It is this precious little man’s birthday today.
I can’t believe it was four whole years ago that I was birthing him. Because he’s my firstborn, his birthday always causes me to reflect on this transformative journey of motherhood. We spent a special mother-son day together yesterday doing whatever the birthday boy picked: an IMAX movie with popcorn and Sour Patches (hence the sour face above), BBQ for lunch, and GF cupcakes from the local bookstore/cupcakery. He kept saying, “Guess what we’re doing next on our adventure day!” I won’t ever forget it.
I got word yesterday that my best friend Ellie’s mother died unexpectedly this week. I still can’t wrap my head around it. Not just because it’s so sudden and terribly sad but because Adalee was such a vibrant woman. She was delightfully witty, clever, kind, loving, and adventurous. She raised four children, one of whom was adopted, while doing linguistic work with her linguist husband with a biblical translation missions organization in Guatamala. She loved her family and made everyone who entered her home feel like family. I will miss her dreadfully and my heart hurts for all those who mourn this loss. God knew what he was about when he created her. May perpetual light shine upon her.
I love this photo of her embracing Ellie just after her wedding ceremony. So much love and beauty.
Coming Up in the Liturgical Year: Preparing for Lent, yet? I can’t believe it’s next week. SlowMama has some great recipe ideas for Mardi Gras and I loved Sarah’s post about her family’s plans for Lent. And Elizabeth Foss has a lovely list of Lent/Easter picture books that I will be adding to my library holds.
The Quotable Benjamin:
“Are warts fun? How do you get one?”
“Can you find me some books about gob-a-lins [goblins] because that’s what I’m really into right now.”
“Four is like young-middle-aged. That’s what I would call it.”
“What are Gollum’s pants made of? Is Shelob bad or just ugly?”
Boy, was I wrong when I thought handing over our illustrated Tolkien encyclopedias to Benjamin would give me a few moments of silence
Did you hear Deirdre’s news?
An Instagram Worth Sharing:
My baby girl’s first tutu. Makes the ballet teacher in me tear up…oh wait, EVERYTHING makes me tear up this pregnancy…
Question: Is anyone having trouble subscribing to Carrots through the email subscription widget or the RSS button? I had a reader say that neither worked for her and I was wondering if that’s a common problem!
(2nd image courtesy of Jade Pierce Photography)