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Friday, July 15, 2011

Ugly Vacation

I’m actually not much of a blog reader.  I follow a few and regularly check in on a few more but overall, it’s not my thing. Mostly because I’m a rather busy gal and my time on the computer is pretty limited.

But there are a few blogs that I LOVE. They’ve been a great source of inspiration, education, joy, delight and laughter to me. And mostly, they’ve just helped me not feel like a complete weirdo with my crazy, biracial, Africa-lovin’, homeschooling family.
There’s this one blog that I started stalking casually reading about this time last year. You may have heard of it… My Ugly Couch, by Colleen.

Colleen came home from Uganda with two boys, about the same age as Hannah and Joseph, just two months before Dan made it home with Hannah and Joseph. Her biological children are almost exactly the same age as Madeline and Davis. That’s pretty cool.
After Colleen came home with Matthew and Joseph (yep, she has a little Ugandan named Joseph, just like me!), we started emailing and talking regularly. During those hard weeks that Dan spent in Uganda last winter, I think I talked with Colleen more regularly than I talked with my husband. She was a serious source of support and really helped me prepare for the two new additions soon to join our family.

And it all just snowballed (in a good way) from there. Colleen and I email and talk on the phone nearly every day. She’s one of the few people who has truly walked a mile in my shoes. And someone I can always run to for advice, reality checks, empathy and a good ol’ slap in the face when I need one. She and her husband, Lucas, also do some volunteer work for SixtyFeet and we’re so grateful to have them on our team.
And very, very soon (in just over 24 hours!!!) I will finally get to hug Colleen’s neck for the first time. Our families are vacationing together in Florida this week!!! I CAN. NOT. WAIT!!!!!!!!  Ohmyword I’m excited!!!

So, if you read the Ugly Couch blog (and chances are, you do) and you read Good to Be Crazy (which I guess you do, because you’re on here now) I can simplify life for you this week. Just think of our blogs as one, perhaps… My Ugly Crazy, or My Crazy Couch, or my personal favorite… Good to Be Ugly.
Speaking of ugly...poor Joseph had to have a CT scan at the local children’s hospital yesterday. We’re working with two different specialists who are recommending very different plans of treatment for our little guy and his latest health struggle. Please pray for us to clearly discern God’s plan for Joseph.

Sweet brothers. Davis insisted on skipping naptime (poor guy looks a little droopy) to support his best bud at the hospital yesterday. Love these boys!

That’s it for now. Next time you see me, I’ll be sitting on the beach with Colleen!! Who am I kidding? We’ll both be chasing after kids, slathering on sunscreen, fixing lunches, wiping noses, opening juice boxes and blowing up floaty things all weekend. But at least we’ll be doing it together!


Jane said...

i love to read My Couch is Ugly , didn't know you were such good friends. Can't wait to hear about your trip!

Taylor Wise said...

I don't know what health issues you are dealing with, but I am curious who your specialists are. If one is an ENT, and you need recommendations about those, email me bc we see our ENT all the time because my baby is deaf and I have done a lot of research.

Melissa said...

So fun! Can't wait to hear about your weekend!! Have fun!!

anything but LoKEY said...

I hope ya'll have a great time. And yes, I stalk both of you. Don't know if I mentioned it before but Colleen turned me on to your blog when I asked her a ? about adopting out of birth order. Been following ever since! And if we were voting, I DEF say "Good to be Ugly!" LOVE IT!

Wild Olive said...

Dude...it's SO good to be ugly. See you tomorrow!!!
Love you!

The Fruitful Family said...

Wish I could be ugly with y'all! Have a blast, you ugly, crazy kids!

Lettered Cottage said...

Shelly! It's SO good to find your blog today!!! :-D
I hope you have a wonderful trip with your e-friend, and hope Joseph's is feeling better soon. (I just had a CT Scan recently too...ugh!)
I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to have you guest post on our blog sometime. Drop me a line if you're interested! LaylaPalmer (at) aol (dot) com.

Layla :-)