ten on tuesday.

1. My inbox this week is clogged with all the ToT reminders I’ve sent myself. So this should be a good one!

2. First, did you hear that Merriam Webster added a few new words to the ol’ book? It caught my eye when I saw that “f-bomb” made the cut.

3. This blog post, “Celebrating Our Somersaults”, really struck a chord with me this week. Particularly the section talking about women judging other women and their mothering choices. It’s happened to me personally recently so this post came at the perfect time. Read it if you need a bit of perspective of your own!

4. Now that both of our kiddos are back in school I’m settling into a lovely rhythm at the Cottage. When we first considered making this leap Brent gently questioned how adding another house to our family’s ever-growing to do list was going to give me more time. But I swear it has. Exhibit A: me sitting on the couch at 3:54 p.m. with a laptop and no work on my mind. Exhibit B: me sitting on the couch later tonight with a bottle of Shocktop, a laptop and no work on my mind.

5. I tucked a family picture into Ephraim’s backpack for him to look at should he miss us throughout the day.  I asked him yesterday if he looked at the picture and he said, “No. I didn’t miss you.” Huh.

6. In addition, Sarah told me that at the end of the day she gets disappointed that it’s time to go home, but then she remembers that we get to walk home and she’s excited again. Mixed emotions on that one!

7. I wish my BFF was still blogging so she could delight us with the story of how she drove herself to the emergency room yesterday with a gaping wound after 15 liquor bottles crashed down around her. Since I know she’s fine, I can’t help but laugh every time I picture that scene. And the subsequent one of her hobbling into the ER with sticky booze dripping down her legs. HA!

8. Have you seen the Ragu commercial everyone is talking? Oh my goodness gracious, this is funny.

9. The sweet, sweet children I photographed for Heart Gallery Alabama have now been updated on the website. Check out the Elora and Alex under the individual children, and Cody/Joey, Zachary/Edith/Heather under the sibling children. Precious children looking for a home. How can you help?

10. Speaking of help. Do y’all remember my little friend Ally who fought Leukemia and kicked its tail a few years back? Ally’s family was buoyed by their huge support network, led by their dearest friends the Boohers and the Wingers. I remember reading a blog post Ally’s mom wrote once about how a nurse visited Ally’s class to talk to them about Ally and her Leukemia. She told the class that they would likely never again meet another child with Leukemia – it was that rare. And then…shortly after Ally completed her treatment plan, the Booher’s son Caulin was diagnosed with ALL – the exact same kind of Leukemia Ally had. It was unbelievable. And cruel. Unbelievably cruel. But it’s happening and Caulin is fighting for his life, just as Ally did. Caulin was scheduled for a bone barrow transplant today and here’s what his mother, Suzanne, posted on Facebook last night:

Tomorrow our son Caulin will receive a bone marrow transplant from an anonymous donor. That donor doesn’t get paid. He doesn’t even know who he is donating for…other than they’ve told him it’s for a boy with leukemia. I urge you to get swabbed. Be a hero like our donor. You can help save a life. Www.BetheMatch.org.

We are asking for your prayers for Caulin. Pray perfect health and healing. He’s just a kid who wants to go back to playing. Thanks to all of you (Caulin’s Crew) that will be praying at home or at the two prayer vigils set up in his honor.

So how could I not? I spent 10 minutes this afternoon on BeTheMatch.org and sent off for my swab kit. Maybe you will too?

Praying so hard for you Caulin.

JenniferAugust 21, 2012 - 2:48 pm

I’ve been swabbed. You never know if or when someone might need you. Praying for Caulin to beat it, just like Ally. Unfortunately, “clusters” are becoming more and more common…

KelliAugust 21, 2012 - 2:52 pm

I’m registered also.
That Ragu commercial is hilarious.

LaurenAugust 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

My kit is now on it’s way… thanks for the extra nudge.

DonnaAugust 21, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Wow Erin….your number 3 is a good one! Rachel is a good friend of my husband’s daughters. My husband’s practice is in Dayton and his girls grew up there with Rachel. She is an excellent writer! By the way, I love your ToTs!

SamanthaAugust 21, 2012 - 5:22 pm

OMG I practically BLED TO DEATH and you are making fun of me on the internets???? You should mention the part about how you were TOO BUSY TO TALK TO ME ALL DAY.

PS, you left out the part about how it was at 7 am so extra embarassing to be covered in booze.

MelanieAugust 21, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Great TOT Erin! I hadn’t seen that commercial, too funny! I was tested for at a bone marrow drive close to 20 years ago. A friend of mine who was tested around the same time was contacted this year because she was a match! Sending prayers for Caulin.

NickiAugust 21, 2012 - 8:07 pm

Thank you Erin. As always, you are the best.

CathyAugust 22, 2012 - 8:24 am

When I click the link, I get “oops page not found.”

erin cobbAugust 22, 2012 - 1:57 pm

Thanks for the heads up Cathy…I just fixed it!

erin cobbAugust 22, 2012 - 1:57 pm

Nicki, anytime. It’s the absolute least I can do. My heart aches for you guys and I wish there was more I could do. If there is…please let me know.

christiAugust 23, 2012 - 2:34 pm

I joined Be the Match a few months ago. The sons of two friends have had bone marrow transplants in the last 3 years. I wanted to pay it forward and help another little boy or girl get to see 3rd grade.

erin cobbAugust 23, 2012 - 5:34 pm

Thank you for sharing Christi! I hope your friends children are doing well today!

LisaAugust 26, 2012 - 11:19 pm

If you happen to be a regular blood donor, you can also ask them to register you then. That’s how I did it back in 1992.

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