This week we will be delivering baked goods to the police department. Kyle has a fear of the police ever since he and his friend called 911 and I keep explaining all the good the FRPD does for the community. Just 2 weeks ago the power had gone out in part of the town and the police were standing outside in the 95 degree heat directing traffic. I would have loved to have brought them cold beers then but I am hoping they will settle for baked goods now. I started baking today (brown sugar oat muffins and chocolate chip cookies) and will finish baking tomorrow (apple struessel muffins and oatmeal raisin cookies). I am hoping to deliver everything Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning. Kyle is very sure that he is not going . . . . even taking it so far as not to help with the baking. I will not force my kids to help with the preparations - I am just trying to make it fun and not stressful. They will go with me on deliveries though. Mostly because they cannot stay home alone but also because I want them to see how good it feels to show appreciation to others. If even one person is a little bit happier because of something we were able to do - then we have succeeded. Maybe it won't sink in for the kids today - but it will at some point!
I think this is the reason for this blog . . . to document my thoughts and experiences along the way. I keep having moments of doubt - am I crazy? Will I really be making a difference? Will people think I am just a kooky lady who drags her kids along to do crazy things? I am sure that some people will think that I am nuts. I am sure that some weeks will be better than others. But I have a supportive family who are encouraging me along the way. I have three little boys who I adore. I want them to appreciate the people outside of their family. To know that we live in a community that is more than just a zip code. Everyday people are working hard at the library, the police station, the fire department, the hospital. We have playgrounds we love to go to, a river we get to enjoy, national parks nearby, the caverns and swimming pools and the little ice cream stand around the corner. If the kids can appreciate what we do have - maybe the fact that we can't buy the $50 Star Wars Lego set won't seem like such a tragedy. . . . a girl can hope!