Tuesday, June 12, 2012

And You Thought I Forgot

The kids are down for their one-hour of blessed solitude and I'm inhaling sweet cherries and scouting curtains on Pinterest when I come upon this pin.

What I really want to know is, why do ya'll'uns keep me around? Apparently my version of "soon" means roughly one month. For the love of Pete.

Sidenote: I say that to myself. All the time. "For the love of Pete." It might very well be the thing I say out loud to myself most often. I never cease to exasperate me.

Anyway, the winner of my copy of Anything is: Blogging Mommy of Two. Hit me up with your addy, Girl! Forgive me for taking so stinking long. And forgive me in advance for not shipping it to you in a timely manner.

The rest of my afternoon includes laundry, garage sale prepping (July 6th and 7th, locals!) and chicken stir fry for dinner. Ruby has a hot date to go ride Buck the horse.

I will continue to refer to Calvin only by his Korean name today, as requested.

Sidenote Two: He told me (for the second time this week) that he when he dies, he would like two Korean flags on his grave. He will also be marrying a Korean girl, but don't worry, he'll teach her English.

I have the prettiest jar of home-picked raspberries waiting for me in my fridge, the funniest kids being quiet down the hall, and the windows are open.

It just begs to be said again: This life is a bottomless basket of goodness. I will never understand how I got so lucky.

Talk to you later, skaters. But first, a couple more of my favorite Anything quotes.

Little deaths always feel like big deaths until you let go. After you let go you wonder, what was the big deal? - Jennie Allen, Anything

All my life I thought I had God's stamp of approval because my life wasn't going badly. Now I was faced with the fear that it might actually be the opposite. What if my life was going so beautifully because I wasn't chasing after God? - Jennie Allen, Anything

(That book is such a slayer.)


  1. Ouch, that second quote can git-cha!

  2. The things I have to say:

    1. Calvin can marry a Korean girl, and Siley will marry Pie. Amen.

    2. I say "for the love of Pete" all day too. What in the world? It's that twin syndrome.

    3. I need to read that book. I am starting to feel the pressure of chasing God when all along I THOUGHT I was chasing Him in the first place!

    4. I love thee.


  3. oh I've done this so many darn times.

    "did you forget to send my prize??" why yes...yes, I did.

    I love reminders. Where would I be without them?

    Wanna plan our summer lunch date in chi-town? I'm all over that, my friend.

  4. I'm more and more convinced lately that if our lives are easy, then we just aren't doing His will. That's a hard truth to swallow, though.

  5. Oo, that second quote gave me chills. Beautiful photo, and you make me laugh. The way you write is so interesting.(:

  6. "This life is a bottomless basket of goodness."

    I needed that reminder today. I've just become a stay-at-home mommy and I am struggling with it a bit. Somewhere between potty training my smiling boy and cleaning the kitchen for the 3rd time today, I enjoyed the sweetest little peach and put a couple of bright orange roses in an old milk jar on my kitchen table. It's the little things that make up the most beautiful baskets. Thank you.

  7. Whoa - that second quote. I'm going to need to get that book. Currently a few chapter in to 7 - and it is hard-good stuff.

  8. My husband keeps asking who Pete is and why I'm so concerned about his love. ;)

  9. Hey! One of my best friends is Korean and she has two little girls- a 2nd grader and a preschooler. Would half-Korean do? He wouldn't have to teach them English....... :) Off to check out that book. I think I missed that post.

  10. I was wondering today if anyone else was as forgetful as I. I had forgotten about the giveaway. So there. Feel better!

  11. "This life is a bottomless basket of goodness. I will never understand how I got so lucky."

    I love your heart.

  12. I love those quotes. I always say "oh for Pete and Kim's sake"....we have friends named Pete and Kim. Stu's grandma always said Cry Pete... so I also say "Oh cry Pete and Kim." I crack myself up. I am my best audience. :)

  13. that first quote.....yeah that is how i feel halfway through my month of 7 clothes!! but the FREEDOM!!!!! i must make it to your garage sale...i always see stuff on your blog i want for my house;)

  14. I'm just a random person who stumbled across your blog researching adoption stuff. I live in South Korea and have for the past 5 years. I love that your son is so interested in his culture and where he comes from. There are these really great sites for young Korean kids learning how to read and write. If you are at all interested in them for Calvin so he can learn to read/write hangul and speak Korean,let me know and I can round them up. Everything is in Korean but it's not too hard to figure out where to start the songs and videos.

    1. He dreams of learning to speak Korean! This comment made my night. I can't wait to read it to him.

    2. Korean is really quite easy to learn. It'd really be no problem to get some stuff together for him. Just let me know. :)

  15. This life is a bottomless basket of goodness. I will never understand how I got so lucky.

    Isn't our God so good.

    that is it i must read ANYTHING but I am nervous about what happened when i read seven.

  16. I'm not sure how I came upon your blog, but I've been following for a while and after reading your words(commenter nicole must agree)...."This life is a bottomless basket of goodness. I will never understand how I got so lucky," has resonated over and over with me.

    Thanks for the book suggestion, your words, your stories, and your great photography.

  17. how did i miss you talking about this book? i'm going to have to check it out. glad your day was full of wonderfulness. and "talk to you later, skaters" made me smile :)

  18. you are freakin' awesome. only the best gals can forget about giveaways and no one get mad. mr. korean makes my heart so happy.

  19. open windows are the best!!!

    and raspberries too??? wow! yummy.

  20. I did think you forgot. Sigh. And clearly you did. You forgot to pick my name. I prayed to be the winner of this book. Maybe my little black heart isn't ready for it. It's going on my list. FINE. I am happy for that mommy of two. RATPOO. I am slumping away. Don't look. No. Watch me. NO DON'T.

  21. Awww, Calvin is so sweet! The 'teach her English' - love it!
    Sounds like you had a grand day - hope today is another one!

  22. Those apricots!!!!!!!!! They make my heart dance. I picked rhubarb today and will be making some jam.
    And tell Nam Woo I love him, and am waiting for him to teach me to speak Korean. I can see him working at the United Nations someday. Uh, make that Samaritan's purse, not the United Nations.
    And Ruby can teach Gam how to ride Buck. I hope his name has nothing to do with his personality.

  23. That Calvin Lee is forever squishing his way into my heart. That future Korean wife is one lucky gal.

    I whooped and hollered last week when a publicist for Jennie Allen/Anything contacted me and asked if I'd like a copy of the book to read and review. Umm, yes! Can't wait to get my hands on that bad boy.