A Few Things…

Hello all.
I wanted to write tonight and tell you a few things before I turn in for the night.  Firstly (and with her permission), I want to introduce to you my friend Adrienne.  She is the girl I asked you to pray for in my last post.  Click on her name and meet her sweet family…they are amazing.  I would update you here, but I would love for you to hear it in her words.  She has had a hard week, and I want to thank you for your prayers on her behalf.  I know how much it means to her….and despite the sadness, she says she is feeling peaceful.  One of my prayers for this blog has been that it would be a place where women with shared experiences could connect, and feel safe sharing their stories with each other.  If you feel led, I would ask you to continue to pray for her, her husband Jim, and their son Owen.  I am sure she would love to hear from you; I know that so many of you can relate to this season in their lives.
I cannot tell you how encouraged I am to see how many people are praying for our family.  I spoke to Nicol this afternoon (they are in town for a week or so), and she said that she had read through most of the comments, and was so moved by them.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for your love and devotion as you walk with us.  You will probably never know what your words and prayers have meant…we are so blessed to have you.
Amy Perry (who sings in Selah) came in town on Tuesday to just “be” with us. She lives in California, so this was not an easy thing to do.  She has been cooking, cleaning, and watching our kids all week, and they are as sad as Todd and I are to see her go.  It has been so great to sit around and talk and watch gymnastics on T.V., and laugh together while the kids color ten million pictures and “Aunt Amy” acts like each one is more beautiful than the last.  You are a gift that we treasure dearly, Amy.  
Speaking of women I love and respect….guess who is coming to visit me next weekend? I’ll give you a clue…this time, she knows she’s going to see me….:)  I will make sure and post pictures so you can see what their family is up to these days. I can hardly wait!
As a sidebar, I have to share this story with you because it has had me laughing all day.  Last night as I was putting the girls down for bed, I was reading them a story and Abby started trying to make her hair curl up on the ends.  It was still wet from her bath, so it was actually working.  She would cup it in her hands on each side of her head and press it up so it kind of looked like Patty Duke. This is the conversation that followed.  I’ll warn you now, there is no Bible lesson hiding, just a good giggle.
“What are you doing, Ab? You look like you’re hard at work on a hairstyle.”  She releases her palm and her hair turns up at the ends while Ellie stares, fascinated.
“I’m doing it like the lady at Kroger with the ponytails.”
I have no idea what she is talking about.  In fact, I shop at Publix.
“What lady at Kroger?”
“You know, the one with the bows and the ponytails.  Where you buy your burgers.”
No clue. I stare at her.
“Do you mean Pippi Longstockings?”  
I don’t know why I asked, because my kids have 1)never seen the movie, and I’m pretty sure Pippi never 2) had a part-time gig at Kroger or 3) sold me a burger.  But for some reason, she was the only flip-out hair person I could think of.  What can I say? I dressed up like her for Halloween and I was really proud of my ingenious “undo a wire hanger and wind it through your ponytails to make them stick out” trick.  
Which would have been extra cool had I not been in the eighth grade. 
Let’s just say, I missed the memo that all girls should wear football jerseys with black lines under their eyes or animal costumes to be “festive and adorable.” Awesome choice, Ang.  For future reference, if you don’t want to make Homecoming Court or be invited back, you should definitely wear big black boots and a torn dress and paint freckles on your face for a Junior High Party. 
I might as well have gone as a giant hot-dog.
I digress.
Abby looks at me.  She is confused, and I realize she has no idea what I am talking about. Suddenly it hits me.
“Oh, like WENDY!!!!” I immediately picture the familiar fast-food redhead. Now it’s obvious.  The ponytails, the bows, the flip, the burgers.  I am still not sure where the Kroger thing comes in, but I decide not to press my luck.  I give her a kiss and start to giggle because I am thinking of my ridiculous costume, and how many stories I have like this from my childhood. She smiles and starts to laugh too, even though she has no idea what is so funny.  
“I love you, Abby.  Sleep tight.”  I walk to the door and turn the light off.  From her bed in the darkness, this is what I hear.
“I love you too mommy, but I have a question. Who is “Pee-pee Longstalker???”
I literally cannot stop laughing as I type.  And it reminds me that I haven’t told you about their “adorable” haircuts you all keep asking me about.  Let’s just say it involves my eldest daughter, a treehouse, and a pair of scissors.
Another day….
With much prayer, thanksgiving, and laughter,
Angie

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  • Nancy Hood

    What beautiful heart memories were made tonight~thank you, Lord, for these little ones that bring such youthfulness back into our hearts!

  • Raechel

    Ha Ha! This is a long shot, but, any chance yall spend any time in Franklin? If so, it may explain where Kroger fits in. The Wendy’s on Hillsboro Rd shares a parking lot with Kroger. Like I said, maybe a big long shot. :-)

  • RZ

    PeePee Longstalker?! That’s awesome, thanks for sharing!!

  • Julie

    This is a great story, I love it.

    Loved the Pippi movies and always wanted to dress up like her for Halloween. Definitely cool in my book.

    I had a haircut like that once, it involved a Sears catalog and scissors, also happened the day before K pictures.

  • mom 2 many

    HAHAHA!! I love the *Pee Pee Longstalker*
    When my daughter was about 3 she kept telling me she saw the Penguins in the *K* at K-Mart. Every time we passed by she’d tell me the same thing. She knew they *lived* there. Finally, months pass and I figure out she had been there with her grandpa and they say Pigeons not Penguins in a nest in the *K* Kids are so stinkin’ cute!! This little girl now has me bidding on Coach purses on E-bay for her! lol

    Blessings,
    Carla

  • Kelli :)

    LOVE this story! So fun! I needed a smile tonight! Thanks..

    && Pee pee Long stalker? Too funny… Hmm, sounds like someone I wouldn’t want to come in contact with. Hahaha! Can’t wait to hear the story about the haircut.

    Oh, and I think i’m pretty much excited that Sara is coming to visit YOU! Ahhh, can’t wait to hear more && see pictures!

  • Kyra

    Oh my goodness! How cute! Unfortunately Abby we women fight with our hair all the time. Please give Nichol and Greg a big hug~even though they have no clue who I am~all of you are on my mind each day with prayers.

  • Shell

    HMMM their own hair cuts.. my 3 y/o did that last month! Now she has a cute little bob!We will have to exchange picture :-)
    Such a cute story I was giggle out loud!
    Praise God for the small things!
    My love
    Rachelle

  • Jen

    It’s so fun to read a funny memory that gives us a glimpse into another dynamic of your beautiful family. Thanks for sharing!

  • momof3_bml

    Laughin’ out loud in AZ! Thanks for the chuckle! Hopin’ you have a terrific weekend!

  • Mark and Niki

    It’s so nice to “see” you smile. I know after loss it takes time to find your new “normal.” Very cute story. I too was wondering if there was a Wendy’s around you near a Kroger.

  • Sarah

    OMG! That is the cutest story! I was just waiting for the part where she asked about Pippi! I too was a Pippi for Halloween- so I feel your pain!

    I agree with Raechel.. The Wendy’s here (Michigan) shares a parking lot with a Kroger.. Weird, but totally cute!

  • Rissa Mendes

    Angie.. I loved Abby’s story…. Had me laughing and I still cant stop.. Aren’t Children GRAND LOL…Praying that your surrounded in peace.. Praying for you & Todd, Greg & Nicol..Praying you all have a very blessed weekend!!
    With Much Love,
    Rissa :)

  • Simplyliz

    Pippi and Wendy have a lot in common… you weren’t far off! I’m glad to hear Nicol is doing okay and that you are having happiness in the form of visitors.

    I continue praying for you all that the sun sill keep shining through the clouds. And I am so happy when I read stories like you post today and know that God is answering our prayers.

  • tracie

    Awesome stories … I will go to bed smiling! Praise God for you and your family Angie … I continue to pray …

  • Mary

    Oh Angie, you’re great! Cute story. And I’m a little late on saying this, but I have been praying for your family. Please pray for mine as well… this weekend marks the one year anniversary that little Everhett passed away and his twin sister Naomi miraculously survived. So we’ll be having a candle ceremony at the cemetary, and a princess castle cake later in the day.

  • Ami

    My 3 girls say things, all of the time, that make me giggle. I love to think of them later, usually at work.
    Then I get to giggle…and people wonder what I am up to, and what secret that they are missing out on.
    Gotta love them kiddos.

  • Jenny

    I can totally understand why you’ve been laughing about that all day. I am cracking up too! Pee-pee Longstalker?? Oh golly, that is hilarious!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Tim & Beccy

    Hello sweet Angie! I began reading your blog in April when I heard news of your story. I have been sharing it with so many friends and family members… you have no idea how many lives you are touching! I have a friend who said, “I was in the elevator the other day and these women were talking about that blog!” Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith, and for being so real. I cry, I laugh, I learn. I think the most amazing thing I have learned from you is how to pray. I love that you “duke it out with God”. For some reason, I have never felt able to do that (or didn’t think I was allowed to…not really sure why!). But now…well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing He has some thick skin :) He has never been so real to me before.

    Oh, and I heard a funny kid story today and thought it would make you smile…I work at a therapy center for children with disabilities. One of our therapists was telling me how she has a client who was enjoying a “Go-gurt” the other day. He’s had a tough time answering questions, so they have been working on helping him focus on responding. His Go-gurt had been frozen solid, but had started to melt while he held onto it when the therapist asked, “Now, sweetie, tell me… Why do you think that Go-gurt has melted in order for you to eat it?” He looked at her and very proudly stated, “Well, it’s global warming!” :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and know that I am praying for your family!

  • Claire

    Angie–I discovered your blog just four days ago, and I already feel like I’ve known you forever. I’ve yet to read your words and not shed tears–it gives me chills to think about how many people love and trust Jesus all the more because of the life of your sweet Audrey.

    AND I’m pretty sure we are kindred spirits because I had a mild identity crisis as a child over PeePee Longstalker. Did the wired braids and everything–as a 6 year old AND a ninth grader.

    I didn’t make homecoming either. :)

  • Lynn

    I got it right away! Although the Kroger thing threw me….
    Praying!
    Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

  • Sarah

    I agree that those are beautiful memories. One of my favorite things about being a mom is the little suprises that come in little moments in the day when they say or do something that completely melts your heart. Things that you never could have manufactured and they stick forever in your mind. Pee-pee longstalker. That is classic.

    I have a little son who is 3 and a half and he comes up with some crazy stuff. He recent started making up songs and one day out of the blue he sings “I can wear that fashion without even askin”. It was adorable and incredibly odd all at the same time coming from a 3 year old boy. He often blurts out equally random and funny things and I can’t wait to hear the next thing he comes up with.

    I am so glad that God has chosen to bless both you and me as mothers and that we get to spend every day watching these little miracles grow and remind us of all of the purity and joy in this world that we have forgotten. There is nothing better than being with them.

    Oh, by the way, I just got a blog on blogspot so check it out sometime! I would love to have you get to know me the way I am getting to know you.

    sarahswindows.blogspot.com

    Sarah Jones

  • Gail Lynn

    Oh, pee pee – she is quite the gal~~! I loved it! And the new haircuts – well, my niece just had to shave two little boys heads because the oldest of 3 boys gave the two younger ones “haircuts”! Aren’t kids just the best medicine??!!

    I’m glad Nicol and Greg are in town, that Amy came to visit AND that Sara is coming!!!!

  • Kristin

    I was Pippi Longstocking in the sixth grade… I think your advice is right on…!!!

    I continue to be changed by your words. Thanks so much for letting the Lord use you during this tender, vulnerable period of unimaginable grief. Again, you make me brave.

    I’m still planning to email you.

  • JLW

    Your blog is amazing. I’m either sobbing crying or laughing hysterically. I feel blessed each and every time. Thank you for sharing your innermost thoughts, and reaching out with understanding to other’s facing difficult times.

  • ~Stephanie

    Oh! I giggled outloud when I read the post tonight. And I can relate to the Pipi Halloween costume. I was Raggedy Ann one year and very envious of a friend of mine that got to be Pipi. I didn’t get cute upturned piggy tail braids.

    We are praying for you… we have been and will continue to.

  • Sara

    I love the Pippi reference… was just telling my niece the other day that it was the first movie I ever saw in a theater when I was in grade school… and she was all, “Why didn’t you just rent the dvd?” And then I realized how insanely old I, at 35, must be to her :)

    Thanks for the giggle, and know of my continued prayers for you all. I’ve decided to just keep saying thank you to Him for all the good things he is planning in your life, since He knows better than I do what you need and what greatness is to come.

    You’ve been a blessing to me. Thanks again.

  • Heath and Karen Orr

    I laughed out loud when I read this story! Thanks for being so open to share your life with us. I am blessed every time I read something you have written. Still praying…

    Karen

  • Jen

    It is so lovely to ‘hear’ you laugh. Thank you, Lord, for the joy our children bring, even without meaning it.

    My eldest daughter cut a hole in her bangs to the scalp the day before family portraits. I had to come up with some creative hairdressing myself, that day!

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Jeff & Leza

    I have not laughed in almost two weeks. That was the cutest story and brought a smile to my face. I hope that someday I am blessed with sweet angels like yours. I immediately thought of the same thing as you….Pee pee Longstalker…that is just too precious.

  • Amanda

    What a cute story about Abby! I will continue to pray for Nicol and her family, Adrienne and her family and your family.
    I am SO excited about hearing and seeing pictures with your visit with Sara!!

  • Amy Baumgartner

    Love your story, love the friendship I feel for you (even though it is through a blog), wishing I knew you in real life, knowing I’ll meet you one day (either here on earth on our eternal home).

    By the way, I am a child of the PiPi Longstocking era, too. I just recently saw some books about her at Sam’s club. It’s so funny to me that my kids have no idea who are the Smurfs, Flintstones, Jetsons, etc.

  • Stacy D

    That’s a cute story!! I loved Pippi Longstocking growing up… in fact, I am pretty sure my sister, next door neighbors and I, played Pippi Longstocking. And of course, watched the movie countless times.

    Kids can say the sweetest things :) I am glad you had such a fun evening and a wonderful week.

    Will continue to pray for Adrienne, as well as Greg and Nicol.

    ~ Stacy

  • paperglueetc

    the drive thru at Wendys will make me giggle now and you are a blessing!

  • Beckycain6

    Ahhh, ha, ha, ha, ha….

    I can’t help it, but I have to include a story that falls with the “pee pee longstalker” thing.

    My youngest daughter, Kathryn, who is pictured on my little icon with a cat named, “Petey.” For the record, none of us like cats….but he was snuck in the house for a while…until I saw he had a flea and, between the barfing and gagging, was sent on his way packing. “Thank you, Carla, for taking him to your horse farm where he belongs.”

    Anyway, Kathryn (who will be 4 on the fourth of July–and was 8 weeks early…trust me when I tell you I know exactly what magnesium sulfate does and what a “pump in your leg thingy” is for) is famous for her outright defiance in giving people privacy. She believes it is her right and expertise in judging size, shape and well….she can tell you about all the infirmities your body has….and for a kid whose hair resembles Tina Turner…I don’t know how she thinks she has the right to say anything. You know….

    So, my son Jake (who is the eldest and only boy at 10), woke up a month or so ago in TOTAL hives. I’m not kidding you. This kid was covered in red bumps. I was like, “Oh my gosh, he’s got measles, or mumps, or rabies, or typhoid….small pox, are those still around?? He must have that too.” My husband saw the humor that I did not see, but watched as I carefully dumped poor, bumpy Jake and a canister full of Epsom salt into our bathtub. (For those of you who don’t know….my son claims 10 year old boys don’t take baths….unless given several wrestling figures and a few G.I.Joes.)

    So, he was embarrassed and nervous (“What is typhoid, Mom?”), and I was doing my best to keep everyone out of the bathroom. We have 5 girls–who are all concerned “little mommas.” But, there Jake was in the bath with his dignity on the line while all his “stuff” was floating around. I had to do something.

    I walked out of the bathroom and told everyone to “Keep Out!” I was busy in the kitchen when I heard an argument ensuing. Yep, you guessed it, it was coming from the very place that should have only held the sounds of a boy shooting a pretend gun, and having “holding his breath under water” contests against a false clock.

    Here is what I heard…….

    “Kooky (Kathryn’s nickname), GET OUT!”

    “Why, Jakey, I’m here to help you.”

    “Kooks!! Get OUT!!!”

    “You need my help, Jakey. Guns don’t make a noise like that.”

    “GEEEET OUT!”

    “You’re mean, Jakey….my doll needs a hair-bow, and mommy told me to brush my teeth.”

    (Finally at the lie, I had to intervene.)

    “Kathryn, get out of here–what on earth are you doing? I told everyone to stay out of here. Jake is not dressed and he needs privacy! Why are you in here, honey? You might see something that is private to just Jake.”

    in her little, sweet, matter of fact, busy-body voice she said…. “You mean his ‘pee pee tail’ momma?”

    I said, “tail?” Hoping in my heart she meant something else….(good grief, I’ve never called it that….)

    “Yeah, Mommy, I’ve seen his weenie lots of times…it’s kind of small.” (That was rude) “Besides he has a lot of gross pimples on his whole body.”

    And with that, she grabbed a hair-bow for her snarled looking barbie and was happily off to insult someone else.

    Who coined the phrase….”Kids say the darndest things.”

    Okay, c’mon, you are talking to a lot of Mom’s here, Angie, who share the humor in someone else’s ‘kid with scissors who we were convinced would NEVER cut their own hair like the other people’s naughty kids’ story. You simply HAVE to tell it now!! (Can you smell my sarcasm at the header? Yeah, I share that story too. “My child would NEVER do that like so and so’s kid”………said as I sit staring at the worst haircut my daughter Lauren had EVER had. Self inflicted, of course.)

  • Katrina

    how exciting that sara is coming to visit you and amy too!!!…i love having friends visit…isn’t amazing how the LORD works and brings us new friendships each and every day…still praying for you and your family..enjoy your blog daily, thanks for being so “REAL” and transparent…you have an incredible talent for writing…don’t stop!

  • Holly

    I love it! Thank you for the good laugh. I love how you write! You are great Ang. It is nice to ‘hear’ you laugh. I can’t wait for your special guest to come visit ;) Take lots of pictures!!

  • Nancy

    I love this story. Thanks for sharing. I just love listening to my children as they discover life.

    The other night we had a bad thunder storm and I went into Hannah’s (3) room she was afraid so we talked about it and started to pray. Then we heard Carter (2) start to fuss. So I took Hannah into his room and she explained the thunder and told Carter “…that maybe if they pray Jesus will stop the thunder.” So she closed her eyes as tight as she could as if that would make her prayer really “work”. She is praying for Jesus to stop the thunder. She opens her eyes and says “Momma, it worked! Jesus stopped the thunder for me.” Next, we hear another BOOM. Hannah looks at Carter and says, “Carter it is all your fault… you aren’t praying!”

    Anyway we talked about how the Lord answers prayers that night and sometimes it isn’t how we always expect. I just love these memories.

  • Kristy

    Angie –
    The story is too, too cute! I love the things that kids come up with! I, too, dressed as Pippi in middle school, complete with wire hangers in the braids and drawn on freckles. Um, yeah, let’s just say that I didn’t get asked to dance at that Halloween dance!

    On another note, my husband and I drove through Nashville on our way to Lawrenceburg, TN yesterday and I thought of your family and lifted you up in prayer. You are very much in my thoughts!

    Kristy

  • Organized Chaos

    When she gets a litle older you’ll have to rent a Pee-Pee Longstalker video for her to watch!
    I laughed out loud reading your post.

    One of my daughters now has a cute haircut that is the result of a fort and a pair of kids scissors and her imagination!

  • georgia tarheel

    Love the story and had me laughing too! :) I think you need to post a picture of you dressed like that in the eighth grade! Talk about comic relief!

    Thank you for sharing the information about Nicol. So glad the words and prayers are being felt. My purpose in writing here is not to take up room in the comments section but to make sure you both know that your daughter and your son are not forgotten and neither are you.

    Much love and prayers.
    Paige

  • Caroline

    I almost spit my coffee out reading about Pee-Pee Longstalker. That is too funny!

  • Katherine Page

    “Pee-pee Longstalker”- that is soo precious. Children are such a blessing from God.

    This doesn’t compare but I have a 2 year old nephew and he says and does the funniest things. His new thing is something like this:

    Nephew: Hi aunt Katie
    Me: Hi grayson, what are you doing?
    Nephew: Eating.
    Me: What are you eating?
    Nephew: See aunt Katie? See?
    Me: Hello? Grayson are you there?

    Then Nana gets on the phone and asks what I had asked him. I told her I just asked what he was eating. Well he stuck the phone in the food and kept asking if I saw it. LOL.

    P.S. I was the football player in Junior High. Man do I wish I had been pippi. See my mom kept my hair short… A CHILLI BOWL. Till basically my freshman year in highschool. Ouch. I did win the best costume though. It wasn’t because it was creative. It was because they couldn’t tell if it was me or my twin brother. LOL. (he dressed up like the cheerleader). I’m glad I can laugh at this now.

    Still praying for all of you. Have a blessed weekend and HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! (early)

  • Sara

    That is a really sweet story. I laughed out loud reading about Pee Pee Longstalker!
    I remember dressing up like Madonna when I was little – fishnet tights, mascara mole on my face, big, wlid hair. Ya know – Madonna when she first stepped onto the scene! And I went trick or treating with my dad that night. I am sure he was so proud!

  • Lisa

    How funny! I love the Pee-Pee Longstalker…..I will never think of anything else but that from now on! I am glad you had such a fun evening and a wonderful week with Amy there!

    Will continue to pray for Adrienne, as well as Greg and Nicol~
    I hope that you and Sarah have a great time together! May God richly bless your time together.

    Looking forward to hearing more happy moments, and hearing your laughter!
    Love and Blessings,
    Lisa

  • Annabelle

    That is too cute!

  • Cristi

    Don’t you love how children can make us laugh! I can’t wait for out little miracle Avery to get big enough to have these great conversations with.

  • kari

    i love pippi longstalking… thanks for the flashback!!

    and more importantly, thank you for opening your heart with us. i know there are times it’s probably hard to write, but the mark your making on lives is permanent.

  • Darlene R.

    That is so funny! I love the things that kids say. We’re driving down I-65 right now and we’re playing the alphabet game with the kids. We’re naming things we see starting with A and so on.
    Well, on D my youngest says, “Dudes in a truck, that starts with D!”

    Hey, we decided to go to Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood on Sunday morning since we’ll be in the area for the day. It came highly suggested!

    I’ll continue to pray for your family and for your friend.

    Love,
    Darlene

  • Elmwood

    I didn’t have to dress like her I just naturally looked like her!!!

    Adorable story Angie–nice to hear you smile–kids definitely can make your day with the silliest of things!!!! That’s what makes them so special!

  • Posh Mama

    Too funny! This is my first visit here, and I have spent the morning devouring your story when I should have been doing the dishes! You have truly touched my heart, and your faith in God is amazing. I will be back often to keep up with your beautiful family.
    Blessings
    Shayna

  • blessedwith5

    So cute! Love the story! I also love Pee-Pee Longstalker – they do have a few movies out of her! Your girls would love them!

  • vaneblu

    “Pee-pee Longstalker” made me laugh sooo hard!!!
    I will continue praying for your family (Nicol and Greg included).

  • Anothermadhousewife

    Laughter is good medicine. :)

    It’s so great to write these things down too. I often find things that my older kids used to say, written here and there, and I’ve totally forgotten about them!

    My favorite recent one was when my [then] 3 yr old was getting gum combed out of her hair with peanut butter and vegetable oil, and she said, “Mom I don’t like it when you put food in my hair. It is NOT delicious!” Love and wishes for lots of laughter, Erika in Athens, GA :)

  • Rose

    Aww, that is just adorable! Kids say the darndest things, don’t they? Thanks for sharing and making me smile. I was thinking about your family yesterday when I was watering my flower garden– just wondering how you were doing.

  • Jennifer

    Angie,
    It is so awesome to know you are finding joy these days- even if it is in small doses. Angie, I haven’t lost a child so I can’t pretend to truly understand your pain, but I just have to believe that I can relate. It’s painful to hear stories- any stories- about children as my husband and I face monthly disappointments with the “negatives” on pregnancy tests. It’s been two years and nothing yet… God is sovreign in all things, isn’t He?! :) )) Praise the Lord for ALL He does for us; whether prayers and desires are answered or unanswered…

    Cute story… My parents used to frequently (several times a week) watch our neighbors child. My mom became like an aunt to the little boy. Well, one day the little boy asked his mom where “Jee-ziz” came from. The mom had to ask several questions to figure out what he meant. “Do you mean like in Heaven?” No. “Do you mean like the baby in the manger under our Christmas tree?” No. “Do you mean like God?” No. (Punchline comes…) Like the ones in Ms. Joyce’s cabinet.

    He wanted to know where “Cheezits” came from. LOL!

    God finds ways to lighten our loads. The precious innocence of children is a blessing we all should cherish.

    Thank you for sharing your stories and your walk with the Lord. I look forward to your blogs every week. You are storing up wonderful treasures in Heaven with the lives you touch daily.

    “Blessed in Bethlehem”
    Jennifer

  • Jen

    Don’t you just love the fact that God created laughter. What a fun gift!! He just doesn’t miss a beat does He? Precious Father, thank you for those sweet moments of laughter that lift our spirits and bless hearts. There is nothing sweeter than the laughter of our children in our ears!

    I think there has to be something with the Wendy’s girl that attracts kids. A few weeks ago my kids used red pipe cleaners as the ponytails and were holding them up to every face that came across the TV. “Look Mom, it’s the Wendy’s girl!!!” :)

    Blessings to you, my dear sister in Christ. Laughing all the way from Minnesota!!!

  • Tabitha

    I am laughing now too!! What a great story!! I remember dressing as Pippi Longstocking when I was younger (for fancy dress of course!!) ~ what great memories!!
    Sending much love to you and your family XX

  • Tonya

    Kids are great! Thanks for sharing that story.

    I share a very similar experience w/you and many other women out there in the loss of a child. I have been planning to email you about my experience.

    My son would be turning 15yr old this year. So, from experience, I can say that it does get better…not easier, just better. One day, God will give you a glimpse of His plan and it will make a little more sense. I can tell you that I wouldn’t be where I’m at today in my walk w/Christ if He hadn’t taken Christian all those years ago.

    I’m praying for you and your family during this tough, tough months. Keep seeking God’s face!

    In His Name,
    Tonya

  • The Morris Family

    How wonderful the Lord can give us sheer delight in the midst of a broken heart….and how wonderful he uses precious children to bless our hearts in triumph and in trial. Josiah, Joel’s twin has brought such joy and laughs too as we miss our little Joel (/1/23/07)
    Cindy Morris
    http://www.weloveyoujoel.blogspot.com

  • a woman found

    That’s hilarious! It’s good to hear laughter coming through when my heart is so pained as I pray for you and yours and Nicole and hers, and your friend…who I’m going to go visit right now!

  • kris

    no matter what you write, i am either smiling through my laughter or my tears…

    what an incredible family you have :)

  • Leah

    Such a cute story. Hope your healing daily…

  • Just a simple gal

    Angie – so wonderful that there is laughter in your day these days…I did read & prayer the Psalm for Nicol and family – but I wanted to share with you / her that the REAL way I’ve been praying for her is as I listen to the Selah hymn cd – as she sings – I prayer every word to the Lord on her behalf. I know we all come to a place where it’s just hard to go the Lord one more time and I want you BOTH to know that I continue to intercede on your behalves. May it be well with your soul [loved the video clip btw even tho I wept through it...] as you feel His presence in your lives. As a side note – about the house thing – I wonder if there’s a way they could talk with Rick and Sherry Burgess [Rick and Bubba Radio Show] they are strong believers who lost their two year old son to accidental drowning in their pool in the winter – they’ve since gone back the home, and while he’s never spoke of it on air, I’m sure if was a difficult decision to make. Quite frankly, I’m not sure I could…praying for them in that regard to- that they will have peace of what is the right thing for them- Judy

  • Erin

    Precious, she knew you needed the laugh! Thanks again for sharing!

  • Reina Danielle

    I have been an avid reader of your blog since around April, and I am truly wrapped up in your family. I just moved from Germany to Texas, and as soon as I got a phone with internet your site was one of the first ones I checked…I just had to see how things were going with you :-) Your daughters are truly hilarious, and really make me want to start my own blog just so I can post the funny things my own daughter say/does… :-)

    Much love and well wishes! <3

  • Tippa Glover

    I love it! Great memories in the making! Thanks for sharing!

  • rebecca

    LOL! Thanks for the chuckle! One of the best things about raising little ones is the absolute JOY they bring to our hearts!

    God bless all of you and I hope you have an awesome time visiting with Sara.

    Still praying!

    Lots of love to you all!

  • Mandy

    Thank you for sharing a bit of joy from your house. I’m sure all can relate when I say that it brings a refreshment to us, your faithful readers, to hear of the simple moments in your life. On a personal note, my oldest is 5 and I have similar conversations. Too funny!

  • CIrons

    You always make me smile. Your blog and stories are a true blessing. Thank you!

  • Eric and Michelle

    Laughter is good medicine. Thanks for sharing!

  • mommymae

    my twins cut each other’s hair when they were 3 and i was pregnant with their brother. being so hormonal and in love with their curls (mine is straight,) i was mortified and cried for much longer than i should have. one of my ladies said, “it’s just hair mommy, it will grow back.” so cute. at least it was just the back and they ended up with adorable haircuts in the long-run.

  • Betsy

    I must admit…I dressed up as Pippi when I was around sixth grade. I, also, used the old coat hanger trick for the ultimate pigtail!

    I can’t tell you how big of an inspiration you have been to me and my walk with God. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • stapes

    I needed to laugh today. Thank you.

    My baby boy was born on Tuesday, spent just a few moments and then was taken to Heaven. You have been such an emotional support for me through my journey. I know that had it been your choice, you would have chosen another way, but you have allowed God to use you and have touched so many.

    And I know who is coming to visit you!!!! I actually met your dear friend Sara at my little boys visitation service on Friday and it was so comforting to hug her as I had been praying for her as well. I told her to tell you how much your words have meant to me during this time. I hope that your visit will be full of smiles, times of reflection, but ultimately good.

    Taylor

  • Cindi

    Angie, You need to provide a warning next time…..that was hilarious. I’m glad that I was not drinking anything when I read that. My monitor would have been covered. :) I think I upped you one though……I dressed as Pippi when I was in high school. I just remember that there was something at our church and I braided my hair and put the clothes hanger through it. Yes….I had no shame. And I didn’t make Homecoming. Thanks for the laugh and the memory!

  • Lynn

    Awwww… TOOO PRECIOUS! I LOVE laughing with you – thank you for sharing these lighthearted moments and bringing a smile to our faces and hearts. My very first job as a teenager, was at Wendy’s in north Atlanta! : ) I still have my little name tag! Ha ha!

    BLESS YOU ALL!
    Warmly in Christ,
    Lynn

  • Michele

    still laughing…
    What a sweet child. I colored my hair and I think it is the same as yours. Everyone loves it. You were my inspiration. :) A chic thing for sure!
    Love Michele

  • walkingbyfaith

    I’m patiently (ok not so patiently) waiting to see the “adorable” haircuts! :)

    I am happy to intercede for your family as well as Nicol’s. I know I can’t make your difficulties better, but as the song says “I know a man who can.” I can beg him every day to heal your hurts and give you strength and peace to go on.

    I love the “PeePee Longstalker” story. Your girls are precious!

  • Dee

    Ahhh it takes a creative mind to dress like Pippi Longstocking instead of a cute bunny, or kitten. I loved Pippi when I was young…and Hollie Hobbie, Snoopy and Strawberry Shortcake…the old one, not the new one(that’s who I dressed up as). My list could go on and on, where does time go? We get older but the memories are so fresh and it seems like yesterday.

    I love your blog. You are an inspiration. I love Selah and I was listening to them long before I ever found this blog. It’s such a blessing to dive into the personal lives of those who’ve touched my own, and blessed me in so many ways. It’s such a blessing to be able to pray for you and your family as though you are a friend. It would be nice if everyone that is in a spotlight had a blog like this. You bring to life the fact that we are sisters in Christ, even if we never meet. It’s so good to take you to the throne of Christ in times of need…to take Nicole to the feet of Jesus as though she were a friend who lived next door…Thank you Angie for sharing your life and your love for people and fellow Christians. Thank you so much.
    Love and much prayers always,
    Dee Harker

  • Mocha with Linda

    That is hilarious! I love the smiles and laughter!

    I loved Pee-pee Longstalker when I was a kid! And believe me, I never showed up in the cool costume in junior high, either!

    So glad to hear a bit of news about Nicol. I so want to meet the two of you someday. You have both touched my heart so much. As I listen to my Selah CDs and I hear her and Todd’s beautiful voices, and as I read your blog, I am touched and in awe of how the Holy Spirit unites the hearts of believers.

  • movingthroughlife

    Ang,

    Ok. I soooo have to stop reading this only like every two weeks because it consumes me for an hour. Awesome that you linked Adrienne on this as well. We are all praying for her.

    I have to say this though, soda just came out my nose when I read the Abbey story. I can totally see this happening. Just wait, the twins and Emma are going to wreak havock when they get together!

    Joseph

  • .moose.

    I’ve been reading your blog for months but have never commented. I just wanted to let you know that I have been praying for your family. This blog has been such an encouragement to me. My grandmother passed away on April 9th. Reading about your grieving experience has really helped me with my own. I hope we get to meet some day. Lots of love. A sister in Christ.

  • MAC5

    Oh oh oh, I am almost afraid to see the haircuts. Hopefully they are not too bad. My daughter did this twice the first time was a big time you might as well shave her head to make it “right”. She took the scissors to the front “bang” area and just started snipping right on back. to the middle of her head. to “fix it it was like a buzz cut in that area for awahile, I cried so hard.

  • DeeDee

    That was to good…I knew she was talking about Wendy’s~ even w/Kroger’s thrown into it all…anyhoo….it brought a story to my memory…may I share!

    Seminary days, poor days for a young family of 4. We scraped enough $$ together to take our oldest daughther out for her b-day dinner. As we were driving thru the 6oclock traffic our brand new 7 yr old tells us that a girl in her class at school is wearing a training bra. I asked how she knew this information. B/C mom, she wore a white blouse, says our ‘to much information’ daughter. Then our youngest daughter,age 5, says so matter of fact..”That’s silly Shana, why would you have to train to wear a bra?”
    My dear husband about wrecks the car in 4 lanes of traffic and I am crawling under the seat of our small Datsun 210!!!!!
    Joy, Debi O. (Albany Ga.)

  • Stuarts

    Ah yes. The obligatory home done haircut. I believe that is a right of passage for every child. My four year old cut his earlier this year. He was so proud of his new “do.” I was less thrilled, but what can I say? I did the same thing as a child. That makes their haircuts even more endearing…to me anyway:)

  • Martha

    I think spontaneous events/conversations like these make for the most wonderful, heart-warming memories…and something to look back on occasionally for a good laugh!

  • Joy

    Ha ha ha ha!!! That definitely had me LOL! I love hearing the stories about your girlies! I am also a mom to all girls (we’re trying for another… maybe a boy?).

    I guess that brings me to a question and it’s personal and kick me in the head if you don’t want to answer… but have you guys decided where to go from here? In regards to having more children? I’ve been wondering that for some time but didn’t have the guts to ask. But you seem so open and inviting that I decided to finally ask. Again, ignore the question if it is one you don’t wish to answer! I will not be offended one iota.

  • Wendy

    I am totally “getting” your daughter. When I was five, I thought “Wendy’s” was my restaurant especially if my mom did my hair in braided pigtails because the place was named after me. I did not know that there were other Wendys in the world. I found out soon enough when my first grade class had 3 other Wendys.
    Thanks for writing that moment. I love to hear what children have to say.

  • Amy

    That is too funny. So good to hear you having a normal life with your sweet daughters. And how lucky is that to have some help for a bit..I bet you will miss her. Still praying!

  • nicole

    I’ve laughed and cried while browsing your beautiful blog. I consider myself a religious person, but I must confess, I don’t know if I’d have your strength. But I don’t think God gives us anything we can’t handle if we rely on him. So we move forward.

    I was particularly touched by one of your more recent entries…the one with Nichol holding Luke singing at your sweet baby’s funeral. My name is Nicole and my baby boy is Luke.

    When I run across stories like this I hold my children tighter and count my blessings more fervently. I am so grateful that you have the perspective you do. So in sharing your heartache, know it’s not for naught. Lives are changed and you will be a better person when you meet your angel again, having lifted so many others in the process.

    Thank you for showing your faith.

  • BabyBrock

    Just wanted to let you know what a great source of encouragement and faith this blog has been to me. The last couple of days have been difficult for my family as our little one has been sick with a virus and battling some major teething issues (I am sure you can relate.) Sometimes I come to your blog just for your awesome tunes, but always come away feeling uplifted.
    Your story, your honesty, and your heart make up a beautiful spirit. Thank you for having the courage to share it with us.
    Keeping your whole family in our prayers!
    Lyndsey

  • sara

    Awesome. You have a way that makes me forget bad things & remember the beautiful…

  • Cheryl

    Thanks for the smile. Still praying for you guys (and Greg and Nicole) in Illinois.

  • plainjaneme

    *delurking*

    That is way cute.

    Thank you, Lord, for the simple times in life that bring joy to Angie and her family!

    Angie,

    Continuing to pray blessing and peace on you all.

    Blessings,
    Mary

  • Katie

    Cute Story, kids are glorious when they are that age.

    Quick story:
    My little cousin (she is 4) loves playing the game God and Jesus. She is Jesus, and she runs around her house quoting scripture and healing people, the way Christ did. It is awfully cute. It is good to see a little blonde four year old, love Christ as much as we do!

    In Christ,
    Katie,

    Godschildkatie.blogspot.com

  • Russ, Anna and Pepper

    Such a wonderful memory to share with us!

  • Honea Household

    Hilarious! I think I dressed up as Pippi Longstocking one time. Or maybe it was one of my sisters! And by the way, my daughter is four, will be five in about 2 weeks. My mom bought the movie for her for Christmas becuase she remembers how much my sisters and I enjoyed it. And my daughter LOVES it! Absolutely loves it! :)

  • Lindsay

    I dressed up as Pippi Longstocking every year until I was 11. At least you only did it once. :)
    Thanks for the laugh. :)

  • Jill

    Ok, I too am glad I was not drinking anything while reading this post.

    Oh my I had one of those self inflicted hair cuts too when I was little. I had a boy hair cut and hated it so I was determined to do something about it at five. Oh what a mistake. My mom was NOT the least bit thrilled to see my creative styling efforts!

    We have three daughters – almost 14, 6 and 7 with our fourth daughter coming home to us from Guatemala in a few weeks. Let’s just say these girls have me bent over in laughter more times than I can count.

    However, our three boys make me cry laughing so hard at the things they say and do.

    I am so thankful God gave us each of our children and knows how to bring me from feeling tired to fully restored just by a simple belly laugh with them.

    Some funny words they say:

    Udda Bit = little bit
    Lellow = yellow
    Bathing Soup = bathing suit

    Angie you and your family continue to be in our prayers. We have shared your story with our friends and family – it has given us a chance to show them Jesus through your eyes. What a wonderful thing you continue to do by blessing others with your heart – filled by Him!

    I love you and trust God will pave the way for all of us to meet one day!

    Hugs from PA!
    Jill
    http://www.forevernevernalways1.blogspot.com

  • Christy

    Hi Angie – - I’ll be at least comment #100, so I suspect this will get buried, but here goes. Time to introduce myself I guess.

    I’ve been reading for months – fellow Mom to nutty and healthy miracle kids…a daughter 12 (Coach purses are likely in our future too…oy) and an 8 year old son.

    I grew up with great family and faith and it’s a challenge every day to teach my kids to love a God who is sometimes can seem so quiet. :)

    My life has been good. I was born 9 weeks early and the Dr’s told my Dad not to see me, as it would make my death harder. I turned out to survive and thrive and haven’t really sowed down since. :)

    I met the man of my dreams as a teenager and in a world where marriages are like flimsy sandcastles, I am privileged to say that we’re closer than we’ve ever been after 15 years of marriage.

    My life is good. It’s not without it’s struggles (my daughter’s 12 and may be on the autism spectrum- – hormones and autism..imagine that!).

    But my life is SO good that I sometimes fear being in a place where you are — a place of total loss of control. I imagine God realizing he has been overly generous toward me and decides to start taking things away.

    I know I can’t possibly love a God that I fear, so reading your blog has been very good for me. I can see that even in the darkest places, he can still be trusted. Thank you for being so candid.

    I have no idea why I decided to post after all this time, but here’s me and know that you and your family and Nicol and her family are never far from my thoughts. May the Holy Spirit move in amazing ways for you.

  • arianne

    you are an amazing woman always there to help and comfort those who are also morning the loss of a child or loved one.

    I read a blog today of yet another couple who has lost their baby at 9months. I am not sure if you have time to visit their blog and be there to comfort them as well. their blog address is http://babymckallister.blogspot.com/

    you are truly an inspiration to many!!!

  • Roxanne

    that is the BEST story! Wendy’s will never be the same for me again….
    a couple of my cousins made my own homemade Pipi Longstocking storybook when I was really little. I have no idea whatever happened to it…but I always (stopped when I was in high school!) wanted hair like Pipi’s too. It was so unique…and cool! Thanks for reminding me of those fun memories.
    it’s also so good to “hear” you laugh.

  • Becoming Me

    The story about your daughter and Pippi Longstocking (Wendy) is adorable. I laughed. I recently saw that there is a “newish” version of Pippi and was wanting to rent the movie for my daughter. I loved Pippi as a little girl. And, I use to want to go to Wendy’s to eat b/c I thought she looked like Pippi. Very cute.

  • Jared, Jen and Andon

    Oh my, that is hilarious! I too am laughing hysterically as I type! Can’t wait to hear the haircut story! I actually have one too. I noticed our dog had all kinds chunks of hair missing and the spots were too perfect to just be falling out. So the next day asked our four year old if he knew anything about it and of course he said she needed a hair cut!! Thank goodness it wasn’t his own head he went after… :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Jared, Jen and Andon

    Also I forgot to add that I did the same thing with wire hangers to be Pipi Longstalking (however you spell it)! Oh my!

  • The Rowe Family

    Thanks for the great laugh tonight!

  • Christina

    Hi. My name is Christina. I have been reading your blog for a while now, but have not left a comment yet. I heard about your family on a local Christian radio station, asking listeners to pray for your family. I then found your blog through Selah’s website.

    I am a Vocal Music Ed major in college, and reading your blog these past few months has given me hope; I know that sounds strange, but I look at everything your family has been through lately, and it makes me realize whatever I face, God is with me, even in my smallest problems and daily challenges of life.

    I pray you have a wonderful week with your beautiful children.

    Christina

  • Mary Helen

    Hi, Angie! Thank you for the adorable story. Your girls seem to have such adorable, fun-filled personalities.

  • Elizabeth Behan

    Hey- come to think of it the Kroger in cool springs also shares the lot with a Wendy’s. We have had some great haircuts here too- little Adi thought the way girls had no bangs was to cut them off (not grow them out) we’ll I guess she was right- no bangs!!!!

  • Kim

    A few things…

    1. Thank you for introducing us to Adrienne. Her story is powerful and so beautiful in the midst of so much awful pain. I know God has way more to write there.

    2. The video of Nicol singing is just…wow. I have loved that song for a long time, but it’s taken on new meaning now.

    3. Pee-Pee Longstalker?! Your girls are so precious… :)

  • Becker Family

    Angie,
    I was Pippi Longstockings for Halloween in the second grade! It’s funny to hear your description of her. I too had the freckles and braided hair with the long wire hangers. Maybe Pippi’s more popular than you think! :) Cute story of your girls.
    Beckee

  • Kristi

    I am laughing out loud reading about peepee longstalker!!! Cute story!!
    I’ve never commented on here, but I read your blog, and pray for your family !
    This blog has truly touched my heart! You and your family will continue to be in my prayers! You are such an inspiration!

  • SUZANNE

    I’ve been reading your blog but just now commenting. You have been in my thoughts and prayers along with Greg and Nicol and now Adrienne. I read Adrienne’s story and was in tears because I also have homozygous MTHFR and have had multiple miscarriages. I have been blessed with 2 healthy children, 3 years and 3 months even with this problem. All I had to do was take a baby aspirin and extra folic acid. Of course it took alot of praying and trusting God after the miscarriages. I’m sure Adrienne has tried this rememdy but I am going to comment on her blog just in case the doctor told her something different. I hope she doesn’t give up on trying again.

  • Salmon Tolman Fam

    OMGosh, I laughed so hard when I read your blog! Partly because I, too, dressed up like Pippi Longstocking for Halloween. And just like you, it happened to also be in the 8th grade. How funny is that?! Anyways, thanks for sharing your life with the rest of us…both the good and the bad!

  • Erin

    Adrienne’s story brakes my heart as does yours. My little brother and his wife just lost their baby two days ago. Their baby was full term and due two days after his heart mysteriously stopped beating. I know you get tons of comments and emails and probably don’t have time to reply to all of them, but I ask that you at least look at their blog(s) and leave them a comment. I know your words and great faith will be a huge comfort to them during this difficult time:

    http://www.babymckallister.blogspot.com/

    http://joshandcali.blogspot.com/

    Thank you so much!

  • Kristin

    Hi Angie. That is a funny story! My twins(4) cut each other’s hair recently as well. I heard Emily saying “this is how the hair cutter girl does it Halle,” in the other room and I immedietly went to check. As I rounded the corner to the living room, I see Halle sitting in a chair with her back to me and Emily standing over her with a pair of scissors. There is hair all over the floor and all I could do was yell, NO! I was scared to look at Halle for fear of what her hair now looked like (they are fraternal twins and Emily’s hair is much thicker and a little longer than Halle’s.) Fortunelty it was just in the back so I left it as the layered look. Crazy girls!
    ~Kristin
    P.S. I hadn’t been to your blog in awhile but noticed in one of your posts that we share the same anniversay 8-26. Ours is 8-26-95, I thought it was neat as I think I also shared in a comment before that Audrey shares a birthday with my twins.

  • karen44

    Angie,
    Thank you for making me laugh! I need laughs so much these days, and I know when I go to your blog I’ll either find something more important than my little trials to pray for (and give me much-needed perspective) or I’ll get a laugh that will help me get through my day!

    Much love (and laughter!),
    karen l.

    P.S. Hello to Nicol and Greg. They’re still in my prayers. :o @

    (that symbol was supposed to be a “kiss”, by the way!) LOL

  • brockleesgirl

    Thank you for taking the time to write such heart-felt posts. It encouraged me to write out our story on my blog too. Be blessed! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • lori

    How funny! Pee pee longstalker..

  • Ida

    I love to ‘see’ you smile and laugh. It proves HE is alive and well in your life and mine! Praise Jesus!

  • MandyJo013078

    Angie –
    That story made me laugh so hard I have tears in my eyes! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jen Doucet

    Angie,

    I was sent a link to your blog from a dear friend who couldn’t get over how much your husband looks like my husband Chris. I am amazed that of all things, that is how God lead me to your stories. Stories that remind me of seasons I have journeyed through and others that help me to understand how a girlfriend must have felt when she was there.

    Now I find myself daily coming to your blog…sometimes just to find a quick link to the music (which moves me through my quiet office time…I’m a daycare director at our church…often even that quiet time is interupted by boo boos or broken two year old hearts) other times the Lord has used you to move me one step further down this road He has me on.

    Today following “PeePee Longstalker” I had to say hello and introduce myself. Thanks for letting me know today that I am not the only one who is so blessed and busy nurturing the Lord’s heritage and reminding me too that laughing is a requirement. Looking forward to more smiles and tears as we grow in faith. Thanks for sharing.

    Jen

  • mary

    Cute story. Reminds me of taking my then 4 year old daughter to a “baby shower”. Half way thru the presents she wanted to know when the baby would be taking the shower.

    She is almost 16 and I still have tons of stories.

  • Cookie Sunshine

    sweet

  • Andrea

    Thank you for sharing that story about your daughter – it is hilarious! I love the way our children can make us laugh so easily and heartily in their innocence and sweetness.

    I think it must be something about the eighth grade and Halloween costumes…when I was in that grade, I was trying to decide what to dress up as. My mom suggested I dress as a dual citizen. (Background: we moved from Canada to Ohio when I was in 7th grade. It was interesting how many misconceptions about Canada people had so I was always happy to share how we were culturally the same and different). For some reason I thought the costume was a great idea – what could top American flag boxers with a Canadian flag for a cape? Let’s just say the excitement about how patriotic and educational my costume was wore off really quickly since just about everyone who asked about my costume gave me a blank stare when I told them I was a “dual citizen.” I can laugh about it now, but I felt like a complete moron.

    Thanks again for sharing the joy of laughter and for inviting us to pray for Adrienne – their story is incredible.

  • Michelle Bentham

    Laughter is good for the soul… so glad you shared.

    Blessings.

  • Ashley Turner

    What a cute story! I love the things that kids can come up with. My aunt and uncle recently went on a trip to Washington, D.C. and they took their four year old daughter Sophie. They were trying to explain to her that she needed to stay close to them and hold their hands because some people are mean and could take her and do mean things to her. She immediately looked at them and said, “like make me eat tuna?”
    Hope that made you laugh like it did me :-)

  • sakers39

    Hey Angie,
    I haven’t written on here yet because I did not understand how to get on here. I think I’ve got it now. Thank you so much for all that you share with us. My heart has been so blessed to read your blog. Like I told you in an email a long time ago, My name is Sandie Akers and I was one of the Sunday school teachers that your Kate had a GCC in the one year old class. I have been keeping up with you and your family by reading your blog. I think of you so often and my heart breaks for you. Please know I have prayed for all of you and Todds sister and your friends. I can’t say I know how you feel, but I do know we have a BIG GOD and He knows all about your hurt and your broken hearts. Thanks for the blessing you are to others that read your blog.

  • Tabatha

    I love how children can hear something totally funny out of things we say.
    A balm to a hurting heart… I believe that’s why God created children for us mommy’s… and it’s always just when we need it most.

  • Jamie

    Too cute! Glad to hear that your little ones are bringing back the joy and happiness in your household this week. If they are anything like mine, it is never a dull moment around here.

    Praying for many blessings on you this week…

  • Amy

    Oh, your kids are just too cute. There certainly is much joy and healing in laughter with our children, isn’t there? One of God’s greatest gifts for sure!

  • McMurrays

    Too cute. . . fun to go to bed with a giggle!
    Darcy

  • Beckycain6

    Hey there….

    Still praying. Here’s a good scripture:

    Romans 12:9-the end(ish)

    “…don’t just pretend to love other. really love them. hate what is wrong. hold tightly to what is good. love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. rejoice in our confident hope, BE PATIENT IN TROUBLE AND KEEP ON PRAYING. when God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. always be eager to practice hospitality. bless those who prosecute you. don’t curse them. pray that God will bless them. be happy with those who are happy and weep with those who weep. live in harmony with each other. don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people, and don’t think you know it all. never pay back evil with more evil. do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. dear friends……..”

    I’m still, still, still praying. Holding onto the Lord and knowing He is healing in His own ways and in His own time.

    Be patient and know you are cared for…….
    Becky

  • Janice

    Angie,

    You and your family have been such an inspiration to me since I started reading your blog in April.

    My husband and I just recently learned that we were expecting twins (and that they had already passed). Your blog has helped me in more ways than I can count. I thank God for you.

  • Jenn

    Oh I have to hear the story about the hair cut…and see pictures.

  • Jan

    Angie – I just watched the Cross Point Video with you and your husband on it and just wanted to tell you how touched I am by the testimony of Audrey’s life. We all want to know that God has a purpose for our life, that we meant something, that our life mattered.We pray this for our children as well.Audrey’s life mattered and is being used for purposes none of us can even imagine but many that you thankfully can get a glimpse of. Thank you for sharing your story with us, for struggling well and struggling so publicly. It would have been easy to shut others out and grieve in private. I appreciate the courage it took for your family to grieve, and hope and love and wonder and to share all of that with us so that we could get a glimpse of our God at work. I do not know you but I pray that God will continue this good work He is doing through the life of Audrey Caroline. May you know the reality of His presence on your journey.

  • Carrie

    I have been catching up with your blog today. I found you through a friend of mine’s blog. Wow! I have been glued to the computer crying, praising God, praying, and laughing all at the same time. I cannot fathom what you have gone through and what your whole family has been dealing with. I am a Chrisitan and I know what God can do…with Him all things are possible! It is truly a blessing to read how your faith has carried you. Although I have not lost a child, each of us have similar hurts.
    I began my blog as a way to deal with the fact that my Mom is waiting for a heart transplant. And for her to see and know that people are praying for her.
    Thanks for opening your heart and blessing me so!

  • Christy

    Your story totally made me laugh! I loved the fact that I could put wires in my hair and look like Pipi Longstocking! It made my sister jealous that I was the one with red hair!

  • Becky

    HA! I was Pippy at that age too. Of course I went to a church fall festival dressed that way. My 5 yr old found the picture not too long ago and gave me the weirdest look. I almmost lied and said I did not know who it was:-)

  • Lara

    Every post you write brings tears to my eyes. Some are tears of sadness others of joy. Your way with words and the beauty in which you tell your story touches me. Thank you!

  • Kelly

    Peepee Longstalker is cracking me up! Don’t you just love the way kids make your heart smile?

    Our little girl used to call Back Yard Burger ‘the hot place’ — we had no idea what she was talking about so we asked her what you eat when we go there. She said hamburgers and french fries, we were still clueless then she said, you know that new place on the way home from school. OH, Back Yard Burger? Ta-da, there is picture of a grill with a flame; therefore, in her then 3 year old mind, ‘the hot place’ It makes sense now but then we were puzzled.

    Have a great week!

  • Finchers

    Love your blog. I’ve read it all today! Hope it’s OK that I’ve linked you from my blog. (If it’s not, then I’ll take it down.)

  • Erin

    completely unrelated question….i remember reading in one of your entries that you have a children’s bible that you recommend….could you remind me of the title?

  • Angie

    I feel kind of silly that my first comment on here is going to be about Pippi when I’ve been reading for awhile and not commented about much more comment-worthy items! Before I get on with the Pippi, please know how I’ve prayed for you and your entire family, and how you’ve ministered to me in my own sorrow after losing my son. I even passed your blog along to a dear friend facing the death of her son. Your words, your authenticity and your unwavering faith are amazing.

    But about Pippi…

    From one Angie to another, I can agree that as I look back, I made some dubious choices if I ever thought I was on the road to Homecoming Queen. No, instead, my choice to be Pippi in high school, followed by Raggedy Ann and Laura Ingalls Wilder, probably is what left me in dorkdom while friends around me rallied for Homecoming court. Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all. At least I had Jesus. :)

    LOVED that cute story!

  • Jenlyn

    Those who sow in tears
    shall reap with shouts of joy!
    Ps 126:5

    How glad I am to hear that you are having some good laughs.

    Love-Jenlyn

  • Chocaholic

    Pee Pee Longstalker….LOL! Love it!

  • Michelle

    I just wanted to tell you that you are such an excellent example of who God wants us to be here on Earth. You have touched so many lives and have helped so many by passing on prayer requests and praying yourself. Even though you have had a very hard year, one that I can not come close to understanding, you still give our precious Lord all the glory! You are a “good and faithful servant” to our Lord and I want to thank you for that! I am sure that focusing on others helps you not focus on your pain but it is still amazing to read your words and how you have focused on others and how to help all those God puts you in contact with.
    I pray God will bless you and your family beyond all measures.
    Thank you for sharing your family with us and allowing us all to feel like one of your best friends!

  • Sheri

    That is cracking me up. I loved pippi longstocking!

    Praying for you, your friend Adrienne, and the Sponberg’s. I think and pray for them often because our sons are around the same age.

  • Dallas and Amylee

    When I need to sit in peace, this is where I come. I can feel him next to me as I read. I love it. Thank you.

  • heather b

    you know,
    today we found out on the day we were headed to Telluride Colorado to spend time with friends in a once in a lifetime vacation that my husband has pneumonia and is really honestly just too sick to go. We told our two little girls this afternoon in a puddle of tears and I just can’t help but keep this blog in my mind all the time. I sat there GRAVELY disappointed and heard the doctor say “no way you can go….your husband is very sick…” I knew that he needed this much time off as he is in the ministry and leads four services a weekend….but my mind went to my girls, and how life is one vacation really with them and all of us together and wanted to thank you for helping me in the continual process of learning to surrender and say “Lord, bring the rain, if that is what you must do.”

    Certainly lost vacations will never be in the same scope as lost loved ones but as I practice this discipline now, I know when I face true horror and sorrow I will become more familiar with this message……God’s greatest blessings on you….thank you for the courage to share your story.

  • Linda

    Angie,
    Thank you for sharing your heart with us. I go to church with Jack and Molly and she told me about your blog. I have been praying for you and your family since I began reading, and then every time I have heard a Selah song or SCC on the radio I lift up your family, SCC and Greg and Nichol. I will continue to lift all of you before the throne and look forward to meeting you all one day, either here or in Glory.

  • Angie Baber-Gonzalez

    This has nothing to do with this post as I am just now figuring out how to finally leave a comment. Anyhoo, my Mom died almost five years ago when I was 25. Mary K. Baxter was taken by God on a visit of Hell which lasted about 30 days and I remember her speaking at my Church about it. After that happened an angel took her to visit Heaven to see what it was going to be when we get there. After Mom died I bought that book and I recommend it to anyone that has lost someone. It was a real blessing. I cried all the way through the book. It’s called A Divine Revelation Of Heaven by Mary K. Baxter. Thanks for listening to me ramble. :)

  • momhad4

    I was a HUGE Pippi Longstalking fan, too. And I was only on homecoming court once! Oh well! Thanks so much for your encouraging words when you are the one that’s been through so much pain. I lost 2 babies at 9 weeks. Each time it devastated me, but I can’t imagine going through what you did. I guess, in a way I think you’re lucky to have had the chance to hold her and know a little of her. Then, I think how sad it is for you to have that loss in your arms. I know your pain is greater than mine probably was, but it still hurts! You are so amazing and I’m so glad I stumbled to your blog. It was for sure by God’s grace to give me encouragement. I love reading your words and wish I could actually talk to you. Please send Selah to Jackson, MS. I’m serious! I love their music…your husband has an amazing voice! Hope to write again soon!

  • Sara

    Hey there, Angie. Just checking in on you and remembering that Sara should be coming to see you in the next few days. I know it’s strange that I don’t know you from Adam and yet am so excited for you and anticipating your friend’s visit. I just wanted you to know that you both are in my thoughts and I hope you have a wonderful time this weekend, with a lot of laughter mixed in there somewhere. Blessings to you…

  • proudgrits11

    Oh, my goodness, that story cracked me up–especially the part about YOUR costume! I’m so glad you had a real life–and that you’re brave enough to write about it! :) Thanks for the giggle–Happy Fourth!!

  • KATIE

    that’s a fantastic story! thanks for sharing! I come to your blog often and listen to the music and look at your photos and read your heart… I am so blessed and just want to say thank you for sharing and may the Lord bless you and be your everything as He carries you through this season of your life drawing out of you the joy and life that comes from His presence in you… may you live each day in His strength through Him alone and know His nearness as your good and your strength.
    You are my sister in Christ and I love you even though I do not know you, and pray for you every time I visit even though I may not comment.
    Blessings & Peace & Grace—
    *peace,
    katie grace

  • Ter

    lol, thanks for the laugh.

  • Christi

    Pippi Longstocking…that is taking it back! And I dressed up as her as well for Halloween, but I think I was in elementary school. Hmm..that makes me want to go see if I can find that picture of me as Pippi. Do you have a photo? We should track them down and share. That’s if I ever get my blog started…so hard to find the time.

  • Brandy

    I love the things kids say! That is hillarious!

  • Carrie

    The haircut thing reminds me of when I was about their age…my sister (two years older) chopped off my ponytail while we were playing “beauty shop”…can’t wait to see pictures :o )

  • trblmkrtess

    Dear Angie,

    Are you okay? You’ve been silent of late. Having been struck with the awful manners of grief–dropping in at the most unfortunate times, and always overstaying its stay, I wonder if that sneaky enemy hasn’t tripped you up. I pray not. Instead, I hope that you are simply being kind to yourself, enjoying your family and too busy to write.

    I can’t tell you how many friends that I have sent to your blog–telling each one, “Read the entry from May 23rd” (The Past and the Pitcher).

    I am a writer as well, and I can tell you, as much as I love your blog–you need to be writing a book. Your talent exceeds these boundaries, and so many would be blessed.

    Anyway, I wanted to drop by to see if you had been back (you haven’t), and to tell you that I bought a pitcher of my own a couple of weeks ago. For now, it sits intact on my sideboard as I wrestle with God over just how I am to break it. You see, He has been asking me to let Him be God–to let go of trying to control everything and everyone around me. Thinking of the mess that the pitcher was going to make on the driveway or porch, I decided I would put it in a pillow-case to reduce cleanup. Did you catch that? Me, trying once again to “control” a mess. And so, for now, it is still in one piece.

    Once upon a time I thought that the coolest stress-reliever in the world would be to have a beautiful stainless steel kitchen filled with white china. My fantasy was to go there on those days when everything was just rotten and empty the cabinets dish by dish until all my angst was spent. Of course, my fantasy also included a maid for cleanup.

    The last four years of my life have been crazy. There were three years of one crisis after another…I’ll spare you the details. During that time, I clung tightly to our Lord.

    Then, last year I suffered a back injury that required surgery. I was on several different meds which did not play nicely with one another. When the surgery was finally over, and the meds no longer needed, I discovered that my brain, literally, needed to “re-boot.” I was just nutty–moody–cranky–almost bipolar.

    I am finally feeling relatively sane, but I find that somehow, during that year of pain and drugs and helplessness, I lost the intimacy that I shared with the Lord. For awhile, I was out and out angry with Him. But I’ve reached the point that I recognize how far I have fallen, how little I “want” to pick up my Bible, much less my cross, and the gap between us seems so wide.

    And so, the pitcher. My soul waits for Him. My prayer is that He give me His desires as my own, and, when my spirit has quieted, that I will break the pitcher and let Him speak–without trying to dominate the conversation–and without telling Him what “I” think. That there may come a day when I can just be Teresa, and agree with our Jesus that He can be God–without my help.

    Angie, I don’t know where you are on the road of grief, but I wanted to let you know that I am but one of many to whom your voice has spoken, and I am praying for you–for Todd and the girls, for Nicol and her family. Praying that this season will deepen your walk, praying that your hearts will be made whole, praying that you find yourself so near our Lord that you can watch the grains of sand fall from His feet.

    You are a blessing, Dear One. May God’s peace weigh heavily upon you.

    In His grip,

    Teresa

  • Jaime James

    I, too, missed that memo in junior high. Mine was in 7th grade, and it was dressing up like a baby. I went to my first cool party, and EVERY SINGLE GIRL there was dressed up like a baby, with a paci in her mouth, except me, who got the memo from your junior high, and wore my brother’s baseball uniform and put black paint under my eyes. We should have switched schools! I was definitely not invited to another cool party.

  • Lewis Family

    I hope that you are doing OK. You haven’t posted in a while. I am inspired by your Spirit which is so full of love and peace in the midst of this beautiful life that can be very hard at times. We cannot be refined without the fire, right? If you would like a diversion sometime, stop by my very simple blog. http://www.pbburrow.blogspot.com
    You are in my prayers and thoughts. Keep breathing, and I know with each breath you will feel our Heavenly Father’s love for you and your sweet family.

  • Lynsey

    I hope everything is okay with you and your family. I used to read your blog all the time but it seems you’ve stopped! :-(
    I just hope everything is okay!
    Post soon!
    Lynsey

  • Lynsey

    I hope everything is okay with you and your family. I used to read your blog all the time but it seems you’ve stopped! :-(
    I just hope everything is okay!
    Post soon!
    Lynsey

  • bri

    oh my goodness that is CLASSIC!!!! I love it! I hope to have such fun girls someday to share in the hilarious nature of God through a child’s mouth.

    I laughed until I cried…no ab workouts for me for about a week. Oh my sides hurt!