Monday, January 15, 2018

January 15

The boys spent the entire day in pajamas playing video games.

I should probably be embarrassed to admit that, but there was no school, and it's what they wanted to do so we let it slide.

The content of their activity aside, it's always sweet to see them together, being brothers. Sometimes they fight WWF-style and they sure have their share of disagreements, but it makes me heart soar to hear them giggling together, because side-splitting laughter is a blessing.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

January 14

I was sitting on the couch a little while ago trying to figure out what I'd write about today. I thought back to the baptism at church this morning and how the young woman's story took me back to some of my own most difficult moments. And then I glanced over and saw these under the coffee table, and something came to me.

These are the heaviest of my little set of weights. They only weigh 12 pounds each, but that's plenty heavy for me. But, given how I --like the girl this morning-- have kind of miraculously sailed through my most difficult moments, I know that they're lighter than feathers for God. (Follow that? Heavy for me, not heavy for God, and when God takes them, I feel lighter.)

That's why it's vitally essential that we give our heaviest burdens to God to carry: because more often than not, we simply cannot manage them on our own. And since He can --and wants to-- take them on, I'd be pretty foolish to keep them to myself.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

January 13

Abby's grades for last quarter (and the first semester) finally posted online today. Since they were pretty darn good (pretty darn awesome, really), I didn't object when she told me she wanted to go to Safeway (for donuts) and Starbucks (for a frappuccino). So that's what we did this afternoon.

(I have a picture of her drinking said-frap, but this one of her with her giant elephant and the Eliza doll she made this past week is much cuter.) I know I've said it more than once lately, but this girl is just amazing in so many ways. Sure, she makes me borderline nutso at times, but she's also intelligent, funny, and self-assured, and watching her grow and tackle challenges as they arise is a blessing.

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 12

Two of my amazing friends took me out to celebrate my birthday tonight. We went to an Italian restaurant downtown and basically laughed for three hours.

A glass of prosecco made me feel extra giddy for about 45 minutes, but even without the drink, it still would've been a really fun outing. And it was definitely good for my heart.

Good friends are among God's greatest gifts, I think, and these two are pretty darn exceptional. I am so, so fortunate to have them both in my life.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 11

I guess it's good when you get to the end of a birthday and don't really know what to say other than it was a lovely, lovely day. I still had to turn 40, but I definitely did it surrounded by amazing family and friends, and I can't really think of a better way to usher in a new decade.

When I got up this morning, I found the staircase adorned with hand-drawn Pixar characters (think Lightning McQueen et al) spelling out Happy Birthday (thanks hunny!). Adam brought me my coffee and then I took the kiddos off to school before meeting a friend at Starbucks (because I can never have enough coffee. Literally. Never. No hyperbole there). Then it was off to CPK for lunch with Adam before kid pick-ups and dinner at Red Robin, where it seemed like the concept of the night was moneymaker shakin' because the kiddos --and Lambie-- just couldn't stop rockin' to the beat. There was a video from two future YouTube stars (bahaha), flowers, presents, cake (which took an amazing three attempts, but I can't really think of anyone else who's so dedicated to cake-making that he tries three separate times in a row)... just a whole lot of wonderful.

And of course, there was a Logan moment, because when I pay attention, he always finds a way to be "here". I was sitting outside Walmart in my car (because I had to find somewhere to go while Adam tackled cake attempt number two before lunch) when I found myself wondering if he'd show up in some way. Not two seconds later, the sun briefly broke through otherwise cloudy skies. And illuminated a Corvette. I couldn't possibly have missed it.

My heart feels full. So for that enormous blessing and for all of you, I am so much more thankful than I can express.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January 10

For multiple reasons, today was an emotional one. But one person wasn't about to let the last day of my thirties end on anything but a high note. Nikki offered to buy me lunch, then asked if I wanted ice cream from the grocery store, and after I declined both offers, she suggested we go out for milkshakes tonight. And I finally said yes. So that's what we did.

She picked me up at 8:15 and we went over to Red Robin, where we had our milkshakes (and fries... well, one of us had fries. She has a baby to feed and needs those calories!) and talked.

And it was really, really good for my heart to have that time with her. So tonight, as 39 gets ready to flip to 40, I'm really, really thankful to have her as a friend!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 9

Abby and two of her best friends are more or less obsessed with "Hamilton," and they've dubbed themselves the Schuyler sisters. One of them turned 14 last month, and Abby decided that she wanted to make an Angelica doll for her as a gift. Given that her first foray into sewing didn't go particularly well, she'd never in her life made a doll, and she's resistant to using patterns, I wasn't particularly optimistic about her plans to freehand the entire thing. But despite my lukewarm response to the project, she forged onward, acquired the fabric and supplies from JoAnn's using her a chunk of her Christmas money, and made a pretty terrific doll, which she presented to said friend this evening.

I hate to admit it because I'm one of my kids' biggest fans, but I absolutely underestimated what she could do. The way she designed each piece --the head, limbs, body, face, hair, dress... all of it-- and carefully stitched it together with zero guidance from anyone or anything blows my mind.

She's good at so many different things, and it's an honor and an enormous blessing to be able to watch her grow and expand her repertoire of abilities.