Monday, August 30, 2010


To say last week was crazy may be the understatement of the world.

Ok, that's a little drastic.  It wasn't that bad but was full of ups and downs...mostly ups.

Kelsey started the fifth grade last week and a brand new school.  We changed districts and she was forced to change elementary schools with only one year left.  Next year she will be in middle school!  Thankfully, we aren't there yet. 

When we walked in the new school on Wednesday, I could tell she was nervous...but she kept it together.  She didn't cry!  I, on the other hand, lost it after I left her in the classroom.  I was just so proud of her for keeping her cool and not freaking out.  I had to hide in the bathroom for like, five minutes.  Even the principal stopped me on the way out and reminded me that Kelsey would be fine.

I must be the only dork-of-a-mom that cries on the first day of the fifth grade. 

Wednesday was an interesting day for another reason, too.  A teenage family-member went to the hospital with stomach pains.  I think the initial thought was that she had appendicitis or something.  While she was in the ER, they determined she was pregnant.  And not JUST  PREGNANT but 39 weeks, 6 cm dilated and 100% effaced. 

Shock?  Surprise?  Disbelief?  All of the above...

She ended up having a baby girl that night.  By the grace of God, she had a healthy baby girl.  There are a lot of issues that I won't go into on this blog but I am sure you can imagine that she has an uphill battle ahead of her.  Maybe you could pray for her and the family in general.  Things like this have a tendency to cause division among people of differing opinions.

On a much happier note, I went to Charleston, SC last weekend to celebrate my best-friend's birthday.  Have you ever been to Charleston?  The town changes you...for the better.  It's like the history seeps into your pores and slows you down.  I didn't realize how much I needed that slower change-of-pace in my life.  The people, the architecture, the food, the cobblestone streets, the fountains, the steeples...I fell in love with all of it.

It was the best weekend I have had in a long time.  There were four girls onthis trip and Charleston was good to us.  I can't WAIT to go back.

This is road directly in front of Battery Park overlooking the ocean.

My absolute favorite thing we did was ride bicycles all around Charleston from The Battery to The Market and down to the College of Charelston.  It was SO fun...I felt like a kid!!  Do you like my orange bike??

I learned that the law in Charleston is that no building can be taller than the church steeples.  So when you are going over a bridge or sitting on a rooftop, you can see all the steeples in the downtown area.  It is really a beautiful thing to see.

I snapped this one driving (actually, I was riding) down the road through the window :-)

This a view of The Old Market...there is rich history here.

The Battery Park

Me (on the left) and the birthday girl!  We were at a Reggae Festival at John's Island and it was HOTTT but super fun!!!

And what's girl's weekend would be complete without taking a picture of yourself in the bathroom? I the only one that does that?? 

My Alabaster Jar


  1. Praying for your family member and her family. I cannot imagine...but He can and has her and the baby in the palm of His Hand.

    What beautiful photos! I have always wanted to visit Charleston. It looks beautiful!

    So glad your girl had a great time going back to school. New schools are hard....

  2. Your photos are SO SO beautiful! Thanks for sharing them!

    ps. praying for your family member and the beautiful soul that she just brought into the world.

  3. I love you pictures, and your bike, and i cry over everything, and I am praying for that precious girl! Did she know she was pregnant??