I am a M&M cookie mom.

It is the night before the preschool Easter party and I don’t have the required 6 candy filled eggs or cookies I signed up for to take to the party.  We live in the country, the only options are a tiny over-priced grocery store or Dollar General.  We go straight to DG after church and pick out the pack with 6 plastic eggs (because I do not want any extras in the house for me to step on!) and Hershey Kisses (got to at least get the good candy!) to put inside them and head home only to realize I forgot to buy cookies. At this point I am kicking myself for not getting Sew Sweet Things to make some beautiful and delicious Easter cookies like these for me to take.

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Cookies from Sew Sweet Things

Lucky for me, I did buy cookies a few days ago at Kroger: Sugar cookies for Eddie and M&M cookies for me AK. Maybe no one will notice one or two of the cookies are missing.  Fast forward to Thursday morning, AK and I are running in the door with the required 6 candy filled eggs and M&M cookies and I see the cookies the other mom brought.  Imagine with me: a perfect nest created with the no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies everyone loves and in the center of the nest is a single peep surrounded by colorful chocolate eggs. They were beautiful. A Pinterest creation. This mom spent some time making an edible spring scene for all 21 children in the class.  I hand over my M&M cookies, kiss AK bye, and head home to work on homework.

As I am driving home, I keep thinking about those cookies.  Why hadn’t I taken the time to at least make some break and bake cookies or practiced my cookie decorating skills I learned at the last Ladies night at church, isn’t that why I signed up to make cookies?  Oh yeah, ain’t nobody got time for that when they are in grad school.  I think about that mom taking the time to make each individual nest and matching the peep with the eggs around it and I remind myself

It isn’t a competition.  Being a mom isn’t a competition.

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