{1st thing}

My mom is here. It’s gooooood. She would be considered perpetually pregnant to a person that firmly believed in nesting…because she’s always nesting. We spent the weekend doing outside things and church and eating.  Yesterday, I had tons of errands and appointments and when I got home she had done all the laundry,
cleaned the laundry room,
baked brownies,
prepped dinner,
cleaned countertops,
and completely restacked and swept out our garage full of storage stuff that finally looks like we’re actually storing good STUFF opposed to a bunch of JUNK.

Ya, she’s good.

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{2nd thing}

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 Jack has influenza. Ya…seriously.  He really doesn’t seem all that sick, which is weird because when I had influenza, I was like dead man walking. He’s missing his last co-op class of the year (aka: party, fun, sugar) and he’s really sad about that.

Him being sick, compounded by extremely crap-tastic news over the weekend, has had us kind of tap-tap-tapping for this baby to come and bring some good and happy unicorn glitter to be sprinkled on us. It’s strange though, somehow I feel like I’ve been filled up with super-sonic-39-week-pregnant strength serum making me rearrange my priorities completely and focus on who and what really matters. That is the upside of the downside.


{3rd thing}

I made the kids some little gifts for when I go to the hospital. I can’t believe I’m going to have four kids…FOUR!!! That’s like kind of a lot.


{4th thing}

I’m thinking about spring and flowers and green things. Are you? We’re going to the nursery later and planting some pots.  It’s been gorgeous here…like 80* I turned on the air conditioner yesterday.

{5th thing}
I’m feeling frustrated. 
I’m trying not to be bitter.
I’m frustrated with people, mean people, people that don’t give a flip about people, people.
I’m tired of trials and stuff.
I’m tired of not sleeping when I only have a few more nights of any hope of getting any sleep.
Ok, that was a lot of things for only being ONE thing. 
I’m going to go to the nursery and buy some ferns and inhale it like Prozac. 
I want to drink in these days with three kids and a family of five and enjoy my mom and remember these days before we’re changed by huge changes…I want to remember this time and how God filled me up with what I needed to live out this role that isn’t hardly ever easy.  I feel strangely calm for all the crap we’re having to deal with. Somehow I know that I know that I know that I know that we’re going through all this for SOME reason. I am hopeful…and ready for ferns.


  1. Even though all this stressful stuff stinks, like seriously stinks, I can't help but think about the story you're writing and what an example of God's faithfulness this will be. He has something so awesome planned and I'm excited to see what it is.
    And mean people stink to the umpfth degree. Ugh.
    Love you!

  2. dude.
    the lady above my comment has 10 kids.
    that blows me away. for real.

    okay…focusing on my comment now. ๐Ÿ™‚
    you're about to have #4. WOW.
    you're ready…you're more than ready.

    I don't know a lot about what's going on…but I'm praying for you guys, Alicia.

    We've been in very hard seasons before….they're awful and miserable while you're in them..but you're never in them forever, although it certainly feels like it. I mean it when I say I'm praying for you.

    praying for hope and peace and trust.

  3. I have been so blind-sided by wicked, mean people who have influenced my life over the last few years (probably because my life was devoid of them before that, I thought). It is hard, hard to avoid bitterness. I'll be praying for you! Oh, and going from three to four kids was *awesome* for me! So awesome that I went on to add six more. Hehe.

  4. I hear ya! I've been worried for the past couple of weeks about everything going on in the world. I don't like mean people either and there are so many of them around.

    It's funny you mention ferns because I drove by Home Depot the other day and saw some beautiful ones and couldn't stop but can't wait to get back and get some.

    Enjoy your last few days being a "little" family. We have 5 kids but I remember going from 3 to 4. You will slip right into it though and never look back.

  5. Thinking of you. I rarely comment but your post has compelled me to show myself and let you know that you are doing phenomenal despite all that has been thrown at you.
    You are in the homestretch and I wish you peace as you enter this new phase with your precious family.
    Praying for you and wishing you all the best.

  6. So glad that your
    momma is there
    with you….you are
    ready and it sounds
    like what you NEED
    is this sweet pea to
    shine his or her little
    light and take your
    mind of the other

    Enjoy enjoy enjoy
    these last days of five.
    SIX is a joyous number,
    my friend!

    xo Suzanne

  7. ahhhh
    the end is in sight
    and also the beginning

    I'm sorry to hear
    about your stresses and stickies
    but yay for sweet mums

    and 4 is kind or a lot
    but even numbers aren't so bad either

    a wise woman once told me
    that if you can handle 3 kids
    then you can handle a dozen

    prayers for these lingering days until…


  8. Hey you. Obviously some things have been tough lately. Even when you talk about fun stuff I hear the hint of 'junk' goings on. I am praying for you, try to rest with your feet up while your mamas there and soak in some time with Jesus.

  9. thinking of you, alicia. i want good things to happen to good people… i hope that everything works out soon… you'll be in my thoughts– now go enjoy your mama and get some retail therapy at the nursery! : )

  10. Oh my friend, i'm feeling frustrated for you too. i wish i could do or say something to help, but i know i can't. i love that your mom is there and she sounds like superwoman, by the way!! love your gifts for the kiddos, cutest!

  11. I know I never comment. Sorry about that. I read like crazy and my thoughts are always there.

    But today. I feel you. I am so sorry about the life drama. It stinks that we're always surprised by it, never ready for it, thinking we're immune to it. It also stinks that we always think that if it should come to us then the timing should be good when really, there's never going to be a good time. My favorite quote of all time is "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." Just go ahead and make yourself a cape Superwoman. Your strength is about to grow.

  12. Uh yeah. Right there with ya. You should see the book I just wrote on Beckster's blog. BOOK.

    I don't get it. All this junk. I want peace for crying out loud and we're supposed to want peace and we're supposed to get it occasionally and I couldn't begin to tell ya the last time I had it about ANY dang thing.

    So yeah. I'll keep praying for us. For something good. Good things happen sometimes…

    I think.

  13. You have been on my mind. I will be praying for you these next few days.

    And I wish you lived closer so that you could make me some things with 4 on them for my fam. Your shirts are CUTE.

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