“Today, humble Today, presents itself to us with all the ceremony and bling of a glittering diamond ring: Wear me, it says, Wear me out.  Love me, dive into me, it pleads with us.

-Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines

I read that passage, and thought…dang, that girl can write.

And also, it smacks so eloquently of InstaFriday.

Simple, everyday moments.  Grainy filters.  Beauty in the mundane.

It’s there.



A random clearanced out toy.

His new favorite.

He wouldn’t put it down until he mastered it.

Three hours later.

This is SO up this kid’s alley.  It’s like his brain turned into a game.


And then there is Porkchop.

Always and forever trying to help.

Copies everything the Daddy does.

Because that’s what sons do.


And then they eat Oreos.

And cheer.

Because if Oreos aren’t cheer worthy, I don’t know what is.


A project full of succulents for an upcoming party.

I’ll post more about it next week.

But I am head over heels for how it turned out.

Besides, succulents.


“Jeannett…grab your phone…you gotta get a picture of this.”

Andy was watering some dead spots on the lawn.

Obviously a perfect time to grab a quick sip of water.



It’s ritual.

Every morning.  Every night.

And it just about knocked the wind right out of me when I took on the full realization that these itty bitty teeny tiny pills…and this minuscule measure of liquid are what help keep my girl alive.


It’s hard to wrap my brain around.

In fact, I think I won’t.  Because it hurts to think of.  So much.


Because Sassy Pants here, she’s just too much.

She loves wearing my glasses.

And sitting pretty in pink.

Because obviously she’s fabulous.

I kinda feel sorry for her husband.


She is so close.

Honestly, I think a lot of why she isn’t walking unassisted is psychological at this point.

She stands without holding onto anything (even the dog’s head) so often…when she’s distracted.  But the second she realizes she’s hands free?  She sits herself right down.


On her time.

We will wait.


In an effort to encourage Henry to read, I’m instituting a 20 minute quiet reading time.

No talking.

Even the mama reads.

Day 1 of 20 minutes of quiet reading lasted 12 minutes.

It’s a soft start.


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I'm a mom to four. A wife to one. I believe in story. I love telling you about mine and would love to hear yours. There's really no sense in wasting our suffering and not sharing in each other's joy. We're all in this together...even if it doesn't always feel like it.

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  1. 1

    Love the name Porkchop. It’s great! The rest of your family is pretty darn cute too. It seems so long ago that I had 4 littles running around. I just wanted to thank you for hosting this link up. I love having a place to share the little moments from the past week!
    laura b´s last blog post ..Friday Wrap

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    I’m linking up for the very first time! I stumbled across your blog tonight and your story (and so many others on here) is very moving. Thank you for sharing your story, your life. We have a friend who’s 2 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, so hearing other stories and finding tips for ways we can help them is very important to us. You blog has been very helpful to us, and I’m sure it is an amazing blessing to many.

    Aanie x

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    12 minutes is a long time! Keep up the good work! Also, when Jilly is walking unassisted, you better watch her, I have a feeling girlfriend will just start running!
    Katie´s last blog post ..Giveaway, 4 Sleeps and Dara Torres

  4. 4

    hey friend – have you ever read the book “ruby in her own time”? its awesome. every time my kids have done things at a pace slower than i would like, i think of that book about a little duck that did everything slower than her siblings. its such a good reminder.
    succulents look amazing.
    i miss you.
    lindsey – the pleated poppy´s last blog post ..pillow update

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    I’m really excited to be joining you. I have Cold Tangerines on my short list to read… your quote made me move it up a couple notches.
    Lisa @ FSL´s last blog post ..Comment on Life Through the Lens: A confession, some Fun, and a Party by Lisa Kerner

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    In kindergarten, we are building our reading stamina by slowly increasing reading time by a minute a day. We have reached our first goal and celebrated with a little reading party. What a great idea to do it at home as well. 12 minutes is amazing!
    Laurie´s last blog post ..that was then…

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    You know, been reading your blog for quite some time… not sure if I ever said HI! So – Hey there! I just wanted to let you know that I see so much grace in your motherhood and family. It warms my heart and I love that this is a blog I can read and not feel like I am less than a perfect mom. Thank you for being you!


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