Quick Takes: Gratitude and Glamour

2586 2586_ () 2586 2586 1. Y’all, thank you so, so much for how generously you have shared your prayers and money with my sister and brother-in-law. I’m blown away. The donations have poured in and it’s so much more than I had even hoped for. When my sister saw my blog a few days ago, she was so blessed (that’s the genteel way of saying she was crying her eyes out, so touched by all of your love) and I said, “Jo, those comments there? That’s only a fraction of what’s been coming in.”

I am getting the sweetest emails and notes and it means so much that you would care for someone so dear to me. Thank you ALL. xo

I will leave the paypal button up until the end of the month, and will do the drawing in a week or so. Also, my friend Lisa Hendey is throwing in two of her books, so that’s now a part of the prize list as well. Thanks, Lisa!

2. This Tuesday was the first day of school and to celebrate I grabbed lunch with a few friends.

Later that day, I picked at my leftovers while I worked on the computer and after about ten minutes I realized that I had taken a bit of tortilla and forgotten to chew.

I had to take a picture, it was so amazing.

My glamour knows no bounds.

3. Speaking of school, this week has been a butt-kicker. Sorry for the frank language, but saying it “kicked my heiny” or “was really a challenge!” Well that simply does not convey the abject struggle I’ve had in keeping up with the energy levels that my boys bring when they walk in the door.

I’ve realized that I pretty much devote my entire school day — 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to getting my ducks in a row to deal with what happens when everyone comes home and wants food, snacks, more food, homework, what’s for dinner, need to get on computer, have PE tomorrow where’s my uniform, food, more food!!!!

And that’s the first five minutes.

It’s a flurry and it’s exhausting.

I’m hoping we will all get used to it — if I remember correctly the first week of school is generally pretty exhausting always. Because, dude, I am overwhelmed.

4. Good news on Charlie and his burn: no skin grafts needed!

We had a burn recheck yesterday and the good (good, good!) doctor said the 3d degree medallions are healing nicely and we are moving off the cream and onto an ointment. Also, instead of the massive bandages we’ve been using, Charlie is switching to some stretchy pants and I won’t lie, they are not unlike these:

Except they are gold.

So it’s a win-win situation: easier, cleaner dressing changes and Naaachhooooo! Gold stretchy pants.

p.s. if you love Nacho as much as we love Nacho, go read these quotes. It’ll brighten your day.

5. Yesterday we had a hawk in our yard. We came home from a walk and there standing right in our row of holly trees was this hugemongous beast and he was having a snack.

He was munching down on a dead squirrel and it was every bit as gross as you would think. My mom was coming home from work around this time, just as we walked into the house and later on I found a frantic message from her on my phone (I didn’t get there in time because I was busying a) calming freaked out children and b) keeping them from running to get a closer look.

My mom and dad are avid birders and she knew that if we got close enough while that hawk was eating that some of us might be his part of the meal deal.

I’ll write more about this later and post one of the 1,298 pictures Ethan took. Some of those pictures are close up and involve a bloody beak and picked-over vermin and Paul and Ethan came into where I was already in bed last night (reading Amy Welborn’s amazing book) and tried to show me these pictures.

6. We are off to school this morning for the Tie Ceremony for Elliott. He who turned 13 last week and yes I’ve been crying in my beer ever since. I’m happy he’s a teenager but really? Two teenagers? Does that mean I’m getting old? Does that mean he’s not my baby anymore? I guess that explains why he’s been towering over me for the last few months?

7. Don’t answer any of those questions. Just go tell Jen I said hi. Have a fantastic weekend — and get some rest. 2586″> .



  1. speaking of you eating lunch reminds me….when are you going to write something about what you eat and what exercise you do? you always look great. i have 6 kids also and need to be in better shape. any tips would be great. I always love your posts!!!!They make me smile 🙂

  2. I much prefer summer vacation to school time–but I guess that’s not real life is it?

    • I know — I always think “homeschoolers have it so easy.” Actually I don’t think that at all.

      Either way, having kids is a (worthwhile and wonderful) challenge.

  3. Help me understand why you’re not using that for your Author Photo.

  4. Melissa Buttry says

    I have one turning 13 on the 14th of this month….it is killing me. 🙂

  5. I sadly just discovered your blog… you are so funny! I’m enjoying reading about your family so much, thanks for sharing your encouraging thoughts and ways, and your silly normal self with us other struggling Mommy’s ;o) I have a 5 yr old boy, 3 yr old girl, 18 mo old boy (and one lil boy in heaven). Boys are so much fun, but they sure do keep you hopping! God bless you and yours!