my friend, kelly, stopped over unexpectedly one night this week. she handed me a box. inside was of all things A NEST. it is just the sweetest thing. placed within this nest are 5 sort of egg shaped rocks. on each rock is engraved the names of our children -- including bella! oh my, i could just cry! it is downright breathtaking. i have it in the kitchen right now and look at it often. i know my children think this bird thing is getting out of hand. they probably wonder if i am slowly replacing them all with bird paraphenalia. one day emily counted "bird items" around the house. in protection of my children's privacy, i won't publish the number. they probably think i am headed for the crazy-cat-lady-house. maybe. but for a woman who loves a theme -- well, i'm kind of tickled. just for the record, i realize this story isn't about THE NEST. no, not one bit. bella will come home and i guarantee there will be dishes in the sink and laundry on the floor. the nest will most likely have unidentifiable smudges on windows and soap scum in the showers. because that's our life, no matter how hard we work to get it all ready, our nest is a bit of a mess.
a mess, yes. but blessed.
and when she comes home our nest will be full.