I’m sitting out on my screened in (cause I’d rather not go out on an eaten-to-death-by-mosquito note, if you’re hearin’ me) porch as I write this. The sun has just gone all the way down, the childrenssss are snug in bed, Thomas had an appointment to keep… and it’s just me and the lightening bugs, right now.
Wull, and you. But you’re not really here… so that doesn’t exactly count.
Have you ever experienced lightening bugs?
I never had until I moved out here… out into the “sticks”, a bit… our house set back in the woods well off the street… a street with ZERO street lamps, that is.
I’ll never forget the first year we were here, in the summer, standing outside in the pitch dark on a warm June night, watching (for my very first time) those crazy little bugs make the whole place sparkle. I honestly felt a little giddy.
I mean, the books, the stories… they were REALLY real. There REALLY are these amazing little bugs who fly around on warm summer nights with their bums glowing, on and off, trying to attract each other… so that they can make MORE little amazing bugs with glowing butts.
And when they all get their glow on at the same time, in the pitch dark of the night… it is TRULY a sight to see. It is, quite simply, beautiful. THE NIGHT ACTUALLY SPARKLES. I wouldn’t have really believed it if I wasn’t seeing it, as we speak, with my very own eyes.
I always imagine God smiling down on us when I’m watching these little bugs. Like He knew it’d make us all stare in awe.
Wull, while we humans don’t have such, erm…. illumintation on our (back) sides, we still know how to attract each other. And let it be said that we, too, know how to make more little humans just as effectively. 😉
AND… much to my great joy, many people like to eat cake while celebrating the making of said little humans, and their imminent arrival into our lives… our hearts… and our backyards, to be added to the ranks of those of us who stare in awe at the bugs who make the night glitter.
So it was with a happy heart that I designed this vintage style, tufted, ruffled, baby girl shower cake for my big brother’s fiance… my soon to be new sister-in-law… as the ladies of the families showered her with gifts, delicious food, and of course, bouts of raucous laughter (’cause my mom and her friends don’t know it any other way), all because she’s about to bring the newest (and quite possibly, final) sweet pea, baby girl into our lives.
In short, arriving soon is my 8th niece on my side (though my 10th niece, in total)… one of 11 girl cousins (’cause I pushed out three of my own) with two more boy cousins to be added to the GRAND total of 13 cousins who will all run around together some day, chasing those mind boggling little bugs, hoping to catch them in a mason jar for just a few minutes… so that they can marvel up close at those beautiful, majestic butts.
And I just can’t wait for her to get here.
(And somehow I know that, now, lightening bugs will always remind me of her. Xx )
How I made the edible baby plaque, polka dot bow, the ruffles, and the tufted finish is now all (FREE!) over on the Cakeheads blog, HERE!
See some of my favorite tools in my Tools Shop, HERE!