Like Magic

She turned 9 on usLiz in the hat B

and without a doubt I am grateful for this little space that keeps my secret thoughts, and special moments alive.

half a smile B

 I’m grateful to have a space like this:  to look back on, to look into those deep baby blues, and count all those little freckles on her face once again.

That face I dig so much. Liz hand on to your hat b

I’m grateful for those spaces between her teeth – those spaces I just can’t get enough of when she smiles at me.

those teeth the dentist says we need braces for – those teeth he says we need to change forever. Liz and Magic BI’m grateful for a place to keep the magic alive, to look back and see the love, the pain, and the joy of my past.  


Gifts 1001

458.) those rough patches life throws our way

459.) an old dog that even after all this time still thinks I’m the only one

460.) clean coffee cup

461.) everyone out and working

462.) money to share

463.) medical bills being paid

464.) safe trips to Atlanta

465.) Invitations

466.) guilty pleasure of chocolate when I shouldn’t

467.) clean sheets

468.) warm bed

469.) warm towels

470.) hearing “mom will you help me” even when I’m just too tired

471.) the shot today that hopefully cures the back pain for one

the secret birthday wish

This Frog Girl has a birthday coming up next week.

She will be 9!

I can’t believe it! 


So anyway

 She told me she has a secret wish for her birthday.

This secret wish involves riding lessons on something big. 

And then, she swore me to secrecy and made me promise I wouldn’t tell anyone.  

Because,  if I told someone – it wouldn’t come true.

So I didn’t 

Because, that’s the way wishes work you know

You can’t tell anyone.

If you do

they won’t come true. 


I may or may not have told her dad.  

And when I did – he said,

“Give it to her.”

So now, we have a secret and we can’t tell her until the big birthday


, it involves learning something big on one of these guys.  


1001 Gifts

442.) strange golden light all day

443.) shopping done by someone other than me

444.) putting puzzles together with my youngest

445.) hikes

446.) hugs

447.) remembering times tables so well

448.) a recipe that everyone likes

449.) clean clothes

450.) cool days in July

451.) friends of my kids who want to be here & talk to me

452.) secrets whispered softly

453.) dads who put family first

454.) morning hugs

455.) laughter

456.) messes all around

457.) more laundry then I want to do means they are working hard