small things

Confession: I’m on day 4 of wearing the same black sweat pants and I’ve scarcely left the house all week. But you don’t need to stage an intervention quite yet, because I’ve simply been too busy to figure out what clothing works best with orange-glow support hose and scarcely leaving the house for a mother of six still entails a whole lot of lessons, school drop-offs, grocery store runs and playgroup.

Since I have been in a wee bit of a funk I’ve been watching the kindness of women in my little orbit. And it’s a beautiful thing. After playgroup, Christina is taking Maddy home because her mom just had a baby and Paige to her house because her mommy is at a refugee services meeting. The preschool carpool line comes to a halt when a dog darts into traffic. I hear my neighbors calling to each other across the street, “Send Sam over when you go to the store. And Allie too. We love her.” Dropping off Xander’s lunch at school I see Holly volunteering again, and she stops to tell me how brilliant and wonderful my little son is in class. I see hugs and waves and hear sweet and comforting words. And at home I witness even more invisible kindnesses– emails and phone calls and blog comments 😉 as the collective world of mothers lifts and heals and laughs with each other.

It’s an ugly world with more bad news every day but the mamas are making it better– one cupcake, one bandaid, one story at a time.

A few fun things today:

My beautiful, brilliant friend Allison is guest posting at The New York Times. If you’re a mother of boys, you won’t want to miss this.

It’s snowing!

I wrote about Christmas books over at Segullah. Please, oh please, join the discussion(it’s kinda quiet over there today) and share your favs.

Shutterfly featured our little book this week and a story that makes us appear much cooler and funner than we really are.


December 1, 2008
December 5, 2008



  1. Annie

    December 4, 2008

    I’m always happy when your post pops up on my reader! Sorry about the little funk (still got one here too). I think maybe my LIFE needs a little support hose…do they come in that size?

    Lovelovelove the shutterfly story. That is EXACTLY how cool you are. And then some.

  2. duchess

    December 4, 2008

    I always love to people watch.
    Your post reminds me of a commercial I’ve seen where one person see another do the right thing & then they do & it goes on and on.
    That’s how we’re supposed to be. – maybe it’ll catch on.
    Hope you’re out of the doldrums soon.:)

  3. Ken

    December 4, 2008

    We found your family on a two page spread in “Family Fun” sponsored by Shutterfly. It’s fun to see how far and wide they have taken your book! D5 here yet?

  4. jennie w.

    December 5, 2008

    Poor Allison is getting some nasty comments. New York Jerks. Remind me not to write for them. (because you know they’ll be asking!)

  5. Denise

    December 5, 2008

    Alma 26:31

    “Now behold, we can look forth and see the fruits of our labors; and are they few? I say unto you, Nay, they are many; yea and we can witness of their sincerity, because of their love towards their [sisters] and also towards us.”

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