08 May 2013

{thankful} books, babies and time away

I'm grateful for a lot of little things this week.

Like the roof over our head. Literally.
We couldn't ignore the need to have our roof replaced any longer, as shingles had started littering our yard. That's a bad sign, right? It hurt to make the decision, since we'll be paying it off for, like, ever. But now we have peace of mind, and a 50 year warranty. Really, really grateful for that.

I'm thankful for this book. For the conversations it's already started, for how inspired I am by it. If you love food and people and God, this is just the book for you. It's me to a tee, and I love that so many of my friends have already read it or have it on their list. It bonds us.

I'm grateful for a healthy baby in my belly. I had my 20 week ultrasound today. And no, we don't know what it is. We didn't find out with Lute, which was so fun for us. And by kid number five, you've got to add in some element of surprise. The baby didn't show its stuff, either, so nobody in the whole wide world knows what we're having, and I Iove that. Little #5 was also face down with its hands over its ears. I think that's good prep for the reality they're entering into around here. 

For redeeming moments with Eddie this week. It's still been rough, as I navigate through the best way to parent; what works and what doesn't. But we had some sweet times - one on one slurpee dates and monster truck races across the living room floor, and lego tower building experiments. We snuggled and laughed and were silly. We also went to war over whose will would win out, the fact that seat belts aren't optional, and his lingering disdain for the toilet. But the fun, sweet moments far outweighed the not amazing ones.

I loved sitting with my husband last night, flipping the tv off for a change and laughing and crying and sharing stories about this life we signed up for together. I could not be more grateful for that man.

And I am really anticipating how thankful I am going to be Friday evening when I go on my silent retreat for most of the weekend. Two days in a gorgeous setting, soaking in silence, growing deeper in my faith... and sleeping? Uh, yes please and thank you.

How about you? I want to hear what you're thankful for this week! Please grab a button or link back so others can join in the fun with us!

a punk, a pumpkin and a peanut

(my thankful button is being wonky. if you can grab it from the sidebar, go for it!)


  1. You look great! I love that your little one didn't show stuff... :)

    A silent retreat sounds nice...

    Happy T.T.!

  2. I know how you feel, we have a very spirited 4 year old! So fun while pregnant, lol.

    I hope you have a nice time on your retreat!!

  3. Bread & Wine is the first book I've finished in years. I think I have reading ADD & seriously get so bored, but this made me laugh and cry & feel connected. In fact, I've had a few days of no vomiting/nausea, and so I am eating the blueberry crisp in bed as I type this. :) (Make that first!)

  4. I tried to be surprised with both of mine, but I caved each time! I'm sending you an email about your thankful button issue (I had the same thing happen to mine), though I'm surprised your other button is ok. Silly Blogger :)

  5. Thanks for hosting.

    You look lovely! I need to add that book to my reading list. :)

  6. how darling that baby had hands over ears!

    i have seen that book mentioned a few times in blogville, but your description has peaked my curiosity. NOW i want to read it.