This is my friend, Jamie. We were both born on Halloween (I’m a year older.). We both have 3 kids (hers are boys). We both have a younger brother named Josh. We’re both tall (well, if you consider 5’3″ tall).
My girls didn’t have school Tuesday (Election Day/Cinco de Mayo), so Jamie let Eden skip kindergarten, and she and the boys (4-yr-old Erik and 10-wk-old Ezra) made the 2-hour trip to visit us. She’s a brave one, that Jamie. We almost always go to the Inniswood Metro Gardens when she’s here, and I was so happy that the weather was nice.
I love how green everything is. I love Spring! We were walking around the gardens all happy and chummy, and I got a little twinge of, “Oh, no! How much longer do we have until our kids are too old to do this?” I wanted to freeze time, keep our kiddos at 8, 6, 6, 4, 3, and 10 weeks. I don’t want them to be 16, 14, 14, 12, 11, and 8. I know how fast time flies, and I don’t like it.
On a happier note, this is a snake eating a frog.
We watched these two battle it out for a good 15 minutes. When I first spotted them, I just saw the frog. I wondered why his body was all stretched out. Then I noticed that a snake had him by the foot. We watched the snake inch his way up the frog’s leg sooooo slowly. Every time he’d let up to try to get more in his mouth, the frog would try to get away. By the time we got tired and moved on, he had the frog’s whole leg in his mouth and was working on his lower body.
Here’s the view from the other end, so you have a face to put with the leg. It’s a lot sadder when you can see the frog’s eyes.
We always get our picture taken in the circle. It’s a tradition. I’m done adding girls to the circle. Jamie, on the other hand, might be up for another boy or two.
Stop growing up, would you?
Thanks, Jamie-girl, for such a fun day! It was great to catch up with you, to meet baby Ezra, to change a baby boy’s poopy diaper for the first time in awhile, to fall asleep in the recliner with a baby curled up on my chest for the first time in awhile, to laugh and talk and eat pizza with you. Love you, friend!
Thanks, everybody, for your encouragement yesterday. I felt the love. One of these days I’ll get to the rest of the zoo pics and Sea World and Kaye’s super-cool give-away. I’ve got another fun give-away in the works too. Sneak peek here. Anything else I’ve promised in the past couple weeks and haven’t delivered (I’m almost afraid to ask), let me know.
I’m speaking at my sister’s Mother/Daughter banquet at her church tonight. I grew up in that church (until 6th grade), and I love going back. Pray that God gets all kinds of glory and that the women and girlies in attendance will be blessed.
And for you writer people (or any people, actually), Gabe interviewed Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers on his God’s Mac Podcast last week. The episode airs today. You can listen at God’s Mac.com.
Have a great Thursday!