Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Today I am thankful for a wriggly cranky baby who needed a snack and a nap yesterday afternoon. And matching coats.  

Between the hours of 12PM and 4PM, I try to cram as much stuff possible into our afternoon. 
{Sometimes that stuff consists of sweatpants and goldfish crackers and unending renditions of "Old McDonald Had a Farm."}

Yesterday we hurriedly rushed into our normal stomping grounds. Errands. Grocery stores.  A cart full of bananas and Trader Joes strawberry granola bars, at least two boxes. It's a must. 

The Bean was getting restless as the time for lunch came and went, yet, I was on a mission to get everything and do everything on my list, as his (and my) stomach grumbling sounds went in one ear and out the other. 

I decided to make one last stop at the mall. The mall I've been to a thousand times. 
The mall that my best friends and I used to hang out at every single Saturday afternoon once we turned thirteen. Now we meet up with our babies in tow, as our 24 year old selves giggle through the aisles of Forever 21. 
Some things never change. 

Since we moved and don't live right by the Clackamas Town Center anymore, I wanted to meander. Spend some time in a mixture of window and christmas shopping. But with a trunk full of groceries calling out our famished names and two arms burning from forgetting a stroller and holding twenty plus pounds of pure baby boy, we left early. Around 2:30 or so. 

Just in time to get home. Have lunch. Snuggle. Nap. 

Seemingly mundane. 


Today I am thankful for the mundane.
For the beauty of it. 

My prayers are with the many that are hurting today.

Lives that have been changed forever, out of their seemingly mundane. 
May beauty have a way to enter in, once again. 


{Bon Bon}


Angie said...

So very disheartening. I am thankful that YOU had a hungry bean and a hungry self. Take care!

Natalie | Mrs. Janney | said...

Oh my gosh I am so glad you guys went home! It's just so hard to believe that people can do those things. I'm still in shock about the whole thing.

from head 2 toe said...

What a blessing you listened to an instinct. Glad you two are safe and sound.

Elle - The Violet Reaction said...

So glad you went home in time! Two of my friends were very close to the shooting and hid in a dressing room for 20 minutes until they found an emergency exit to get out through. Very scary stuff.

Michaela said...

Wow. This blows me away. God's hand is so evident. Thank you, Jesus, for keeping mama and baby safe :) Praying for the family's involved. My goodness. My heart is broken.

Jennifer Bosse said...

I can't believe that! All the "what ifs" but thank God, you guys left early. Wow..only an hour before it happened. I'm just shocked!

Katie said...

I hope that you will frame that photo! Priceless.

On a more serious note, we have friends in the area (all blessedly unharmed). Having experienced something similar in our town recently (we are in Aurora, CO, where the theater shooting took place), my heart is with you this week.

lauren jean allece said...

This has been so hard to wrap my head around - always seems like it won't happen in your own backyard, you know?

I am so thankful God had other plans for you and the Bean.

Jenna said...

Sweet post! I'm also thankful for the mundane today :)


Stephanie said...

It's always so shocking to hear about these kinds of totally unprovoked mass shootings. I feel like there's been a lot in the last few years and it's so incredibly sad. I am also thankful you had a hungry, heavy little bean on your hands that got you home safe and sound.

Karli said...

Isn't it crazy? Never thought this would happen at home. My best friend was working in Macy's he ran through her department, right by her & for some reason didn't start shooting until he was almost out of the store. It is completely heart breaking!!

Ellen Sorensen said...

i totally agree with this post. i like you, was running errands, stopped by the mall. my husband called wondering where i was. i was prompted to leave and sent him a text at 3:20 telling him i was on my way home. i walked right past macy's and the food court minutes before everything happened.

so thankful for the mundane. and thinking and praying for the hurting.

Angela said...

So scary! Such a horrible incident, so glad you and the Bean did not have to go through that...but still praying for those that did.

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