I have spent some time thinking about what my first post should be! It’s a lot of pressure!!! Obviously there will be lots of baking here, but I thought I might start out with the short version of the story of Sweet Charley B’s. I’m guessing that some of you might not know me!!
My name is Amanda and I am the mom of three, Sam (almost 12), Charlotte “Charley” (6 ½) and Georgiana “Georgie” (5) and the wife of Zach. My kids are what I live for and they have been my full time job for the last 8 years. Each one of my kids is so unique and wonderful (So is Zach! I didn’t mean to leave him out!!). I am eternally grateful to God for trusting me with each one.
Last June, just one week after my sweet Charley had finished Kindergarten, she got what we all thought was the flu. Friday evening she had played in a soccer game and by Saturday at lunch time she had a fever and was just not doing well at all. Trusting my mother’s instincts against the advice of the nurse on the weekend “on-call” line I took her to the emergency room. She was just so uncomfortable and restless. I had never seen her like this before. From the ER in Olympia they sent us to Mary Bridge in Tacoma, this was late Sunday night. After several hours in the ER at Mary Bridge they admitted Charley to the PICU upstairs. By 8:30 Monday morning, Charley was not here with us anymore. She was home with Our Heavenly Father. Somehow, somewhere she had contracted Group A Strep bacteria in her blood stream. We have been told that what happen to her was like having lightening strike twice in the same place; it NEVER happens.
Charley and I used to bake together all the time. Whenever I was in the kitchen she was at my heels. If there was something to do, she wanted to do it. If there was someplace to go, she wanted to go. Charley has inspired me to follow that “what if” that has been in the back of mind for a long time. I will be baking to keep her close to me and so that no one will forget she was here.
We are planning for a retail space. We are looking for just the right one and won’t settle until we find it. Be on the lookout for new flavors and some little snippets of life from time to time!!
I am so glad you stopped by!! Thank you to everyone who has supported us by ordering cupcakes and spreading the word! I’m thinking we need to work up some sort of customer appreciation or something!!
See you soon!
p.s. Until I get it all over here please click here to go to our Facebook page where we have a list of all the flavors and pictures of them too! You don't have to be a member of Facebook to look!