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A Wee Explanation

You know that musty smell you’ve been noticing, the one that you can’t put your finger on but smells vaguely of dust and maybe a twinge of rot?  It’s not coming from your fridge, your shower, or even your garbage disposal (you’re welcome for those visuals), it’s coming from your computer and/or mobile device…because this blog has been decaying for two months.  It has been radiating the stench through the interweb and into your home, and for that I must apologize.  I don’t think I’ve ever stalled this long between posts, although don’t go running over to the sidebar to check that statement via the archives.  All I can say, which is exactly what you know I’m going to say, is twins.  Twinnage.  Twinning.

Right around early July everything picked up in my not-online life because of planning the twins’ birthday party as well as our first trans-American flight to Pennsylvania.  It shatters the mind to comprehend the number of errands and thankless chores that went into each of these endeavors, but I can confidently say it was all worth it.  The birthday was a truly lovely time (I only cried once!) and the trip east was a week I will treasure forever (they didn’t cry once on the plane — okay that only applies to the first flight, but STILL).

In case those situations are not sufficient excuses, Mike traveled for two weeks in early August, and do single mothers blog?  Maybe they do, but are their kids still alive?  I have no idea how this could be accomplished, but I wasn’t entirely single, as my blessed sister Erin came to stay with me the first week, and the second week the twins and I took a three day trip to Oregon to visit my grandmother.  My mom also spent the night once.  There was not a LOT of single motherhood going on, but can we agree this contributes to the theme of summer blog silence?

Now that I’ve gotten that paperwork out of the way, I hereby resolve to get my act together and become something resembling a regular blogger.  Because I know you’re waiting with breath that is baited (name that show) for more juicy tales from the exciting halls of Twin Reph University (go TRU!).

In the meantime, a few gems from the last two months (it pains me to write “two months” again, and now I’ve done it three times).

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Just a cacophony of fun in the sun with our cousins in PA — including the newest addition, Avery.

 

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Photographing these three together proved irresistible. Note that they are virtually the same size but, per Avery’s onesie, she is six months old, whereas my darlings are two days from being one year. Love. It.

 

 

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The birthday party! Massive announcement: I made that life ring in the background (correction, Sam really did most of the work).

 

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Visiting Grandma (Great Grandma to the babes!). Otherwise known as: stripey family heads south.

Twinning!

 

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Happy 4th Birthday, WBO!

It’s been four years since I first posted on Wordsbecomeone, and I am so grateful it’s still alive.  There have been sputters and gasps, especially in the last year (I’m talking to you, one-post months), but I am refreshed by the content this pregnancy has provided, and all the adventures-of-having-two-babies posts that are still to come.

When I started this blog, I was 25, less than 18 months into my marriage, working at an extremely large software company in Redmond, living in the Eastlake neighborhood of downtown Seattle and childless.  Now I’m 29, have been married over five years, work at an extremely large telecommunications company in Bothell,  live in Kirkland and am expecting twins this summer.  Wowza.

I’m really excited to see what this blog grows into as my life changes, and I’m thankful it’s here for me to look back and remember things in detail I would otherwise have forgotten.  There are 128 posts to date, with countless more to come.

Here’s to all that the Lord has in the next four!

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Moving at the Speed of Light

Cough cough.  It’s a little dusty in here, isn’t it?

Five weeks have come and gone since I hit the “publish” button, and an explanation is in order.

Shocking even ourselves, Mike and I decided to move over the last month.  This decision happened so quickly we could barely catch our bearings, much less document it.  I do not exaggerate (well I do, but not in this case); let the timeline speak for itself: we posted our condo on Craigslist on a Sunday evening, showed the place to potential renters on Monday, offered the place to one renter on Tuesday, and signed papers that Saturday.  On Sunday we toured a townhome to rent (the first place we looked at) and had our application in the next day.  The following Friday we signed papers.

Bing.  Bam.  Boom.

If you remember anything about our previous move, you know that it went nothing like this.  For instance, in our other move we actually discussed it for more than a day before pulling the trigger.  In this case, it was more like tossing a coin in the air and shouting “move!” or “don’t move!” before it hit the ground. 

At least that’s how it felt — the takeout pizza version.  The gourmet lobster dinner version is that we’re absolutely sure that this was God showing off all over the place.  He couldn’t be stopped.  He took our one little hopeful dream of being able to rent our condo so we could rent a larger home and save up to eventually buy a house, and threw in ribbon, glitter and ponies.  It was that extravagant.

Which is why we take credit for exactly none of it.  If we’d masterminded this entire ordeal, it would have been an unmitigated disaster.   Instead we just took a risk, prayedprayedprayed, watched closely for confirmations, and then saw it all come together.

Our tenant is a wonderful lady, a woman we are thrilled to have in our home.  Plus she has no pets or kids, which really moved things in her direction.  Our new home is in a location we love (still Kirkland) and has more space and features than we have any right having.  Our first month of rent was free.  Do you see where I’m going with this?  Total show-off territory for Jesus.

Now we are settling in, which based on previous accounts, takes us all of about an evening.  We’ve been in the new home just over a week, and everything is coming together.  It’s very, very odd having more than one bedroom.  It’s even odder having a staircase, and multiple doors that can separate us from each other.

“Mike?” I’ll say, fifteen times a day.  “Where are you?”

“I’m upstairs, about to take a shower.”

“Oh,” I’ll say.

“Do you need something?” he’ll ask.

“No,” I reply, slinking away, “I just couldn’t hear or see you, and it’s weird…”

This is an extremely adjustable problem, and everyone says that soon I’ll have filled the house and won’t be able to imagine our former 860 square feet.  But I never had a problem with our small condo; I loved it.  I miss it, but I am so sure on a cellular level that this is where we are supposed to be.  I’m excited, I’m decorating, I’m cooking, I’m shopping for home goods…it’s very strange when I can feel one phase of my life receding and another stepping forward. It’s even stranger when I like it.

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Happy 3rd Birthday, WBO!

Today marks three years since I started this blogging adventure, and my relationship with it has grown quite complex.  Many bloggers fall into one of two categories: those who start with gusto, posting every day for a month before disappearing forever, or those who truly have it together, and post consistenly at least twice a week for years on end. 

I fall somewhere in the middle.  I don’t post every day, but I don’t leave it to collect dust for months either.  I have found great joy in writing here and sharing the absurdities of life that are important to me.  But, let’s be frank, this is not without effort.  Regular blogging isn’t for the casual journaler, and no one realizes this until they’ve been doing it for a year and they’ve run out of things to say.  THEN the work begins.

The tricky little catch-22 about blogging is that it’s a hobby, but it’s a hobby that involves other people.  Most hobbies are done alone, with knitting needles or scrapbooks or music as the only audience noting how often you participate in your hobby.  But with blogging, you are inviting other people to enjoy your hobby alongside you, and when you don’t, they get angry.

That’s the pain point — we bloggers love nothing more than having faithful readers, but it’s those same readers who crack the whip when I’m being lazy…which is often.  “Do you know it’s been two weeks?” they ask.  Yes, yes, I have felt every one of those fourteen days, I reply.  But I am not making time for it or I don’t have a topic or I’m just being lazy!  And they look at me like, ugh, pull it together.

Which, I’ll add, they have every right to do.  And I’m grateful, and that’s why I’m keeping at it.  I love this work, and I love my readers, and I love when they crack the whip.  So thank you, dear reader, for reading and for coming back for more.

Here’s to the next three years!

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Giveaway Winner!

As promised, Just Milled did a blind drawing of all of last week’s giveaway entrants and the winner of the boxed set of custom cards is…Kimberly Rampersand! 

Congratulations, Kimberly (and be sure to check your email for follow-up instructions so we can get the cards mailed to you)!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway, and special thanks to Just Milled for sponsoring this event!

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Giveaway Day!

I am pleased to announce Wordsbecomeone’s first giveaway!

In case you haven’t had the pleasure of working with this incredible graphic design studio, Just Milled is a locally owned creator of custom wedding and event invitations and one-of-a-kind thank you cards.  They also specialize in branding for businesses, logo-creation and marketing materials.  Having worked with them myself, I can say with certainty that their work is second-to-none (disclosure: I wasn’t given any perks for hosting this giveaway).

To introduce their debut collection of notecards, Just Milled is giving away a mixed boxed set of 10 cards.  The winner can choose 10 matching cards, 10 different cards, five pairs of cards, or whatever mix he or she desires.   The cards are hand-cut and folded, printed on lightly textured 100% cotton paper from the finest paper maker, Crane & Co.  The cards come in a sleek clear box and will be shipped directly to the winner!

The winner may also select two personalized greetings, like “Happy Birthday.”  The total value of the giveaway (postage included) with the box and two personalized greetings is $23.00.

How to Enter:

1) “Like” the Just Milled page on Facebook:  facebook.com/justmilled.

2) Once you’re a fan on Facebook, leave a comment on this blog naming your favorite card (you can find the names of the cards on the Just Milled Facebook page in the album with a photo of each card).

We will do a blind drawing to determine the winner.  The giveaway is open until 12PM PST Friday, 4/6 and the winner will be announced on this blog (I’ll also email the winner).

Good luck, and thank you to Just Milled for sponsoring this giveaway!

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Happy 2nd Birthday, WBO!

Oh little blog of mine, you’re two today!

I honestly didn’t think I could keep you alive this long, and let’s be honest, I can’t make  any promises about how much longer you’ll survive.  We’re kind of on a month-to-month basis, aren’t we?

But we’re still together!

You’re the one that keeps me writing, the one that keeps me on my toes: “It’s been TWO WEEKS since you’ve posted,” your dateline always tells me.  Sure, I’m not the most frequent of posters, but I’m certainly among the most determined.  I haven’t given up yet, and here we are on our 90th post.

I’ve essentially written 45 essays a year, and I’m not even in college.  What was I thinking?

I love it.  That’s what I was hoping, and that’s what’s happened.  I love to write and I love to share it with people.

So, cheers to my little blog that could!  Here’s hoping we make it to your third birthday, and that I post more than a handful of times before then!

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