tidbits o' fun

Just some stuff going on this week in my life, in my head, and around the universe.

–Nina’s kindergarten teacher was just awarded a $900 grant for Kindergarten Web 2.0: Blogging in the Kindergarten Classroom. Oh my word. I could die at the cuteness. Sooooooo excited about this!

–Also excited that the incomparable and hilarious Jen Hatmaker’s new book, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, has already made it to a 2nd printing before it even released (the almighty Wal-Mart placed an order–wazowee!). I don’t know that I’ve EVER been more excited about a book. EVER. I’ve read a chunk of it, and it’s been one of those, “Dang it. THIS is the book I wish I would’ve written, but reading it is a lot more relaxing than writing it, so you go, Jen Hatmaker!”

–Speaking of books I wish I would’ve written, I just finished one called Love in a Time of Homeschooling: A Mother and Daughter’s Uncommon Year. I really enjoyed it and could relate to so much of it (she also has 3 daughters and only homeschooled one). And heck, maybe I’ll write my own (e-)book about this uncommon year of homeschooling.

–After a tiny fiasco with our insurance company (not being thrilled about giving Gabe extra meds to last all the way through Cambodia), I arrived at the pharmacy today to INCREDIBLE news. $892.82 worth of prescriptions meds = $0.00. God bless insurance companies!! Praise you, Jesus!!

–We met our goal of $500 for the Asia’s Hope Super-Duper Special Christmas and Fried Chicken on a Boat Fund! Thank you soooooo much!! Can’t wait to share stories, pictures, and videos of your money in action!

— So I signed up to send a special Christmas package to a 19yo Ukrainian girl who’s living in a refugee community in Atlanta. She’s 5′ tall and loves “ear-rings. BIG ear-rings, make-up (wants to be a make-up artist), t-shirts, bijouterie, socks, nice blouse. White, red, black…” (5 points if you know what bijouterie means and 5 more points if you realize that this is going to be an IMPOSSIBLE task for Ms. No-Fashion-Sense). Enter my darling friend Mandie who is 5′ tall, loves BIG earrings, and used to work at a make-up store. She HOOKED ME UP. Black/red blouse, red feather earrings, black/silver bracelet, a funky black top, and a bunch of make-up samples. I picked up some red, black, and white nail polish and a tube of blackest black mascara, and we’re SET. God is so good to give me fashionable, generous friends.

–Livi goes from being 10 to being 11 tomorrow (Friday), and our Cambodia Countdown goes from 11 days to 10 days today. They’re passing like ships in the night. (???)

–Holy stinkin’ COW! It’s DECEMBER!! We go to CAMBODIA in DECEMBER!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! (Deep breath.)

–That’s all for now. Any tidbits of your own to share?

8 thoughts on “tidbits o' fun

  1. Liz

    I enjoyed this whole post (I usually enjoy all your posts) but the whole “passing in the night” line with the question marks made me laugh out loud! Funny!
    So excited to read about your experiences in Cambodia starting in just a few short days! Yay!

    1. Marla Taviano

      What’s even “funnier” is that I originally wrote that the 11-10/10-11 thing would be happening on the same day. I was brushing my teeth before bed and realized one was today, one tomorrow, so I came back downstairs, turned on Gabe’s laptop, and fixed it. The ships in the night thing just came out and kind of took me by surprise.

      (I love how I just wrote a whole paragraph to explain one little sentence.)

  2. Holly B.

    SO excited to watch Cambodia videos! So thrilled for your trip, friend!
    Usually bijouterie means jewelry store or jewelry in French.

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