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Mother’s Day & Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

May 9, 2011

I have had the very best job in the entire world for the past 29 years thanks to the mercy & grace of the Lord. I have played & cooked & looked at dew drops & written recipes for my allergic child & chased butterflies & kicked soccer balls & read aloud & drawn pictures on paper sacks for lunch bags, prepared & delivered exam food, laundered sports uniforms, fed boys & teams & friends & sometimes wondered if it was Coxey’s Army…

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Being a stay-at-home mom is the most difficult easy job in the world – it is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for which you are not remunerated in cash, do not have an annual evaluation, no one telling you how well you are doing your job. You can’t call in sick, can’t take a day off, can’t turn in a resignation. You don’t get a 401K retirement, don’t get a benefits package, no vacation. The only pay is the messy kiss from a 3 year old with chocolate pudding on his face, the hug from the 5 year old covered in mud, the laughs of an emboldened 8 year old as I coaxed him to climb higher in the tree where I was waiting, the dirty little (& not so little) handprints on every single doorframe in the house (some on the ceiling, too!), the weight of a child abiding in your lap having dozed off during the bedtime story…

So many times, for so many years my lifeline has been the assurance from the Lord in Proverbs 22:6, that if I “train up (my) child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.” I trust You, Lord.

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

A too sweet recipe everyone probably already has; a family favorite which #2 Son prepared for his Thanksgiving dinner contribution when studying abroad in France.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Sugar, Brown Sugar or Sucanat
  • 1/2 cup unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 5 Tablespoons Cocoa
  • 3 cups old-fashioned Oatmeal
  • 1 cup chopped Pecans (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add sugar, milk & cocoa.
  3. Bring to boil, stirring constantly; Boil 1 1/2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat; Stir in oatmeal & vanilla.
  5. Drop by spoonful onto wax paper.
  6. Cool until set.
  7. Peel off wax paper & enjoy with a large glass of milk.
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