It’s been a while between posts! What have I been up to? Hmmm where to begin? Well there has been a lot of cake ( and the associated events where said cakes were devoured) so let’s start there!
We kicked off September with our godson Reuben’s baptism. Such a privilege to be asked to play some part in his growth as a child of Jesus throughout his life, and such a special day to spend together. We are god parent’s to Reuben’s brothers also and their parents, Mark and Rachael, are our kids’ god parents. We treasure our friendship with them! Rachael’s sister Tanya made the baptism cake with a blue and orange theme, featuring some of the roses from Mark and Rachael’s wedding cake. Tanya has done this for each of the boys and it is such a lovely tradition and always looks beautiful.
The next celebration was my dear friend Ella’s son Angus’ first birthday. I made the birthday boy a monkey cake, with crunchy Co-Co Pops fur and Wagon Wheel ears. I love first birthday parties – the seem to be much more for the parents – like a “congratulations, you made it through the first year” celebration – it was great to see some old friends. The kids had a lot of fun too…and a lot of chocolate crackles!
Our next big do was Holly and James’ wedding. Oh it was delightful! Every detail was considered and executed beautifully, the sun was shining, the bride and groom were radiant! What really struck me was the couples’ deep commitment to each other and to Christ. Brian did the wedding and sermon and spoke a very personal message of Christ-like commitment to James and Holly.
The reception was at the State Library, which was the perfect venue for the book loving couple. I love a wedding where you learn more about the two families – this one delivered! I really enjoyed spending some time with some very special friends from church who I am going to miss terribly when we move on at the end of the year.
Miss Violet wore one of my old dresses and was a little trooper over a very long day!
Next was Violet’s baptism. After a week of gastro (Archer, Brian and Myself) I was starting to feel I wouldn’t have the energy to do much for it….well actually, all I wanted to make was a cake….a specific type of purple ombre layer cake I had found on Pinterest. By God’s grace we were all past our contagious phase the day before the baptism so I got baking! I It was my first go at a layer cake. It was not hard (only time-consuming) and very pretty. I used a whole bottle of violet-coloured gel colouring for the different layers and two tubs of decorator’s base cream icing to make the pure white icing. The little violets all over the cake were made a week or two in advance with my super-cake-decorating-creative friend Sue, out of fondant that we coloured violet and then rubbed edible glitter over. I was thrilled with the result. My beautiful Bible study girls and Sue made some other delicious (and mostly violet-coloured) sweets for supper too!
As well as Mark and Rachael, Violet’s godparents are Clint and Julie, who are friends from church. Brian baptised and preached at the service. It was so great watching Brian baptise and speak prayers and promises for his daughter. Such an important and significant occasion as we commit to raise Violet, and the boys to trust Jesus as their Lord.
Violet wore my baptism dress and a brooch with her name of it from my Nanna. I wore the brooch that Nanna had given to me on my baptism, 32 years earlier. We all wore shades of purple for our girl. Archer had a little meltdown up the front because I didn’t have his water bottle….(he’s two…) but was quickly appeased with cake afterwards!
My beautiful sister-in-law Belinda was in Sydney for two weeks and was able to be a part of the day too, and also for her baby shower (our next cake filled event) which was on the public holiday Monday (the day after the baptism). Her baby is due in January, but we thought this would be a great opportunity to celebrate the impending arrival with her. It was a fun afternoon tea with lots of scones and tasty treats and a few games. Belinda got to catch up with some old friends and family and we all got to admire her cute bump and speculate over who is growing in there!
While Belinda was around we also celebrated Finn’s 5th birthday with a Lego party. As we are in the throes of packing up our house I held it at a local council hall which we decked out in yellow. Finn had a few preschool friends, family and all the kids’ godparents and their children too. The played pass the parcel, a Lego and spoon race, pin the head on the Lego man (fantastically drawn by my friend Matt), decorated cupcakes, ran under the parachute and coloured in – there was not a dull moment! I made some Lego cakes (another Pinterest find) which were really easy (but again, time-consuming), rectangular cakes with marshmallows on top, covered with coloured butter cream. Finn had a great time and was tickled pink with the bounty of Lego he received as gifts. I have found myself thanking God for Lego a lot recently as it has kept him occupied for quite a while – long may it continue!
This weekend just gone my cousin Stephanie celebrated her baby shower. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it….but I did make her a cake – another layer cake, this time a blue one for the little boys that we are looking forward to meeting soon!
It’s been a busy couple of months – fun-filled to say the least! – I’m pretty sure that is all the baking I need to do for a little while, so now I need to stop procrastinating and clean the oven before we move!!