Apr 23, 2013

{baby botanist & i say thank you}

so, if i am being honest, i couldn't look at any of your kind, encouraging comments for several days after my last post. i just needed some time to process what i finally wrote down. & plus i was nervous about sharing all of that!!!! once i finally DID start reading all of them though...i don't think i've taken quite so long to read thru each one ever before. everyone has their own battles, don't they? & i could feel that in so many of your comments. the rest of this week was still not, as events go, a wonderful week, but my spirit was still lifted & more encouraged. thank you! i responded to quite a few of your comments - i could have to each of them. i wish i could just sit & have coffee with each of you :)

well remember how i said in the midst of everything else in that last post that isaac loves plants? well i wasn't kidding. he helped me pick out a few for our herb garden a couple weekends back & we planted them all. some classics, & a few oddballs, just for fun: rosemary, mint, basil, stevia, chamomile - & strawberries made their way into the extra space, too. 
our indoors are finally at a stopping point, so we will hopefully be spending a lot more time on the outside, now. i think isaac will be okay with that...


  1. I love that first picture, where Isaac's giving you a part-sly, part-serious look, like you're giving him specific instructions, but all he wants to do is get his little hands on those plants.
    You're herb garden looks and sounds wonderful. Not sure if you've thought about it, but lavender is very similar to rosemary in its growing conditions and has a LOT of uses.

  2. Mindy, I wanted to write you in the last post but I don't know why I didn't. Now that I know that you read all the comments I wanted to tell you that I am 23 years old and even it's so far to me to be a mother (someday, around 29 years old I hope I will) all I know is that I want to be a mother as you are. Even if you sometimes feel sad and discouraged, for all the strength you show in each post you write, we all know are so strong. A person who isn't that strong is unable to write the 99% of posts as you do. You transmit hope. All of us admire you and your little family a lot.
    I read you from Spain, Majorca, the little island where Rafa Nadal was born. Excuse my spelling errors. You are reaching continents with your thoughts and all of them they are lessons to me and to a lot of people.

    Thank you. And you have a home in this little island when you want to visit the Mediterranean Sea! :)
    Cristina M.

  3. Mindy, I have been a long-time regular reader of your blog, but since my own kiddos came along 15 months ago, I've switched to "batch reading" where I get on not-so-regularly and just catch up. All that to say, I'm just reading your last post now and wanted to take some time to respond.

    I have 15 month old twins who woke up 4ish or more times a night for the entirety of their first year, they're also really small for their age (in the 1% and 3% percentile - which is nothing close to Isaac's tiny-ness, but still enough to stress this mama out and send us to a bazillion extra doctor appointments). I know that your case with Isaac is exponentially more challenging, but as a fellow mother who had a rough go, I understand some of the things you mentioned. The worry and anxiety, the good day / bad day thing, the comparison, the wanting to just fix it... I've learned and grown a lot since having my littles, but it hasn't been easy.

    Thankfully, the Lord is patient and has extended so much grace to me as I learn. Among other things, He has totally used blogs like yours to lift me up and encourage me on my bad days. So I just wanted to encourage you, remind you that in your weakness, His strength is shown and thank you both for your optimism and for being real, even if it's not all sunshine and rainbows. I have prayed for you guys in the past (since your little man was in the womb and y'all weren't sure what exactly was to come) and will continue to lift you up.

    It took me the better part of my girls' first year to pull my head out of the negative space that I let my heart stray into, but when I did, I wrote a post about it on my blog. I sometimes go back and read it just to remind me of His goodness and faithfulness. If you have the time and think it may be of encouragement, feel free to read over it:


    Anyway, this turned out to be way longer than I expected, so I get going - all the best to you and your precious family!


  4. Hi,

    Your blog has taught me so much, it's so cliche but you've taught me not to be afraid of having children. There are several serious medical conditions and disabilities that run in my family this has always scared me. Reading your blog has shown me that to have a child inherit one of these or be born with any of the thousands of conditions that don't have a genetic link will not be the end of the world, the end of my life but the begining. Not that I'm anywhere near ready to have children.
    thank you.

  5. You have a really nice blog. Your shots are really great. I have bookmarked your site for your future updates. Thanks and God Bless.