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The Stupid Cupcakes

[featured at The Mudroom 10/20/16]

He found me lying there on the ground, spread eagle in dirty yoga pants, my back brace, and an apron. The TV sounded faint and tinny in the basement where the kids ran and hid when I started yelling.

“What happened, honey? Are you okay?” Chris rushed to my side.

“I can’t do this. Why are we doing this? I don’t want to do this anymore.”

“How many cupcakes did you make today?” he sighed.

Photo by Shellah Brennan via Unsplash

Photo by Shellah Brennan via Unsplash

“264. But I need 300. I miscounted. I have to make more for that damn baseball team. I promised.”

“Why did you promise to make 300 cupcakes? We can’t do that.”

“We’re doing it for ORPHANS! Because God loves orphans! Remember?! They have a crappy life and no parents and big diseases and we can’t even make cupcakes! We suck!”

He pulled me up and hugged me. “Aim. You can’t keep doing this. We don’t have an industrial kitchen. We don’t have a staff. We have a tiny 90 year old kitchen and really intense kids. This is too much.”

I glared at him and ripped open another box of devil’s food cake mix. He left to take off his tie and find the kids.

Why do I always do this?

My friends and family raised their eyebrows and pursed their lips when I announced we were doing a bake sale to help orphaned and imprisoned children in Uganda. Even though the last one was an astounding success ($37,000 for Haiti after the earthquake), no one wanted to endure my preventable breakdown afterwards.

But this time would be easier. I promised. It would just be cupcakes. From a mix. With a few enhancements. Definitely homemade buttercream frosting. And customized decorations. And not $37,000 again. Just $1000 would be fine.

“Wait. You want to raise $1000 from cupcakes?” my husband challenged. please continue reading at The Mudroom

Cupcakes by Rose Davies via Flickr

Cupcakes by Rose Davies via Flickr


Related Posts:

  • If you’d like to know why we even bothered to make over 1000 cupcakes in 2 weeks you can read Our Story. It ended up changing our lives.
  • If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by regular life + the needs of this world, please read Moms – World Changer Wednesday to remember that you are already an compassion expert.

©Aimee Fritz & Family Compassion Focus, 2016.

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