ten on tuesday.

1. My boy turns six tomorrow. SIX. In honor of the impending celebration of his birth I gathered him and his sister on the couch this afternoon and read to them from this very blog – A Letter on the Eve of Change. Sarah tried to squirm away saying, “this looks like a long letter”, but I made them both stay and I made it through without a tear. Maybe a crack in my voice, but not a tear. This mama of an almost six year old claims victory.

2. Ephraim’s birthday Skylander’s Wii is heading straight back to Target from whence it came this week. It’s being replaced by a barely used Wii (and a slew of games) from one of my favorite clients who was looking to unload her game AND order a few new prints of her precious babe in the process. Proving that there’s truly nothing I won’t barter for…including my children’s birthday gifts.

3. And yes, I did play a few rounds of Mario Bros. this evening just for old time’s sake. I was once the Summer reigning champ of Mario Bros. on the Nintendo 64. Just ask my “little” cousins, Noah and Aaron. (“Little” is in apostrophes since they’re now in their 20’s.)

4. Sarah and I were so sad to read about Barbara Park’s death this week. Junie B. Jones is one of Sarah’s all time favorites. And I can’t imagine a world without June B’s sassy little six year old voice ringing in my head.

5. Barbara Park died of ovarian cancer which is called the “silent killer” or “the disease that whispers” because of its often subtle (but serious) symptoms. I’m so proud of my friends Kristi and Beth who (along with their husbands) are warriors against ovarian cancer here in the Tennessee Valley through their organization – Lilies of the Valley. Check out the site to educate yourself.

6. I’m also super proud of my do-gooder friend Amy whose monthly causes have recently turned my attention to the work being done in Nashville at Thistle Farms. Need a Christmas gift that is beautiful, meaningful and life-changing for women in desperate situations? You’re gonna want to check out Thistle Farms.

7. And in less benevolent (but still amazing!!!) news, I’m SUPER proud of my Auburn Tigers who pulled out a miraculous win over the Georgia Bulldogs last Saturday after this once in a lifetime catch.

8. Poor, pitiful, prostrating Georgia coaches.

9. After endlessly chastising my children for their incessant potty talk I laughed until I cried over this. Hypocrite, thy name is Mother.

10. I’m finishing this bad boy up with 63 minutes to spare on this Tuesday. Talk about efficient…

KyraNovember 19, 2013 - 10:03 pm

We love Thistle Farms here in Nashville!

Jessica WNovember 20, 2013 - 7:17 am

Happy Birthday to your boy!

Colleen D.November 20, 2013 - 9:15 am

Thank you for sharing the Georgia coaches reactions. 🙂 I’ve seen that pass over and over, but that’s the first time I’ve seen their reactions to it. So glad we could make grown men fall out on the floor! 🙂

Erin HNovember 20, 2013 - 7:43 pm

thank you for #9! i have to share that now.

Heather MayberryNovember 22, 2013 - 7:55 am

Happy birthday to Ephraim! Our boy was born on Tuesday so re-reading your letter was sweet and appropriate. Oh my goodness, the auburn game was so good! That catch was nothing short of amazing. We Alabama fans were cheering on Auburn since a good iron bowl is always fun and I absolutely cannot stand Georgia. Happy Friday!

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