Monday, March 15, 2010

Cookies & Friends

Yesterday (Sunday) we went to visit my mom for a bit, and then to my friend Cindy's. I met Cindy several years ago through a Caringbridge site. We had both commented on it, she saw my location was near her, so she emailed me. We became friends. We don't get together as often as I'd like anymore, she is busy working, and I'm stuck out here with the crazy kids LOL.

Cindy is the mom of Elliott. Elliott has fought cancer, not once, but twice. Elliott has had a bone marrow transplant too. (Thank you donor, whoever you are!) Elliott also has some liver problems, and it seems that he has some heart problems too now...these are probably caused from the cancer, and treatments I'd assume. Elliott is quite the fighter.

Cindy's birthday is on March 17th. Nearly every year since Elliotts been diagnoised with cancer, he has been in the hospital or really ill at Cindy's birthday. It is rather depressing for her (and Elliott), and she now kind of dreads her birthday because she is afraid its going to bring bad news. I'm sure I'd feel the same way if I was in her shoes.

I thought I'd like to try to do something to cheer Cindy up. I'm not made of money, so a fancy schmancy gift was out of the question. So I thought and thought, and came up with cookies. I can make cookies. They are tasty. I've got most of the ingredients to make them, so cookies it is! Saturday I slaved away in the kitchen and made some yummy cookies that I shared with my friend on Sunday. I decorated them in her favorite colors, green, pink and peach. I didn't do a bunch of shamrocks, because I know it bothers her that people lump St. Patricks Day and her birthday together. The cookies turned out pretty decent. Not overly spectacular, but I'm still learning cookie techniques...some day I'll get them to my liking...or maybe not, since I'm always way over critical of my cakes/cookies. I packaged them up, put a bow on them, added a home made card that had a penguin(Cindy loves & collects penguin things) on it that Bree made with her foot print...and off we went to deliver them. They seemed to be a hit :)

Cindy is pictured here with Bree, she was trying to get her to do the Peace Sign...Bree didn't cooperate. Cindy sent me a msg on my facebook wall today saying she took some of the cookies to work with her, and the people loved them and said I should sell them. That made me feel great :)

I'm glad my ability to bake and decorate could make some one happy. It makes it all worth it. Happy early birthday Cindy!

If you'd like to read up on Elliott, please feel free to check out his caringbridge site here.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a super day! Toodles.


Elliottsmama said...

The nicest blog ever. You have made this birthday special and I love you.

Amanda said...

Those are BEAUTIFUL!!! You did such an amazing job.. what a wonderful and thoughtful friend you are!!

Way to Go Renee... you are making such wonderful changes in this world... I just love it!


Mindi said...

You are such a good friend! I can't imagine having a sick child! Your friend has got to be just a strong woman! Your cookies look delicious!! I bet they taste good too!

Tammy said...

I think the cookies look great and you are an awesome friend. I hope that Elliot gets better and she can have a worry-free birthday soon.

Christine Ann said...

You're a wonderful friend to have Renee, and I cant speak for everyone but I would prefer home made goodies to an expensive present any day and those cookies look WONDERFUL (as do all the things you bake, I wish we lived closer so you could teach me hehe).

My prayers will be with Elliot and your friend Cindy so that good news will be heard sooner rather than later and birthdays will be something to rejoice about again.

<3 <3

Renee said...

Cindy, I'm glad you enjoyed them :) Love to you too!
Amanda, Thanks! They are not as beautiful as YOUR cookies...but maybe someday I'll get that good.
Mindi, thanks for stopping by! Don't see ya around here as much as I used to. Yeah, Cindy is strong, the whole family is, they have to be to endure all they've gone through over the years. :(
Tammy & Christine, thanks :)