Hill Tribers Giveaway Winner, Thankful Tuesday, and a little update from Micha

 

I loved having Jessica Goudeau’s guest post here last week and was thrilled to introduce you to Hill Country Hill Tribers. I’m excited to say that our winner of that beautiful scarf pictured above is Jennifer Raines. Congratulations Jennifer!

 

I’ve been missing you guys! And I figured what better day than Thankful Tuesday to fill you on life in my world.

  • My little asthmatic boy has been at it again. I’m thankful for his medication and that we’re starting to learn his lungs and figure out how to prevent the scary stuff. I’m also thankful for how good he is at putting his mask together and sitting happily while steams shoots into his mouth.
  • Despite the spectacular meltdown both my kids had at the park yesterday, I kept my cool. (Miracles!) I’m thankful for my sanity and that my friend Katrin carried my bags to the car for me while I was dragging one dramatic screamer and one brokenhearted little brother. Also, I’m thankful that the one book in the car happened to be “Turtle Has a Tantrum”…oh so appropriate.
  • For August and his love for the ladies. He told us Sunday night that he wanted to give his friend Toni “as many flowers as I love her.” (Which, he assured us, is 190.) Seriously? I am all at once astonished by his poetry and overwhelmed by how often he’s thinking about the girls! We’ve been having talks about “being a good friend to every girl.” I’m not sure if it’s taking.
  • For my friend Catherine‘s new songs, all of which have been moving me to prayer in the sweetest ways. I’m grateful for how gifted she is and that I get to learn from her. Here’s a recent interview with her on Up Close and Acoustic.
  • This process of writing the book has been a lot more emotional than I expected. I’m grateful for the hard work of looking at my motives and my heart and learning to see God’s gentleness and kindness in my life. I’m always re-learning to see God’s kindness.
  • For friends in this city who pray for us and walk us through the parts of city-living that hurt the most. We are honored to live here with these people.


Where I’ve been spending my time (Very Impressive, I know. Especially the litter box.) Btw, I never have daisies on my desk. You totally caught me on a very lucky day: 


Thoughts:

I’ve been walking miles and miles, pushing huge strollers up hills for the past four years and only wearing Tom’s shoes. See I’m vain, and I don’t want to wear sneakers with jeans. So there’s that. (Please judge my vanity. Do it.) But, alas, I’ve been whining about my heel being a knot of unhappiness for about two months, forcing my husband to massage it, limping around in my Tom’s and assuring Chris that I cannot get out of bed to comfort the crying child in the night because my foot will hurt too much if I do.

So last week, I succombed to my whininess and finally went to the orthepedist. Its plantar fasciitis, otherwise known as “Old Lady Foot Because You Refused to Wear Good Shoes” disease. I’m off to physical therapy (because I have so much time for that) and I’m committed to finding cute shoes that are good for me. Please, please, friends. Tell me that my days of style did not just vanish into the mass of tissue surrounding my heel. (This is when you leave me a comment with a viable shoe option for my vanity. Thank you.)


Also, here’s a poem for the end of April:

April Chores

by Jane Kenyon

When I take the chilly tools
from the shed’s darkness, I come
out to a world made new
by heat and light.

The snake basks and dozes
on a large flat stone.
It reared and scolded me
for raking too close to its hole.

Like a mad red brain
the involute rhubarb leaf
thinks it way up
through loam.

 

From Otherwise: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf Press, 1997)

  • Julie

    try hush puppies, or naturalizers….they use to be old lady shoes- now they are cute and very cushioned…good luck :)

  • Angela

    Chaco Sandals http://www.chacos.com/US/en/Women-Styles-Sandals
    Very comfy and I love them!

  • Denise

    I have been where you are. My feet felt like knives piercing the sole of my feet every morning when I got out of bed. That was 25 years ago. Will you be having an orthotic made? Mine fits into many cute flat-er shoes. I would think it would work in TOMS. But you’ll have to see. There are cute options out there. But flip flops and strappy bare sandles and high heels are for short wearing times only…Sorry!

  • Denise

    Easy Spirit and J-41 have cute options, too.

  • Holle

    Just saw these adorable shoes this morning in title nine!
    http://www.titlenine.com/product/909104.do?from=ac#.UXaSNLWsiSo

    they are called Dawn Patrol Tenny – I think they are your solution for cuteness and comfort! :)

  • Jeannie
  • Elizabeth

    In high school, I needed custom orthotics for track. Now, many years later, the off-the-rack orthotics seem fine (of course, I’m not running, either–so that could be it). At any rate, ask your doc which pre-made orthodics are best for you, and stick them in your cuter shoes after taking out the cute shoes’ original inserts. Got through Disney World pushing a double stroller this way, no problem. Also, as for cute kicks, I like Onitsuka Tigers in a variety of colors–check Zappos.

  • http://overaroundandthrough.wordpress.com Rebecca

    http://www.dansko.com/
    We all seem to be good at shoes in any case, have fun shopping!…….I’m a bit sad to hear about the Tom’s not holding up to the foot’s needs…..I’ve only been wearing them about a year and a half and have been so happy (outlook dim). :/
    As for tantrums and kids, Thank you for writing real things that really happened – my kids throw fits constantly – and most dramatically in places hugely populated by strangers (ie: target, where I have football hold carried my 4 year old through the store while she tells everyone within earshot that I’m a horrible mother who never buys her anything – awesome.) – so while I know it sucks and we’re all going through it – at least we’re all going through it? And yay for friend’s who understand and help take bags to the car!

  • Carolyn

    I have similar foot problems. Sigh. Now I wear Superfeet, a non-custom orthotic in whichever shoes I can. They work well in my cutest boots, sneakers, and a few dress shoes. Unfortunately, I do not like how they feel in slip on loafers, like Toms. I had quite a bit of trial and error before finding Superfeet and the shoes that they work in. (I got my Superfeet from a running store.) For days when I am standing a lot, but not necessarily hiking around town, my feet love Danskos, which I wear without the Superfeet.

    I also started doing a Bar Method class (which is done barefoot!) and have been going for a few months now and my feet feel the best that they have felt in years. My best advice is to take care of it now! And be consistent much longer than you think that you need to be. My foot pain dragged on a super long time. Also, stretch your calves everyday. Lots of foot pain can be related to overly tight calf muscles. Hope that helps! Much love!

  • http://carameredith.com cara meredith

    I love it! Yesterday I was needing to reap in the thankfulness as well, so that became today’s post. (Ignore the fact that I said this was on hiatus for you). As per shoes, I was just at a super cute shoe shop near Paxti’s on Irving the other day, with so many good-looking and healthy-for-your-feet shoe options. I mean, come on, we live in SF: wearing sneakers with jeans is SO not allowed! :)

  • Eileen Blom

    These are the most comfortable shoes in the world! I trekked all over Europe in these babies!
    Good Luck and thanks for your heart stirring words.
    Eileen
    http://www.rubbersole.co.uk/Gabor-MAGELLAN-x165746.php

  • michaboyett

    You guys are the best. Thanks so much for the shoe love. I am taking this shoe decision Very Seriously. Anybody want my old Toms??? :)

  • Jennifer Day

    Naya. They make my heart very, very happy and are intensely comfortable: the only wedges I don’t have to secretly take off under my desk at work.

    Love the workstation pic! I think we should all take pics of where we create.


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