A weird thing I saw in the magazine rack this morning: a glossy magazine as slick as Vanity Fair or O magazine devoted entirely to singing the praises of Saudi Arabia and its leadership. A strange addition to the magazine line-up at the Walgreens in east Knox County, Tennessee. Some PR firm in the U.S. is raking in millions for spearheading this project and getting the magazine into racks in every nook and cranny of the U.S. The magazine doesn’t seem to mention that women in Saudi Arabia can’t drive, vote, hold office, own property or go anywhere in public without a burka and a male relative as an escort. #saudis #saudiarabia #publicrelations
My boy. #grief #childloss
The view from behind our house today.
When we moved out to the farm, my little flock of free range hens (meaning they could go in and out of their coop as they pleased) was decimated by hawks in under 72 hours. It was brutal. I’ve been looking for a super secure coop so I can have chickens again and I’ve found a guy who builds great coops so very soon I’ll be able to have #chickens again. #backyardchickens
Charlotte giving a front porch concert #violin #fiddle
Georgia attempting to get Leo into the spirit of #stpatricksday
A throwback to my beach baby @janegranju
Toothless Georgia dressed as a carrot for a show that the cousins put on today.
Charlotte hearts Buttermilk #guineapigs
I’m glad that flowers will be in bloom soon so I can take them to Henry this spring and summer #grief #bereavedparents #childloss
#tbt @elliotgranju & me
The #toothfairy had to make an overnight visit last night
A perfect little girl Saturday. Cousin Harper over to play. Warm enough to play outside all day. Hotdogs and grapes for lunch, and the parental okay to play outdoors barefoot and in pajamas instead of changing into actual clothing. @wendyrhickman
Look at Charlotte & Nancy’s intent faces in the middle of the table #knoxville #hibachi @elliotgranju @eleanort2 @ejatant
Big bro & little sis #family #siblings #sons #daughters
This will always be one of my fave pix of my girl. #daughters
She’s suddenly looking like the middle schooler she’ll be in the fall.
My loves. My reasons for staying sane. I am so proud of these happy, healthy humans.
Leo is very patient when they make him play the princess fairy in one of their make believe games. But he looks a little embarrassed, don’t you think? #dogs #giantdog #greatpyrenees #dogsofinstagram #greatpyreneesofinstgram
Because of course she needed cowboy boots. After all, as she pointed out, we live on a farm.
Ta da! Marketplace fully assembled. And now she’s sitting in it, using her little Chromebook to code some dancing guinea pigs to send to her cousin Harper. #likeagirl
She used her Target gift card that she got for Christmas to buy a play grocery store/marketplace thingy. It comes with lots of parts and I would never in a million years try to put it together myself. Jon would have to do it for me. But Charlotte just sat down, got all the pieces out and began reading the manual and assembling the toy. I’m SO GLAD that she believes in her own abilities to build and fix and follow directions like this. I don’t know when or how I decided that I am not able to build or fix or assemble. Sometime fairly early in childhood I think. But my girl can read a manual LIKE A BOSS #likeagirl
Me with my precious baby girl (and no, she’s not adopted ;-)) #waybackwednesday
Henry & @elliotgranju jammin’ together in their (very messy) bedroom #waybackwednesday
Henry looooved his obnoxious dog Fiat. We lost Fiat 4 years after Henry left us. I know they’re together now, with Henry throwing a tennis ball over and over and over for Fiat #waybackwednesday
Loved that Henry would still sit on my lap at age 12 #waybackwednesday
Going thru some pix today. My beachy girl #waybackwednesday @janegranju
Well hello, March. #tennessee #easttennessee #yellowflowers #daffodils #farm
Charlotte & Milo
I love watching her play with her dolls. It will make me so sad when everyone in the house is too old to want to play with dolls anymore.
#peterpan & Dorothy
Jane’s graduation photo
Henry’s 14th Birthday
Elliot & Jane
Me with my besties, BBK & SJE
My boy - dressed up and looking HANDSOME!
Elliot, Jane & Foster
Georgia & Jane in Bell Buckle
Georgia learning to walk on Leo
Me giving Henry a big old smooch on his 14th birthday
Mimi, Milo the cat, plus Charlotte practicing violin outdoors on a pretty early spring day
Charlotte no longer reads unless she’s tucked into the mermaid #Snuggie that Aunt @ejatant gave her for Christmas
Cousins Harper, Georgia and Charlotte at Exhibit Night at C & G’s school
Remembering baby Georgia. She weighed less than 5 lbs here
Milo is THE worst cat on the planet but Charlotte loves him.
Georgia got Pop to wear an Easter basket hat today ;-)
Mimi & Charlotte ra ticibg fiddle with a little help from Milo.
Early springtime down on the farm #tennessee #farmlife #heavenly
Jane, Georgia & Elliot. She loooves her biggest sissy and her big bro
On Tuesday of this week the bill that will create #HenrysLaw unanimously passed both the Tennessee state House & Senate Judiciary Committees.
Georgia & Charlotte love their Valentines - giant unicorn & a giant camel
Henry, with the whole big wide world ahead of him
Henry & me, just messing around with some gourds
My baby girl @janegranju
Leo, our #greatpyrenees is 10 years old this week! #dogsofinstagram #greatpyreneesofinstagram @janegranju @elliotgranju
Me & my girl @janegranju
Big sis/little sis
Another #timehop from my mom: Georgia at a month or two old. She weighed less than 5lbs when we brought her home. Oh, and did I mention how cute she was?
Your little dose of Georgia-ness for the day.
I’m in the meat department at Kroger. I’m not so sure that my kids have any real hankering for their own “meat hats.”
#flashbackfriday @ejatant , Robert, Mom & Dad with me circa 1989
Georgia says she’s writing a book. It’s about our dog Leo. So far it’s very suspenseful.
Charlotte got a book on Coding from scratch for Christmas and now she’s teaching herself. One of the coolest things about having kids is seeing them just start doing things you could never do - like when Henry picked up a guitar and just taught himself to play or the way Elliot was just an exceptional lacrosse player. Genes are a fascinating thing.
My Henry #childloss
My fave photo of Jane
Charlotte in today’s school spelling bee ( she won her class bee to get to the schoolwide one). She came in 3rd out of 50 today. She was very, very, very upset :-(
@janegranju & baby sis Georgia checking out Jane’s new digs in Nashville.
The beautiful couple at this weekend’s baby shower in Bell Buckle. Cant wait to meet Baby Biscuit Abernathy!
That time I accidentally dyed my hair the same color that #donaldtrump sports. This is from 2015 so I was way ahead of the cultural zeitgeist. (And as soon as I realized what I’d done, I hightailed it to the salon to get the Cheetos out of my hair)
Happy Birthday to Jonathan Hickman, love of my life, and the best husband, father and stepfather on the planet. Thank you, Jon, for putting up with me and our crazy crew of 4 offspring. We all love you to the moon and back. @janegranju @elliotgranju
Leo will be 10 years old in a few weeks and he’s in remarkably excellent health for a giant breed dog at his age. However he’s starting to be stiff when he gets up and down. I can tell that he’s hurting when he’s stiff like this. I’ve been reading about Rimadyl as a treatment for dogs’ stiff, sore joints and I’m thinking about asking his vet to prescribe it but I’ve also read about the possible side effects which we obviously don’t want. Have any of y’all given your dogs Rimadyl? Did it help much? Did your dog experience any side effects. All input welcome. #giantdogs #bigdogs #greatpyrenees #greatpyreneesofinstagram
Charlotte made this mug for me because she knows I collect #owl things (because Henry loved owls). She’s such a sweetie.
We miss our @janegranju already but are so happy she’s settled in Nashville in her new place and with her cool new job. Her little sisters can’t wait to see her house. #grownandflown
My mom sometimes sends me Timehops of the kids that I might not have/remember. How about this one of cousins NancyCat & Charlotte? Pretty darn cute. And that was,like, yesterday. #timehop #cousins #cuteoverload
Taking the Christmas tree down today, I allow myself to linger & weep just a little as I carefully take each of Henry’s special ornaments down, wrap them up like the treasures they are to me, and place them in the ornament box until next year. These little porcelain shoes were Henry’s first ornament and it’s so precious to me. #grief #childloss
I just love this photo of two of my favorite people: cousin @jandersoninbb (left) plus @elliotgranju (right) at #bonnaroo last summer. As we suffer through this horrid winter cold, this pic makes me pine for summer and live music on lawns.
Look at how much my two boys look alike. That’s Henry on the left and Elliot on the right.
Good dog,Leo #bigdogs #greatpyrenees #greatpyreneesofinstagram
He may have turned 20 today but @elliotgranju will always be my baby.
Betsy, Robert and I rocking 1984 at the formal dinner party that my parents and grandparents threw for my sweet 16. It was an *awesome* party despite how unhappy Robert and I look in this photo. And how about my Cheeto-orange haircolor at that particular point in time? Does the color remind you of anyone else’s hair color? Like, say, the current leader of the free world?
Happy 20th birthday today to my darling boy and happy first day at a new job in a new, big city to my dear daughter. A momentous day around here!
Georgia: my little optimist.
Me to Georgia: “Georgia, Charlotte has a right to say that people without underwear aren’t allowed on her bed.” Georgia to me: “Well then I have a right to say that people WITH underwear aren’t allowed on MY bed!”
Twenty (!!) years ago tonight I was in hard labor with this little pumpkin. He was born at 4am and by 10:30am he was in the NICU for a terrifying month-long stay. They told us he might not make it, but this baby boy had other ideas. He was a fighter, a tough little sprite who intended to leave that sterile plastic bassinet to experience the big, wide world. Today, as he prepares to leave his teen years behind at midnight, he will be a 20 year old who has faced more pain than I would wish on any child. But he came through the fire to emerge a beautiful, kind, daredevil of a young man. He pulls through the tough times with a stunning mix of grace & grit. I love you, my darling boy. Fly high and wide. And make your twenties just as special and wonderful as you are. @elliotgranju @janegranju
It’s so bitterly cold outside that I’ve brought our mostly-outdoor cat Milo in to snooze away the day on my bed. #tabbycat #catsofinstagram
Word. H/T to @deeleegee
It’s going to be hard to close this holiday season out. It’s been a great one and we are SO blessed. @janegranju @elliotgranju @eleanort2
Charlotte & Georgia ringing in the New Year at midnight. #newyear2017
I like her a whole lot at age 7. #daughters
#NYE at our house! The excitement is palpable ;-)
Only a few more days of enjoying #Christmas2017 decorations. I love Christmastime so much. I hate when it’s time to take down the decorations at the end of the season.