When I was sixteen and pregnant, I remember my mom calling my dad to the dining table. I nervously bit around the edges of a dozen Valentines conversation hearts–trying to work up the courage to tell my dad that in a matter of months I was going to be a teen mom. The courage never came but the words did, spilled out in a blurted announcement.
A few years later I was pregnant for the second time and I learned that the baby was due on my dad’s birthday, December 19th. I visited him one afternoon in March, taking with me a tiny pair of baby booties tucked inside a “Happy Birthday” gift bag.
When I learned about my third pregnancy, I was living across the country from my parents. I sent them a picture frame. Inside the frame, I had written on a piece of paper: Baby #3, coming December 1, 1999.
By the time I was pregnant with my fourth and (God willing) final child, technology had come a long way. Jeff created a flash presentation and we emailed it to all of our friends and family simultaneously. It took some doing, but my techie genius husband managed to convert and embed that file so that I can share it with you today, in honor of a very special 8th birthday happening tomorrow.
Technology has since improved even further and so this little movie is somewhat outdated. So much so, in fact, that you’re going to have to right click the big black box and hit play. It’s a dinosaur–I’m telling you! But still, the end brings me to tears every time.
*This post contains affiliate links.* It has been a really long time since I’ve written a loving lately post, hasn’t it? I figured it was high time to share my thoughts on some favorites. Here goes: 1. I know, I know. It’s just a shirt, right? Sort of. It is just a shirt but I happen to love the fit and flow of it and have made this part of my summer wardrobe in a major way. It’s hard to tell from the photo but the sleeves are t-shirty material while the front of the shirt is rayon. It looks […]
One of my favorite things about Saturday mornings is the fact that my husband is the weekend breakfast specialist around here. He has two specialties in the kitchen, actually: breakfast and beverages (both of which come to play on the weekends, come to think of it). He’s most famous for two things: margaritas and these yeasted waffles. If you’ve never tried a yeasted waffle, you simply must. Seriously. Unlike their heavy counterpart cousin, pancakes, yeasted waffles are light and airy and crisp. Given their texture and nutty, hoppy flavor, they’re really like a playground for your tastebuds. I highly recommend […]
Oh, friends. I am so excited I could almost burst. I’m going to start at the beginning of the story. You see, back in January, Jeff’s work travel got in the way and I had to cancel my family’s portrait session with a favorite photographer friend of mine who was only in town for a short period of time. I was sad and frustrated about it because I couldn’t find another local photographer whose work I loved. To my griping, my husband responded with a suggestion that I consider taking our family portraits myself. Photography has always been an interest […]
Jeff was out of town for work last week. During his trip, we faced a sizeable–though thankfully rare for us–marital issue that kept us up on the phone until the wee hours of a weeknight morning. It was the last night of his trip and this was one of those things that we absolutely had to address and at least begin to untangle before he came home the next morning. It was an issue that big–at least, it seemed so at the time. After hours of back and forth we finally settled it well enough to be able to hang […]