Throwing it Back with Seth Jason

Almost 11 years ago, something wonderful happened.  I received a phone call from my son saying that in an hour (yes, an hour) a baby boy was going to be coming to their home.

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The day Seth came into our lives (with Melissa, his now Mommy).

Let’s go back a couple of years before that phone call.

My son David, and beautiful daughter-in-love Melissa made the decision to foster children.  It was something they bathed in prayer and God was leading them to do.  At this point they had fostered a little boy who was a temporary placement while his foster parent went on a small vacation.  Then they fostered a little girl until she was placed with a family member.  Next came a little boy who was with them for 8 months before he was reunited with his family.  I’m not going to lie, I got pretty attached to this little boy.  He was just 18 months old when he came to be with David and Melissa. He had the sweetest personality and it was very easy to fall in love with him.  But, God had other plans and he went back to his family.

David and Missy (that’s what I call Melissa) were the only people in our large family to do foster care so it was all very new.  Teaching in the public school system, I had some idea, but this brought it very close to home!  Watching them on this emotional roller coaster was pretty difficult, but they had faith God would see them through all of this, and just wanted His will in their lives (and He has…God is good!).

Now let’s get back to the baby boy who came to them on February 5th, 2009.  He was born February 2nd (our little groundhog), and came to them right from the hospital. David and Missy didn’t have any baby supplies so they were busy making calls to family and friends getting a crib, clothes, diapers etc.  This was a very exciting time!  This was their first experience with an infant, and of course their hands (and hearts) were full.  Seth was not his birth name.  David and Melissa changed it to Seth when they adopted him January 7th, 2011.

Seths adoption cake

This day definitely goes down as one the best days for all of us!  Seth is an amazing boy.  He is funny, kind, and has an awesome imagination! That’s when I officially became Mimi (I can’t help but smile just thinking about it).

So, of course, with my love of baking I couldn’t wait to make his first birthday cake.  He didn’t really have a preference as to what kind of cake he would like, so I made him a “Safari” themed cake topped with animals that I made with a fondant/gum paste mixture.  I was pretty happy with them. It was the first time I had made figurines and I was hooked.

We were excited to celebrate Seth’s big day, but God had other plans.  We had the biggest blizzard since the 70’s!  “Snowmageddon”, as we like to call it.

We finally celebrated later that week and we had a blast!

I look forward to making his cake every year, but he gets to choose what he likes now.  He has a birthday coming up in few weeks and I can’t wait to share that cake with you too.  You may even get to see a sneak peek video of the cake topper being made with the help of my son David (Seth’s Daddy).

Here’s a look at his cakes so far.  Seth actually helped with the characters for his 9th birthday.  He loves to make figures with clay and he did an amazing job with fondant!!

I hope you enjoyed walking down memory with me.  I can’t wait to share birthday #11.

Do you have a favorite cake?  Let me know:)

 

Throwing It Way Back Thursday!

David's first birthday

I would like to talk a little bit about birthday cakes. Because I like to bake and decorate cakes (I will find any excuse to make a cake.  Hence the “chicken pox cake” I made for my son when he was six years old).  I have always enjoyed making cakes for my children.  Seeing the expression on their face when they would see the finished product was priceless!

Thursdays are going to be dedicated to some of my very first cakes. It’s really cool to watch the progression through the years.  Cake styles and techniques are always changing.  I feel like some styles or coming around again, such as butter cream and royal icing flowers.

I’m always looking for that perfect cake (or cupcake) recipe, and just when I think I’ve found it (you guessed it), another one shows up on Instagram or Pinterest.   I have always liked buying cookbooks, and that love still remains.  When I go to a bookstore I head straight to “cookbook” section.  It has become a dream of mine to one day have my very own cookbook gracing those isles.  I am working to make those dreams a reality some day.

This week’s cake is my son David’s first birthday cake. It was a clown cake inspired by a cake I saw in a Wilton cake book.  I also made ice cream cone cupcakes topped with Wilton clown toppers.  Because he was one he really didn’t have much of reaction to his cake, but I sure was happy with how it turned out!

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Chickenpox Cake