Checking in quickly on this Thursday night for a brief post that will be published tomorrow. I had intended on writing a nice, not-so-brief Quick Takes while the babies were napping, but plans have changed. Instead the babies and I will be helping out a friend, and a shorter post will have to do!
So about helping out my friend — without going in to a lot of detail, she needs to go to the doctor, her husband is out of town, so I’m stepping in…after my other friend “St. Louis Jen” stepped in today by picking her kids up from school and staying with her for a few hours to help. Jen called me to tell me our friend wasn’t well, and she herself has to take care of a sick family member, so I volunteered to take our friend to the doctor’s tomorrow. Since I’m babysitting, I’m taking a homeschooling friend’s older daughter with me to help me with the babies (a two-year old, a one-year old, and an infant). Lucy is staying at someone else’s house. And thus the title of my post — Home Sweet Home. I am so grateful for my community. I don’t live across the street from Mom; Margot, Lucy, and Jackie aren’t in the same class at preschool and I’m not able to make trips to New England in the fall to visit Ellen, but I have been given a true blessing in my community out here. My girlfriends would do anything for me, and me for them. We support one another in our vocations, and I can even borrow a friend’s pre-teen daughter as my Joanie stand-in when needed. Cost: A McDonald’s milkshake on the way home. What a gift these friendships are, and what a comfort these women are to me in so many ways.
Now to close with your gratuitous Lucy photo for the week. She dressed herself this Monday…and yes, I took her out in public like this! The girl is a major trip.