Sunday, April 21, 2013


I remember when I was ten years old.  I had a pink banana seat bike with a flag, (does anyone still put those on their bikes anymore?) a basket, glittery streamers trailing from the handlebars, and a horn.  Which I honked obnoxiously all the time.  Because why have a miniature fog horn attached to your handlebars if you're not intending to use it with regularity?  I also had these little neon things attached to my tires and they whistled when you went really fast.  And really, why would you go any speed but fast if given the option?  I had clackers on my spokes too, and basically all of this means that you could hear me coming from a mile away. 
 Which I suppose isn't much different than my present circumstances.

I tend to be a bit loud.

I never see tricked out bikes like mine was, these days.  Why is that? 

Anyway, "ten" was good in my world.  It was a wild time of ruling the neighborhood, (or so we thought) building forts by a creek bed, ice skating on a frozen pond in the winter, making igloos out of snow, attempting to get my dog to climb a tree and into the tree house my dad built us, and eating all the homemade chocolate chip cookies and kool-aid a person could ever want, after school.

 It's funny watching my daughter grow because she looks exactly like I did at that age.  (Her teeth aren't as huge as mine were, but I'm good with that.)  She plays hard.  She rides that bike of hers like a pro. Her hair is always escaping whatever I put it in, and she flashes a big blue-eyed smile that lights up her face with regularity.   She's my early bird and loves to jump out of bed, ready to greet the day and hit the shower.  (She obviously got that set of genes from her Daddy because I am not a morning person. At all.) 

 (little niece)
 (showing her grandparents what an ipod shuffle was. hysterical.)
 (niece saying goodbye after the party.)

 (my other little niece meeting us at American girl)
Ava got a bunch of American girl gift cards from everyone who knows her, so we hit the store on the way to the Chris Tomlin/Kari Jobe concert last night.  It was awesome.

 My kids had never been to a concert and it was a blast initiating them into it as we celebrated Adrain.  I forgot to warn them that it would be loud.  I forgot to tell them they might lose their voices singing, whistling, hollering and cheering.  I forgot to tell them we'd be moving and grooving in the seats.  (I didn't tell them about the concerts I remember where seats were roughly shoved aside and a wall of people surged you toward the stage.  Does that still happen?)  Some very cute young little things ended up sitting next to Joe.  I whispered in his ear that I noticed he had some very pretty girls next to him, and he shrugged like it was all in a day's work and said, "Hey, I didn't make the seating arrangements."  Cracked me up.  He stood through the concert singing his little lungs out, clapping wildly, and yelling, "Mom this is so great, thank you so much for bringing me," between every song.  It was FUN.  So FUN.
 As we neared the final song, I said, "Watch for cell phone lights all over the stadium" and about two minutes later he looked at me with huge admiration, like I knew everything in the world.

I enjoyed that, I'm not gonna lie. (It may never happen again.)

 Life has been sweet this weekend.  Adrain and I dealt with some very heavy things, a bit of other people's drama, and we came out on the right end of the thing.  I feel like I'm at the start of a new chapter this week, and I can't wait to see what's in store.  Things don't make a ton of sense yet, and nothing has changed in our circumstances but I do feel like something has happened.   

Oh, and for those of you who missed out, because the Antique ball jar flour sack dish towels were gone by the end of the day they were listed last week... I have just listed my final batch before Mother's Day.  (You know... in case the mothers in your life like that sort of thing.)  You can purchase here! I've also got a few of the half-priced Irregulars listed here.  (**The irregulars are already SOLD OUT**) And as usual, if you miss the listing before they sell out, you can always email me to get on a reserve list for my next batch, at


  1. I so enjoy reading your posts. What a special day for your daughter. She is a doll. Sounds like the concert was memory worth keeping. Proof - There is joy in the hard times which your post proves.

  2. Fun times at your house!
    And... I have realized another reason we will get along great when we meet... I am LOUD. Well, I can be, once I get to know you -- and I already do, right? My mom & sis & I always laugh about how loud we must seem to the son-in-laws when we're all together. Honestly, sometimes they retreat to the other room. When I am with people I love and having fun... I am LOUD. True story.

    I'm intrigued to hear what has happened. Always praying, you know! ~S

  3. I loved reading about when you were 10. Your bike sounds a lot like the one I used to have. ;) What a fun celebration! You drove right by my exit on the freeway. :(

  4. Sounds like you are embracing fun. Happy to hear about your great weekend. :)

  5. Sounds like you are embracing fun. Happy to hear about your great weekend. :)

  6. Looks like fun has found you. Enjoy those precious babies.

  7. Ten is such a special time!!! Love that you had such a great time celebrating and wowing your kids at the same time. :)

  8. Your 10 year old has such a sweet face! I am dying for granddaughters :) And you must be here in Western WA somewhere since Chris Tomlin was just here this weekend. I am over in Kitsap County.

  9. kari, chris, and caroline?! best day ever. : )

  10. This is refreshing! Your girl is adorable. I have six little girls between 3-13 yrs and I have to say, 10 is Fun! Oh, to be that young again. I'm so happy for your great weekend. What a blessing!

  11. Wonderful celebration and a beautiful daughter. Blessings to all of you

  12. 10!! Wouldn't it be crazy if my almost 10 year old and yours actually met someday?? she's a doll just like her momma. happy birthday AVA!!!

  13. Your blog is beautiful. My friend told me about you and I love, love, love what you have going on here.

  14. Hi!
    I'm your follower for time and every time i fall in love with your blog!
    I love every your post, photo and creation. I'm happy because he joins us the love for God (and for Chris Tomlin!)
    Best wishes to your beautiful princess.

    Ps. I apologize for my very bad english!

    God bless you and your family.

  15. sasha...Ava is growing up...her face is changing. always fun to see them grow and change and so hard at the same time...those little girl things istart to fade more and more.
    so grateful she's still into American Girl. :) I have a feeling Lydia has several more years of that collection, too.

    I know I had a bike because i have scars all over both knees to remind me, but I can't remember it's details. i'm sitting here thinking so hard and it's just not coming....what in the world?

  16. A great birthday, a great concert = happy times for your family. Sounds like a winner to me. Blessings to you as you go forth!

  17. I really enjoyed browsing your blog! I'm your newest follower :) ~Angela

  18. What a sweet post! I laughed out loud about your banana seat bike and all it's bling. Oh those were the days! So fun that you were able to have your kids experience their first concert the "right" way. We took our kids to the Passion Good Friday service last year (and then again this year) in Atlanta-it was one of the best nights I've experienced with my family, worshipping God together and having a great time doing it! Singing, dancing and loving being a part of his great big family!