Aid for My Kitchen

Dec 12, 2010 | On Motherhood | 24 comments

God is so good
&
 Bloggers are the most amazing people.
There are so many that have touched my heart over the last few years, the comments, and the even more personal emails… the ones that lead to phone conversations… the ones that lead to friendship. I am never kidding when I say I would love to meet just about any of you that are in the Chicago area for a visit.
Bloggers are hilarious.
(Most of) them are very real.
And many are very giving.
One in particular.
After my “Momma Date” post a loyal commenter emailed me the other day…
to say…
that the Kitchen-Aid 6 Quart Mixer sitting on her countertop could make it’s home on my countertop if I so desired.
A gift.
Her use for it was over for this chapter in her life, and I won’t elaborate too much but her gracious, understanding, encouraging words for me concerning my choice to be a stay-at-home Momma and all the sacrifice involved were so affirming.

Another fellow blogger called me the other day to and asked me to pray for her daughter. She, like many women, makes more than hubby, never thought she would be able to get pregnant and finally did… but now she cries in the car to and from work because she just wants to be at home with her baby. The call was very ironic because my own thoughts have been so turned towards this “Staying at Home” thing lately and how I long for it for all who want it, even just a little.
My thoughts have been towards all the possibilities available to making it work, even though it’s so hard, how God makes a way even when you think it won’t work for each spouse to take their rightful role. How God makes a way when you “allow” Him to. Towards all the unexpected blessing that occur when Momma stays home.
Unexpected blessings like the exact Kitchen Aid Mixer I was wondering if I would ever be able to purchase. I don’t often find $300-400 dollars laying around – do you???
I sobbed as I read the giving bloggers email, and I cried on the phone with her. I don’t think her generosity has really registered with me, I don’t think I can even imagine opening that box when it comes this week…
I am someone who spend hours in the kitchen each day, it brings me such joy and pleasure but there are things that would sure make the work easier and some days it does just feel like plain ol’ work… I’m thinking this Kitchen Aid Mixer is going to rock my world.
I can’t wait to make my first loaf of bread with it.
But first things first:
Aunt Ruth’s Christmas Cookies.
If you haven’t made yours yet join me towards the end of the week (I am just making the assumption it will be here by then) and I am going to share with YOU the best Christmas Cookie recipe EVER!
May God Bless you Bloggers, as you have blessed me!
May God Bless ALL the Momma’s.
&
May God Bless the Stay at Home Momma’s.
May He provide for them in unexpected ways as they provide for their little ones.

A bientôt!

24 Comments

  1. Lisa@Pickles and Cheese

    What a generous and amazing gift! That is real Christmas Spirit and made me happy to read it and to know there are such generous people in the world! Your Kitchen Aid Mixer will make the most amazing mashed potatoes and chocolate chop cookies you have ever eaten! Enjoy!

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  2. Stephanie

    This is so generous and sweet. What a kind soul to pass this along to you. You are going to get so much use out of it. The kindness of people always touches me so. This morning in church the lady in front of me slipped six $100 gift cards in envelopes for people she didn’t even know. I sniffled through the entire mass.

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  3. Adrienne

    Wowee Wow! A Kitchen Aid Mixer. How cool is that???? You are going to have so much fun!

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  4. Amy @ Homestead Revival

    I love to hear stories about how God is at work and how He uses people to bless each other! God is GOOD! Enjoy your new mixer!!

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  5. Chrissy

    Wow…what an amazing post..I love to hear a story that just plain warms your heart!!! All the best to you! x0

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  6. Blondie's Journal

    You are going to LOVE your mixer, I have had mine for 25 years and it is still going strong. It is wonderful for making bread!! The person who gave it to you is the sweetest.

    I so feel for all of the women who want to stay home with their children. I was so fortunate to be able to stay home with my kids {when I married my husband, who was a widower with two children, working wasn’t an option with 4 kids at home}. I sometimes missed my working buddies but there is a sacrifice in everything you choose to do. I think my children were very lucky, but not as lucky as me. I loved this post Angela.

    XO,
    Jane

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  7. Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries

    Hi Angela…what a beautiful story at Christmas time…I got my Kitchen Aid last year and love it!!! I’m still a stay-at-home Mum…my precious Daughter has a disability and is in her 20’s now…Merry Christmas to you and Happy Baking…Dzintra♥x

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  8. Lorilee

    You will love it. I love mine. There are some wonderful people out there. I have always dreamed of being a stay-at-home mom, but I have had to be happy with school breaks-the next best thing!
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  9. Selina

    Wow, that is so kind and generous. I’m sure you will have heaps of fun with it, and just in time for christmas. The kindness of others is always so touching to hear about.

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  10. claudia b

    That is fricking AWESOME!!! Congratulations!

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  11. Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig

    You get back what you give, Angela!
    And you are just reaping what you have sown, sweet friend! You so deserve this gift.

    Did you know that I received a beautiful, white Kitchen-Aid mixer for my birthday in October? I had put it on our wedding registry a few years back and never got one, so I had just given up on the idea of having one.

    My good friend bought me one for $25 at a church rummage sale!!! It’s absolutely perfect.

    Enjoy it! 🙂

    Hugs,
    Anne

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  12. Ann at eightacresofeden

    You have been so blessed Ang! Do you know what Kitchen Aids cost in Australia? They retail between $700 and $800 – it is the reason why I don’t own one! I can’t believe how cheap they are in the USA. I am hoping and praying that by the time my daughter’s 18Th birthday arrives in 2 years I will have the money to be able to buy one for her, as she dreams of having her own cake decorating business. That is if she chooses this path – she is in Thailand and right at this moment visiting the slums having spent the last two weeks at an orphanage – no Kitchen Aids there, they don’t even have an oven but she tells me she went to the village shop and found the ingredients to make an uncooked sweet slice and the children just loved it. She is saying she wants to go back and serve there again soon. How cool is that, maybe her cakes and desserts will fund her trips – I will blog about her trip soon!
    I’m sure your Kitchen Aid will have pride of place on your bench and remind you every time you use it of the generosity of this friend – have you ever met her? Bloggers are amazing – I entertained the family the other day during a car trip with your picking up the chickens story so thank you for sharing your life with us!

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  13. Liesl

    Oh how generous a gift that is! Enjoy it and hope its make your festive season baking even more fun!

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  14. Cathy M~(checkitoff)

    happiness for you! you will love your mixer! enjoy all of your blessings, especially your chickens!

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  15. Mac n' Janet

    How beautiful! This is the true meaning of Christmas, the caring and sharing.
    I stayed at home with our daughter till she was 7 and then I got a job in her school as an aide which eventual led to me becoming a teacher, so it all works out.

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  16. Alice

    What generous, giving, and caring blog friends you have. It will be just like Christmas when you get that box in the mail!

    During the first years of motherhood I worked, commuting nearly an hour each way. I was devistated when the place shut down, but in the end it was such a blessing to be able to stay home with the kids. I quickly realized all I had missed in their infant years.

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  17. Vickie

    God does always provide, and I’m glad and thankful with you that He provided for you! What a sweet and giving lady this was and what a blessing her gift to you will be for her as well as you!

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  18. paperbird

    Beautiful post…
    You will love your Kitchen Aid- it is the best help for mixing up wonderful batches of homemade goodness and what a kind and wonderful friend to gift this to you. There is so much good in this world.

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  19. Pam

    What an awesome blessing! Thanks so much for sharing your life’s ups and downs wit all of us readers out here in blog-land. The blog-o-shphere is such an amazing place. I, like you, am a stay-at-home mom who amazes continually at the blessings that come through staying at home. Where I now live I don’t have one.single.friend who is also a SAHM. That can be hard sometimes. But, (and this may sound a little weird) having people like you around helps. I have learned so much from you. I made your cinnemon bread for the first time yesterday. It was wonderful. I plan on making more to gift this Christmas. It’s nice knowing that there are others out there who have common beliefs and lifestyles that I can glean from, even if we never meet. So, thanks again for sharing your life. It makes a difference. Merry Christmas!

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  20. Amy

    what a sweetheart of a blogger. was going to ask, does your little boy still like the races? let me know:)

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  21. Deirdra Doan

    Oh…it is truly a blessing to stay with your Children…the Father can make away…with your blog friend..hmmm…I will pray too.

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  22. Jenny

    You know I saw her comment on that post and teared up at her kindness. But Angela as much as she has blessed you and you, her, God so shows us His far-reaching deeply moving and binding love (Hosea 11:4, “I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them.” NIV). He is great, He is good and I thank you for sharing this delight and joy, and for your dear blog friend and her open generous heart. Merry Christmas to you both.

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  23. {Bellamere Cottage}

    My daughter is nearly 40…. I was a stay-at-home mom… Much more common back then… But, it’s a decision I wouldn’t change for the world. She loved knowing I’d be standing on the front porch, waiting for her every single day as she got off of the bus….full of tales of her day. It’s such a precious time… Good for you! What precious little ones…. so worth staying home. You’re a lucky girl.

    Congrats on the mixer. I have one too… It’s fabulous. I don’t even sift the flour, I just throw it in and give it a whirl before I add anything else. YUM!

    Blessings,
    Spencer

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