Sunday, February 28, 2010
Bill Bill Update: My granddad will have surgery, on five arteries, and a leaking mitral valve on March 8th. I ask for continued prayers as he goes through this surgery.
Mauree and Nate:
John, Jennifer, Christy:
Monday, February 22, 2010
I love my all of my grandparents so very much, but my Bill Bill has always had a way of making me feel so very special. And right now I feel helpless, for he is so sick and down in his health. On Wednesday he will go in and talk to the heart surgeon that will potently do his surgery this week. Last week he had a Heart Cath, and the results were not what we wanted to hear. All 5 of his major arteries are blocked, and his mitral valve has a very bad leak. He is looking at having to have some major surgery in order to get all this repaired, and he is very scared. He is not sleeping at night, and he can’t sit still. He tears up all the time, and I tell you there is nothing heard than seeing someone who has been a rock in your life tear up.
We could certainly use continued prayers right now as we face this upcoming week. Prayers including: that the doctors can fix Bill Bill’s heart, and huge prayers that would help him and my grandmother find peace and the ability to calm their nerves through this experience.
I don’t think I have ever shared how Bill Bill got his grandfather name with my blog. As tradition would have it the first grandchild always gets the rights to name the grandparents. Well in this case my cousin Travis was about a year old, and he was over at my grandparents house, and Memaw (my grandmother) was trying to get my granddad’s attention. She said “Bill”, and he did not respond, so she said “Bill” again (he has always been really hard of hearing). And for then on out Travis has always called him Bill Bill.
A special thank you goes to my wonderful husband Ryan. Over the past three weeks I have been in Arizona, Colorado, and now Alabama. And on Friday I will be back in Colorado. Ryan does such a phenomenal job with the kids while I am traveling, but I know what a hard time it is to be a “single parent” for a few days.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I have a prayer request that I would like to share with you. My Bill Bill (aka - Grandfather – my mom’s dad) is likely to undergo some sort of open heart surgery tomorrow or Thursday. He has been very weak and the doctors have determined that he has a leaking valve in his heart, so they will likely go in and try to fix it sometime this week. His last surgery which was about 2-3 months ago was very hard on his body, but we all know that he is a fighter and he will make it out of this just fine. My Bill Bill is very special to me and my prayer is that we can celebrate his 80th Birthday on Saturday!
If you would please say a special prayer for him today and tomorrow while he is in surgery. Thank you and much love, Laura
I am writing this down so that hopefully my friends and family will one help me decide what to give up. And two warn my friends that I will be giving up something that is very important to me, so watch out I may be cranky.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I am so sorry to all of you that showed up after we had already wrapped up. We will let you know when we do our next demo and we will plan on bringing a whole lot more Cakelettes next time. Thank you Emily for all of your help and for all of the pictures that you took today.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Yield: Makes about 4 dozen (2 1/4-inch) or 2 dozen (3 1/4-inch) cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 325°. Beat butter and zest at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well.
2. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Shape dough into a disc.
3. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2 1/4- or 3 1/4-inch heart-shaped cutter; place 1/2 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. If desired, cut 1 or 2 holes at top of each cookie (to hang or thread ribbon through after baking).
4. Bake at 325° for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely (about 20 minutes). Decorate as desired with Royal Icing and Colorful Glaze.
3 Cups powdered sugar
¼ cup water
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Last fall I received an award at our National Sales Meeting regarding some work that I had done, and saving that I had identified and worked to capture for our company. I was not able to make it to the National Sales Meeting, due to a Supply Chain Conference that I was attending, so Kellie (my boss) captured part of the announcement on her phone camcorder. Just last week she showed it to me, so I wanted to save it her so I would always have it to remember. I was really honored to receive this award because there are only six of them that are handed out each year, and last year I was one of the recipients!!!