I made a cake.


This was maybe the most fun I have had since renovating my kitchen. When I saw this incredible cake from Sqeak & Squirrel, it was love at first sight. I knew I had to make one—with my own little twist, of course. I had a handful of farm animals in the toy box, so I decided to do a picnic scene. I already had the bunting from a cake I made last year... The picket fence was just a piece of card stock I folded and cut. The mini cakes were made from leftover Halloween candy—Bottlecaps and Rolos, to be exact...


Before I had kids, I think I had a lot of preconceived notions of what being a mom would be like. I guess I expected it to be hard, but I thought it would always just "feel" right. Maybe I thought it would be easier or less interrupted or less exhausting—more like the magazine pictures. My glamorous projection of myself as a mom was immature and unrealistic, and I am slowly realizing that there is beauty and satisfaction in the labor and sacrifice... Being a parent is hard work.

HOWEVER, that is not what I am talking about today. What I really want to say today is that getting to make this cake for my little girl was one of those moments that was EXACTLY like I imagined it would be. Pure joy. Pure delight. It was one of those moments that made me realize how much fun it is to be a mom. 

Did I get a little carried away? Yes. Is making 1/4 inch paper hats for barnyard animal figurines obsessive? Yes. But, do you know what? I am totally okay with that, because it was worth it for me to realize how much I really do enjoy my kids. It's easy to get so wrapped up in the everyday that I forget to enjoy the extraordinary. The miracle of life is unfolding right in front of my eyes.

Sometimes it takes hot gluing a flag onto a plastic duck to realize what a short time we actually have with our kids. We each have our own way of celebrating the beauty and brevity of life. This cake just happened to be mine.  

Joy LewisComment