Shouldn’t everyday be Mother’s Day?

Shouldn't everyday be Mother's Day?

Shouldn’t everyday be Mother’s Day?

If you have ever met my mother in our little bakery, it’s unlikely that you would forget her. She’s short in stature, but she is as feisty as they come. If you encounter her at “BAKED”, which she frequents most everyday, expect that you’ll be strong armed into making a purchase, even if you’re diabetic. That has happened on more than one occasion.

I am one of 6 daughters, so my sisters and I calculated that our mother endured approximately 30 years of puberty, the birth place of her true craziness. Honestly, I know those years were tough on both of my parents, but particularly on my mother. I am happy to report that she survived the drama without addiction to alcohol and/or drug dependency…that we know of.

When I was pregnant with my first child, she lectured me on the worries and struggles that motherhood would bring. She rejoiced when after my son, I gave birth to 2 more children, both daughters. I think thoughts of revenge were behind her elation. When my children were teenagers, she again lectured me about the trials and tribulations those awkward years would bring and warned me that the worry and struggle of motherhood doesn’t end once your children are adults. She told me the burden of motherhood actually intensifies when your children venture off on their own, marry and have children themselves.

Blessed with 3 grown children, it is only after becoming a mother myself that I truly began to appreciate my own mother. She is one of a kind! I understand that their is nothing greater than a Mother’s Love and that Mother’s Day is 24/7 kind of deal.

Last night we celebrated her 80th Birthday with family and friends.

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Happy Birthday Shell…per our store policy you get a FREE cupcake!

Just me and my sister.  Happy Birthday Shelly!

Just me and my sister. Happy Birthday Shelly!

Today is my sister Shelly’s birthday…Happy Birthday Shell! Per our store policy, you get a FREE cupcake.

Although I am not going to disclose her age, suffice it to say that we’ve been together for several decades now. Although I often joke with customers that Shelly is my older sister, that simply is not the truth.  My husband refers to us as “Dot and Bee”, a reference to my aunt and grandmother who lived together most of their adult life.

Shelly and I are two of six daughters born to the most amazing parents who began spending summer vacations on the shore when we were all very little. Some of our best childhood memories are at the beach so it’s a no wonder that most of us have migrated here as adults.

10 years ago I couldn’t have imagined that I would own and share a business with Shelly. She and her family made the move to the shore 13 years before. I was still living just outside of Washington, D.C. with my “brood” very content doing volunteer work and baking out of my home. Despite that, a dream developed and came true for both of us.  I’m proud to say that we are still chugging along in our little all-natural bakery going on three years now.

As the title of the blog implies…It’s not all cupcakes and sprinkles! We’ve gone through our share of ups and downs.  Thank God mostly ups. We’ve had differences of opinions, most settled without blood shed. We have different management styles, different talents, different weaknesses and strengths. Shelly handles “the books” since I’m a known spender. I now appropriately refer to her as the “Furor”. I handle the social media, displays and such. Her specialties include cookies and pies. My specialties include cakes, individual desserts and the like. We both specialize in everything else.  Together our favorite part happens to be the people we serve and the community we do business in.

I consider myself blessed to be so close to my family…to work with and live just doors away from Shelly and her children is a gift, one that I hope  never to take for granted.  My sisters are beautiful, strong and talented women who also happen to be my very best friends, Shelly of course included. She has a great sense of humor and we laugh at and with each other often.  Boy do we have some stories!

When/If you see Shelly today feel free to wish her a Happy Birthday…I’m wishing her  loads and loads of Happiness, Love, Laughter and a lifetime of Living Well!