March 3rd



Angel food cake for the golfer in the guest room*; Matty starts a new tournament today. Go Pink Golfer Go!

Current Mind Candy List:

~A friend of a friend has a book coming out this week that looks pretty fantastic. I’m all for supporting new novelists, and hope to get my hands on a copy of this soon. Doesn’t it look great?

~I have a whopping total of 10 billion friends having babies this Fall. In all seriousness, I anticipate making/buying a least a dozen gifts between now and Thanksgiving. Watching my girlfriends transform into mothers is magical. I marvel at their maturity and selflessness. Plus, all these little ones mean more tiny toes to kiss and wee ones to rock. I’m hoping to create my own pattern for a baby hat that will look a little something like this.

~The garden is growing like mad. The recent rains we’ve had have pushed the chiles, planted by seed, and the tomatoes, transplanted, into awkward pre-pubescent teenagers, with limbs arching one way or the other and maturity right around the corner. Once upon a January, I thought a nursery of 23 tomato plants was a smart idea. We are soon to have an overgrown dormatory — a teeming tomato hedge. I think an Italian dinner party or two is in store.

~And finally, I’ve been wildly disappointed in myself because of the dozen Lent-related habits I planned to change, I’ve kept with only a few. I know I’m not super-human, but I never cease to push myself to cape-worthy behavior. Then this morning, during another drippy yoga session, the solution dawned on me. Rather than spend time beating myself up (a hobby I’d really rather abandon all together), I could simply start over. If Christianity is about anything, it’s about your choice to start fresh. So today, I reset. And you know what? I feel remarkably less unencumbered. Reminds me of a brilliant bumper sticker I saw in traffic last week: “Faith is a journey, not a guilt trip.”

Giddy up!


* The Golfer in the Guest Room sounds like a torrid Jackie Collins’ book, right?

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  1. Awww Kelli – I totally understand that baby boom (and the love and amazement that comes from seeing friends as mothers….it has choked me up on more than one occasion!) I’m on what I think is “Round 2” now! 😉 I just tried out these adorable hairbows/clips this weekend that I think would be the perfect compliment to cute baby/toddler girl outfits. Reasonable to make and you can whip up a ton in no time flat. I’ll let you know when I post the pics if you’re interested! Good luck with your “reset” my friend – I absolutely agree. Beating ourselves up is of no use to anyone. As the saying goes, TRY, try again.
    P.S. I’m jealous of your yoga dedication. Maybe someday…. 😉

  2. Hiya —

    Thanks so much for mentioning my book! I hate to disappoint, but I should point out that it’s not being released this week. They’ll be printing it in the next few weeks, and it’ll be available in July. It’s worth the wait, though! (And I’ll be providing bonus material on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/douglasmperry )

    Doug Perry

  3. Love “The Golfer in the Guest Room”. That is sooooo Jackie Collins. You should email her I think!

    That dessert looks delicious, the garden sounds AMAZING, and I just know you’ll make fab baby goods for your lucky newborn friends 🙂 You rock.

    You get a shoutout today: http://www.sunshine-cupcakes.com/2010/03/very-excite.html

  4. Reset! I like that!

  5. Reset…hadn’t thought of it. Why give up on a resolution? Much better to start again. This is good…

  6. Melissa March 3, 2010

    Oh my gosh!!! I cant wait to see the cupcake hat!!! Adorable and priceless!!!! I hope you post the pattern or sell it in your shop.
    As a dear friend reminds me all the time, every day is a BRAND new baby day. She posts on FB every day “Thank you for my brand new baby day”. It always makes me mindful to be my best in every moment. You’re the bomb as usual Kelli!!!

  7. If you need any help with your hat pattern, let me know! Babies, babies, babies… yes, there does seem to be an epidemic. =)

  8. Had to giggle, just thinking of 10 billion new babies, all wearing cupcake hats!
    God loves you just the way you are! Matthew 3:17-use your sacred imagination to insert your name here, beloved daughter!

  9. You are so right! “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not, they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness” Lamentations 3:22,23! Yeah! We can mess up and try again! 🙂

  10. And what about your own book????

  11. What is the statistic? It takes 7 tries to change? 21 days for a new habit? Life is all about “resets” and re-trying. My fave saying is, “if at first you don’t succeed, try again. If it still doesn’t work, try something different.” Could be it’s not you, it’s your goal that needs adjusting. Sweet, indeed.

  12. That’s a great bumper sticker. How true! We gave up meat this Lent and it’s working out really good. How nice to have pregnant friends. Being a mother of a sort of newborn (now 4months) I do not envy those women who struggle through the hardships of pregnancy but in the end there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Can’t wait to see what you churn out for the bubbas.

  13. Oh I am jealous of everyone I know having babies… I want one of my own but my hubby and I are waiting. So sad.

  14. Starting over is always good. Lent can’t be about guilt, that just wouldn’t be right.

  15. what a darling little hat.
    so nice to have zillions of babies to create nice things for.
    kissing their little toes is yummy.

  16. I so enjoyed all your scattered thoughts today. You have a peaceful mind. Love getting a glimpse of it at work.