Us, Currently

She: Ending her sentences in a high-pitched whisper, like there’s a surprise, like she’s a rainbow, her final words a pot of gold. Fighting the afternoon nap. Favoring cashews. “Reading” from my devotional at night in our bed, substituting Psalms verses for monster encounters. Memorizing iPhone passwords. Hacking said iPhones, taking 3,000 photos on said iPhone cameras. Naming her stuffed koala “Judes My Husband or Gokey or Plop Plop.” Twirling, somersaulting, radiating.

He: Juggling a lot, per usual, with a great attitude, per usual. Toddler whispering. Kitchen conference call pacing. Hair growing. Jack-of-all-trading: snapping photos, editing films, researching vaccines, cooking fried potatoes: the plumber, the butcher, the renovater, the fire-maker.

Me: Traveling quite a lot for work, and feeling the guilt, even though I know I shouldn’t feel the guilt. Cooking bacon on Saturday mornings with “A Groovy Kind of Love” on repeat. Reading Joan Didion, lots of it. Saying no. Wearing leather high top sneakers. Planning a family Ecuador trip in August. Ordering more Play-Doh. Awaiting good news, and the sun.

  • All of this is just delightful, Erin – a beautiful, trip-of-the-tongue read full of personality, and life, and familiarity. I love it.

    • Ah, thank you. I’m trying to do better at documenting the everyday milestones – I know I’ll quickly forget! :)

  • This is so beyond lovely, Erin. You are such a beautiful storyteller. Thanks for sharing a precious glimpse into your family life.

    Also – I want to come over for bacon and “A Groovy Kind of Love”. xox

    • Oh goodness, thank you Lesley. And yes, please do!!!! Saturday morning ballads and bacon are always aplenty. ;)

  • Oh gosh, hacking iPhones. My little lady knows how to do that too. It’ll take me all day to figure out what took her 30 seconds do to.

  • Ecuador! Awesome. It’s a beautiful country; I lived there for a year about 15 years ago. I’ll recommend two cities/towns: Cuenca, and Vilcabamba (they’re very different but both lovely!). Have a wonderful trip!

  • Fighting the afternoon nap in my neck of the woods, too, only know he can get out of bed… What is my world coming to?! = )

      • It’s the staying in bed at night, too. Suddenly the smallest little wet in his diaper is grounds for getting up, as is being cold (but no blanket! when I put him back to bed), what’s that sound? and what are you doing, Mom? = )

    • Oh yes! I usually have a few going – right now I’m reading Savor from Shauna Niequist (she’s a dear!) and Daily Light on the Daily Path. :)

  • I visited Cuenca, Ecuador for about a week and a half over Christmas the past year and it was amazing. We flew into Guayaquil and a driver drove us up the Andes mountains where we saw wild llamas and could barely breathe because the air was so thin at the highest point in the mountains but it was amazing. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever experienced. Here is a link to the post of the day we arrived with some photos if you’re interested:
    Also, if you’re going to Cuenca and want any recommendations I’m happy to give them :)

    • Oh goodness, thank you for sending this my way!!!!! I’ll certainly bookmark; all sounds beautiful! :)

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