Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Great Get-Away

No, this isn't about a great get-away vacation. It's about getting my exhausted mind and body away from reality for a moment through a really good laugh.

My sister introduced me to Cake Wrecks,a great blog about professionally made, disastrous cakes. Due to the insanity of my life and my needed get-away, I decided to take a break and checked out her blog to see what was new. Here are a couple of my favorites.

Was it supposed to say Olympics Rings or were there actually supposed to be Olympics Rings on the cake? Hmmm. . .

This next one is a picture submitted by a bride-to-be to a cake decorator for her wedding. She asked that the cake be all white with minor green accents.

This is what she got . . .

That isn't all, either. The top layer still had the springform pan under it and the base is a metal sign.

Check out her blog and you can have a humorous get-away, too.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Ride

Have you ever felt like you were enjoying a nice beautiful ride and then, all of a sudden, a humongous waterfall looms ahead? You are on the brink of going overboard, your canoe tips, your back is stretching backwards and your fingertips are clawing for the top of the falls. The canoe falls farther and farther down the waterfall. You try to reach up but are suffocated by the mist surrounding you. Have you ever felt like that?

I feel just like that right now. I've fallen off the edge and there is nothing I can do to stop the descent. I know that one day I will be free from the powerful waterfall's grasp, but right now I am right in the middle of all the upheaval. May the next four months end with me in my canoe floating peacefully down the river.

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Santa Letters

I recently read The Santa Letters by Stacy Gooch-Anderson. It is the story of a family struggling to overcome loss.

Twelve days before Christmas a letter and a package anonymously appear on the Jensen family's doorstep. Each letter and gift teach the family of many different gifts—the gift of forgiveness, the gift of family, and the gift of service are among some of these gifts. The most important gift they are reminded of is the gift of the Savior. Sharing these letters and gifts helps this young family to heal.

It is a very touching story and an easy read. I was reminded of the passing of my dear friend's mother recently, which was a loss to me, as well. The messages were comforting. Though it’s a good book to read any time, it would be especially poignant during the Christmas season or at a time of difficulty or loss. I enjoyed reading this book. It was sweet, peaceful and calming. Wanting to know what gift would come next kept me coming back to this good family. I enjoyed reading this book, and recommend others read it, too.

If you are interested in purchasing this book, follow this link to Amazon or Deseret Book.

Stacy is a very approachable person. If you are interested in contacting her, go to her blog here or her website here.