Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I don't feel great. I am not officially sick, but I have that not-myself-I-might-be-getting-bad-sick-soon feeling...But I've been dragging myself about because I have to...and to Amelia there is only one way of being sick. Fever and vomitting.

This morning in the car:
"Mommy, are you still sick?"
"Are you going to throw up?"
"I surely hope not."
"Well, if you do, then Daddy will say, 'What did you do to the car?!?!?!'"

When I called and told Ethan, he assured me that he would care more about me than the car. FWhew! :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Look Like Me?

Ethan is convinced that the only grandchildren that will carry on his family name will not look like him. Ethan is convinced that his grandchildren will be of some mixed heritage...and they will not be carrying on the light eyes that are in our family...No green, no blue, only chocolate.

Gabriel doesn't see skin color. At all. Most of Gabriel's friends will not be checking "Caucasian" on the ancestry portion of their performance testing. Which would not be surprising if we lived in say, Miami, but in our area of Georgia, that's really saying something. We have very few minorities here, and so proportionally, he should only have 10% minority friends if you went by the law of averages...but Gabriel's friends are Indian (both kinds!), Asian, Latino, African American, bizarre mixes like African and German...he has a few very snowy Georgians, but statistically, that is more the 10% portion...

When you ask him about new friends, he describes them in terms of what they do, how tall they are, what they talk about...he has never once told us of their skin color...once or twice, he spelled their names...but I have never been sure who I was looking for at a school function. And times come when I am shocked to see a child with "white" skin.

I've met his friends and spent time with them, and they are really good kids! They are the ones that are still sweet and polite, even in 7th grade. I genuinely enjoy talking to them, they have creative and enjoyable minds. They are fun to talk to and great fun to watch interact...They are a pleasure.

I don't often talk about Gabriel on this blog, but he is growing into a person I love spending time with. Oh, don't get me wrong, there are bumpy evenings, ones that make me crazy and wonder how much longer til I get to be an empty-nester...but over all, I really love spending time with him...

He is a sweet boy. Whatever immature choices that he may make in school, that does not extend to his friends. He doesn't take the easy way, he sees with his heart his kindred spirits...and I am thankful for it.

My grandchildren may have beautiful dusky skin with their daddy's chocolate eyes, but I believe that they could not help but have the familial characteristic of treasuring their friends...holding on through thick and thin...and trekking against the expected...It is fun, and proof that skin is nothing but something to hold your bones in. :)

I don't know what he'll do with his life, but I know that he will make the right choice. I also know that he will enjoy it no matter what, because of the company he keeps!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Amelia purchased a super-pack of Cinderella Polly Pockets even though she already had a Cinderella Polly Pocket because the super-pack had more pretty clothes, a carriage, and a Prince Charming...Resulting in 2 Cinderellas.

Conversation over-heard between the two Cinderellas:
"Oh, Hi!"
"What's your name?"
"Really? That's my name, too!"
"Wow! Nice to meet you!"
"Thanks! Are you my mother?"
"Are you my sister?"
"No. I'm your cousin."
"Why yes, I am!"
"Well! Your hair still looks beautiful!"
"Oh! Well, thanks!"


Sunday, September 12, 2010

National Day of Encouragement

Guess what today is? It is the National Day of Encouragement. Wikipedia confirms it, and Let' tells that it was originated by some high schoolers that felt like discouragement was the single root of most problems. They banded together and made it a state day in 2007 for Arkansas and then George W. Bush later signed it as a national day.

I personally tend to agree with it being the root of many problems and I read about it at a friend's blog...and REALLY regret that I didn't know about it before I would have REALLY liked to send notes on to a few people...

BUT, I dare you to send an email or go ahead and be late and send out something tomorrow to encourage someone you love or a thank you to someone who has helped you through a dark time or two...whether they knew it or not!

I'm marking this day on my calendar for next year and I hope you will too...

And another challenge.

Friday, September 10, 2010

6 years and counting

Elise has been cancer-free for 6 years.

Really, does anything else need to be said?

God is so very good to us and we seriously don't deserve it.

And as I say every year, between her birthday and her "Off-Therapy Day" this is by far the more valuable celebration of the year. We were blessed with her birth, but we were aware of the blessing when we got her back to keep.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ergo Giveaway Contest

I ADORE my Ergo. You got to hear me talk about my carrier addiction back when I was discussing how practical some of the natural choices were...

Well, if you have a child under 90 lbs who thinks that they need to be carried, you need to check out Ergo Baby Carriers...and a great way to do that is a nice little store that is actually here locally is Heavenly Hold. She has a rental program to try out carriers and see if they are for you, too.

And she is doing a giveway for one of the new Ergo carriers here. And as they have Tiffany Green as one of this new products colors...of course I am drooling after it...

Go check it out!!!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Up and Running...Time for Your Input for Real!

Just a Little Bit Downsy is up and ready for your critiques and thoughts...Be nice, but be honest!!

Thank you!!