Monday, December 22, 2014

Relishing the Quiet (and the cookies)

Sugar cookies for breakfast? Sure, why not?

I've been keenly aware this past month that our lives are about to catapult and get drastically different after the New Year. I will be a full-time mom, a full-time student, and a full-time legislative widow. I took this fall off from coursework mainly because there were no classes offered that I needed. I continued with my own research, but had no hard deadlines. Oh what a glorious time it has been.

I've consciously and unconsciously slowed way down. As far as writing in this precious-to-me space, there was a time when I wanted to say everything. It was how I processed Jack's birth and all the highs and lows that came along with it. Lately, I have been struck with the desire to listen. To process. To hear from others who are much further in this preemie parenting journey.

I am also aware, more than ever, of how blogs and social media become a negative blow horn, where non-experts spout their ideas and then people lob this article and that article out there. No one is listening anymore. Silence is a lost art. My desire is that this space not become part of the chorus of that angry voice.

All this to say, we made sugar cookies yesterday.

I feel it my duty to share the recipe for the best cut-out sugar cookies, mainly because they are amazing (thanks Emily!). I have slight anxiety on the moment of rolling out dough. I envision the dough sticking to the surface and breaking apart and exploding into flames. This recipe purported to be kinda fool-proof, so I took a deep breath and proceeded. It really was easy. And fool-proof. And, most importantly, they taste so good. The perfect hints of almond and lemon. Sooo yummy, I tell ya.

My advice is to cut them thick and don't let them brown too much. They are soft and buttery. And now I am eating another.

This time last year I was reeling after an incredibly hard first semester of school. I didn't get to enjoy the build-up quiet of Advent. This year I am relishing the quiet and relishing my boy who makes each day super fun, interesting, and full of joy.

OK, go now, and make those cookies.

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Sarah said...

You are absolutely right, that blogs' comments get viscious, quickly.

We support you in your quiet times as well as in the times of many words.

Sending patience and love in your family's new year.

Jessi said...

Thank you, Sarah!