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I Love My Parents

December 16, 2011


There. I said it. In the title.

I have the best parents in the world. You might try and argue, and sure, I bet yours are pretty cool too. But sometimes I forget just how lucky I am.


So what brought on this random burst of gratitude toward my parents? Well yesterday I got home from the gym and errands to find a package waiting for me in the lobby. I headed upstairs and started to rip it open. Mind you, the actual item was wrapped in three different layers. It involved lots of ripping and scissors. And cursing.

At first I thought maybe my dad had sent me an external hard drive, since my computer died and I lost everything. I didn’t know if I would find that helpful or a sick joke…

Then, I thought he sent me some Christmas lights that he had already opened and realized he didn’t need (Layer 3 was a christmas lights box).

But I was wrong! My dad sent me GLUTEN FREE chocolate chip cookies!

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He found this recipe, went out to several stores (now I know why he called me asking where to get certain flours…) and made these cookies for me!

Now mind you, I guarantee my father did not know what most of the items were he put into the cookies. Actually, he probably didn’t know what gluten was until about 2 months ago. And here he is, all on his own accord, making me gluten free cookies.

My favorite part of his note: “Have you ever heard of coconut oil?” Yes, Dad. I have some in my cabinet and it is much healthier for you than other kinds of cooking oils. I use it when sautéing veggies!

Look, he even sent a picture of all the supplies he bought! Like a true blogger, Dad.

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First things first, I called my family!

HA. Not.

I tried a cookie first! duh. I thought it was delicious! Mind you, I cannot remember the last time I had a chocolate chip cookie. I’m thinking August, when I was home last.

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IT WAS AMAZING. The sugar. The chocolate. The smile that cookie can bring to your face! Okay, clearly it’s been way too long.

After I had a couple bites, THEN I called my family. I knew they’d all be at the dinner table (6:15 on the dot!) so both my parents were there on speaker phone when I called.

I talked with my dad a bit about the cookies and all his experiences trying to find the ingredients, and then my mom said something that nearly made me cry. First of all, let me tell you that my mother is a woman that is generally quite set in her ways, so changes that she makes without me having to ask shows a lot on her part.

My mother cleared out part of a kitchen cabinet to designate for all of my gluten-free food.

I know, it seems silly, but after everything I’ve been through these past two months, including trying to explain my dietary changes to my very confused parents, this meant so much to me. It’s really the small, thoughtful gestures that people do for one another without having to be asked that make a person’s day. Well, mom and dad, you made my day.


If you are reading this post before 12:30pm central time, then I am currently in a 4 hour Constitutional Law exam. Pray for me, please.

If you are reading this after 12:30pm, I AM FREE!!!!!!! Four weeks of no work, no obligations, and plenty of much needed relaxation! Trust me, I can’t believe it either. And in 2 days, I’ll be heading back to Kansas City! I hope my parents don’t expect me to be extra nice and helpful after this post…


What are you plans for the weekend?

What do you love about your parents, or other important people in your life?

What is something special that someone did for you recently?

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Katie @ RaisinsNApples permalink
    December 16, 2011 7:47 am

    Good luck—praying for you!

    I’m moving this weekend, but there’s so much to look forward to in these next few weeks 🙂

  2. December 16, 2011 8:20 am

    Awww….parents are the greatest!! Good luck on your exam! That feeling of freedom at the end is unparalled!

  3. December 16, 2011 8:41 am

    Wow, Katie, that is a fabulous tribute to your parents and to you! Praying for you and success with those exams. Have a great holiday in KC.

  4. Smore permalink
    December 16, 2011 9:15 am

    That is so nice! I love getting care packages from my family. They are so great especially during finals time.

    Plans for the weekend involve moving into a new house and gong home for the holidays! Can’t wait~

  5. December 16, 2011 9:48 am

    That is so lovely, what kind and thoughtful parents you have!

  6. December 16, 2011 11:02 am

    how sweet of your parents!! those cookies look quite yummy! enjoy them – i’m sure they make studying much less painful. 😉 prayers for your exam to go well! you’ll feel so awesome when you’re finished!! yayyy!

  7. December 16, 2011 11:25 am

    That is really amazing! So sweet of your dad 🙂

    When I first stopped eating meat my parents were pretty weirded out about it. My mom has since then come around and even made me a tofurkey for Thanksgiving! But my dad and my stepmom still don’t get it. I’m pretty sure they think its a fad or something that I will grow out of in a few years, not a lifestyle change.

  8. Sienna permalink
    December 16, 2011 12:12 pm

    Enjoy the time at home! You’re almost free as I write this. Also when my friend went gluten free a few years ago I made these brownies and they taste pretty good:

    The recipe is from a gluten free bakery in NYC. They were just featured on the Food Network Cupcake Wars too.

  9. December 16, 2011 12:45 pm

    STOPPP that is too cute! You’re parents sound like awesome people:) I love my parents as well..they are always there to brighten my day!:)

  10. December 16, 2011 2:41 pm

    that is so cute!!!! ur dad is adorable for taking that pic! Enjoy ur break!!

  11. December 16, 2011 4:01 pm

    This is beautiful!!! SO sweet of your dad. I must’ve missed the post–why did you want to/need to go gluten free?

    YOU’RE FREEEE!!! woot.

  12. December 16, 2011 9:40 pm

    So adorable! My dad baked cupcakes with me and I grilled steak with him this past summer when I went home to visit. It was possibly my favorite part of the entire trip. Little things are the best 🙂 Hope your final went well and you are enjoying break!

  13. December 17, 2011 11:59 pm

    That’s so thoughtful of your family to send you study treats! Glad the cookies turned out well – they look tasty!

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