The Simple Life
by Sheryl Simons
Welcome to the world Max! You are only hours old, and even
though you can't read yet, and will mostly eat and sleep for a few
months, I wanted to celebrate the actual day you were born by writing
you a letter, possibly your first.
You only kept your mom and dad waiting a week since your due date.
But you were a good size boy at 9 lbs, 5 ounces. You have all your
fingers and toes, and you are an impressive 22 ½ inches long! They
are so happy to see you at last, and for now, the rest of us are
happy to see the photos of you that came on our cell phones not long
after your birth. You have as yet no idea of the technology that has
come about in the last few years to make that possible. In past
years it would be days or weeks to print a photo and then get them in
Max, your mother tells me that you woke her up about 5:30 this
morning and you were born a little after 1 pm. I would be glad to
bake you a cake, but you wouldn't even want to eat it! But you will
enjoy birthday cakes one day.
I was out walking in the garden a few minutes ago. It made me think
of all the things you will learn about. One day you will be toddling
about and see a bird, or a dog, or a flower for the first time and
you will be very impressed. Every day there will be something new to
learn and explore! And every day there will be just as much learning
going on for your parents. They will notice when you start reaching
to touch things, and when you smile for the first time; and they have
so much to teach you!
And your world will get bigger and bigger every day. In a few years
you will go to school. God made the world, Max. And He put your
parents in the world, and He made you. That makes you a very
important person! And of all the lessons you will learn, from Math
and Science, a Geography and stuff like how to tie your shoes, there
is one lesson that is most important. And that is the lesson of
There are a lot of people who never learn this lesson. You can
choose to say "Yes" to the things that are good for you, and "No" to
the things that are bad for you. It's pretty simple. You will begin
to make choices about what food you like, and what time you want to
go to sleep, and what books you like to read. And then you will make
important choices like when to hold Dad's hand when crossing the
street, or in a parking lot. And you will get more choices every
Learning to look both ways before you cross the street is a good
choice. Later the choices seem just as easy, but they only get more
important. In the end, most of life is made up of good and bad
choices. Your parents have the most important job of teaching you
what are good choices and what are bad choices and how to tell the
difference. The other people who love you, your grandparents and
your aunts and uncles and your teachers, they will also try to help
you learn. You will be wise to listen when they try to guide you.
In the end, Max, it's all up to you.
How exciting your life will be Max! We will bake cookies together,
and dig worms for fishing, and walk on the beach, and I will push you
on a swing one day. But for right now, little one, just sleep tight
and enjoy the ride.
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If I had my life to live over, instead of wishing away nine months of
pregnancy, I'd have cherished ever moment and realized that the
wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist
God in a miracle.
A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase.
Babies are always more trouble than you thought - and more
wonderful. ~~Charles Osgood
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SIMPLE EARTHQUAKE CAKE
Sprinkle 1 cup broken pecan pieces, 1 cup canned (chopped or shredded)
coconut in bottom of a 9x13x2 well greased pan.
Prepare: 1 box German Chocolate cake mix... according to directions
and pour over the nuts and coconut.
Melt in saucepan: 1 stick margarine, 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese.
Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar, 1 box (1 pound). Mix
well and spoon over cake batter, which is already in the pan. Do not
mix, just drop by spoonfuls. Bake at
350 degrees for 45 minutes or till done. Cut into squares to serve.
Everyone will want the recipe.
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