This week has been a breath of fresh air. Tuesday’s launch of the special-needs group I’m co-hosting with Kaylee was/is unbelievable. The response and community already forged is simply, well, simply a God-send. Thank you for cheering us on! I consider you here my anchors, and it means the world to me that you yell and scream and cry and laugh… or just sit… when I need it most. Thank you.
Now that Ry is away from home at Big School every day, I’ve had a little more time to be with the young’ins. Oh, man… they are cute. It has been strange to do half-days and full-days without Ry shadowing our every move, but it has been such a blessing to get to know these kids better. We are still trying to find a rhythm between errands and naps and food, but things are beginning to fall in place.
Here’s Abby at 9.5 months and 17 pounds of sweet. She likes to dig in Rylie’s kitchen while Big Sister is away. Abby is crawling like a maniac and singing to beat the band. This child, she is going to be our heartbreaker. She is completely different in temperament and personality from the other two. God is so creative.
And, here’s Gus Gus at 2.5 years, 32 pounds of brute. Gideon’s life right now is about trucks, B (the bear), AND HARRY the barn cat who is not allowed inside… do you see the guilt on that face? Lawd, I could just eat him. Harry puts up with a lot from Gus, as you can tell.
Sometimes, we even find time to clean off the counter top and make cookies. This summer, Rylie’s day camp had a cooking class came home with this recipe. It’s hands-down the best thing I’ve tried in ages… and I’m not even a cookie fan. It must be the shortening. I don’t know. They’re incredible I can’t tell where the recipe originated, but the nuns use it every year, so I’m calling them Blessed Cookies 🙂 Gideon likes to have them with a side of blocks and trucks.
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup sifted flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup nuts
Preheat oven to 375 °.
Cream shortening, sugars, egg, and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together and then add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Add chocolate chips and nuts.
Baked on a greased cookie sheet for 10 to 12 minutes.
Have a great weekend, Folks!