02 February 2012

small joys.



so much to share with y'all this week. first off, my boy is reading. this kiddo is big on smarts, and he's honestly been ready to tackle simple phonetic books for a few months now. i held off till last week, sensing this would fall squarely into the category of i don't so much feel like doing that, so i'm going to sit here and be cute and helpless until someone else does it for me. we did this plan for two long days and then he decided to give it a whirl and read the whole book in one go.

he's brilliant and exhausting and i'm wildly proud of him.


also, this here kid got a haircut.






the story goes like so: once upon a time there was a girl who begged for her hair to be cut all the way up to here, except that when her mom finally caved, the girl moaned all weekend about how she didn't actually want it that short and also she looks like a boy and i can't seriously expect her to show her face in school attached to this haircut.

i told her a story back: it will grow. the end.








also also, our dear friends mike and erika, who sweated next to us in that ethiopian courtroom all the way back last may, are finally, finally, beautifully bringing home their sons. oh how we've ached for this day. and binyam is home and shonda's been cleared to go get her boy and my heart is so swollen it's about to kick out all those other internal organs just for room.


meanwhile, i've been stocking my etsy shop with softies and art prints and a few new jewelry pieces, and it hit me that it's been eleventy billion years since i've done a giveaway.

sweetTea


which brings me to the next item on our docket: a giveaway. i am awfully fond of this latest piece, a tiny little circle of hope, hammered and polished and paired with a pearl. here's the 411 on this guy: during the past couple months, no matter how the day prior ended, we've risen each morning with this irrepressible bloom of hope. and though the mister and i clearly still have moments of weariness and frustration, we're working to make our kids feel safe and loved because this is our part to do, our offering. and no matter how it all shakes out down the road, we'll wake up and do it again.

vaclav havel said it well: hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. it is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

so, could you use a reminder to choose hope? or do you know someone who could stand to know you're hoping alongside them? leave me a note in the comments below and i'll drop your name in to win this necklace.

entries close sunday at midnight (2/5).

and whether or not you win this guy, here's a boon for y'all who read my drivel blog: 20% off any purchase from my shop, now through sunday. use code 70PIGGIES when you check out.


have a beautiful thursday, my friends. :)





reading. who would've thought?

42 comments:

TheeFireWife said...

New favorite definition of hope, done. Thanks for that!

Brandee Shafer said...

Tell Elle I said she looks beautiful and not at all like a boy!

Proud of that reading boy (and his mama)!

Captain Murdock said...

I love everything about this post. Way to read little man. Yeah for me and the other two M families! I know our bumpy road is not over, but just about to change scenery. I could use some hope, so drop my name in that basket :)

Thanks for the love!

Jodi@ underthegeorgiasun.com said...

reading??!! That is AWESOME!! So he's smart AND cute! The total package. ;o)

Oh, her haircut is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. She reminds me of Tinkerbell! A cute pixie cut for sure. and NOTHING resembling a boy.

I'd love to win the necklace so I can give it to my mother in law. She's gotten more unsettling news about her cancer and needs our prayers and some hope for sure.

I'll be checking the shop for sure either way though! LOVE your etsy shop. :o)

Small Town Joy: said...

our days rise and fall with the hope that the girl in our arms is home for good.

I Live in an Antbed said...

LOVE the Bob books!! Aren't they brilliant?

What precious joys!

Rejoicing with you in all His scandalously extravagant gifts!!

:) GLORY!!!

atpeacewithcrazy said...

i have finally, for once, after an incredibly long 18 months seen a glimmer of hope in life again. even inthe hardest days, i know i have hope & i'm not letting it slip away again. i'm pretty sure i would send this necklace to a dear friend who has seen me through my dark days & is now facing some of her own. even after what i've been through & the solid rock she is, i'm having a hard time providing the support she needs. a necklace of hope would be an amazing symbol, i'm sure.

Candi said...

Yay for smarty pants M! I have to brag on my B a sec here...she brought home real, actual words that she'd written at school the other day! 1 last thing...that is NOT boy hair...it's super cute!

Jerusha said...

Hope, hope, beautiful hope. It keeps me slogging through every day, laying down my life, regardless of what crazy things my emotions are telling me. :) Love this post; love the little man reading. That's some kind of hope right there! And your daughter is gorgeous in her short hair. Mine got her hair cut short a while ago too, and we adore it.

Bless by Tone said...

wow - reading! And Elle looks soo darn cute! -

And as hope goes - i have HOPE I will one day have more children! So there!

Jen Bontrager said...

I love that necklace.

fleetfeet said...

There is someone that I love dearly who could desperately use some hope. I am praying for the hope that this person someday gets some.

So thankful for your miracles. Everyday.

PS. LOVE that tiny butterfly teacup!

Ostriches Look Funny said...

I think you should give it to Brandee...is that how giveaways work :)
How come everything LOOKS so pretty in your corner of the world?

DollieDimples Boutique said...

Nic, that is wonderful news about Little M reading! Joyful. Love your necklace but it would be for a dear friend of mine who is clinging to Him and the hope he offers daily. Nasty split of her family is tearing her heart apart and some days all she has is the hope in Him...no matter how this turns out tis true. Hope Faith and love. Hey, a trio necklace would be a good one LOL. Thank you for your post today, it was lovely dear.

elizabeth said...

Hope was my word for year 2011, I had a hard time letting it go and embracing a new word in 2012. I love this necklace. I am smiling big at your photos, your boy reading, your girl and her haircut.

Becky said...

I'd love to win the necklace cause I always need a reminder but I would probably give it my son's girlfriend.. Cause she needs a reminder too..

Found your blog from http://underthegeorgiasun.com

Nicole said...

Thank you. I could use a little hope today :)

happygirl said...

A reader... wonderful. The world is his oyster. Such a cutie with that short haircut. She rocks that haircut. And if I win, please send the necklace to Brandee. :)

Jennifer Shults said...

Ah! I think she looks super cute! And not even a bit boyish. And I love that you are having little successes with your boy. That's so wonderful!!!

Leanne said...

Love that quote for hope, & so encouraging to see that hope each time I read your blog.
Also love your response to your daughter's concerns about her hair- (it does look gorgeous by the way)

Julie said...

Oh so beautiful! And so excited about your boy - blessings.

keLi said...

now my turn to tell a story: i love your littles. the end.

Sydney said...

Short hair is the style now days. She looks great! Ill be praying for God to continue to stir in your family.

JenniferBanando said...

LOVE the definition of hope and was talking to my spouse of it moments ago. we just had a miscarriage, our third, after having a second child (who doctors told us we were less than 1% likely to have). we always wanted a big family, so we are hoping against hope that 3 children are in the cards for us. this most recent miscarriage is bittersweet, because we thought we were done needing to hope - but we need it more than ever. but i love your definition, because, however it comes out...i have to believe, it makes sense somehow, in a grander cosmic sense. THANK YOU.

Christy said...

I appreciate your blog so much - love your real, open heart. God has used it to speak to me so many times...so, thanks for that.

Hope. Beautiful. I'm choosing to hope these days...

ps - LOVE your etsy shop. I'll be doing some shopping soon!

Pamela said...

Love this necklace. Hope carries me through the day as well :)

Kim said...

I love your posts.
I love that the little guys is reading.
I love hope.
It gets us through the day, you know?
And right now I HOPE that we get through the courts quickly so that we have our little guys sleeping in bunk beds in our house SOON.

kendal said...

reading!!!! and CHOOSING to. love.

JulzVP said...

Oh I love that necklace! My parents are adopting a five year old. He learned how to ride a 2 wheel bike yesterday. I don't know that I've ever been more proud.

Blessings to you and your family. God is using you to do a big and difficult work.

Michelle said...

Woo hoo! What an exciting post. Little M is sure to do you proud many, many more times over the years.

Elle looks gorgeous, short hair or long, and as you say, it will grow back.

Hope - several years ago I learned about how strong hope is, and what it really means. Your necklace is beautiful.

I'm off to check out your Etsy store. :-)

deb colarossi said...

Life's who knew moments are the best.

I peek in your shop... you are so talented.

I am very grateful for a chance to win this . Very.

Hannah said...

oh that necklace is beautiful. i just went to a visitation for a 2 year old girl that died this week. Her mom and I went to school together. The whole situation was very tragic and I would love to give this necklace to her to remind her that we (in Christ) have a hope. This is not the end.

Congrats little man on reading!!

Sarah said...

i truly enjoy your drivelling...thanks for doing so with an honest, poetic heart.

holding onto hope in these parts. so much not making sense right now.

it is my word.

hope.

even with white knuckles.
blessings to all 70 piggies!

EveryChapter said...

Oh I DO know someone who needs a reminder of hope- my friend and accountability partner has had a whirl of a last five months- She and her husband have: lost a baby, completed a masters program, agreed to lead our small group, and are currently both in the process of buying a house (in the midst of some disheartening financial news) and helping her father deal with crippling depression. She does hope in her Father but the reminder would be lovely.

hannah singer said...

reading!!! how about that!? wonderful news.
and sweet girl and her darling hair. love it!

happiest weekend to you. xo

Amie Wagner said...

Thank you for the gifts of words that express exactly how I am feeling. I have found so much hope & inspiration in your writing. It has truly been a comfort for me as we wait to meet our son.

Elisana said...

wow! congrats to the little lad :) my daughter just started reading as well and it is so amazing to see her decode letters and interact with our surroundings through words. I love your writings and photography - and the necklace, too! I find your blog very inspiring.

Anonymous said...

Rejoicing with you. God is good, these small moments of triumph help to temper all the moments of trial and despair. I loved the quote about hope that you shared.

valekort@yahoo.com

Sarah said...

Her haircut is adorable. I want to cut mine like that. Tell her to keep it short and cute now, b/c one day she will get married and her husband will probably always want her to keep it long, as most men do :)
Glad about the reading!

emily wierenga said...

yay for reading and haircuts and giveaways! how do you find the time, friend? seriously, you are amazing. so glad to read this joyous post... love you.

nona said...

Love your words, love the pendant, but so love, love, love your blog pics. Oh, such talent with a camera!! Beautiful.

lulu and family said...

what a celebration post, nic!