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Well, it turns out Ben and Gwen’s food poisoning wasn’t food poisoning afterall…it was the stomach flu that hit all of us except Cam (which is so bizarre because if there’s a bug out there, it will find Cameron) one by one last week! Oh my gosh it was horrible! I haven’t been that sick since I was a kid and, needless to say, it was a rough, sleepless, super yuck week that I’m so glad is behind us.

I’ve been trying to keep things in perspective though. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Lindsay Letters – I’ve featured her work several times here on IGE and a few of her gorgeous prints hang in our home – her 7 year old daughter, Eva Love, suffered a traumatic brain injury after taking a short tumble out of a moving golf cart a few weeks ago. Eva and her family have been on my mind constantly since the accident. I wake up at night thinking about her. It’s the worst possible thing I can think of having to go through as a parent and to see such a vivacious, spirited little girl fighting for her life tears my heart to shreds. If you want to learn more, you can visit Lindsay’s site. She and her husband post updates on Instagram daily, which I check for at least ten times a day. I don’t know why I feel so connected to a family I’ve never met, but I do.

I feel like I should say sorry for opening with something so heavy today, but I feel called to share Eva’s story and there’s nothing to apologize for, I suppose. And again, her story helped keep last week’s misery in perspective…especially the chaos that was actively parenting three little kids while trying not to vom all over myself. Good times!!

Anyway, it feels like ages since we last chatted. Not only has it been a crazy couple of weeks but I sometimes share things on Instagram then forget to also share them here on the Mothership, so I’m taking it back a month to Gwen’s first birthday party – I don’t think you’ve seen party pics, have you? This little bugger boo was the CUTEST LITTLE BIRTHDAY GIRL I EVER DID SEE! Ahem. Sis had so much fun with her cupcake, and I had so much fun watching the madness. (Crown, onesie.)

And I do mean madness – she was so angry when I called it and took her in for a bath. This might be my favorite picture from the party.

Still cannot believe my daughter is one (nearly 14 months, now!) She is sweet, sassy, funny, and the best snuggler. I couldn’t wish for anything more. We’ve gotten a few steps out of her…

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