Friday Finds

1. Gabrielle Bookcase | Zulily 
2.  Zadie Pendant |  Zulily
3. Quick Keto Meals in 30 Minutes or Less 
4. Jonathan Adler Pop Candle Champagne
5. Dark Gray & Walnut Romily Dining Chair - Set of Two
6. Roro Handcarved Mango Wood Serving Plate 
7. Gray Brisbane Platform Bed
8. I Love My Instant Pot Recipe Book 
9. 17-Inch Distressed Wood Hanging Swing Rope Floating Shelves | Amazon 

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We're expecting! The old-fashioned way!

#TBT On Thursday's I post from the Vault. This post is from March 2006
We are excited to announce that we are expecting! This was an unexpected surprise, and we have been nervously waiting for the past few months to confirm that we would have a viable pregnancy. We had our 12 week ultrasound today, and the baby is healthy and thriving! Obviously, we are amazed and overjoyed, and so excited for Jafta to have a sibling so close in age. We are attaching a picture of the little guy (or girl). We would certainly welcome your prayers in the coming months that we will have a healthy, full-term pregnancy. God is good!

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Can you be addicted to habits or behaviors? We discuss process addictions, and how we can become hooked to certain experiences, from the internet to shopping to flirting. We talk about how to know when a process addiction has gone too far, and what to do about it.
Some great books on process addictions:
We also talk about pets as self-care and chat about our own personal experiences and ambivalent around our furry friends. Looking for a new pet? We recommend pet adoption. Check out this site to find adoptable pets in your area.
In this episode we also talk about our experience with HelloFresh, a meal subscription services that delivers recipes along with all the ingredients you need in pre-measured, labeled meal kits. They’ve got gourmet meals but also many one-pot recipes for seriously speedy cooking and minimal cleanup. For $30 off your first HelloFresh order use the promo code SELFIE30.

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Life Lately

This movie. Wowwww. Go see it! 

Ramps they made today using the leftover construction wood laying around. 😂

There are some days where the single mom gig is felt more acutely. Today was one of those days. My morning was spent dealing with bad news after bad news and I’d cried three times by noon. Then at 3 the plumbing backed up due to roots entering my pipes and I came home from picking up the kids to find sewage flooded into all three bathrooms. I knew I needed help. So I told the kids we had to deal with it, together. It was a family challenge. They put on rain boots and plastic gloves and without complaining, helped deal with the hazmat situation in our house, laughing the whole time. There are small blessings in this hard season. One has been watching my kids rise to the occasion, over and over, in stepping up and stepping in to help. Even if it means stepping in to a dirty tub.

Romantic love is amazing. It is intoxicating and exhilarating and exciting and comforting. It is also optional. It is a lovely and life-affirming experience to be in love, but it is not the air we breathe. A reminder today to be grateful for the many kinds of love you find yourself in, but that in the absence of certain manifestations of love, you are still enough.

These are the two I chose. The special ones, the favored, the prized. Just kidding. I took Jafta because he eats a lot and Karis because she’s still kinda young and India and Kembe were happy to sit unsupervised with iPads by the gate with the promise we would sneak them cookies. I’m not above going in alone but I’m also hella cheap and not about to pass up feeding 3 of us in an airport for free. Alas no massage for me (was too worried about the clock) but I did have some very nice Pinot and a lovey leek soup.

When we travel I make the kids figure out our gate and I walk behind them while they navigate. Always pushing towards travel independence and at this point they are pros! Spending their “ski week” at Disney World and on a short Disney cruise with #disneysmmc

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Wednesday's Child: Dalton

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is thatthis can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.

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