Saturday, July 27, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

His Gifts to Me

Some moments are easy and some are hard. Some days are "good" and some are "bad." It's hard to know, impossible to know, what will happen to send me down that road.

Two days ago the FedEx truck pulled up at our house at 8 p.m.  "Sorry I'm so late...." he said.  "Oh, don't worry about it!" I said.  I always say.  And I took the box and took it inside and wondered what it could be because I wasn't expecting anything.  Scissors, box opened, packing peanuts.  Something fragile.  A packing slip.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Oh my gosh. When you've decided to post for seven days in a row, is there anything better than a link-up? Answer: no to the wiz-ay.

Today's theme for Theme Thursday over at Clan Donaldson is "Askew."  Y'all know I'm always cheating on these.  Decide something first and then figure out how it can pretend to follow the rules?  Yep.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


I sort of already regret claiming that I'd post seven times in seven days. Because, like, it's 11:04 p.m. on Tuesday and I juuuuuuuuust realized I hadn't done it.  Here: things that happened today...

Monday, July 22, 2013

Unexpected Blessings

I think Mary has finally fallen asleep.  Things have been, you know, not normal.  Poor little thing.

I'm not sure where to go from here.  What to say.  So much has happened since I last talked here on Wednesday that it seems impossible to even begin to share it all.  So I guess I'll just write a little something for the next seven days and maybe at the end you'll know something about the miracle of the Church in our lives, of friendship and family and love and grace.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


"Who can face a tragedy? No one. No one can face a tragedy. Only God can face a tragedy.  He gives us His grace so that He can face the tragedy for us."

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What We're Reading + 5 Faves

Trader Joe's Orange Chicken

My dear friend Mary Kate brought us 12,000 meals the other day.  Or so it seemed.  Included in her truck load of yumminess were delectable treats from my long lost buddy Trader Joe's, to whom I bid adieu when we left California lo those three years ago.  Trader Joe's, how I've missed you!

Have you tried their frozen orange chicken?

Sunday, July 07, 2013

What I Wore Sunday- 20 week belly edition

On Friday I turned 20 weeks pregnant and realized that so far y'all have been subjected to only ONE bump photo.  Preeeeeeeeeeeeetty sure that's against bloggy law or something.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Simple Saturday- a link up

Do you know Iris?  You should start knowing her.  She is really such good people.  And a Michigander to boot.  Or to mitten, as it were.  Mitten represent!

Anyway, a while ago she got this idea to host a link up called Simple Saturday.  It's super complicated.  Psych!  No.  Kidding.  It's simple.  Says so right there.  Share some photos, something you're grateful for, something that caught your eye.  And link it on Saturday.  Bada bing, bada boom.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

5 Favorites- lists and people and cheapness


Can I even begin to tell you how absolutely life-altering the people I've "met" and met through this blog have been?  And all the people I haven't even virtually met but who are praying for us anyway and who made  THIS INCREDIBLE GLORIOUSNESS happen?  Seriously click the link.  And then come back.  Because you can't know the truly mind-boggling goodness of the people I'm talking about (You!  Who are reading this!) without seeing it.  And with a graphic like this...

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Bad Things, Good People

The other day I was chatting on the phone with my mom about all this pregnancy hoopla and she, understandably, was not too thrilled about the prospect of her own baby being away from her babies followed by the not-born-yet baby potentially getting off to a rough start at the end of the whole thing.  I mean, the poo-ness of all this started when?  At 9 weeks or something?  So crazy scariness for over ten weeks already leading up to more scariness for maybe even MORE than then more additional weeks.  It just seems so sucky and....unfair.

"You're such a good mama and a good person and this kind of stuff just...."

Monday, July 01, 2013

Birthday Season #2 (with TOO MANY PICTURES)

We likes to lump our special events together. It's a special combination of procrastination and laziness, I think.  I mean, I guess we didn't purposely do it, but obviously it happened on purpose.  Like God was all "oh, honey, no.  You will not be able to handle a separate birthday season for each person.  And then celebrate your anniversary, too?  I am lol-ing!"  (That's totally how God talks to me.)
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