Hello again! I apologize for dropping off the face of the map for the past two weeks with no warning or explanation. I offer this quick catch-up post as a token of my remorse and future good intentions. :)
On second thought, this is me, and I’ve never been known for my summarizing skillz, so buckle up and get ready for some rambling and rabbit trailing. Or bail out now before it’s too late – save yourself!
Two weeks ago I visited my parents in North Carolina. It was my first time flying alone with Beatrice but we only had one short flight each way and no layovers, so it was very quick and B was a gem.
Beatrice has just recently decided she is nervous about strangers so it took her a few hours to warm up to Pop and Gammy, but once she did it was so much fun to see my parents holding and playing with her, and my brother making her smile. So sweet. :) Besides seeing my parents and brother (and getting my fill of Bojangles biscuits, NC barbecue, coffee, and Bananagrams), the other highlight of the visit was getting to meet Anne girl, my best friend Laura’s new baby! Even before they were born Laura and I hoped our babies would be friends someday, and when we both had girls, well… now they are destined to be friends. ;) They even share a name and have the same first two initials reversed (AB and BA) completely unplanned, I promise. As you can tell, I’ve thought about this maybe a little too much. ;) In any case, Anne is adorable and it was such a joy to meet the sweet daughter of my dearest friend, who is such a wonderful, loving mama. Besides getting my fill of Bojangles biscuits, NC barbecue, coffee, chatting, and Bananagrams, another highlight was going to the movies to see Cinderella with my Mom and Beatrice. I’m glad there were only 5 other people in the theater at 1pm because Beatrice spent half the movie babbling, singing, or fussing by turn. I can’t say it was the most relaxing experience, and I was a little distracted with walking up and down the steps to amuse B, but I absolutely loved the movie. It was so sweet and genuine, and had this lovely innocence and kindness about it. I thought it was a cute first movie for Beatrice (even if she doesn’t remember it… so much for raising a low-media child, haha). My first movie theater experience was also a Disney film – my Dad took me to see Beauty and the Beast (we’ve been movie buddies ever since). :) If you have a little girl, or know a little girl, or were once a little girl, you should definitely go see it. It’s a beautiful, classic-fairy-tale film, and has a great message. I haven’t fallen so much in love with a movie for a very long time. I don’t have space to review it further but you can read a short review by a friend here. :) After 5 fun days in North Carolina I was ready to return home to Will, and he was definitely missing his girls (and not having to make dinner, teehee). ;) When Beatrice saw her Daddy the night our plane got back into Nashville, she startled and stared at him, and then her eyes just LIT up and her whole face split into the most adoring smile… and she laughed for the first time! Beatrice and her Daddy definitely have a special bond, and it just melts my heart to see how much they adore one another. :) The rest of the week was spent catching up on laundry and housework and planting some lettuce and kale in my little patio garden. Will and I visited the Franklin Farmer’s Market again over the weekend and got some of the fresh micro greens (baby lettuce and arugula… YUM), and they were every bit as delicious as they looked. :) We got a bag of them for $2 and it lasted us all week. For that price and freshness, I’ll definitely purchase them there again. When I buy a tub of greens at the grocery store they always go bad before we can finish them and they’re definitely not as fresh, whereas at the Market we can buy exactly the amount we want, very fresh, and pay by the pound. :) We celebrated Easter over the weekend with a festive breakfast before the Sunday service. Since a kind family from church had invited us over for lunch, I made a coffee cake for breakfast instead of a ham for dinner. :) It was a joy to worship with our brothers and sisters on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. During the services our friend Josh kept coming to my mind and I almost cried with hope and joy to think of him singing praises in the presence of our Lord and Savior, celebrating Christ’s victory over death, and what a joyful feast he would be sitting down to that day with all the saints at the table of our King. It made me long for heaven with a sharp, intense, tugging sort of hope and joy in a way that I’ve never experienced. I’m so happy to live the life God has me in, and I feel like there is so much to see and do and love and rejoice in here on earth, but I also hope and trust that the adventure that waits when God calls each of us home is going to be even fuller, even richer, even more glorious. He is so good! I know I’m biased, but Beatrice was pretty cute in her little Easter dress. She brings us so much joy. :) Following Easter weekend, Will and I celebrated our 2nd Wedding Anniversary last Monday. I can’t believe it’s been two years! Sometimes I feel like it was just yesterday, but at the same time it feels like we’ve always been together, and I can hardly remember or imagine life without Will! Weird. :) A very kind co-worker of Will’s offered to watch Beatrice for a few hours and we were able to go out to dinner (I requested burgers at Red Robin because I’m classy like that) followed by ice cream for Will and a coffee for me. It was SO refreshing to be out together and to talk and listen and really focus on one other without distractions. We had so much fun laughing and catching up. :)
We celebrated all week in little ways and had a lot of fun talking about our courtship, engagement, wedding, and the past two years, reminiscing and laughing over funny stories or moments. William really is my best friend and true love, and the past two years have been the best years of my life. In fact, every day is better than the last, as we grow to love and understand each other more deeply. I treasure the past two years and am so excited for the years ahead. :) Other than that, not too much of interest to report. Beatrice and I had a minor cold, and two days of caring for a sad baby while combating vertigo and a sore throat myself were pretty consuming but thankfully went by quickly. Laundry, ironing, grocery shopping, cleaning, gardening, cooking, baking, taking care of Beatrice… the days are just packed! I should be back to my regularly scheduled posting though, now that things have settled back down to normal, so stay tuned. :)
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What have you all been up to? Did you have a good Easter holiday?