Thanksgiving Cookies 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful that all our Thanksgiving cookies are out the door and headed to their feast destinations.  It’s quiet this morning.  The mixer isn’t whirling. The oven isn’t preheating. I know it is not quiet in most houses today across the county. After getting out close to 350 Thanksgiving cookies this past week, it’s finally quiet in my kitchen. We are headed out to my mom’s house today and I am thankful that I get the day off. Before I head out I wanted to say a few things. I wanted to share just a few of the things that I am thankful for. If I shared them all we would be here awhile.

 Thanksgiving Cookies

Thanksgiving Cookies

What a great time? A time of year to be thankful. A time to make lists and think of all the blessings we have.

The gift of family.

 People who love you when you are at your best and when you are at your worst.

The kind of people who promised to love you in the good and in the bad.

The gift of friendship.

This is one of the coolest gifts because they are not stuck with you like your family is.

I am so thankful for my friends who listen to me,  who laugh with at me and with me and who encourage me to keep going.

I am also thankful for the friends who are willing to stick their neck out and tell me what I need to hear!

Thanksgiving Cookies

Water. An oven. A refrigerator. A roof. Warm clothes. Indoor plumbing.

Not having to rebuild my house after it rains.

Running water.

 It may sound dumb but how thankful I am to be able to access it so easily while in many parts of the world this is not a reality.

The part of the world we work in does not have these things readily accessible.

Our little charity, Micah 6:8 Sudan, is working right now to build a farm.

Now that the rainy season has subsided they are clearing the roads and beginning to prepare the land.

The proceeds from all the baked goods I sell goes to help support the farm.

In Southern Sudan there is a 90% unemployment rate.  Our farm is not big.

But we hope to provide jobs for the local villagers we work with.

Thanksgiving Cookies

1 Thessalonians 5:18

 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

This is not an easy one. Because it says, in all things give thanks. Not some. Not a few. But all.

This bible verse perplexed me when I was younger. But now it does not. I have learned that even the most trying circumstances forms and shapes my character.

It forms and shapes who I am going to be. Am I going to be angry and bitter over difficulties or will I choose joy?

Not always easy. But learning to embrace difficulties, with that goal in mind, helps.

Thanksgiving Cookies

 Thank you to everyone who ordered our Thanksgiving cookies this year.

Thank you for letting me work so hard. Some people think I am just obsessed with baking. Nope.

I am really not. I am passionate about raising funds for some amazing men and women who are excited for the

opportunity to have a job working on the farm.

Thanksgiving Cookies

I am thankful for my baker friends!!! Oh yeah. You know who you are.

Honestly, you are the people that help keep my sanity.

The people who are up with you at 2 in the morning cracking jokes to help you get through your orders.

Or your friend who will skype with you and you look like twins.

You both have royal icing in your hair. Your clothes are covered in powdered sugar.

But you don’t care. You don’t look at each other funny.

Now when I show up in the carpool line looking like this as my son’s school, I get different kinds of looks.

Or the day when you have hit the wall, the idea closet is bare and they help you move past it.


The other night, I was exhausted. I had nothing left. I was all out of creative ideas.

Then Shannon, from Artfully Delicious, started sending me cookie ideas.

It helped snap me out of my funk. There is something about the phrase,

 “gobble till you wobble”

that is just plain fun.

That’s the kind of people I get to work with!

It’s like a whole band of baking cheerleaders!!

Thanksgiving Cookies

Thank you for letting me share my Thanksgiving cookies.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Thanksgiving Cookies

Thank you again to everyone who ordered our Thanksgiving cookies.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog in this crazy, busy world we live in.

Happy Thanksgiving!

8 comments on “Thanksgiving Cookies 2012

  1. What a beautiful post Melissa! So many things to be thankful for and I just love that you know them all and point them out. Thankful people are the best to be around because they find the good in things. Your cookies are gorgeous and I’m so glad that you got a day off! Beautiful job!

  2. There are not enough ways to say how thankful I am to know so many people with RI in their hair and splattered on their sweatshirts 😉
    Thank you for coming into my life and for sticking with me and cracking jokes through the rough times! I heart you!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Marilyn Damron says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the family. What a beautiful way to start Thanksgiving morning—-reading your blog, being thankful, and enjoying seeing your beautiful cookies.

    1. melissa says:

      I love you, Auntie Marilyn. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving! I love your beautiful post. Wishing you many more blessings 🙂

  5. Paula Kelly-Bourque (@VanillaBeanBake) says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. This was such a lovely post, filled with beautiful thoughts and cookies. May you continue to be blessed with good friends, good health and lots of orders to help with all the good work you are doing with your charity.

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much, Paula! Have a wonderful day!

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