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Happy Valentines Day!

Mousey took these pictures last week. The Ab-Cat and I were making cookies for The Boy and The Subject. A little care package if you will, so Mousey could take them with her when she travelled to Chicago for a visit.

I would say that these cut out cookies are the number one favorite of our children. They call them pumpkin cookies, because the first few times I made them, it was at Halloween, hence the pumpkin shape. We now make them at Christmas as well. Even fashioned into mittens, stars, Christmas trees, and snowmen, they are still pumpkin cookies.

A couple of years ago, I tried to discontinue making the cookies at Halloween. No one helped me anymore, it seemed like the thing to do. I thought the market for the pumpkin cookie had dried up. But The Boy did not want that tradition to fall by the wayside. Oh no, he said it was the only good part of Halloween anymore, now that he was grown.

Honey, The Boy and I were in Florida this year at Halloween, so I did not make the cookies. He did not complain, because he is a reasonable Boy. We made and frosted them at Christmas, and that seemed to be good enough. Because of his flexibility, I decided to send him a taste of home. Pumpkin cookies, dressed in a Halloween costume of hearts!


The Boy said he shared them with his floor mates, and I think there are now more fans of the ill named, pumpkin cookie.


Today is also a day of remembrance for our family. It was two years ago today that my Mother left this life for her eternal home.

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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

She was the heart of our family. Pulsing with joy, love and strength. She provided our life blood. She loved the Lord and raised my brother and I to do the same. She loved our children so deeply I wonder if they can ever comprehend?

I do not grieve her as one who has no hope, but I miss her. There is a place in my heart that is missing a piece. A piece shaped exactly like her form. The piece has soft skin, a great smile, a ready laugh, a twinkle in her eye, is wearing a fur coat, candy, gum and pictures of her grandchildren in her purse, and has extra kleenex up her sleeve and in her pockets. Yes, that is my missing piece.

I will see her again, I am encouraged by those words above.



  1. caprilis said,

    February 14, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    You do have a way with words Schmenky…
    Happy Valentines day with extra hugs and love!

  2. Laurie said,

    February 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Heartfelt thoughts of you on this day of love and remembrance.

    Now — is there a secret family recipe for “pumpkin cookies”? Or are they just special because of all the gooey frosting and the love that goes into them?

  3. Robin said,

    February 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    I was thinking of you and today and remembering that it was this day that she moved from here to there…to heaven. It will be five years tomorrow that our dad moved on also. Maybe they’re neighbors! And we are encouraged with you for the hope that we have in Christ…when all missing pieces will be found!

  4. Marlene said,

    February 14, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    I am also encouraged by this passage in the Bible. Thinking of you now and knowing how much you miss your mom.
    Love your cookies to the Boy. You are a great mom.

  5. Heifer Lynn said,

    February 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Memories of your mom will always be special. Can’t forget your momma! But how amazing is God’s timing to remind you that you will have a new resurrected life with her one day. Air hugs today, real hugs tomorrow.

  6. Laurie said,

    February 25, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    She looks like a movie star in that picture. I love those verses too. My sister wrote a blog about what we miss the most about those that have “preceded” us….it’s all that loving. Oh, how we do LOVE to be loved and dearly miss our greatest “fans”.

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