i’m still your baby….for a little while at least

I’m not letting Livi walk down to the bus stop alone no matter how much she begs. I do let her get off the bus alone as I can see her from the front porch. (two different bus stops) She asks every once in awhile that I not even wait outside, but I told her that I will do as I please. So, lunch is over today, and it’s almost time to take Livi to the bus stop. Too bad our morning grocery trip wore Nina out and she is fast asleep in bed. Hmmm…what to do? I tell Livi that (just this once) she can walk to Sophie’s house and then walk to the bus stop with Sophie and her dad. She is thrilled. Ava and I walk outside with her, Ava is crying her eyes out, I yell down to Mr. Sophie’s Dad, and all is well. Makes me sad to see her go….comfort Ava with an ice cream treat…hear crying. It’s Livi. She came back! “I want you to come down to the bus stop with me!” she sobs. I am secretly pleased, but I have about 20 seconds to scoop a sleeping Nina out of bed, slip into my flip-flops and run out the door. She barely made the bus, poor Nina didn’t know what hit her, and my poor back–no time to get out the stroller.

Good, she’s not so grown-up after all… 🙂

Okay, so I got Is That All…? this morning. Wow. I am way impressed. My editor is a champ. He did some “softening” in places where I came on a little strong. “Suck it up, get over it, be a better wife!” That sort of thing. He added some great visual layout. It is very, very cool, and I am actually excited for January 1st now. (Instead of thinking, “What in the world did I just do?!?!”) I have until Monday to look it over…and then it’s on it’s way to real book-dom.

I have made an executive decision to slow down and put off work on book #3 until January. My family needs me, and I especially want to enjoy Fall and the Christmas holidays with them. And spending more quality time with Gabe is definitely in order, in light of the book I just wrote… I will get my writing fix by chatting with y’all on xanga thanga.

We are taking a vacation! To the Smoky Mountains! We just decided today. We’re going from the 20th to the 25th of this month. The girls are so excited, and I can’t wait to get away and enjoy Fall in beautiful Tennessee!

Saw a gorgeous rainbow this morning! God is GOOD.

Got more sympathetic looks and “wow…hands full…blah, blah, blah…” during my grocery trip today with daughters 1, 2 and 3. I can’t decide which is the lesser of two evils–taking them all with me in the morning, or going at night and wasting precious they’re-all-in-bed time at the grocery. Six in one, half a dozen in the other.

What gorgeous weather! Man alive! It’s enough to make me forget that I’m drowning in deadlines and paperwork and laundry. Again, God is GOOD.

Have the best Tuesday EVER!

13 thoughts on “i’m still your baby….for a little while at least

  1. jbnygaard

    I love reading your blogs! They make me smile, think and laugh!

    So I’m assuming that I shouldn’t come to your house during the time your on vacation? 🙂 What day of the week is better for you? Fridays are the days that Christian is always in the office, and then whenever on the rest of the week. Let me know.

  2. gsowell

    Our family (the 5 of us, my sister’s family of 3, and my parents) went to the Smokies at the first of August. I hadn’t been there since I was a little girl. It was a fantastic vacation. I couldn’t believe how much fun we had. The hiking (lite version…we had kids and old folks with us!) was great. I hope you enjoy your time!

  3. biblestorebrowser

    Still waiting for the week-long vacation I “got” for Christmas last year! I’m SO happy for you to get to go down there! I haven’t been to the Smokies since OUR honeymoon! I don’t think the chalet would be quite appropriate for our whole family now, though. 🙂
    Hurrah for the decision to put off work on the next book! I’m about to start a study on priorities with my mentor (Ava’s old SS teacher). Curious about what I might discover. Speaking of priorities, Xanga’s pretty low on the list, so if I don’t post much, you know why!

  4. Nixter77

    how fun you get to go on hols, I can’t wait to go on my holidays. 2 months to go 🙂

    That is the cutest story about little Livi = very adorable….  Hope you had the best Tuesday EVER!

  5. lendy_p

    I made my littlest one promise she would be my baby forever.
    And I guess I am a hideous mother, because I would’ve grabbed the baby monitor and let N sleep while I walked L to the bus.

  6. kkakwright

    You are taking a VACATION!  Wow! That is great.  I’m happy for you. Lesser of two evils for me = sucking it up and taking them both grocery shopping in the morning.  Evenings are far too precious to spend grocery shopping.  Although, I may change my mind once #3 makes his/her arrival.

    Have you been back to the Smokies since your honeymoon? 

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