If I had written

I just spent the last 90 minutes catching up with my poor, neglected Google Reader. I watched snippets of the Packers - Bears game in-between comments. I also checked the radar neurotically, since we have another (ANOTHER) snowstorm bearing down on us.

I did everything BUT write. Which is what I sat down to do 90 minutes ago.

If I had written, I might have told you how obsessed I've been the last three weeks with finding the right pet for our family. Last Friday, after agonizing for approximately 48,000 years, I called the shelter again to stress that I really did want to adopt the one-year-old puppy I showed you in this post. To my horror, the very kind woman who answered the phone told me "my" dog had been adopted by someone else the day before. Seems they never got my messages.

If I had written, I might have told you how devastated I was, initially. I felt like Christmas was going to be as flat as day-old ginger ale, seeing as the only other gifts my children have from their parents are coloring books and socks and oranges studded with cloves. (And Legos. And Polly Pockets. And tons and tons of books. But that ruins the drama, no?) But now, a few days later, I've made peace with it. That's largely due to Corey's constant encouragement that God is in control of everything, even this. Besides, he said, he didn't really think that dog was the right one for our family. So we're back to the drawing board. Here's my top pick right now.

We might get to meet her tomorrow night.

If I had written, I would probably have told you that Teyla is still sleeping through the night. However, the naps -- they are elusive. Last week, she took one nap. All week. By Friday afternoon, I was shredded. But today, she slept for two hours (TWO HOURS), and she was so sweet all afternoon. She has this beautiful throaty laugh that brightens a room. I love that laugh.

If I had written, I might have told you how I got a book in the mail last week from my BBFF and it's funny and smart and well written and encouraging at every turn and I get to give away a copy in January. Stay tuned.

If I had written, I might have told you that I miss journaling. I miss it dreadfully. Having three kids leaves me so little free time, and during the holiday season, that time is quickly gobbled by Christmas-related tasks. My soul is starting to ache with all the words inside it.

But I didn't write.

Instead, I'm going to show you this picture I took in Target last week.

Yes. Last week.

Merry Valentine's, everyone.


  1. Great post! I too have been a stranger both to my blog and my reader...

    I also loved your quick takes post below; what a great idea!

    Merry Christmas to you (and stay warm!)...

  2. Merry Christmas Kelly!

    I haven't been near my google reader since last week. And when I finally face it, I'm sure I will have to DELETE ALL. I'm only posting on my own blog because I don't want to forget some of the stuff going on right now!

    I was sad to see your Twitter this weekend about the dog, what a let down. But I agree with Corey, and down the road you'll realize why the dog you do end up with was the better choice for your family. It just kind of sucks in the meantime.

    Talk to ya in the New Year!

  3. Kelly, you are more than dear. I love the new dog pick. I do hope she is the missing piece in your Love Well puzzle. And those words tumbling around in your soul--my soul echoes yours. Which is why I'm com-blogging today--blogging in your comments because I won't actually write on my own. What is THAT about?

    Thanks for the space. Maybe I'm even inspired to write something more.

    Merry Christmas friend. May your present be a week of consistent Teyla naps.

  4. Oh, The Holidays! They sure sneak up on us, don't they? I'll have to be sure to stock up on all my Valentine's Day "necessities" right after Christmas...you know, to be ready in time for the HUGENESS that is Valentine's Day. Ugh.

    Glad to hear about Teyla sleeping through the night!

  5. I saw the same display at Target and felt sick.

    I hope you get the perfect dog for your family. Such a big decision.

    Merry Christmas!

  6. That dog looks a little like the one I had growing up. English Shepherd. Best. Dog. Ever.

  7. Loved this! Glad you did jot down something today. Been missing you!

    It's bad enough when they put up the Valentines the day after Christmas but already?! Puh-lease!

    Merry, Merry Christmas, my Eskimo friend! :-)

  8. So sorry about the dog. I can't wait to see what you end up with, though!!

    I was thrilled to see the bikinis in our Target. Seasonal loveliness.

    Merry Christmas!

  9. Oh I am more amazed each season the way they push the merchandise in and out! Can't wait to here about the dog! :0

  10. I too have been away from my blog but for other reasons! :/

    I'll be looking for a dog update!

    Merry Christmas Kelly!

  11. Still awaiting your dissertation on baby sleep. Need that on my desk by Monday morning, toots. Sorry about your first pick doggie, but I know you'll get the right one for your family at the right time. Clove studded oranges. MMMMMMMMMMM.

  12. Sorry about the dog! That stinks. I hope your Christmas was SO good. And that you somehow stayed warm...a little.

    My reader has 198 posts on it. I'm off to tell it that I've read them all. I love lying to my reader. It's the only thing I can lie to without feeling REALLY guilty :)

    Merry Christmas!

  13. If I had written a comment I might have said that your post was funny.

    Valentine? What happened to President's Day?

  14. Our Target has Valentine's Day cards out, too. Sigh. Whatever happened to Groundhog's Day? I LOVE Punxsutawney Phil.

  15. I thought of this post when I was at JoAnn's Fabric yesterday. They had out Easter decor already!

    Enjoy the snow we are getting today! :)

  16. This was a nice write up. And blog. :) Blesings.

  17. I'm so glad you didn't write. :)

    And the pre-Christmas Valentine displays are blasphemous. Seriously. Was the display right next to the bathing suits?

  18. you got to be kidding? what is wrong w/this world?

    happy new yr Kelly!

  19. Our local dollar store had their Valentine's day decorations up the weekend before Christmas. I asked the store manager, and she shrugged and said it was either that or empty shelves....

  20. That pooch is a cutie. I hope you find the right fit for your family.

    Valentines already? What about MLK Day?? Hello!

  21. I've missed you clever lady!

    Valentines stuff...ridiculous.