Monday, July 12, 2010

A little bit of Naji, por favor

This summerwednesday 7 edited

This summer has been     shoshi 23     Well,

This summer has been funky.

There have been some very high highs.shimul

Like vacation with my family.

Like a super sweet work schedule.

Like care free days galore.

And some very low lows.spring

Like saying goodbye to Juan.

Like saying goodbye to Shoshi.shoshi goodbye 6

Like saying hello to Naji.

 

Since Naji has come here are a few things that have happened:

*In no particular order*

A window was broken.

Imagine glass shattering everywhere in the carpet…partay 8

Sleeping pills were swallowed

Imagine calling Tylenol Helpline frantically and trying to find out if an emergency room visit is in order

Silly String has been stolen.

Imagine wondering where 2 cans of Silly String were even stashed in order to get out of the store undetected.shoshi 25

Silly String has been spread out around the neighborhood.

Imagine the mess.

2 dozen eggs have been broken in the middle of the street.

(He wanted to see if they would fry.)shoshi 11

The backyard grass has been set on fire.

Imagine what would even make a child take a lighter out to the backyard and start a flame….kitty 4

The cat was almost drowned in the bathtub.shoshi 18

26 freeze pops have been consumed in 1 night while hiding under the covers resulting in a sugar high that helped a small child stay awake until 3:38 am.

(Yes. It was as lovely as it sounds)friday

Blood has been on the carpet in the living room, on the stairs, in the bedrooms and in the car because-

Noses have been punched.

(Evidence visible on Kaishon’s shirt.)shoshi 13

Sunday School kids have been mooned.

Imagine what would possess a person to do such a thing….

I have no earthly idea why I am in such a funk this summer….afourth 008

    Sometimes,

I think it is crazy to have Naji here.

Sometimes,

I think I am going crazy.afourth 007

Sometimes,

I know I am going crazy.shoshi 32

All times,

I know within the very deepest part of my heart,

Naji is a blessing.afourth 009

A breaking glass, punching noses, bleeding, sleeping, ice pop sucking blessing.

And we are glad he is a part of our lives.

Truly glad.

 

Look at this site.

Operation Beautiful.afourth 012

I just read about it.

And I wept.

Wept at 2:29 am.

We can all make a difference.shoshi goodbye 20

Somehow.

Some way.

Make one today. afourth 003  Won’t you join us this Tuesday

at Communal Global?

We would just love it! 


38 comments:

Kristina P. said...

YOu have had a crazy, exciting summer!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Is Naji your nephew? Sounds like it's been a very full and adventureous summer.

How is Kaish doing since having to say goodbye to Shoshi?

I'm heading over to the link.

Corey said...

Well aren't you sweet for coming to say hi! Your pictures are goregous! Hope today was your favorite day!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

I dont know who Naji is in your life, but he has certainly helped alleviate the guilt I've been carrying around this past week about losing Chloe at the beach on vacation (its not quite as bad as it may sound, and truthfully, its really my husbands fault!)
At least he does some pretty interesting things to keep you on your toes :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

R, you touch me. You touch those kids.
Sigh.....I wish I was there, playing with those kids....
they are lucky to have YOU. and Kaish.
You guys are good...they all need someone good.
xoxoxox

June Freaking Cleaver said...

Is Naji like this at home, too? And at school?

Some of these things sound familiar to me, and they frighten me a little.

Sounds like Naji needs a full-time person just to keep him in line.

Kimmy said...

WOW! That is crazy and I'm sure there is a reason for him being wth you guys.

Love your pictures as always!

Jackie said...

It sounds like Naji is a lucky child to have a person like you in his life.

Blessings & patience to you.

fowler said...

First of all, great pictures! Sounds like these kids are lucky to have you around! I'd hate to know my reaction about the grass being on fire... or the punched noses... or the freeze pops. Can you tell I don't have kids yet?

Thanks for checking out my blog!

www.susanfowler.net

Josh, Steph, The Boys and Maddie said...

huh!!!??! Where's Shoshi????????? Who is Naji? Fill me in... I must of missed some blogs here! Oh my gosh I wont' sleep until you tell me the gossip! :D

WhisperingWriter said...

Wow, insane summer for sure!

Kelly said...

You have so much more patience than I can even dream up!

Katherine said...

Oh my gosh, that does sound insane! But you seem to handle everything with such patience and calm. Truly Beautiful.

Hope your having a great day!

K xx

Follygirl said...

Beautiful photos, thank you I was allowed to participate.
Greetings from Germany
Liebe Grüße, Petra

Marilyn said...

WHOOOOO!! What a boy. Glad you are in his life though. Hum, not sure I could deal with all you have dealt with this summer. You must have some kind of patience.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Yes there is a blessing there somewhere Becky buckle your seat belt gonna be a long summer but soon you will laugh and smile about the summer of 2010! ((hugs ))

Brooke said...

allthat and the summer is only half over! : - )

Heather said...

Great pictures, enjoyed looking at them. :)

Anita Johnson said...

Oh my. Since I am speechless, I'll just say that I will pray for you this week...for love and friendship, and guidance, and safety. Maybe not in that order. Your photos are beautiful as always and the site, operation beautiful, is just that.

ness said...

Becky, you are a wonderment.

Where DID Shoshi go? I think he's adorable.

And this Naj of yours....You are nothing but good for him.

mimi said...

Oh girlfriend....that is some summer so far!! Boys!!! Naji is blessed to be part of your lives..and visa versa for sure :)

Grand Pooba said...

Looks like you've been keeping busy! Naji is so cute and sounds like fun!

Laurie said...

Wow! I admire your strength, faith and endurance with that kid. Keep it up. My dad had a soft spot for kids in the 'hood who needed encouragement. I didn't like that they got ice cream too when he brought us ice cream, or that my cousin who sometimes lived with us could throw a temper tantrum in the middle of a board game and get her way. In the end, I loved them ! They enriched my lives, and as far as the temper tantrum cousin, she's a considerate, wonderful woman today. Even if I pulled her hair when no one was looking. Maybe my dad's spirit caused me to be presently looking after about 100 little ones who show up for a hug, a meal, a game or a lesson. Hugs to you.

Laurie said...

Wow! I admire your strength, faith and endurance with that kid. Keep it up. My dad had a soft spot for kids in the 'hood who needed encouragement. I didn't like that they got ice cream too when he brought us ice cream, or that my cousin who sometimes lived with us could throw a temper tantrum in the middle of a board game and get her way. In the end, I loved them ! They enriched my lives, and as far as the temper tantrum cousin, she's a considerate, wonderful woman today. Even if I pulled her hair when no one was looking. Maybe my dad's spirit caused me to be presently looking after about 100 little ones who show up for a hug, a meal, a game or a lesson. Hugs to you.

TechnoBabe said...

Fun pictures!!! Love sitting on the wall showing waist down. Cute idea.

the Lola Letters said...

Ah ha ha! I'm glad my boy isn't the only one getting into mischief this summer! (Only, mine is the one STARTING the trouble rather than the one who is simply succumbing to it ;)

Sometimes it makes me feel like a failure.

And sometimes it makes me cry.

But most times I ask myself "What would Becky do?" and then I think that you would say "Boys will be boys!" So, that is what I say too...and I feel infinitely better! ;)

Nessa said...

I hope you don't have ptsd. i'd be a bit jumpy but in a beautiful way.

I like the idea of leaving lovely post it notes messages. i think I'm a gonna.

Nessa said...

You are beautiful!

Danelle said...

You are amazing! And you have more patience than I have in my little finger.

jennykate77 said...

You said goodbye to Shoshi?! No! I loved his sweet little face on your blog! Wow. Sounds like summer has been everything BUT boring! Naji definitely keeps things exciting, to say the least! Beautiful, gorgeous, AH-mazing pictures!

jennykate77 said...

♥You're beautiful♥

Bec said...

Holy wow you have had a crazy summer! I learned that Scotchguard plus Oxy Clean is amazing at getting blood out of carpet. Like- no trace at all left.

These Three Kings said...

LOOOVE Operation Beautiful..will start doing that today!!! Naji sounds like a GOD SEND, you have an opportunity to see God and HIs Kingdom through one whom the world would not have given much thought, patience and love to. Continue to bear with Him in love. Gods grace awaits you...and Nanji :)
NIcole

Colleen said...

You have SUCH a way with words! Poignant and lovely and funny all at once!

Alicia said...

You have the best photo stories!!!!! I've missed catching up here!

Stacey said...

What a precious boy! You must have a way of bringing out the best smiles in people. :)

Liz said...

Wow! There certainly is never a dull moment in your house!

Mrs4444 said...

You write as well as you photograph, and that's very well. Your voice just shines through both.