On Monday the kids and I baked and decorated our first set of cakes for WesleyLife Hospice. Over the Christmas holiday, we made cookies as a volunteer opportunity for this hospice facility. Recently we were contacted by their volunteer coordinator to see if we wanted to be placed on a list to bake cakes for resident's birthdays. This was our first month baking, and as you can see, we could use some work on decorating! Underneath the sprinkles and frosting is where we took the liberty to make the cakes a little more 'cheery' by using food gels to dye the cake mix. Such a simple way to volunteer and show the kids how to bring some joy in an otherwise sad moment for families.
Several years ago Dave and I attended a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course. While we didn't exactly attack our debts with 'gazelle intensity', we did incorporate many of his methods and are firm believers in being better stewards of our money. In an effort to rededicate ourselves to the cash flow system and adhere more strictly to our monthly budget, I made some pretty envelopes to divide up the various cash categories. I used a laminated cotton in hopes they would last a little longer. I followed a tutorial from here and the bonus part is the envelopes fit perfectly in my current loved-and-adored wallet. Another successful Pinterest project!
As I was browsing through Maddi's photography folder on the computer (looking for a specific photo . . . didn't find it) I stumbled across this project she put together a couple of months ago. She took a close up photo of each of our faces, (in order - Dave, me, herself, Ellie and Ben) removed the color from everything but our eyes, and found a bible verse to put it all together. I really want to have this placed on a canvas or printed out to frame, but the software she used to edit the photos saved it in an odd size, so any attempts to upload and create a print has proved unsuccessful. Any one out there know how I can make this into a standard size?
We are looking forward to some nice, spring weather this week. A chance to get out and shake the winter dust off our shoulders and celebrate the change of seasons!
Ah well, after re-reading and editing for spelling errors, I realized this post isn't so 'wordless'ish' for Wednesday. I can say with confidence, however, no one has ever told me I follow the rules or am ever at a loss for words!