For Valentine’s Day this week, Little C and I did some baking together. We made some pretty cupcakes (the easy way – with a mix), iced them with buttercream icing (here’s my simple tip on how to ice them rosette style), and finished them with a little heart gummy candy perched on top.
And how could we forget heart cookies? Using my favourite sugar cookie recipe, we made heart cut-out cookies and iced them with buttercream.
While I thought the cupcakes were festively pretty and the cookies were uber-cute, here was my favourite cupcake:
Little C smudged the icing on it gingerly, grasping a spoon ever-so-carefully. “It’s for Daddy“, she said as she worked, “because he doesn’t like all of dis sugary icing.” It’s a cupcake made with true love from a four year old to her daddy.
My favourite cookie? This one:
There’s a couple of wee fingerprints on the bottom of this cookie, the icing is haphazardly spread and there’s a gummy heart in the most random position one could think of… but it’s a work of art.
As a mom with perfectionist tendencies, I do put a lot of pressure on myself to make pretty things, have well-behaved children and look put-together.
But that’s not the goal, is it?
While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to make my home beautiful and enjoy creating things for and with my babies, none of that matters without LOVE (there’s a Bible verse about that).
When my children grow to adults, will they think of me as a busy, impossible-to-please mom who’s too tired to devote some time in the day for a cuddle or a story? Gosh, I hope not.
I want them to know that they are loved unconditionally by their mother. I want them to know that I am not perfect and that they don’t have to strive for perfection either.
Like this fingerprinted, lopsided little heart cookie I’m a bit of a mess some days. But, somehow God uses messed-up moms to shine His love through too.
When it comes to motherhood, I am still learning that the goal is NOT perfection, it’s LOVE.
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