1. A quote I love: "It's a topsy-turvy world, and maybe the problems of two people don't amount to a hill of beans. But this is our hill. And these are our beans!" In honor of Leslie Nielson, of course. But isn't it true? In the moment, it always matters.
2. I had the best moment today - really, one of the top five in my professional life: I have spent a year working with a little boy who is nonverbal. He will occasionally repeat a word (think "uh-oh" or "ball") but has no functional communication. This little boy is older than Silas, and he has no way of telling his parents what he wants, or thinks, or needs. Today, he counted to ten. Over and over, spontaneously, out of nowhere - after a year of saying nothing. It was exciting, to be sure, but the best part of all was his dad's reaction. He jumped up, gasped, danced, called family members on the phone, cheered ... and then he stood there, silent, listening, before saying to me, "That's what his voice sounds like!"
Just ... wow.
3. My kids love to hear the stories of their births. Tonight Brian was telling Silas his - what we were doing on the day he was born, how we went to the hospital and were so surprised to find out he was on his way, how we were holding him just a couple of hours later. When it was over, Silas said, "Then I said, 'Look out below!'" And it just made me LAUGH, friends, because I cannot think of a better way to describe Silas' entrance or effect on my life. Look out, indeed.