Back when I was pregnant with Maggie, Phil bought me two books on motherhood (by some Catholic author we had never heard of) and gave them to me for Mother's Day. I was feeling very alone at that period, and having a hard time accepting that we were about to have four children in four years. Phil was trying his best to assure me that it would all work out, and thought the books would give me a sense of peace and encouragement.
They did exactly that, and more! These were the books:
I totally related to this woman named Danielle Bean, and was interested in reading more. I found out she had a website and when I went online to look at it, that was when I first heard of a "blog". I found so much truth, humor and encouragement in her writing and I also discovered the world of blogging. It took me until about 8 months later when I began writing this little blog. And it has been such a wonderful means for me to not only keep our memories, but also meet new friends and find acceptance along our journey.
Enter Cari from Clan Donaldson. I met Cari at The Mom's Day Away hosted by Faith and Family back in April. She just strolled over to our table and asked to sit with us. How great is that?!? I would never have had the nerve to go to something like that by myself. But Cari is not shy in the least. She was so friendly and funny that I just had to start following her blog and learning about her family.
We had emailed back and forth about getting together to let our families meet, since they are only 3 hours away, and had the opportunity to meet up yesterday in Plymouth while she was taking her kids on a homeschooling field trip. (Her adorable daughter assured me that even grocery shopping is considered a field trip in their house!)
We met at a Mexican restaurant and the kids immediately hit it off (much to the restaurant's dismay!). We got the chance to talk and laugh while the kids
climbed on statues of Mexican men sat nicely and ate their dinners. Afterwards, we went to a homemade ice cream shop and got some pictures of the kids all together (minus Alexander):
Cari's kids are so great. They made me laugh and were so nice and friendly to our children. John-Paul and Lotus decided to become pen pals, as did Andrew and Joaquin. First thing this morning, J-P was writing a letter to Lotus. Then he told me, while blushing "Mom, I think she liked me". Awww, a mom can only dream that one day he will like a girl as wonderful as Lotus!
Gabriel took Maggie for a ride...such a gentleman!
Eamon loved having so many boys close to his age. You'd think he would be used to it!
The ice cream was so good, but Cari is doing some silly No Sugar Diet and didn't even have any. What willpower!
This is Joaquin with Maggie. He looks like such a tough guy with that mohawk but he was so so sweet. He came right up to me when I met him and said "Awww, I like your baby. And your hair. And your shirt (even though I was wearing a jacket)". What a smooth talker!
And here's the two world famous bloggers. Ha!
And our better halves:
(Alexander's blanket was a gift from Liz...isn't it so cute?)
We took the kids to see Plymouth
This time, we remembered to bring our own bread to feed the ducks, and boy were they happy to see us!
My lovies (minus one sleeping baby in stroller):
It was a wonderful evening, and I wish we all lived closer.
As corny as this sounds, I really am thankful for blogging, and the people it has allowed me to know. You are all such inspirations to me and sources of comfort. Thank you!