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what i know

March 30, 2011

I know I love these people.

1.  I know “Pig Banky Banks” can hold just as many pennies in their gluttonous bellies as Piggy Banks.

2.  I know I want to be a mom whose arms never run out of hugs, whose eyes can always shed a tear in empathy, whose no means no, whose heart breaks when her little ones learn a hard lesson, whose spirit rejoices when they make a wise decision, and whose home is always warm and welcoming to friend and stranger.

3.  I know I can devour this Pineapple Upside Down Cake in a single sitting.  And no, I don’t need any help, thank you kindly.

4.  I know that finding a stinkbug on your arm while attempting to hide quietly under a blanket is a traumatic situation and one that must be dealt with swiftly, decisively, and unequivocally: “The stinkbug was just trying to be your friend.  He didn’t know he would be scary.  He’s gone now.  Permanently.”

5.  I know I can’t do it all: the floors will be dirty, the fridge will mold, the phone call will go unreturned, the library books will be late, the car will be long overdue for an oil change, the thank you letter will be fully written…in my head, the biscuits will be flat, the book will be unread, the recycling will wait till next month, the stinkbugs will multiply, the Red Box rental will cost $3 instead of $1.  I know I can’t do it all…I’m working on being okay with that.

6.  I know a great God who, even on my worst “I can’t do it all” day, is happy to take me as I am.

7.  I know where the stinkbug went.  I know where Thumkin’s hiding.  I know why little girls need to take naps (even when they adamantly insist otherwise).    I know how to make hot chocolate on a wintry March day.  I know when Big Friend will arrive home from work.

8.  Little Friend is growing up.  I don’t know where, why, how, or when.

9.  I don’t know everything.

10.  I’m okay with that.

If you’re in need of a Pig Banky Bank or just a plain ol’ Piggy Bank for all those loose pennies in your life, I love this wooden version from ArksAndAnimals.  Then again, the Etsy-crafter doesn’t exactly mention an escape hatch for those pennies, so using this bank might truly be considered life-savings.


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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy permalink
    March 30, 2011 10:48 am

    You know so much, love so well, and put the most important things first! I am truly blessed by your insight and perspective. Thanks for letting me be on your family tree.

  2. Big Friend permalink
    March 30, 2011 12:54 pm

    I know that everyone of your posts is arresting and usually brings me to tears…big friend tears in my office.

    Thank you for all that you know and all that you give little friend.

  3. March 30, 2011 8:06 pm

    Amazing post–I know! Where did you ever find those wooden toys–very special.

  4. JDaniel4's Mom permalink
    March 31, 2011 9:14 am

    You know so many things that a super important to know. Great post!

  5. March 31, 2011 10:00 am

    Visiting today from Mama Kat’s, and I can tell by this one post that I love your blog! I will be reading more posts right away.

    All the things you know for sure are special ones… thanks for sharing!

  6. March 31, 2011 2:35 pm

    I loved #5…I’m working on being okay with not doing everything, too…but it’s hard. Thanks for sharing your insightful list! Visiting from Mama Kat’s!

  7. March 31, 2011 4:29 pm

    There is an escape hatch for the pennies! You just need a phillips head screwdriver.

  8. April 5, 2011 7:49 pm

    awwww at #4, this is a very cute post. I really enjoyed reading it! 🙂
    -Samantha

  9. April 6, 2011 3:45 pm

    Yup, #4 made me smile. Neat post 🙂

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