Send in the Clowns……..

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I can’t believe that I actually made a public confession today about my struggles in the world of cooking.

If you talk to any of my friends, you will quickly learn that out of all of the areas in my life where I feel lacking COOKING ranks as NUMBER ONE.

It seems like no matter how much I plan ahead, I have never been able to master being the successful kitchen girl that so many of my friends prove to be almost daily,

whipping things up with “whatever they find in the pantry,”

popping in a casserole they have tucked away in the freezer when they hear that they are having unexpected company,

creating a new recipe using a few spices and a piece of meat,

and on and on……..

I, on the other hand, see a bag of boneless chicken breasts and my creativity level bounces back and forth from grilling them to boiling them………

Or when I make brownies I feel happy when I think to sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

So, today, when I walked out of my school to head home, I never suspected that two clowns (literally) in the car next to mine were on some sort-of special covert mission.

My first thought when I saw the clowns was….

“Ewww, that’s kind-of creepy.  Why are two clowns parked so close to me?”

My second thought was, “I can’t wait to call a couple of my friends who live out of town and tell them about this (we have a clown joke that has been going on for some time!)”

My third thought was, “Do I know those clowns?   They look so familiar!”

My  fourth thought was, “Those are my friends from Ohio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t have to call them and tell them about the clowns….they are the clowns!!!!”

My fifth thought was, “WHAT ARE THEY DOING HERE!?!?!?”

After screaming and laughing, I began to learn that their entire visit had been planned for a long time.  See, Laurie and Christine both know how inadequate I feel in the kitchen and they had been “cooking up” a surprise for me ever since school began.

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Loaded down with all kinds of frozen meals, these “clowns” had driven three hours to fill my freezer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!clowns  0008_resize

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My hands and legs were shaking like I had been caught on Candid Camera or something.  I still can’t believe this happened today!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve just never had clowns fix my dinner before!!!!!!!!!!!

They even brought me a cookbook and a notepad so that I can organize my meals……I know that several of you have tried to help me in this area before……forgive me for not “getting it” yet!!

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Of course, I had to take my friends’ pictures with everyone I could find in the short time they were here!!!! clowns  0005_resize clowns  0033_resize clowns  0032_resize clowns  0031_resize clowns  0030_resize clowns  0029_resize clowns  0028_resize clowns  0026_resize clowns  0027_resize          clowns  0015_resize clowns  0014_resize clowns  0013_resize clowns  0012_resize   This is how the clowns looked getting out of their car after following me home from school (I’ve never been followed by clowns either.)clowns  0004_resize This is how they wanted to leave…..thankfully, Brandon didn’t leave his keys in the car!!! 🙂 (Just kidding.)clowns  0022_resize

Laurie and Christine said their new ministry is called, “Too blessed to be stressed.”


Overwhelmed tonight as I reflect on such an unexpected afternoon and thankful that God chose to “send in the clowns!”  Thank you, Christine and Laurie, for absolutely making my day perfectly wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7 thoughts on “Send in the Clowns……..

  1. How sweet and what a major blessing. Isn’t God good and isn’t especially good when people are obedient. Those are a good kind of clown to bump into. Wish they could come visit at my house. I was so relating to your early post about the chicken breasts. I envy (although I don’t) those who can just always whip something up. My mother could do that but she didn’t pass it on to me. Maybe because she could, I didn’t have to learn.


    I can come to dinner now without you getting stressed. I wish!!!!!:)

  2. What a great ministry! Love it! 🙂 However, I have to disagree a bit about your cooking skills. I mean, doritos with melted cheese is one of my family’s favorite snacks and I learned it from you! 🙂

  3. All I can say is three things: First, only my sister! Second, I wish I lived closer. Would have been fun to be a third clown and visit you with them! : ) Third, I hope they brought enough food for all those friends in the pics!
    Hope you enjoyed your day with the clowns! (AND…enjoy all those yummy meals!)
    Love you!
    Tammy A.

  4. I love friends! I mean seriously…how AWESOME is that. Looks like you had a lot of visitors to takes pictures with the clowns. Something tells me your home is open. Know what I mean? You are blessed with much my friend. I’m guessing it’s because you are such a great person- a true woman of God. You shine!