Today was one of those days where we experiece many emotions and feelings. Today I felt happy, overwhelmed, excited, joyous, grief, relief and mostly I gained a lot of perspective. I don't typically watch a lot of TV. With the current crisis in Haiti, anybody that watches even a bit of news broadcasts has seen much of despair and tragedy that is being broadcasted worldwide. With my avoidance of much of the outside news world I have not seen these images in Haiti. Today, that changed.
I joined a group of people from my church as we traveled to El Dorado, Kansas to take part in an initiative to save starving people. Humana is a relief organization that organizes people to come and package dried food packets to be distributed to starving people worldwide. Apparantely their first event was held less than a month ago and with the crisis in Haiti their efforts were called together in a quick response to the need for food. We took a few hours out of our day to pour some soy protein, vegetables, and rice into bags. It was an exciting event to take part in as so many people showed up to give their time for others.
During the event they showed pictures of the disaster on a big screen. Here is where the perspective comes in. Once again I can only be thankful for the blessings of home, family and friends, and food that I need not worry about. Perspective shows me that at any moment it can all be gone. Each day is a blessing and we must take advantage of every moment.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
That would be Mr. & Mrs. Ethan & Ann Walker on top. They are made to scale and I must say are the best part of the cake. Right after the Power Cocoa Cake that is hidden under that buttercream. So great. It was such a joy to be a part of the wedding and contribute cake to the party celebration. This would be wedding cake #6 for me and the first all chocolate cake.
Check out the sweet grooms cake. Mountain camping scene complete by my trusty assistant, Alecia. Sadly the mountain is not edible, but the earth is full of confetti cake delight.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
This week the Brethren in Christ Church celebrates denominational week of fasting and prayer. I'm excited for the opportunity to give up a few things in order to purposely make additional time for God. Therefore, I'm releasing myself from the addiction of checking my facebook, email, and random food blogs multiple times a day. It won't be hard, I'm unpluging my computer and won't even turn it on. It shall also help that I will be starting my new job on Tuesday in the bake lab! Exciting moments and I'm expecting great things from the added time in prayer and conversation with God. Grace and peace my friends.