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So, I seem to have had writers block for over a week now. I wanted so badly to write a post last week about this picture and the wonderful time we had at a sleepover with my great friend, Michelle and her daughter, Ella Grace. But, something seemed to trip me up the whole week. My mind wouldn’t slow down enough to write, or I was too busy or maybe I did just have good old fashioned writer’s block. During this *block* I did do a fine job of keeping up with Face Book Land, AND I found a new app, Photo Grid! It’s a Droid App. I LOVE it! And, I’ve been playing around with it, and discovering it daily.

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We have had a truly blessed summer. This collage is a bunch of random moments when Chris and I were truly blessed to be the parents of these two loving, sweet girls.

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And, then I found *another* new app! I love discovering new apps! Lightbox! And, I took all these pictures one day, just for the artistic pleasure of it.

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These shots are so old, and so special.You’ll see my good friend, Amy, on the bottom with me, and Chris’ good friend, David, with him. These were all taken on a vacation we took to Wilmington to visit the beach and our friends from when we lived there. I was actually in my first trimester with Lizzy-Jane then. Wilmington is where we met, and spent our engagement. And, of course, we are kissing in the top left shot. But, you will notice, there is light shining through!

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And, here we have proof of miraculous creation at its finest. The two times I was pregnant after Lizzy-Jane was born, the first thing I was most excited about was the labor and delivery. I know, weird, right? But, really, I love it! It’s so miraculous, monumental and amazing! As, you probably know. I have two children now. I have two girls. I have had two miscarriages. Lizzy-Jane my 4 year old is pictured with me in the bottom shot. Claire, my two year old, is in the top shot with me.

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Just, because. She’s so cute, and this image is another memory of a precious friend. My dear friend, Jennifer, gave Claire this outfit in her *huge haul of loot* gift bag for her second birthday. I’m so thankful for all of our friends who came out to celebrate Claire’s second birthday with us. It was a good time. And, I am thankful for the truly lovely and thoughtful gifts that they all brought along.

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Follow the link above to Tiffany’s Happy This Week post!

This week has truly been wonderful, and sooo busy!

I’m afraid I’m not even going to be able to remember all the things that made me happy. So, forgive me, please, if I forget something awesome!

I got a flat tire in the middle of the night Saturday night on 321 southbound, coming home from Asheville. It was 2:45 am. My rim was busted, it was dark, and I was all alone. That didn’t make me happy, what did make me happy was that my awesome husband was able to get it fixed for only $22!

We had VBS this week. I was the *ship captain* and followed a different group around each night. My favorite night was when I got to follow Lizzy-Jane’s Oikos, Rome! The gospel was presented so beautifully and clearly, it just made my heart sing!!

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Lizzy-Jane also had a lot of fun during game time!

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And, the one thing that really thrilled this mother’s heart is that she washed her hands on her very own after using the bathroom. Lizzy-Jane has Exzema, so she really doesn’t like washing her hands. It hurts a bit, apparently.

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Claire wore a pony tail for the very first time this week. And, it stayed up and looked so cute all evening during VBS. I wish I could have captured the glory in a photo, but this was the best I could do:

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The girls and I went for a walk yesterday, and it made me very happy when I looked down and saw Claire shillaxing in the stroller.

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We also went swimming twice this week, and both times we had a picnic. The first time was with my friend, Jennifer and her two boys; Sammy and Micah. We went to the pool here at my apartment complex. We had a great time, but I didn’t capture any photos. I think the two best moments were watching Claire really enjoying her new float from her Grandma, and seeing Lizzy-Jane realize she can almost swim all by herself.

The second time we went to Tanglewood Swim Park in Winston-Salem, NC. We went with 6 of our cousins. The park was fabulous. there was a huge children’s pool, which was of course shallow and had some splash pad type things in it. There was also a splash pad, a lazy river, a big pool, a picnic area and some sliding boards. Oh, and some diving boards. Lizzy-Jane went down the sliding board once, but she submerged under water at the bottom. I was there to pull her up, but she didn’t like that part very much. It scared her.

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My therapy also went very well this week, which of course made me happy. And, my doctor told me I could take my Prozac at night with my other pills, which will help me remember it, that made me very happy.

And, tonight we have good friends coming over for dinner. I can’t wait! I’ve been busy getting ready all day!! Lizzy-Jane and I just made brownies. They smell delicious.

1. Friend, Michelle, and her daughter Ella-Grace


2. Daughter who’s a cup of joy


3. Sunday School class that is growing.

4. Fall finally showing it’s pretty face

5. Husband, who supports my every breath

6. My family a short drive away

This blog is part of Six Word Fridays

Indeed, it is true. I am a caution. I was told this by a college friend. Craig. It was several years ago, and I had paid him a visit in NYC, while I was on tour in the area. When the visit was over, I headed “home” to a hotel in Jersey. However, while on the bus ride back to my hotel, I watched my hotel pass on the other side of the divided highway. I kept expecting the bus to stop. It never did. Then I thought it would head back down the other side of the divided highway. It never did. Then I arrived, alone on the bus, at the end of the route. I had to bribe the bus driver to drive me half way back, where my tour partner came to pick me up. I believe it was at a Hardee’s.

Thank God it happened in the age of cell phones, and I had one! When I called my friend to tell him I was *FINALLY* home safe, he said, “Caroline, you are a caution.” That’s me, the cautionary tale, and this week I was back at it.

I locked my 21 month old daughter and myself out of the house for four hours. That’s right, you heard me, FOUR HOURS!!!! Thank God we were on the same side of the door.

Here’s what happened: I got my daughter up and dressed and told her we were going for a walk. I had plans to meet a friend at the coffee shop at 9:30. Obviously we don’t escape the house often enough, because she could not even wait long enough to eat breakfast. She was at the door immediately saying, “No. GO!!!!.” You know, go is a complete sentence. It is a command. I kept saying, “You want some yogurt?” And my girl loves to eat yogurt. But, nothing doing, so I decided chocolate milk from the coffee shop would have do it. So, at 8:45, we went.

I threw my stuff in the bottom of the stroller, took the stroller outside, came back to get Lizzy-Jane and shut the door behind me. That’s when I realized it. My keys were not in the bottom of the stroller. My library books were, a diaper, wipes and my wallet. But, NO keys!!

Well, my landlord lives across the street. So I rang the bell to plead assistance. No answer…..the cars are there, but no answer. So, I decide to go on ahead to the coffee shop to meet my new friend, Maggie.

On the way I return my library books and almost get knocked over by the librarian coming out to get the morning papers. (I am a caution after all)

Finally we arrive at Caravan Coffee, and there is Maggie’s smiling face. The first thing I say is, “I locked myself out!” We hang out, have some laughs, some smoothie and muffin, chase LJ around the shop a bit, and hug goodbye around 10:30. Maggie was worried about me, but I convinced her I would be fine. She gave me her number to call in case I couldn’t get in. She said, “I’ll come on a rescue mission.” She didn’t quite understand my lack of a cell phone. (Yep, Chris and I gave them up a while back in the interest of our budget. And, really I don’t miss them at all. Well, occasionally I do. )

So, home we went. We walked straight up to the landlord’s house. I rang the bell. Twice. I knocked on the door. Nothing doing. No answer. So we head across the street to wait it out on our porch. Thank the good Lord my People Magazine arrived that day. I read it for an hour, and shared it with LJ along with some other mail. She ripped them up real nicely. She loves to read magazines and can even say “magzine.”

While on the porch reading and sweating. I prayed. Tried to break in with an old credit card. I even got so desperate as to try to kick the door in. Went around back to check the trash door. And, stared at the landlord’s house wondering why they were not answering the door.

Finally I decided to go back over there. Well this time, after a couple of rings and knocks, the Mother-in-law nanny came to the door. I told her, through the storm door, that I was locked out, and begged for help. She looked at me kind of confused and then said, “Hold on a minute.” While I sat on the porch, keeping an eye on LJ, she called her daughter to find out where the spare key was, and Carson, the four year old, entertained me through the window.

She brought me the key, I ran across the street, unlocked the door, and brought the key back. Carson met me at the grass line to retrieve the key. She said she was sorry it took her so long, and I said, “No, thank you. You saved my life!” And she did, well, her along with People Magazine and the mail man.

When I finally rolled my daughter and I through the door it was NOON! I fed her and put us both to bed for a nap, thoroughly worn out by our ordeal/adventure.

So, you be the judge. Do you agree with Craig? Am I a caution?

My friend, Bess, wins the cool award this month. She invited me and my little “angel mine” to her beach house, in Oak Island, this week. Our other friend, Kris, also came with her four children. It is the first vacation I have had in I don’t care to count how long. And it was the greatest gift, possibly ever, accepting Lizzy-Jane herself of course.

It was not only a great gift to get away. It was a truly great gift to see old girlfriends and watch our children find such joy and excitement in the beach and each other. I love to see joy on my daughter’s face. And, I love to feel it in my heart.

Like Kris’s husband said, “It is very important to have people in your life who have known you for a long time.” I feel more whole than I have felt in a long time.

Thanks Bess! You win!!