A Storm, A Song And A Son

“They say a person needs just three things
to be truly happy in this world:
someone to love, something to do,
and something to hope for.”
-Tom Bodett

A winter storm blew through on Tuesday. Rain turned to ice mid-morning and our shrubs slowly leaned stiff into place with each freezing drop.

Winter | Icicles | Snow

By lunchtime, icy roads meant no more trips to town, so I pulled on thick pajama pants and curled up on the couch with hot soup and a sandwich filled with warm cheese. I watched for snow from the living room window, and by late afternoon- yahoo!

Snow House

Just like ice cold confetti floating down from a silver-white sky.

Snow Heart

Snow doesn’t happen but once every few years around here, so you understand why I had to pull on my boots and take a few pictures. :-)


Today, I’m painting more wood on the second floor, while Kevin finishes a song on the first.


Kevin Palmer | Piano | Guitar

This house was dark and empty for seven straight years, but now there’s music in her soul, and I’m convinced she was built to blossom.


I’ve been hearing (daily) from one of the other adoptive Mamas while she’s in Haiti. She and her husband walked through the big green gates at the Three Angels (for the first time) last Saturday, and my pulse quickens whenever I see that she’s written. There’s no telling how many times I’ve read and re-read her updates. It’s like I can’t read them hard enough, do you know what I mean? It’s hard to believe I’ll be jotting down the details of my own experience there very soon, too.

And guess what?

Sweet P has our photo book.

On day 2, my friend said he carried it around “all. morning. long.” and climbed up next to anyone sitting still so they’d look through it with him. She said, “Layla, he was OUTLINING your FACES with his finger and babbling.” She said, “He is so ready for you to come and be HIS.”

See what I mean?

Can’t. Read. Hard enough.

Feeling incredibly thankful for Love, and letters, and hope that outlines and babbles today. :-)

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  1. says

    Layla!!! omg – how can you stand it?????????????/ Let’s go bust that boy out of there tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMFreakingG!!! He has your photo book?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I can’t stand this. SOBBING. Sweetest story EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. says

    Tears fill my eyes and my heart just sings for you two when I hear such amazing news. I am truly happy for y’all. God bless the 3 of you, soon you will be together. But from the sounds of it in his little heart, you already are.

    xo, Marilyn

  3. Denise Billings says


    I’ve just found your blog and love your home and decorating style but this post is the first one to bring tears to my eyes. I’m so happy for you.

    I was unable to have children and my husband wasn’t comfortable adopting so I am now 53-years-old childless. It’s the biggest regret of my life and one I still struggle to overcome every day.

    Being a mother is not my path but I’m glad it is yours. Blessings to you, your husband and your sweet P.