Just Write ~ The Fifth

October 11, 2011

The boys are decorating Halloween cookies. There are little black and orange candy balls rolling around the table to the floor. They’re asking for help with the frosting, so I stop what I’m doing to spread white over a sugar cookie ghost.

Their little boy bodies are vibrating with sugared excitement.

I steal away to empty the dishwasher only to find that running it didn’t actually clean the dishes. I take them all out, one by one and set them next to the sink for the hand washing with all the rest that are waiting.

I’m beckoned back to the table while Elsie starts to squawk from her seat in the sidelines. She’s tired of watching. She’s just plain tired.  I pick her up and balance her on a hip while spreading frosting.

Later my free hands find a long occupation at the sink. Plate after plate and cups and piles of silverware. We have so much, I think. And it’s true. I know we do.

my much. no editing.


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This is the fifth installment of Just Write, an exercise in free writing your ordinary and extraordinary moments. {Please see the details and some examples here.}  I would love to read your freely written words so join me and link up below. You can add the url of your post at any time. Just be sure it’s a link to your Just Write post, not to your main page. Then link back to this post in your post so people know where to go if they’d like to join in. (Any links not following those two guidelines will be deleted.) 

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Adventures In Babywearing October 11, 2011 at 5:26 am

So much! (and also I love the color of your wall!)

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Erica@PLRH October 11, 2011 at 5:40 am

So much. I had the same feeling this weekend while cleaning closets, organizing, and donating. We have so much. But when we all sat down and I looked at my guys I knew that we’re so fortunate and we have SO MUCH in the immaterial sense that it made me smile and feel content.

I loved how you conveyed this. So simple and so spot on.
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Krista October 11, 2011 at 5:41 am

ahhh… yes. yes, you do. So very much.

Galit Breen October 11, 2011 at 5:57 am

I love the photo- the unedited much- that’s so where it’s at, isn’t it? XO
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Sarah October 11, 2011 at 6:33 am

I love this. Your words and the unedited view of your much. My head and my heart are nodding a big, “yes!”
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Amber October 11, 2011 at 7:53 am

The way you decorate your house is AMAZING! The colors and artwork are both welcoming and exciting.

Anyway, I am sure both you and Elsie are just plain tired. And yet you manage to give her your best. You are one awesome Mama.
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Krishann October 11, 2011 at 8:22 am

Love this. So simple and yet says so much. Your much.
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Elaine October 11, 2011 at 8:45 am

Perfect glimpse into your daily life, both in word and picture.

I need a better dishwasher too… ;)
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erin from swonderland October 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

i know this isn’t what your post is about, but i love your ikea stockholm tables (we have the console table!) and your red phone. and your boys. <3

Kristen @ Motherese October 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

I hear this. The so much that sometimes feels like too much.

Having three kids is so, so much, isn’t it? :)

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molly October 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

Too true, Heather. Too true.
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Busy Bee Suz October 11, 2011 at 10:46 am

So much. So much goodness.

Rebekah October 11, 2011 at 10:54 am

Now I want Halloween cookies. :)
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debi9kids October 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

LOVE the photo. SO very true.
You are rich in blessings.
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Elizabeth @claritychaos October 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

It is so much. So, so much. You’re doing great, lady.
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Barb October 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm

and how awesome that you can pause to recognize your ‘much’ in the midst of the everyday
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Christa October 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm

We do. So much.

Loved seeing/reading yours…

I’m on break from the blog, and hated not writing with you today, btw.

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Leighann October 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I have just come across your link up recently and am so happy that I did!
I too look around often and think “wow” I have SO much!
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Bridget October 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

So much is feeling so heavy today. I am simultaneously overwhelmed and grateful.
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nicole October 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Love the picture, Big Brother looking in on baby girl. The sweetest.
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Kristi October 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm

This brings back such memories of my children. I also have 2 boys and then a girl.

*Their little boy bodies are vibrating with sugared excitement*
Loved that line!! Your whole reminder to be grateful for all we have is so important. Thanks for sharing this, hosting the linkup, and for stopping my blog tonight offering prayers for my friend. I so appreciate it!
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designhermomma October 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

my much is a mess. I can’t decide if it’s a good or bad thing…
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charrette October 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

You are such a great mom! There are so many forms of pure goodness here.
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Kimberly October 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I know exactly how you feel. I often look around and think the same thing. We have so much.

So glad I came across this link up!
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Jamie @ Six Bricks High October 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Oh I agree – we have so much!

Stan Faryna October 12, 2011 at 4:37 am

I found my way here from @TheJackB’s blog. And I’m so glad I did.

I too have so much. Too much of some things. Yet not enough of other things.

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Sarah@EmergingMummy October 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

Beautiful, Heather. Just beautiful. So much for us all.
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Diana Trautwein October 13, 2011 at 1:11 am

Just now discovering this wonderful blog and this great invitation to free write. LOVED this picture of your rich life. No matter how tiring it is during these years of caring for little one, it is rich beyond measure. Enjoy it – it goes by so quickly!
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