Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Coffee Talk

If we were sitting down having coffee together this morning, there's a lot we would talk about. A few things: 

\\ My heart has just been so heavy the last nearly two weeks. Seeing and hearing all about Hurricane Harvey and the aftermath of it is enough to take your breath away. Don't even get me started about the people -- especially Texans -- who haven't even acknowledged it. And now Hurricane Irma. 

And, a precious friend lost her dear mother-in-law not even three months after a cancer diagnosis and my heart just ached for her family. It was all just so much and I truly did feel this huge weight on my heart that I just couldn't shake. I was reminded of the verse in John 16:33 and it gave me so much comfort: "I have told you these things so you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." 

By no means is the aftermath of this hurricane over. It won't be over for months and months and months, even though we'll go on our merry ways and life as we know it will continue as it has been. By no means will Emily's life ever be the same without her mother-in-law. Just do me a favor today and let bygones be bygones. Forgive. Say "I love you" before you hang up the phone. Our time on this earth is just so fleeting. 

\\ And yes, that above was heavy. But it's the truth, and it's how I'm feeling and have felt. It's been so hard to try to live normally and go on my merry way posting about recipes and our love story and pictures of my kids -- even though I know we do all have to return to "normal" at some point. 

But since I'm trying to get back to a sense of "normal," I'll now share with y'all some of the other random things floating around in my mind: 

\\ I feel like the office staff at a doctor/dentist/chiropractor/etc. really do make a night and day difference. I have had some really bad encounters with the office staff at the boys' pediatrician lately and it has been enough to make me think about switching doctors. I'm not going to since I know we'll be moving in about a year or so, but if I'm honest, I'll say it definitely has crossed my mind over the last week. 

\\ We have officially signed Knox up to start MDO in January! He's so attached to me (seriously, I call him "my little tree frog" because he's always on my hip) and he needs a few hours once a week to learn how to be apart from me. I know he and I will both cry when the big day comes, but I know how great it's going to be for him. He'll be 20 months, and Walker was going one day a week at his age and learned a ton, so I'm really excited for him! 

\\ I'm so glad college football is back. It truly is the "most wonderful time of the year." I love me some college football and always cheer loud for my Baylor Bears, even when they lose the season opener to a small school in the FCS. Womp womp. But on that note, we would love to go to Baylor Homecoming this year, but I'm not sure if I'm just wishful thinking over here. Walker would do great, but Knox might be melting down. We shall see...

\\ We have had some weather lately that has really had me excited for fall. Usually it's still in the low- to mid-90's here in Texas in September (with the humidity out in full force) but we've had low- to mid-80's here currently (with way lower humidity) and it has been so, so nice. Now I think I'll decorate for fall this weekend... ;) 

\\ Knox is still going strong on his morning nap and I'm secretly loving it. I thought he was ready to drop it a few weeks ago after taking only 45-minute morning naps for about a week, but he went right back to taking 2-hour naps a week later and has ever since. Yes, it's difficult to get out and about and do things, but those hours between 9-11 a.m. are so precious to me. They're a great time to spend with Walker when he's not at school, and when he is, it's a great time for me to clean the house, get dressed, blog, etc. I'm going to miss that morning nap when it's gone!

\\ Walker's new thing is, "I forgive you." Most of the time he totally uses it in the correct way, but sometimes he doesn't and it's hilarious. If I say that we're out of yogurt, for example, he'll say, "It's okay, Mommy. I forgive you." Ha! But, I got frustrated with him the other day and he came up to me, hugged me and said, "Mommy, I forgive you." Of course I felt horrible, but I also died laughing. I love those sweet reminders from our kiddos! 

\\ Can I admit to you how cool I'm not? My Amazon orders lately have been diapers, a new vaporizer for Walker's room, reward stickers for Walker's sleep chart {his favorite show lately is "Fireman Sam"}, and...disposal cleaner. Seriously. Disposal cleaner. Who is this adult?! But seriously, I bought it on a whim as our disposal was smelly and I was out of lemons to chunk down it, and it really does work! I'm officially talking about disposal cleaner on my blog. *Insert monkey-covering-its-eyes emoji!* 

So, what's on your heart this morning? What are you confessing? 


  1. thank you so much friend. you have been such a shoulder to lean on through this whole thing, I couldn't have gotten through it with out you listening, crying, and giving me words of wisdom! Love you! I'm so glad you posted about disposal cleaner, bc mine has been stinking and we can't make it smell any better! Ordering this now, hahaha. We are so old. So glad that Knox is doing MDO in January, a well deserved break for you and a fun morning for him, win win for both!!

  2. Can I just tell you that I've been throwing ALL of the citrus fruits down my disposal to freshen things up because I didn't know that a thing called DISPOSAL CLEANER even existed? And can I also share that I sure did immediately click over to Amazon to add it to my own cart #oldandowningit.

    And girl! Moving?! Please say still staying in Texas - you're one of my bloggers/blogs that I reach for first when I'm feeling homesick for my Texas! :)

  3. Okay disposal cleaner is KIND of amazing! We just recently dropped our morning nap..I am sure it would be different if I stayed home but it has kind of made our weekends nice and given us so much more flexibility all morning!
    My heart just breaks for Emily, it so puts in perspective how quickly things can happen. And if you hear of any assistance for Harvey that is most needed please share here or on IG. Being so far away we are somewhat removed but I know some things and places need more help at any given time so please do continue sharing your insight!

  4. I feel you on the Amazon purchases not being fun. I'm pretty sure ours have been diapers, diapers, diapers annnnnd changing pad covers. Life of the party over here!! lol
    I'm so sorry to hear about your friends mom! I will send some extra prayers her way because losing family is never easy, especially in the middle of all of the devastation being faced around where you guys are already.
    "I forgive you"...omg too stinking cute!

  5. Leigh is going to preschool 2 days a week and that started in August. She's very attached too, she still cries everyday 🙈 She also still takes a morning nap too so that's part of the problems. Haha so I feel you on all of that!!

  6. If you think you're not cool... I don't even have Amazon Prime! I'm basically living in the dark ages. ;) I feel the same way with all of the heavy, tragic things going on in our country and the world. Sometimes it's hard to continue with life as usual when you know so many people are hurting.

  7. Go Knox with his morning nap!! I think we've officially dropped it this week :( The last two days, she just cries when I put her down in the AM... but her PM naps have gotten much longer, so I guess I don't hate it!

  8. Hey now Liberty's not that small ;) lol about 15,000 on campus! I have to rep my alma mater haha :) And I'm with you on a heavy heart for all the people affected by Harvey and now the people who are being affected by Irma! We have some family that are in Florida in an evacuation zone but cannot because there is not enough gas in the surrounding areas to leave!

  9. Gosh I feel the exact same way about life right now. Seeing what Emily has gone through has truly reminded me that life is just so fleeting and why are we wasting time on material things? On a lighter note, YES to nap time. It's like a mad dash to get as much accomplished as possible haha


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