yellow.

I am thinking... of Megan.  We celebrate her 9th birthday this week.

I am thankful... for friends who stand with me through the good, the bad and the ugly.

I am wearing... workout clothing.  Hoping that if I wear them, I'll actually work out.  If not, at least I look like I did. :)

I am creating... a long awaited master bedroom spruce up inspired by the new quilt.

Friday, April 22, 2016

What Sign Are You Standing Under?

My son is wrestling with his faith.  Don't we all?  Well, I didn't so much wrestle with it as I rebelled against it.  But I know what he's going through.  Right now he's trying to make sense of the gift of salvation. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 states, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast."

What then, is all this obedience you read about in the bible?  Isn't that works?  My son asks some difficult questions.  Sadly, teaching is not a great strength of mine.  Answers to those questions don't just flow from my mind onto my tongue.  I didn't know how to explain the difference in a way that made sense to him.

A few days later I was meeting with a group of women and Tammy just so happened to be speaking about Godly obedience.  She read an excerpt from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers and when she was finished reading she said, "What sign are you standing under?"  The one that says, "I obey, therefore I'm saved." or "I am saved, therefore I obey."  "Obedience to God is a thank offering for God's sacrifice on the cross, not a way to heaven."

I went home and made this sign and shared it with my son.  Short, sweet and to the point.  I could see the lightbulb turn on in his brain.  What a privilege it is to walk alongside my children as they learn, grow and wrestle.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tuesday Tip

Whenever you find a good product, recipe or trick, don't you just want to share it?  Here is my tip for this Tuesday.
You must get one of these!  This is my new curling iron/brush.  I know what you're thinking.  New?!  I used one of those in high school 20 years ago!  Well, yes you did and did you know you can buy them new today?  They are rather hard to find, but I must say this little curling iron has drastically reduced the time I spend in front of the mirror trying to tame my wayward hair.  Seriously, you must go retro and buy a new curling brush.  Your morning will thank me.  Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday and we'll meet again tomorrow.   

Monday, April 18, 2016

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For Today... April 18, 2016

Outside my window... leaves!  I see teeny tiny little leaves just unfurling on the pear trees.  Won't be long and my world will be much more green than brown this spring.

I am thinking... about the fact that I just registered Logan in a drivers education class!!  Seems like just yesterday I was teaching him to ride a bike.

I am thankful... for hot showers and washing machines.