Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My Boy


Tonight during "snuggle time" (our pre-bedtime ritual), Mercie & Eric asked me to tell the stories of how they came to be in our family. So I did. As usual, I got a little teary. Okay, I bawled so hard one of my contacts flipped out of my eye and off the bed. All by itself.

The miracles that brought each of my babies home bring out the most tender feelings.

The thing is, my daughters, for some bizarre reason known only to them, find nothing else quite so funny as mom getting emotional. If they hear even the teensiest hint of a quaver in my voice, the glint of a tear in my eye, or even a few rapid breaths as I try NOT to cry; they start laughing hysterically and calling each other to come see, and let me tell you--THAT kills those tender feelings dead, yessiree bob.

Note: I feel compelled to state, for the record, that I am a somewhat remarkably UN-emotional woman, who does not tend to get choked up or teary, especially compared to many women I know. Nothing against them, and sometimes I wish I were more easily moved, but I am what I am, and that makes my daughters' response all the more baffling.

So, here we are, telling stories and I'm crying my eyes out (literally) and I'm bracing myself for the loud disdain and uncontrollable laughter, and instead I get--

A little pre-manly arm wrapped around my waist, and a little recently buzzed head tucked onto my shoulder, while a little boy hand pats me. "It's okay, mom, I don't care if you cry."

I gulp back sobs (in a very elegant and graceful way, of course). "I'm sorry, guys. These are happy tears. It just makes me so happy to remember how happy I was when you came to our family."

"Don't worry about it, mom. You can cry here with me." Pat, pat. Sob, sob.

People, I love my girls. Passionately, thoroughly, eternally. I love the frilly, froufy parts of having girls, I love their high spirits and strong characters, their scary smarts and their fun personalities.

And oh my merciful heavens--and yes, it was through that Merciful Heavenly intervention--I love, love, love my boy. Cannot even put it into words how much I love this precious boy.

Someday he is going to make a very special woman very, very happy and very, very lucky. I know this, because I'm the Other Woman in his life, and I can attest that the qualities she'll fall in love with run deep in the marrow of his soul, manifesting even from the time he was a tiny boy.

It's a very good thing to have a boy.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Favorite Things, Winter Edition

It's been zero degrees around here (I'm not exaggerating; that--or lower--has been the temperature every morning when I awake) for a couple of weeks now.

I'll be happy when it comes up just a titch; even 30 degrees sounds warm right now. But cold weather does have some perks, and those are my Favorite Things right now.


  • Warm tea. I've got mono and I'm cold all the time, a common symptom, I hear. I'm chugging liver cleansing teas & immune boosting teas, and they feel sooooo good this time of year. 
  • Maggie's Organics cotton socks. I know I've put them on the list before, but they're just so comfy, snuggly, and warm! 
  • A new red wool shawl/wrap from Smolly for Christmas. It's very pretty, and even better, it's WARM. 
  • Pedicures with Betsy. Because hobbling out to the car in flimsy flip-flops in a foot of snow & ice is totally worth it when you have bright green glittery toes. 
  • FamilySearch Indexing! I haven't been to church since early December. My ward (congregation) is heavily comprised of elderly folks and young families with brand new ones, and I don't think anyone wants my mono around. So, I'm home on Sundays, plus I'm spending a little bit more time in bed than usual, which has made this the perfect time to take up indexing. It's fun, totally addicting, and lets me be useful. Win! 
  • Sleep. It's on my Favorites list all the time, but when it's 0 degrees outside...yeah, it's hibernation time. 
  • Personal finance blogs. I subscribe to several and get daily updates. I'm such a geek. 
  • Andrea Bocelli & the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's "The Lord's Prayer." Love his entire Christmas album, but this song especially gives me goosebumps. 
  • My $4, brand new, perfectly beautiful duvet cover. The only thing I like more than pretty things are bargain-cheap pretty things!
  • Neighbors who clear my walks & driveway. I live by such kind people. 
  • "Blessings" by Laura Story. Love that song, I do. I also love my kids telling me that I sing it better :). 
  • Season Five of Merlin starts now! This eases the sting of waiting an eternity for new Sherlock, though it does not touch the pain of this being the final season of Merlin. Poop. 
  • Pilot G-2 gel pens & refills. No matter what else I try, I always come back to these favorites. 
  • My new iPhone! Oh man, am I ever converted! I put off replacing my old cell phone until I was charging it 2-3 times/day and getting only pieces of texts from people. This was a bigger investment than I would normally do for a phone, but it's so much more than a phone. My kids like it for Angry Birds; I like it for cool apps. Bonus--I can Skype from my cell phone, which makes international long distance FREE. 
My world outside is freaking cold right now, but it's still a warm & happy place inside.