Whew. We survived the Stomach Flu of 2013 (oh my gosh, you don’t even want to know) and thankfully were recovered before heading off on vacation to NC with my extended family. Benjamin asked this morning, “so…..how many days til we go back to the mountains?” Somebody really enjoyed that Daddy was off work and could go hiking with him and catch salamanders for hours!
On our way up to NC we stopped to let the kids run around at the Greenville, SC farmer’s market (awesome) and I’m not sure whether it was Daniel’s massive beard or Gwen’s super long baby locks….(timeout for proof of Gwen’s awesome hair):
I CANNOT HANDLE THE CUTE. Where was I? Ah….Daniel’s massive beard or Gwen’s super long baby locks that gave us away, but as we passed a cute family on the sidewalk, a woman said, “Hey! Are you Carrots for Michaelmas?” What are the odds?! So, I got to chat with this sweet reader from Pennsylvania for a couple minutes while my kids ran amock. Thank you for making me feel like a celebrity for the rest of the day and I hope I didn’t smell too strongly of baby spit up!
On the Homestead:
Check. Out. This. Squash. Benjamin was actually in tears at the thought of eating it for dinner because he loved it so much.
The Quotable Benjamin:
Benjamin: “Do you think we could get some Butterfingers sometime?”
Me: “Probably not.”
Benjamin: “But they’re good for you! They have BUTTER!”
“Why didn’t you go to sleep, Benjamin?!”
“Well, I wasn’t as tired as a lion whose never had a nap in the whole world so…..”
The Quotable Lucy:
Because a bird was singing outside her window at bedtime: “Stop, Bird! Go sleep! You boverin’ me! Mom! BIIIIIIRRRRRRRRD!”
Lucy gives me a cute attack whenever we bless the food. “and dees dye gifs, we bout cecieve by by boumpy!”
And when Gwen has the hiccups: “No no, Baby ‘Wen! My hiccups! Hiccups are MINE!!!”
Book Love: I actually finished FIVE books while we were out of town. I have to admit that my favorite thing about our yearly vacation is having hours to read in the car and while my sweet parents play with my kids.
I started with Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan, Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. And I then I finished off a couple of quick reads: The In-Between by Jeff Goins and Start by Jon Acuff.
But Daniel and my brother are both reading Kristin Lavransdatter right now and even though my last re-read was less than two years ago, hearing them talk about it makes me want to read it again RIGHT NOW.
Links (so many links this week because I’ve been out of the loop for a couple of weeks!):
Should Francis Take on Birth Control? A Response: JoAnna Wahlund
A Fool and her Gender Studies: Simcha Fisher “But when a mother feels guilty for feeling like a mother, then we’ve engineered the kind of problem that causes civilizations to fall.”
Marriage–The Mysterious Sacrament: Fountains of Home “Our marriage in the spiritual reality is something much bigger than just the two of us. It is itself a sacrament. A sacrament where my husband and I are the matter, like the physical bread and wine used in the sacrament of the Eucharist. We’re the basic, plain, worldly, physical, bodily stuff of which God uses as a direct way to give grace and love.”
Why Are America’s Post-Partum Practices So Rough on New Mothers?: The Daily Beast
O, Alma Mater: Verily (Makes some great points about the value of education for women who choose to leave the work force to raise their children: “Having received the wonderful gift of an elite education, I didn’t leave it behind. I carry it with me in who I am today. It enriches my life in ways that no salary can measure. It is worthwhile in a way no measure of productivity is needed to justify...”)
Jim Gaffigan on Fatherhood for the Recovering Narcissist: Catholic World Report
And please show some love to new Carrots sponsor, Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry (consultant, Mandi Richards of Messy Wife, Blessed Life). The products are beautiful and I am so in love with these Downton Abbeyesque hair pins that I wish I had long hair to do a fancy up do with them. And there’s a 10-20% sale on over 100 items until midnight Saturday! Also, Mandi is the sweetest and has a precious little one named Lucia, so we clearly dig the same saints for baby name inspiration. You can also follow her Lilla Rose FB page!
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Happy weekend, everyone!
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