Making kids cupcakes is definitely one of those fun activities a mom or dad (or grandma as in this case) gets to do. Decorating cupcakes with kids is even more fun!
It is just plain old fun cooking for kids!
If you are wise, you will cherish these kinds of fun children’s activities and make use of every moment of that precious time you spend with your child. These moments are a time for sharing life together in a way that is important to your child and which your child understands. They can also be a time for sharing, for healing, for teaching, for encouraging. They are a time of bonding and a time of building.
When your little boy or girl feels affirmed as important to you, you have taken them a little closer to understanding how important they are to their Heavenly Father as well!
And so we should not be like cringing, fearful slaves, but we should behave like God’s very own children, adopted into the bosom of his family, and calling to him, “Father, Father.” 16 For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we really are God’s children. – Romans 8: 15 – 16 (TLB)
Plus the joy on a little face and heart is worth the time you put into having those specially-devoted moments.
Well, I kind of covered two grandchildren’s joys yesterday.
My youngest grandson Sam had his second birthday yesterday! Yea!
I was watching both Sam and his older brother Liam for a couple hours in the afternoon while their mommy went to a doctor’s appointment. (Little boy #3 will be here around Christmas.)
While Sam was taking a quick afternoon nap, my 4-year-old grandson Liam (Sam’s big brother) and I baked up some kids birthday cupcakes for Sam.
Here are the cupcakes Liam and I made together and then decorated for Sam’s birthday.
Liam and I did not spend a lot of time baking and decorating. We did not buy fancy cake decorating supplies nor did we devote countless hours to perfection or detail.
We just baked up a batch of cupcakes in cute cupcake muffin liners I found at The Dollar Tree, placed them on a colorful plate that I had found last week at a thrift shop, and topped them with some edible decorations (candy sprinkles and gummy candies).
The two gummy candy pieces on the middle cake were Liam’s idea. It worked!
By the way, our cupcake recipe batch made up 24 of these cute cupcakes. Shown above are the ones we pulled out last night as we all sang “Happy Birthday” to Sam. There were only a few of us singing and enjoying our cupcakes last night – Sam, Sam’s mommy and daddy, grandma and grandpa, big brother Liam, and Sam and Liam’s baby brother to come (inside Sam’s mommy’s belly right now still). Since we had so many cupcakes left over, I am wondering if Sam’s mommy may have enjoyed one of those 24 cupcakes this morning at breakfast! Not saying so…. just wondering. (smile)
Sam was thrilled to see his birthday cupcake. It was just right for him.
You could also see the self confidence Liam had when he handed one of the cupcakes to Sam last night, one he had helped make and had decorated in expectation of celebrating his little brother’s birthday.
Me? I smiled, knowing I had had a few of the best moments possible with my grandson Liam that afternoon. It is not always easy showing someone just how much love you have for them inside your heart, but when those special moments come, and you have a chance to show at least some of it, it’s a blessing beyond measure.
You see…. God’s gifts do not always come in elaborate forms and in big events.
Sometimes they are captured through birthday cupcakes for kids, a little time spent together, and a heart that appreciates any moment shared with a loved one.