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Shipwreck
I am reading a book that I just have to tell you about.  It's called How to Survive a Shipwreck  by Jonathan Martin.  I was interesting in reading it because (1) it was recommended by one of my favorite famous people, and (2) I thought it would teach me how...

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I had an interesting revelation tonight.  At church, a young boy was holding Lily's hands, and Lily was being ornery with him, not letting his hand go, probably scratching him with the fingernails that we've needed to cut for a few days.  Gabriel went up to...

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Marathon
Last night I ran a marathon.  Not THAT kind of marathon--anyone who knows me knows that they created the 0.0 window decals just for me.  Running is not something that I enjoy.  The marathon I ran last night was just as strenuous, though.  I puffed and pante...

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C is for. . .
And this is why on September 7, Lily will be having surgery on her back. It breaks my heart to see her this way, all crooked and contorted.  I can remember when she was an infant, how she would lay on my shoulder like a little letter C.  It was almost as if...

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Human Kindness
Breathe, Mom!  I'm not pregnant! The other day, I was driving down the road.  The car in front of me had this sign on its back window.  Baby on Board.  All of a sudden, this urgency of protectiveness washed over me.  I seriously hoped I was driving safely e...

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The End of a D.R.E.A.M.?
I remember exactly where I was when I got the call telling me that Lily made it into Pattison's.  The kids and I were driving down Maybank, and we were near this roadside stand where I've purchased flowers for teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.  I w...

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Squatty Potty
When Dave and I went to China, we were pleasantly surprised by the bathroom facilities there.  Our hotel had a typical American toilet, but in a lot of the places we went (including the train), they had squat toilets.  They basically looked like a sink with...

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Letting Go
I am scaling a wall.  It is large, and it is brick, and on the other side is unknown territory.  I hate unknown territory.  It makes me worry and gives me negative thoughts and just, overall, makes me feel like a horrible person.  It reeks of everything I h...

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Miracle
I wanted to post this yesterday, but I'm taking two recertification courses and had some reading to do.  I think I've actually posted about this before.  If I could only express exactly how much this means to me... April 26.  A birthday.  Not mine--that wou...

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Lily got out of the hospital on Friday!  While I rejoice that she is home, I think there's a part of me that is still trying to process the twelve days that she was in the hospital.  Maybe there's a certain kind of shock involved in all of this. And there a...
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