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This week’s quotes of the week (QOTW):
“I still have my brain.”
Luke, in response to me saying I wondered if “Will’s brain was attached to his body.”
“Does your belly hurt because you ate too much sugar?”
Anna-Laura, busted. Actually it hurts because I NO LONGER HAVE ROUND LIGAMENTS.
“It’s brownhog day!”
Luke, could you *be* any cuter?
“Oh, mom, I love tweezers.”
Luke, we call them Twizzlers. But whatev.
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You know why I think Jennifer and Hallie are brilliant? They are planning the Edel Gathering for JULY not FEBRUARY in Texas. At the rate we’re going, we might be making up school well into the summer months. Speaking of Edel, it’s really going to be a fabulous weekend here in Austin. Girls, wine, time away and inspiring speakers. That’s reason enough to hop a plane and head to the ATX. I’m hoping to secure the golden ticket to attend and if not, I’ll just be that really annoying Texas girl crashing the party in the Omni Hotel lobby. It’s really going to be a fabulous weekend. My heart is already happy.
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Earlier this week, I shared our family room transformation. I love a good before and after, don’t you? If only it happened as quickly in real life as it does on the blog. I still owe y’all a master closet and an update to the dining room. This one was four years in the making, but we are loving sitting on those couches and warming our feet by the fire. Next to the kitchen, it’s the heart of our home. I do love me some bright pops of red. They’re slightly better than no-color hell. See for yourself.
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A friend recently said the sweetest seven words I’ve heard in a very, very long time. “Can I host a baby shower for you?” Y’all. When she shared those words and then followed them with a hug, I was speechless. Who has baby showers for moms of soon-to-be-six? My lovely friend, Dina. We all know that every baby is a miracle, a blessing and something to be celebrated. But, by the time you get past three, people are like, “Oh, just announce it on Twitter.” (h/t to Jim Gaffigan) Maybe the shower gifts will be cases of wine and new underwear. Who knows. I’m just thrilled to get the chance to celebrate this life like it was our first. And, might I add scanning things for the registry? I may have giggled a bit at the suggestions. Like, all of them. Oh man, it was great fun.
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Earlier this week life took us back to the surgery center near Dell (long story, but everything is a-ok) and I had a weird out-of-body-experience. Scott and I ran into Luke’s pediatric surgeon. You know, the rockstar I’ve raved about many times. And, it was all just so, crazy. The last two nights I’ve been dreaming about our time in the NICU and some of our interactions with Dr. M. This must be PTSD. I haven’t gone to the dark place, but I’m remembering being there. I don’t know if that even makes sense. It was just so strange to see a person looking exactly the way you remember him during a time of your life that was a living hell – and then to see that same person again when your life is so full of joy. It was just…healing, maybe? Whatever it was, I’m thankful God allowed our paths to cross during this season of life. There was hugging and laughing, smiling and high fives. That’s a far cry from life four years ago. Here’s Luke with just a “few” of his specialists, nurses and therapists.
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Baby names. Should I even go there? Scott and I are really, really, really bad about waiting until the delivery room to get serious. Each of our kids’ has a great story behind the name choice and I’m thinking I just might share those next week. Grace inspired me, so you can blame it on her. We joke it’s why we keep having kids because there’s so many great names out there.
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This weekend I’m speaking at Annunciation Austin‘s Boots-n-Bandanas BBQ event. My topic is finding God in the details. Should I worry that I’ve been named a “prolific blogger” in my speaker bio? Yes, yes I should. “Borderline crazy mom of 6” sounds a bit more like my present state. Here’s praying the twang and a dose of the Holy Spirit save me.
For more of the fun, Jen’s got some great ones.