Oh you guys. I have read and re-read all your comments on my previous post so many times. I've responded to so many of you directly in the comments, but I'm not sure if you get notified by email when I do that. Anyway, we have a precious little community of encouragement here. My hope and goal is that in a world filled with chaos, tragedy, heartache and questions with out answers, we could always lift one another up here on this little blog. I have said it before, but I know that not everyone who reads my blog believes in Jesus the way I do- and I want to remind you that you are so welcome here, no matter your beliefs. Jesus is my rock and my personal foundation so I'll always attack a problem from that angle. I couldn't do it without Him and that's the truth. I hope you are able to leave here ultimately refreshed by what you find. We all struggle sometimes and long to make lemonade out of those lemons. That's pretty universal, isn't it? I love that some of the women who have gone before left lots of stories and shared how they did things, or how they wished they would have done it differently, and how things tended to always work out. I love how Mamas in the thick of it left comments relating to my frustrations... and I love that some who aren't Mamas related the subject to life in general. If I could give you all a group hug, I would.
attempting some FUN.
It's the last of my immediate family birthdays. (We have a lot
of extended birthdays between January and March with JJ's at the end of
March) Adrain and Ava are being celebrated together on Friday, since
their birthdays are four days apart. Adrain is such a great sport. I
asked him if he cared that I didn't make a big fuss over his party and
make it separate with special guy decorations, and he just laughed and told me guys don't care about
any of that. (I'm pretty sure he just loves the Indian food I'll be
making and the cupcakes.)
lemon poppy seed cupcakes with lemon-y frosting. Cupcake recipe here fluffy cake frosting recipe here. (I added 1 1/2 tsp real lemon extract to the frosting recipe, and some yellow food coloring.) I
don't know why or where she came up with that, but her wish is my
command for birthdays so that's what I made. I think she likes to be
163 Design Co, here, but I'm not sure they have any more. I can't tell you how much I love using it for celebrations!)
Anyway, I went to Marshall's to find my wrapping paper because they have the best variety and the best prices. I scored an orange and white gingham and a blue and white houndstooth design. I nabbed some softly tinted Ranuculus from Trader Joe's and placed them into a blue jar I had on hand because Ava really wanted flowers. I used some yellow yarn to pull everything together and I was finished. Easy and sweet. My favorite.
find joy in
the little things on that adventure and I'm going to keep the idea that
they are really only going to remember the FUN parts, tucked inside the
corner of my heart.
party like we're ten. And we're going to have fun! (grin)
I sure love you guys. I hope you all know that!