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    Thursdays with Sam | Smiling.

    When I picked up Sam this morning, Katie told me she’d read this week’s blog posts (and the comments – thank y’all!) and that it sounded like someone had died.  All those “thinking of you” and “keeping you in my thoughts” and yeah, I get what she means (and I love how supportive y’all have been, truly!). This move is really a good thing – they’re super-excited about the house and the location – and “with light traffic it’s just a 30 minute drive”. point taken. We’re smiling! I had two wonderful days with the boys this week and even snuck in an extra hour with little Sam yesterday.  Tomorrow…

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    Thursdays with Sam | Food!

    New thing today – Sam has started food! This morning, Katie told me I had the very fun responsibility of introducing carrots. They’re one of my favorite foods, so I was hoping it would go well. and I must say – the first serving was … maybe not so great. But after bananas at mid-day, he seemed a lot happier with the carrots this afternoon. She also told me “food is fun” at this stage. Indeed! It’s certainly a touch and taste experience. I also told her I maybe should’ve just fed him in the bathtub. p.s. our neighbor passed away yesterday. I know his wife and family are feeling…

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    Thursdays with Sam | A Different View.

    Today’s Think Write Thursday topic is to look out a window you don’t normally look out of and tell us what you see. I kind of cheated. I did do the “don’t normally look out” part – but I knew what I’d see. I snapped this photo from Charlie’s bedroom window just after I put Sam down for his last nap of the day* That sign is in their front yard; and yep, they’re moving. Three weeks from today. They’re moving 25 miles away. back into town. 25 miles closer to Katie’s work**. They’ll also be a lot closer to fun things to do like the Botanical Gardens, the Children’s…

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    Thursdays with Sam | What Really Matters.

    Today’s Think Write Thursday topic is about bullying. Yesterday’s entry in A Year in Miracles was titled “Today I will be a friend to myself.” These lines from the devotion spoke to me No one is going to accept me if I don’t accept myself first. Today I will be a friend to myself. Not in denial about my weaknesses, but loyal…and kind…and embracing. Other people will see my goodness when I have seen it first. and gave me the idea to write about how much we – especially we women – bully ourselves. and, when we judge other women for their choices in partners, careers, parenting, clothes, bodies, etc,…

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    Thursdays with Sam | Four Months.

    What a difference a month makes. especially when it’s 25% of your whole life! Today was my first day with Sam since early February. We had a great time. Gone are the worries about bottles and sleeping in a strange room. and in between the bottles and naps, we took plenty of photos (and sent his mama lots of text messages),  including a few selfies, read a few of our favorite board books (Goodnight Moon, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Everywhere Babies), and practiced “talking”. Since he was last here, he’s found his voice. I love how he concentrates when he’s getting the sounds out. (and now I’m ready for…

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    Thursdays with Sam | A Love Poem.

    Today’s Think Write Thursday prompt is to write a love letter. I’m not so great with words, so I borrowed some. I’m thinking Sam didn’t mind*. i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling) i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you  here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the…

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    Thursdays with Sam.

    …officially began today! The morning was a little rough, but by this afternoon we’d found a good groove. He drained his bottles, napped like a champ … and posed for the camera. We even took a selfie. And looked through his mama’s photos to see if we could find one at about his same age. Now can you see why I’ve been saying Sam looks like his mama?! (also note the outfit – I’m guessing this photo was taken in early May … already sleeveless weather 😊) p.s. the Think Write Thursday crew is writing letters to February today. I’ll be back with mine tomorrow.