Appreciate LIFE

Recently we decided to give our puppy up to another family.  This decision wasn’t made lightly and was most certainly difficult.  Where I knew it was the right thing to do because three large dogs is just too much for our household, it was so painful.  Luckily she went to a very nice family that is extremely happy to have her in their home.  She will be the center of attention – she deserves that and more. 

What this made me think about (mostly because I spent so much time crying) was, What should I learn from this?  How is God trying to teach me something here?  Interestingly I have a new appreciation for many things.  My dogs I have, my kids, my hubby – lots of stuff.  How often do we sigh because we have to do something we don’t want to? Or grumble because there are more dishes to do? Or get irritated when the dog isn’t cooperating?

Wouldn’t it be better to think…

I’m glad I have to pick up this because that means my house is lived in and the people here feel comfortable to be themselves. 
I am glad we have dishes to do because that means we have full tummy’s and aren’t worried about where our next meal is coming from. 
Look at how much joy this dog has in just being with me.  Shouldn’t I try and emulate that in life with others?

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we just really tried to appreciate what we have?  Next time you feel yourself getting upset over the small stuff, try really hard to see what you should be appreciating.  Life truely is short.  Live it fully and with love.

Birthday Fun

Birthday’s are fun.

BMW’s are fun.

Birthday’s with BMW cakes have got to be fun, right?

When Kyleigh and I started brainstorming on what kind of cake to make Kyle, we were all over the board.  We were just excited to be decorating any cake.  Then we started thinking about what he liked and BMW’s topped the list.  We first thought about making a cake look like a car.  Well that idea soon passed because we were pretty confident the end result would not be a sleek, cool looking car.  The emblem seemed more achievable!

Baking the cakes was a bit of a challenge in itself.  From too much batter in the pans, cakes sticking in pans, being in a hurry and not wanting to wait for them to cool….we pretty much hit them all.  In the end, it isn’t about delivering a perfect cake.  It’s about giving a cake that expresses that you care about the person so much you will stay up to all hours of the night baking, icing, rolling fondant amd squeezing out mini frosting stars until your hand doesn’t work.  Yep, we love our guy that much!!