Friday, December 5, 2008

Day 5 - Easy as Cookies

I am so excited about all of the song suggestions!! Thank you, thank you! Someone gave me an iTunes gift card awhile back, and I believe I will keep buying the songs suggested until I use it up. Someone mentioned the Hippopotamus song, and ironically, Marianna heard it for the first time last night. Magically it climbed to the number one spot on her chart before the song had ended,leading me to believe (somewhat regrettably) that it will become a staple this Christmas =).

On to the adventures from day 5 of TCB. Today was bake-cookies-for-inmates day. Yes, you read it right. Our church has a fantastic ministry to the local prison, and several weeks back an announcement was made that they would love home baked goodies to take to the ministry's Christmas party. The dinner is catered, but the men evidently love to have something homemade since it's not something they get on a daily basis.

So, the chocolate oatmeal cookie baking day started early this morning. Marianna is a self-proclaimed, "good cooker" and she went at her flour-pouring and egg-cracking with corresponding gusto. We had one scare when Marianna took charge of the baking soda while I wasn't looking, but a taste test proved there wasn't any serious damage done.

Marianna presiding over the blender.

Caught in the act of polishing off the remaining chocolate chips.

Now to my big eye-opener moment for the first 5 days of my challenge: I don't have to look very far or search very hard to find a way to reach out to someone in need or make somebody's day a little brighter. As I think about the things we've done so far, I realize that these things have always been around in some form or another, and I just haven't taken the time to stop and do anything. In the past, if I heard of a prison ministry need, I imagine my response would have been something along the lines of "what a great idea!" and that would have been the end of it. Why? Because I haven't made it a priority, so it hasn't happened. And now that I look back, I see that all those missed opportunities are such a waste! I'm not going to dwell on it, but I do hope that over the course of this month, I undergo a little re-programming...

I wish each of you the best as you look for ways to make your own Christmas a little brighter by helping make someone else's a little happier.


Anonymous said...

Did you re-write your post? I read it yesterday, and you wrote about how Marianna told her dad why she was bringing cookies to the prison. I thought that was so sweet. You have great ideas Angie, thanks for sharing.

Angie said...

i did... i thought about it, and i didn't want anyone to think i was being flippant about the men in prison. i just wanted to make sure not to offend anyone!