Notes for a happy life…

At our wedding, we had guests write down words of advice on little note cards. The plan was to then put those into an album. 6 years later & it still hasn’t happened. While cleaning out my closet today, I came across the envelope of those notes.

Here are some highlights…

Always keep your sense of humor & be grateful for each day together. -Steve & Carol

Don’t ever quit on each other! -Shawn Keilty

Mutual respect! Angry words can be forgiven but they are not easily forgotten. Never get so comfortable with each other that you forget to say I love you. -Mom (Barb)

Continue as you have begun because you guys are awesome together! – Suzie

Love by 1 Corinthians 13. I didn’t get to read it but it holds the secret to life. -Anonymous

Never go to bed mad! -Anonymous (I’m guessing Brandi because the exclamation point is a heart.)

Pick your battles wisely. Don’t fight over dumb stuff like who took out the trash last. If he did the dishes, don’t complain about how he put them away – Just be glad he did the dishes! – Erin

Just remember to respect each other. Matt, #1 rule, LISTEN TO CINDY. – Anonymous

Cindy – I learned that Matt always eats the last cookies or desserts, so always keep some hidden. -Karen

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For Carol

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Heidi Ho’s recipe)

1 c shortening
3 c sugar
2 eggs
2 c pumpkin
2 t vanilla
5 c flour
2 t baking soda
2 t bakig powder
1 t salt
2 t cinnamon (or more)
2 t nutmeg (or more)
1 t ground ginger (opt)
1/2 t ground cloves (opt)
2 c chocolate chips
1 c nuts (opt)

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt & spices in LARGE mixing bowl. Set aside.
In mixer, cream shortening & sugar. Add eggs & mix well. Add pumpkin & vanilla. Mix well.
Pour pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients & mix well. Add chocolate chips & mix well.

Drop onto ungreased cookie sheets, 1 in. apart. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Or 325 for 15-17 minutes.
Don’t let them brown. They’re best if they’re a little under-done.

Enjoy!