Ten years ago today, I was sitting in a classroom at the University of West Florida’s FWB campus with a class full of military spouses, trying to grasp what exactly had just happened. I wasn’t connected to the military in any way except that I live next to Eglin AFB. I didn’t know anyone in NYC; I didn’t know anyone in the Pentagon, but I still felt lost and confused and heartbroken over the loss of hundreds of strangers that felt like family. Over the following hours, days, weeks and months, I mourned the loss of so many precious lives lost on 9/11 along with the rest of our country. Today, I’m still saddened by the memory. In fact, tears are flowing down my cheeks as I type this. But today so many brilliant people have reminded us to remember the fallen, but to rejoice in the life and joy that still fills our lives. So when I finish this, I’m going to dry my cheeks and go hug my children, and say a little prayer thanking my God for so many blessing in my life and for brave men and women who still rush into the Frey in the hope to save even one life. I only have one cake for this post, but I think it’s a very appropriate one. Thank you to all those who, 10 years ago,faced fire, falling buildings and hidden dangers to try to save as many as they could. You are the heart and soul of our country, and you will never be forgotten.
I have some pretty awesome people in my life, cheering me on as I endeavor to conquer the world of cake. But no one has quite “put their money where their mouth is” quite like my dear friend Merideth!
Seriously, besides my husband and maybe my business roomate, Ms. Sheena Ratliff of Lensflare Photography, I can’t think of anyone who is more supportive of my caking career than Miss Mer-bear! The funny thing is that I have known Merideth since I was a teenager. Our paths crossed a lot growing up, she was my cousin’s girlfriend at one point and we also played softball together in high school, but we didn’t get to be friends until my husband joined the fitness cult of Crossfit! (I’m kidding! I love Crossfit…. ok I tolerate Crossfit 😉 ) Because my husband is my number one fan, and because he talks A LOT about me and my cakes, when Merideth needed a baby shower cake, she couldn’t wait to ask me to make one for her.
Well that was the beginning of Merideth’s cake obsession! She has requested 4, that’s right, FOUR cakes from me in a ridiculously short period of time, and every time I see her she’s looking for another excuse to get a cake. Sadly, for me, Merideth is soon joining the Army and moving away from my little corner of the world. 😦 I will miss her and her infectious laugh, but I look forward to making at least one more cake for her to wish her a fond farewell on her new adventure in life.
Wow! That got kind of sad! Sorry, not my intention at all. What I really wanted to do was to celebrate my dear friend, and share all the masterpieces that I’ve gotten to create for her! First the baby shower cake that started them all, and incidentally made Merideth cry tears of joy when I delivered it!
Merideth must have some seriously fertile friends, because the second cake she wanted was another baby shower cake. This time it was for a baby girl whose room is decorated in brown and pink. So I tried to give her something match it!
Then Merideth’s own birthday was approaching, and incidentally she shares her birthday with one of her close friends. So she began planning a gigantic birthday bash to celebrate and have more cake! But sometimes life likes to take the wind out of our sails, and sadly Merideth decided to cancel the big birthday blow out. But her friend wasn’t about to let her big day go uncelebrated. So her sweet friend Beth, whose husband shares a birthday with Merideth, took the original cake order and made it her own. Since her husband is a firefighter, she wanted a birthday cake featuring the firefighter’s Maltese cross. The cake was based off a picture that Merideth and Beth found online. The flames…. well they were my idea. 😀
If you’re counting, you’ll notice that’s only three cakes, and at the beginning of this blog, I said Merideth got four cakes from me. Well, the final cake was for Merideth! She had kindly gotten so many cakes for her friends, that I was thrilled to finally make a cake for her. As I’m writing this Merideth is currently relaxing away in Hawaii. So in honor of her tropical vacation, I made Mer her very own hula girl cake. Now don’t let the picture fool you. This is a mini cake. Just enough for the birthday girl!
So Merideth, I hope you know that I love you, and I thank God for you and the way you believe in me. And I hope you loved your cake! Come home soon 🙂