I've discovered (and ordered from!) this sweet lady I found on Pinterest. Her story, her life, her art are amazing. She gives a great description of her art, what tools she uses (watercolors, twistable crayons, Micron pens, Prisma gray marker, and Stabilo pens for color!), and how she came to margin-drawing and her ART. She's really remarkable. Check her out. : )
|Amazing. And gives glory to God.|
He walks to the creek/lake by himself, with a friend, or with Ethan. It's almost daily if he can fit it in. I like that he's into something other than a computer/game. It's outdoors, and he's communing with nature. He runs into friends down there, and it's just down the hill behind our house. He doesn't have to have a license to fish until he's 16, but he releases them all anyway since I don't allow gutting near the house. (..and I don't really want to cook/eat them!) I only worry about his blood sugar dropping while he's away..I make him check before he leaves and take a snack and phone!
I have to give thanks for a sweet neighbor, Mary. She lives next door in a house identical to the one we used to live in, near the front of our neighborhood! It's a bit surreal to be there. We call the rooms what we called them at our house, haha! She sews in "Mary Claire's room" and has a beautiful blue and white bed in "Clay's room"!
She got Carter some jelly beans around Easter, so he wants to run over there to dig them out of the little glass bowl..and she refills them! ; )
How is it that this sweet boy is now three? He had his birthday on April 9th. I can't believe it's been three years since I had him! He's been a true joy. He chose Bubble Guppies for his cake. (When you let a child choose their cake, they often get lots of gunky colored frosting that colors everyone's teeth, ha!)
I took him to the toy store to choose a gift-I've kinda learned after three other kids, that sometimes it's the shopping trip that can be part of the gift! They love the time together. We went slowly, aisle after aisle. He looked at everything from baby dolls (they have some in blue and green now!) to chairs to pirate ships to trains. He finally chose a Captain America costume. He mainly wanted it because of the mask. He pretends he's Professor Callahan (from Big Hero 6!). The muscles were just a free gift with purchase. ; )
|Because you feel my pain when you see the entire roll of foil fall out of the box. And you decide to make baked potatoes and corn on the cob on the grill. ('cause have you ever tried to reroll foil?)|
And the MOST important this week?! My
|Belk is the BEST for bow ties! They must have had 75 choices, for real!|
|A sweet smile for Momma! They were all so beautiful and well-behaved!|
|The boys at dinner afterward. : ) Do you see naked shoulders and tuxes? Apparently Shogun was the pre-Prom dinner hot spot! We had no idea. My kids were entertained. : O|
|Five bakeries later, I found a sweet soul who'd get me a cake by five p.m. Not bad. Not bad at all.|
|He never knew (or cared!), and so we carried right on. I was thankful my mom and dad got to join us for cake. : ) She's not great, but she's been doing so much better!|
|I told you Valerie Weiner was amazing. I'm even in awe of her handwriting. Inspiring is the bonus.|
|so.. I leave you with "keep fighting", "you are super beautiful", and "you are totally worthy" because you are.|
When I'm at my saddest or most disappointed, I've learned (yes, by experience!) that the best thing I can do is find someone to help or serve. Whether it be a small cheer-you-up gift (also called a Happy!), dinner, or just some time to listen, we all need to have connection, whether it's hands on us, eyes on us, or ears on us. It always helps me find my joy. (Especially when I can lay down my make up to play a game, leave dirty dishes to jump on the trampoline, or spend two hours shopping for the perfect birthday gift.)
ps-buttercream frosting will always make your kids go sky high..even if you double bolus. It's just sneaky like that. We shall only celebrate every other year then? Ha!
Sending big Hugs your way,