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Ain’t Enough September 30, 2009

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“If the track is tough and the hill is rough,

THINKING you can just ain’t enough!” (from The Little Blue Engine by Shel Silverstein)

 

I will be a tree September 29, 2009

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“If you become a bird and fly away from me,” said his mother, “ I will be a tree that you come home to.” (from The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown)

I liked this book before I was a mother, but I didn’t really understand it. I thought I did, but how can you understand the kind of love that just sweeps over your life like a tidal wave until you are drowning in it? Now I know that I will always do what I can with what I have to be whatever he needs, forever.

 

Somewhere to go September 28, 2009

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“Anyone can fly. All you need is somewhere to go that you can’t get to any other way. The next thing you know, you’re flying among the stars.” (from Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold)

Not my favorite picture book, but I love this quote. Just think of the possibilities!

 

For the sake September 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 3:15 pm

“But I can put up with a certain amount of discomfort for the sake of bringing young swans into the world.” (from The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White)

This post is late because we traveled to College Station for our good friend’s wedding yesterday. We left home at 5:30am and returned at 3:15am. We had a wonderful time, but it was one long day. Especially for Trish. She made the trip with us even though she is 35 weeks pregnant. I know she was so uncomfortable in the car for all of that time, so hot in the humidity of College Station (and on the way home when the air conditioner froze up), and so tired from the exertion of not only walking in heels all day, but making a whole person at the same time. I really felt for her.

But I also thought she was beautiful. Every once in a while, I’d see her hands go to her belly, where her daughter was stretching or kicking. And I remember and miss that feeling. Sometimes it is uncomfortable, but it’s also wonderful. It was so great to spend all day with a bride and an expecting mom–my friends in their most glowing states. Heather was an unbelievably lovely bride and her wedding in the Messina Hoff vineyard was gorgeous! It was amazing to watch her grace and beauty on her day of days. And my heart swelled to think of all of the moments of a marriage that she and Drew have to look forward to (like the discomforts and glories of pregnancy and birth, I hope).

 

Like an old friend September 26, 2009

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“Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways.” (from Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery)

Tonight our sister, Christina, married her friend, Brady. It was such a lovely wedding–really beautiful in every way. And I was especially touched as I watched them because I, too, was priveleged to marry someone who was my friend before he was my lover. What a great thing to marry someone you already know so well, someone you already like. I’m too tired now to wax eloquent or be remotely profound, but I just want to say that I not only love, but still very much like my husband. And, welcome to the family, Brady. We are so glad you crept to Christina’s side like an old friend through quiet ways.

 

To be sure of you September 25, 2009

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Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind, “Pooh,” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?” “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw, “I just wanted to be sure of you.”  (from Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne)

This morning–early this morning–my teething baby woke up upset. I nursed him and rocked him. His daddy rocked him. We gave him Tylenol. But he just wouldn’t go to sleep in his own crib again. Finally, I laid him beside me in our bed and nursed him until we both fell asleep. I drifted in and out of sleep for the rest of the morning (still some three hours before time to get up) making sure he was okay–not smothered by pillows or teetering on the edge of the bed. It made for uncomfortable sleeping, but it’s better than no sleep at all. When Jon finally got up for the workday, I scooted over on the bed to a more comfortable position and stretched somewhat luxuriously, enjoying the space. But after only a few moments, I felt a warm little hand reaching out to me. He opened his sleepy eyes, smiled one goofy smile, and scooted closer until he was right up against me again. He stroked my arm and I stroked his sweet head and we fell to sleep again. I think maybe he just wanted to be sure of me.

 

Mothers to help September 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 3:35 am

“What do girls do who haven’t any mothers to help them through their troubles?” (from Little Women by Louissa May Alcott)

I don’t know. I only know I’m glad I have my mother nearby. From c-section recovery to preparing clothes for a consignment sale, she has bent over backwards to help me. Thanks, mom. I love you.