Showing posts from August, 2012


Today is my  brother Christopher's 27th Birthday. I was going to say he's an amazing kid... but he's not a kid. He's a man. And a great man, at that. I am so thankful I have the privilege to be his sister. I'm so thankful that I get to live in the same house with him, his beautiful wife and adorable daughter.

Christopher, I'm proud of you. You have persevered in the midst of a lot. I know life has been tough this past decade but you have grown into a man worthy of respect. I love you. I trust you. I think you're super cool. I'm proud of the way you've developed your business, Ballahack Airsoft.

I love your imagination and creativity and ingenuity. I wish I was as artistic as you. I love it when you sing and play guitar. I'm crazy about you!

Happy Birthday!

Rub-A-Dub Dub... 3 boys in a tub.

No, we are not advocating nudity. This is how the boys were found. Michael's favorite activity as of late is playing with the garden hose.  He is not allowed to do this. This afternoon he managed to fill up an extra large bin with water and created his own home-made outdoor bath tub. His brothers quickly joined in.

As punishment I washed their hair and bodies and used the cold water of the garden hose to rinse them off!

MacGyver Mom

So, I had take Michael & Samuel to the doctor's early this a.m.  I thought it would be a bit of a wait but I thought we'd spend most of the time in the waiting room... where they happen to have a cool fish tank as well as movies playing.

But they quickly moved us to a private room... I guess the hacking cough freaked them out :)

So we waited close to an hour for the doctor. What's a Mom to do?

Turn into MacGyver Mom of course!

What did I have with me?

                   A pen. A yellow highlighter. A tube of lipgloss.

What did a drawer in the room provide?

                    Tongue Depressor Sticks (glorified popsicle sticks), A cotton ball, Petroleum Jelly*

So I started off with creating a boy and a girl. "Blonde" was created with highlighter. Rosy cheeks gained through lip gloss. Black hair made with the pen.

Then Samuel thought the brother and sister should have a Mom and Dad. So I made them next. And then he wanted them to have grandparents.

And then he …

Getting out of my head.

Sometimes i dangerously get trapped inside my head. I don't seem to be able to function and I fall into this hole inside myself that I can't seem to escape. I want to desperately get out of my thoughts, my feelings, my self-centeredness but I find myself moving as though a zombie or robot- stiff, expressionless and emotionless.... and horribly vacant.

I tire of the rut: the dishes, the laundry, the diapers, the potty training, the meal-making, the floor sweeping, the carpet vacuuming, the whining, griping, hitting, puking, peeing, pooping, mess-making, questioning, arguing, long-distance driving, errand running, tear wiping, bed jumping, bedtime sighing, self-denying, blatant lying, logic defying, fiercely crying, horribly trying, crazy defining days.

So here's the thing- that makes me a bad mom. Yep, because I am required to do those things to care for my family. BUT here's the good news. God is alive in me. His Holy Spirit is at work so even though I'm tired and …

When Life Stinks

I sat in the car last night with nose wrinkled. I smelled something foul. Something akin to a dead animal but was more likely a misplaced sippy cup containing curdled milk. I had no time to deal with the issue at present as I was on my way to the women's meeting at church.

Finally arriving home at 12:30 a.m.  I found myself pulling out empty cups and carting them into the house but the smell remained. No matter what new evidence of old food or discarded beverage I found the smell continued.

What started a day or two ago as a slight unpleasant odor has turned into a full-fledged offensive smell.

And just as I've been unable to determine the source of this disgusting malodor I've been unable to pin-point the spiraling road of depression I've been sliding down.

And then it occurred to me how close I was to the time when Samuel was  diagnosed with cancer... and today, two years ago actually marks the day our lives turned upside down and the news that no parent wants to he…

My beautiful stepping stones.

Regal Cinemas has a fun kid $1 movie time on Tuesdays/Wednesdays at 10 in the summer. We went and saw Rio. I can't believe how big the kids are getting. My mom met us this time before she went out of town.

Remembering (2)...

This was the kit Mike used to carry everywhere with him. He doesn't anymore. Just remembering how much stuff we needed all the time for Samuel. So thankful he doesn't need a CV anymore. Thankful to God!


When Michael was much younger he had to wear a special cranial shaping helmet. His head was somewhat mishapen (PLAGIOCEPHALY) and needed some adjusting. So he was fitted at orthotics with his helmet. He also used to wear these special inserts in his shoes. Just marveling at how far we've come. The Lord has done amazing things among us! He still has glasses... and slight shoe inserts... but no more helmet or wheelchair. Those are long gone! That boy walks, runs, and can even jump now!!!

Article: Selling My Soul for Shoes

My friend and editor Ashleigh of recently took one of my blog posts and converted into an article. You can read it here.

Thanks Ashleigh!


My friend Jessica had her precious #3 on August 4th. Her name is Mary Adeline. She's a little dollie. So perfect. Libby and I got to be there just a short 5 hours after jessica gave birth. So much fun to meet a new little one. Libby was in her glory, marveling over the "tiny baby".  We love you Adeline! Welcome to this crazy yet wonderful world. So excited that you are apart of it!

Enjoying the Ocean


Yeah, We Dig It!

One of the highlights of the summer is our Wratten Family Reunion. Family from out of town comes and stays at a beach house in SandBridge. We commute and visit. It's always a lot of fun seeing my cousins playing with my children. Here is one of Michael's new BFF's. Pierce is so kind and gracious to play with Michael.

We all Scream for Ice-Cream...

I had the pleasure of spending time with one of my dear friend's children. Evangeline and Elliot are so special to me. Before Madison was born it was Evangeline that made me feel like an "aunt".

On Thursday, Libby and I got to take Evangeline out on a "mini-date" of sorts. First we went to Chick-fil-A where the girls played, ate lunch, played, had ice-cream and then played. We went to dollar tree and they had fun picking out some prizes: a princess puzzle, candy necklace, bracelet and ring, and a spinning top. Not to forget the fabulous pink basket to carry it all in.

Libby has been fascinated by milk ads recently. So she thought she would create her own "milk moustache" of sorts. And of course Evangeline, aka Doodle thought she would follow suit. Whatever "Yibby" did, Doodle had to do too!

They were hilarious.
The fabulous 5.
I love my kids.

Sometimes they can make me feel crazy.
Sometimes I just don't know what I'm going to do with them.
But I know that without them I would go crazy...