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Dear Russell…

In memory of Russell Wade | March 31, 1988 – July 29, 2002

Dear Russell (I’m sorry, I still just can’t call you Russ…),

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years.

Over 10 years since we’ve had to put up with (ok, and be amused by) your mischievous ways.

Well over 10 years since you made me so mad that I kicked a hole in the wall. And I don’t care what Mom and Dad say, that was absolutely all your fault!

A little over 10 years since I bribed you into riding along to Dairy Queen on a random summer weekday with me and you got that crazy blue ice cream slush … but in all fairness, I did say you could have anything you wanted (my treat) as long as I didn’t have to go by myself. And we just won’t mention how I asked you to steer the car while I ate my ice cream … I mean, sure it was a manual, but I would have shifted if the need arose.

Just over 10 years since you told me that yes, I did look a little silly doing dizzy bat for my team at the Mega Relay on the M-Fuge rec field.

And 10 years since you’ve been here with us and we’ve heard that infectious laugh.

Sometimes it feels like so much longer and other times it feels like just yesterday, but although it’s been 10 years…

We still think about you often.

We still know someone is missing at holiday and family events.

We still bring up memories of you … sometimes in the wake of those memories, we cry. Other times, we can’t help but laugh.

We still think of our family as one with 3 siblings.

We still feel a little jealous that you got to see Jesus face-to-face first.

We still miss you.

We still love you.

Your Sister Always,


“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Psalm 73:26 (ESV)

Big Soft Sugar Cookie Cakes

Any post that begins with a title like that and a picture of rainbow sprinkles can NOT be bad, right?


Especially when it’s followed by an announcement like this:


Sunday (March 13th) marked this here blog’s first anniversary!


In honor of the occasion, I celebrated by making a batch of these amazing sugar cookies that I used to make all. the. time. in college, but for some reason haven’t made in over four years.

And then in good slacker blogger fashion, I promptly got busy with life and failed to post about either the blog’s milestone or the cookie recipe.


I can assure you that the recipe for these cookies was worth the “belated anniversary post” wait.

When I made these cookies in college and took them into work, one of my managers tried to convince me to go into the cookie-making business and sell them at the mall (maybe I missed my calling. . .), and when I made them on Sunday, B may have used the words “fluffy clouds” to describe their goodness.

Because, yes, they really are that good!



1 cup butter

2 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 can vanilla frosting (I use whipped white frosting)

Rainbow sprinkles



  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar, then beat in eggs and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda.  Stir into the sugar mixture alternately with the milk.
  3. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets (space at least 3 inches apart so cookies have plenty of room to spread).
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until light brown.
  5. Remove from cookies sheets to cool on wire racks.
  6. When completely cool, frost the cookies and decorate with rainbow sprinkles.



THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this first-year-of-blogging adventure!!