31 October 2012

moms and cookies

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I am becoming the queen of over-extending myself.  I'm sure a lot of you, especially the women readers out there, can relate to this.  I know for a fact that this is a quality I get from my mother.  She has always been the master of telling everyone yes.

I think back to when we were kids and how much she did.  Every school project.  Every piano lesson.  Every performance, practice, and recital:  she was there.  She never missed a moment.  Always present and excited to be with us.  She successfully juggled three kids and a demanding job without a complaint.  

Now, I know it wasn't all roses.  I remember her being overwhelmed and know that she struggled at times.  Who wouldn't?  The point is, she always seemed to get it done and was pleased to do it.  She managed to have success in the workplace and be an amazing mom, all while being under-appreciated.   Because honestly, who could really fathom the amount of work she was doing besides another woman doing the exact same thing?

I'm starting to feel comfort in the juggling of life.  As much as I get overwhelmed when I have a million things to do, I get pleasure in the fact that this is what is going to make me a good mother someday: making sure things are taken care of, everyone feels okay, learning what is not important, and throwing a lot of fun in the mix.

It reminds me how young I am and how much I still have to learn.  It humbles that part of my brain that thinks it has it all figured out.  It silences that piece of me that gets frustrated with my mom when she cares so much.  The mastering of the juggle is me becoming a woman, hopefully one that is someday half as good as my mom.

In the meantime, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Laceys.  (By the way, these don't have eggs!)

Recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Laceys
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup boiling water
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.

Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla together until light and fluffy.  Add in flour and salt and mix until combined.  Dissolve baking soda in boiling water and add to mix.  Add in oats and chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.  Spoon onto parchment line baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes, or until barely golden.


  1. And when I read a posting like this... it is all worth it!The most important goal in being a mom is to to raise a caring, engaged and responsible adult. Thanks for demonstrating this goal has been reached. Love you more than words can ever express.

  2. Proud of you both! Looking forward to watching you follow in your mom's footsteps, Julia. You will be a GREAT mom!

  3. Thanks, Aunt Gail! I definitely don't have a shortage of strong female role models. Miss you!

  4. Cheers to Lori! The lady who got me through tantrums and melt downs long before Julia started getting me through tantrums and meltdowns. Longuville ladies amaze me. And to all mothers. I've got an amazing one myself.


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