Elves (daughters) and a pink Birthday Tree

This is a busy time of year for everyone and I am no different. Our twins have been playing in a basketball tournament this week in Bowling Green, Kentucky (about 45 minutes from where we live) so we have spent a lot of time driving up and down the road. I love watching them play ball and I’m not complaining, but finding time to do anything else has been difficult.

Yesterday after the game I looked at my daughter and said, “Santa’s gotta shop and I need an elf. Can you help?” We hit every store in Bowling Green (almost) and filled up Santa’s sleigh (my daughter’s jeep). About nine o’clock last night I was driving home and a friend called. She’d been shopping all day too.

“I couldn’t have done it without my elf,” I said.

My friend has two sons. “Wish I had one,” she sighed. “My boys have never even wrapped a gift.”

Which made me want to say, “Thank you, Rachel. My sweet daughter and chief elf!”

Last weekend she came and spent the night while her husband was away on business. She brought my two mischievious (but very cute) grand-puppies to visit and we had a great time. We were sitting on the couch watching television and I gave her a big hug.

“You don’t know how wonderful it is to have you home,” I said. “For the first time in a long time I have a female companion to watch something on tv other than sports. You smell good and you aren’t passing gas.” (If you have boys you’ll understand. If you have all girls I apologize if I offended you)

I received an email yesterday from a grandmother whose granddaughter’s birthday is the day after Christmas. She sent me a picture of the birthday tree that I mentioned in the “December Birthdays” post.

Isn't she precious? And the tree is beautiful too!

Isn't she precious? And the tree is beautiful too!

Hope each of you are enjoying the season and that you have an elf to help you!


  1. Aw, your relationship with Rachel is exactly what I hope mine will be with Martha some day. Even though Martha is only 2, she has radically changed the dynamic around here, and it has been so much fun to have another girl in the house. She DEFINITELY smells better than her brothers, and she always will. (Although, she does laugh at “toots” because her brothers do, so she’s got a bit of tom-boy in her).

    I took all the kids shopping the other day, one at a time, and she had her turn first. She jumped out of the car (wow, she’s big enough to do that now!) and grabbed my hand and SKIPPED to the door of the store, all while singing, “going chopping, going chopping”. It. Was. Awesome! 🙂

    (And I’m not much of a shopper, really – it was just fun to be doing something with my GIRL). 🙂

  2. Martha 23 Dec, 2009

    Teresa, your thoughts about how special Rachel is made me cry. When we were having children we always wanted a boy, but we have three precious girls who have become great friends. I now am getting my boys because they are selected by my girls, and that’s special too! We are very blessed! Martha