what we’re making this week

i haven’t told you about what i’m up to in the creativity department in a while; i figured it was about time.

actually first i want to share a recipe with you; a recipe i have been using a lot lately.  ginger cookies, or molasses cookies whatever you want to call them… they may be the greatest cold weather cookie in existence!  now i am a chocolate kinda girl, so normally i would choose chocolate chip over every other kind of cookie; but these cookies are something special.  i’m talking melt in your mouth, make you feel all warm and cozy, eat six before you realize it, perfectly pretty and round, kind of cookie.  a dear friend of mine shared this recipe with me a few years ago; i don’t know it’s original source (mrs. judy, if you are reading this and know where the recipe came from please share).  i have no pictures of these delectable cookies to because, quite frankly, they get eaten too fast.

ginger molasses cookies

2 1/4 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1 1/2 sticks butter softened

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/4 + molasses (i never measure this really and i think i use more like 1/3 a cup)

~ 1/4 cup granulated sugar for rolling the dough~

preheat your oven to 350; sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a small bowl.  beat butter and sugar for about 2 minutes; add egg and molasses and beat some more.  gradually add flour until combined.  scoop teaspoon size clumps and roll them into a ball then roll in sugar.  place on ungreased baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes.  you don’t want these to get over done so keep on eye on them.

if its snowing outside you should definitely be making these cookies for an afternoon snack!

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there’s happy valentines creative mess going on in my house.  getting denim cuffs and clothespins put together for my instashop’s valentines package sale has me in happy heart mode.  notice the valentines decorations that are hanging in my house (top pics) are blue.  all the red, pink, and purple is heading out the door and through the mail to friends and gracious customers.  the boys complain just because it’s out on the table… “mom why’s all this pink stuff in our house…”  ahhh boys.

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i’ve been playing around with making prints on pic monkey.  it’s pretty easy to use, and it’s free.  of course you can pay to get betterfeatures, but you don’t have to.  i’m super excited about these little prints that i made for the red valentines packages.

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i usually only share what i’ve been making, but this week the hubs brought this home.  i know right, it’s amazing!  he is a builder so he’s always making things (like houses and barns), but this is incredible (well houses and barns are incredible too, but they aren’t sitting in my living room) .  i’m so proud, and full of ideas for more furniture.  hmmm….. a new kitchen table might be in my future.

the boys and i have also started on some simple woodworking project for school as part of my “let’s make something in the garage b/c it’s snowing outside campaign”.  i will post pictures when we get a little further along in the process- who wants to look at piles of sanded wood?

that’s about it: cookies, valentines, and furniture- that’s what we’re making ’round here.  and now i’m off to make some potato soup and homemade rolls for dinner.

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i gotta do something

a few weeks ago i was surfing the web and landed on the colorado waiting children list.  i know, not the place most people land while just looking around online.  i took a quick look at a the children who are currently in foster care hoping for an adoptive family; but i didn’t linger long because i couldn’t bear it.  then the hubs comes home, and i drop seriously not subtle hints about adoption, and he quickly reminds me that our family is full, and we can’t fit another person in the truck.

i’m an adoptive momma; and my heart will probably always cry out for the orphan, the hurting, hopeless, needy child.  but i can’t bring them all home.  certainly if the Lord really stirred up our hearts to a child in need; we would adopt again, but He hasn’t done that.  so how do i reconcile the draw that i have to adoption, the pain that i carry for children who need a “forever family”?  well i’ve been learning over the last few years that there are so many ways we can help; many ways we can be involved in caring for orphans without bringing them all into our home.

~pray- orphans, for families, for parents

~get involved with an organization like show HOPE that cares for orphans and offers adoption grants for families trying to adopt

~show love to kids that need it; so many children do not need a new home, but they need to be shown love.  when we go on missions trips our hearts cry out to the children we see living in poverty.  it’s easy to want to scoop them all up and bring them home, but that is not always what is best.  i can say with confidence that it is always best to share Christ’s love with them; their are kids around the world and just down the street who need to know the love of Jesus.

~help a family in the process of adoption.  our adoption was quick; i mean like crazy fast.  we learned about a 2 1/2 year old little boy who needed a home on a wednesday; we met him a few days later and brought him into our family the following friday.  so our wait time was about 10 days.  i’m not trying to brag.  i know that so many families wait long months and years to bring home their little boy or girl, and the wait can be grueling.  i have read so many stories and cried along with so many mommas longing for their little one to be home.

so be a friend to a family waiting: pray for them, take a meal, write a note, sit and cry together if that helps, help with fundraising, give a baby shower, give clothes or other necessities.  we had so many friends reach out to us and help us while we were preparing to bring our little guy home; of course we didn’t have much time to prepare.  friends came and helped us get his room ready, people gave us clothes, a bed, diapers, my mom made a quilt and curtains, friends brought me meals (since i was a little overwhelmed not having to cook dinner was a huge blessing), and God supplied the finances for our adoption through many gifts.  it was a huge blessing to our family to have so much support from friends and family.

~pray about getting involved in a local organization through foster care, a pregnancy center, or local adoption agency.  many organizations need volunteers.

adoption is on my heart this week; some dear friends of mine are in the beginning stages of the adoption process.  you can find jeanne schoch’s blog here.  so here’s a chance for you to help: this week only, i am selling valentines packages from my instashop @onthedoorpostsshop to help raise funds for their adoption.  valentines packages are only $15 but supplies are limited.

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they are super cute, and a great gift for any women or little girl in your life!  please take a minute to give them a quick look.  and if you repost my instashop to your instagram, blog, or Facebook you will be entered to win a valentines package free.  (just leave me a comment to let me know that you reposted)

i am thankful that God has given my the opportunity to help in this small way.

james 1:27 “religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction…”