Fall Fashion with Meijer

Meijer Fall Fashion Look - #MeijerStyle

If you’ve been around awhile, you know that I aim for transparency here on the blog because I have no interest in contributing ammo to that inner guilt monologue many of us struggle with. This is why I considered naming this post The Most Awkward Fashion Post Ever.

Why? Well, I have a confession to make that will probably not shock you, but I must share. I am not a fashionista. Whew, now that’s out there, I feel no different. Ah well, what can you do?

Seeing as I am not a fashionista, it makes no sense that I actually signed on with Meijer for their Fall Fashion Look campaign, right? Or does it?

You see, I may be a woman who spends most of her time at home and out of the eye of the public, but I do occasionally like to wear nice clothes. And by nice clothes, I mean clothes that were not picked for practicality purposes. Sometimes I just want to feel pretty, dang it. The fact that I am a walking napkin for a toddler be danged!

And, I’ll be 100% honest here and say that lately I’ve had more “busted can of biscuits” days than “I feel pretty” days. Bet you never thought you would see a fashion post with busted can of biscuits in it, did you?

And right about now, Meijer is thinking, “What the heck did we do when we agreed to let her participate?” So I should get to the point here.

I am a homeschool mom with a budget that has very little time to shop for anything that is not groceries, kid’s stuff, or homeschool related. This leaves my wardrobe pretty, um, consistent? Meaning I rarely add anything new to it.

So when Meijer offered me a gift card in exchange for some shopping in their store and a post about their fall fashions, I jumped. Shopping for me? Yes, please.

Before I tell you what I bought, let me share a little about why Meijer has this fashion campaign going on in the first place.

Meijer Fall Fashion #MeijerStyle

Meijer has a new special website for their fashion department called Meijer Style where you can find their fall look book. They currently have a special event going on where you can win a $100 Meijer gift card (five winners!). For all the details, check out the contest’s page on their website.

Now on to the clothes and my observations.

First, I do not have a picture of me in them, but I am currently wearing a pair of the leggings pictured above and they are really comfortable. They just did not work for the outfit I ended up creating so, no picture.

I was impressed with the selection Meijer had. If you are a trendy sort, their boots and jewelry might surprise you, particularly when it comes to cost.

I was pleasantly surprised by the cost of many of the items I picked up. Like the leggings. They were $10, regular price. The weekend I shopped, they were on sale for $8. Definitely more affordable than than the last pair I purchased on clearance elsewhere back in the winter.

If you are modesty conscious, you may also be pleasantly surprised. I saw many modest selections, including cute skirts, longer/looser fitting shirts, and the above mentioned leggings (for under skirts ;) ).

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for…my outfit.

Meijer Fall Fashion Look - #MeijerStyle

I found a shirt and necklace that I really liked. I was looking for something different than my usual black or gray. I love wearing black, but I have missed wearing color as I’ve gained some weight and no longer feel comfortable in a few of my favorite shirts.

I paired them with a skirt that I already had (though I almost bought like 5 when I was shopping, seriously great prices in the clearance section…). I also bought a black cotton camisole to go underneath the shirt because, I’m never going to participate in the see through clothes trend. Ever.

I will probably end up either wearing the leggings under this, wearing one of my longer skirts, or pairing it with a pair of dark jeans as the weather really cools down. For now though, it works.

Here is another shot of the shirt:

Meijer Fall Fashion Look - #MeijerStyle

I would like to thank Meijer for the gift card and allowing this non-fashionista, homeschool mama a chance to participate in their Fall Fashion Look campaign. Be sure to check out Meijer’s Fall clothing selection the next time you are in to pick up some groceries.

How to Fail Successfully {Healthy Habits Tuesday}

how-to-fail-successfullyThis week was pretty bad as far as working towards my goals. I fought myself every step of the way. I was already struggling with my carb cravings when I stepped on the scale to see a number I haven’t seen since a year ago. I knew my weight had gone back up because my clothes were starting to feel snug again.

Funny thing is, seeing my suspicions confirmed by the scale didn’t inspire any motivation. Instead I wanted to shovel hot fudge in my mouth. That wouldn’t help anything. You see, my problem is, eating the right foods and exercising isn’t nearly as fun as getting fat. Being fat stinks, getting fat not-so-much.

Let me just stop here and say this: I’m not looking for a pity party or any motivation even. The funny thing about this all is, it happens in my head. My struggles are internal. You can’t change them and I don’t expect you to. I just have days where I struggle to remember WHY I want to do this so that I can WANT to do it. Sometimes I have a week of those days.

Before I tell you some tips I found helpful, I’ll give you a final update on my January goals:

  • Memorizing scripture. I did not memorize the ones listed, but I did achieve this. I memorized at least one scripture per week with my kids. We do this during our morning group-work session.
  • Pray daily. I did do this. I did pray daily. {psst, check out that link}
  • More water. Did great with this until this week. Funny thing is, if I would just stick with this, it would help with the food issues. I simply don’t have enough room to stuff myself with sweets if I am drinking enough water. I will continue to work on this.
  • More veggies. This isn’t going as well as I had hoped. I’ve struggled to include fresh anything in our diets.
  • Remove HFCS. Going well. Feels less strange to check labels.

The one thing that I’ve actually had the most success with this month was not even on my radar at first: getting up early. I’ve successfully gotten up by 6:30 every week day for the past two weeks. Now it’s my turn to be the crazy person and tell you that it really does get easier the longer you do it.

The hardest mornings follow the nights my 11 month old gets up to nurse. He’s very busy during the day and doesn’t want to sit still to nurse. So he makes up for it at night. Not an ideal situation for getting good sleep.

Now, some things I found helpful in motivating myself.healthy-habits-250

Interrupting the whine my inner voice will fall into (I’m just so tired, but I waaaant to, etc.) with a reminder that I have enough time to get my work done, that I WANT to do the things scheduled for my day, and WHY I want to do it. Sometimes I just repeat to myself, just do it. Corny? Yes. Helpful? Sometimes.

I do not mean this to replace the one change you must make, this is in addition to.

Drink a glass of water. Sometimes my fatigue is simply my body telling me I need water.

Pop a pill. No, I’m not talking about prescription drugs here. Sometimes with my glass of water, I’ll take a couple Vitamin D3 and Vitamin C. I’ve noticed a lot of this comes at me when there isn’t much sunshine. Ultimately, I aim to get outside and walk every day, but for now, this is where I am.

Letting go. It’s funny, in my rebellious self, sometimes the only motivation I need to get something done is to give myself permission to NOT do it. Oftentimes, that breaks this mental “gotta do it” weight on my shoulders and I find myself getting the task finished because I can think clearly enough to remember why I wanted to get it done in the first place.

Re-evaluate. Sometimes I’m not ready for a goal I’ve set. Sometimes there is more work to be done before I can work on a task. Reevaluating does not mean I’m giving up, it means I realize that I’m not perfect and sometimes it takes my optimistic, overachiever, loves-to-plan brain a while to realize that. Goals are flexible. Goals are personal. Just because it sounds like a good goal, doesn’t mean it is a good goal for me.

The point of this post is not to give any revolutionary ideas. Clearly. The point of this post is to show that sometimes, most of the time, little things matter much.

The most important thing to remember when reaching for a goal is this: Never give up. Fall, stumble, pity party if you need to, change directions, but get back up and KEEP GOING.

You can do this. After all, if God is for us, who can stop us?

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My One Word for 2013 {10 Days of One Word}

10 Days of One Word mine

I had a completely different word when I started this series. And then I felt a tug. I was going to use Home. Home felt nice. It tied my to do lists, goals, life’s purpose all up in a neat little package. I was going to break it down, really dive in. Then, God dropped a word on my heart that changed it all.

See, I was going to re-name the blog in December. I was slightly uncomfortable about the blog being named after me when I had determined the focus of this blog was to proclaim the glory of God as He worked in my life. I was tossing around a couple ideas which I loved. And then I googled them. Apparently they were good because lots of other bloggers had chosen them. Well.

I finally came to grips with the fact that this blog bears my name as my life bears it. And that is doesn’t diminish the work of God in my life. And so it is still the Vicki Arnold blog. I did add a new tagline as the previous one no longer fit. It was “faith. family. food. fotography.” Actually, I’m not sure that it ever really did fit so much as it was what I wanted the blog to be. The new tagline is “Where P31 & Titus 2 meet Colossians 3:23.

Colossians 3:23 speaks to serving with the right heart attitude. And that is what my word is about. Serving in all the areas God has called me to with —


So simple, yet so easy to lose.

For me this will be a multi-faceted journey. Kind of like my life.

I will be purposing to:

Find joy in routine.

Rediscover joy in homeschooling.

Revel in the joy of my salvation.

Focus on the joy in the everyday.

My scriptures for my journey:

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11

“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” Psalm 51:12

” My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” James 1:2-3


Now that we are at the end of our 10 post series, I want to know. Do you have a word for this year?

I’m linking up with Melanie at Only a Breath and others.

The One Thing You Must Change to Meet Any Goal {Healthy Habits Tuesday}

This week has been a struggle for me. I’ve been struggling with my sleep pattern. I’ve come a long way from my days as a teenager, where all I wanted to do was sleep. Actually, all I wanted to do was stay up all night, and then sleep really late. As I grew up (and got a job, and married, and had kids…), this area was probably the second biggest area that I struggled with self-discipline (the first is food). And I was miserable.

Long story short, I began praying for God to make me a morning person. I don’t even remember when I started praying this. I just knew that I got so much more done in my day when I got out of bed before the kids got up around 8:00 a.m. Which brings us to the present. I very much want to be up early (early = 6 a.m. for me), I’ve even prayed for God to help me.

Would you be surprised that He is faithful to help me? It shouldn’t.

Would it surprise you to know that I’ve ignored his prompting on the mornings that He didn’t wake the baby to nurse as my help to get out of bed? It shouldn’t.

Enter frustration.

My struggle this week has been frustration with myself. So today’s post is really for me (aren’t they all?). I’ve had this post topic in my little blog binder since the beginning of the month. Apparently, God knew I would need it this week.


The one thing you must change to meet any goal? The voice in your head. The one that says, “I don’t want to get out of bed” or “I’ll start eating healthy tomorrow.” The voice that you allow to play in your head all day will set the tone for your day, which in turn, sets the tone for your life.

What do you replace it with?

  • Scripture. Read it. Write it. Memorize it. Say it over and over again in your head. Do it as you fall asleep and again when you get up.
  • Worship. Prayers of adoration. Praising God for who He is. Sing worship songs in your head. Seriously. Or just repeat this – “Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” See Revelation 4:8.
  • Gratitude. You may need serious change in your life, but there is always something to be thankful for. The very breath you breathe is a gift from God. You don’t have to write them out for it to count, though you may find that helpful. Focus your mind on the things God has already given you. Count your blessings all day long in your head. It has a way of changing your perspective.
  • Prayer. Lay it all out. Tell Him how frustrated, angry, hurt you are (He knows). Tell Him everything that you would tell in a venting session with your closest friend (He’s a better listener). And then, ask Him to change you. You have to be willing to LET Him change you, but if you’re willing, He will.

Did you notice something?

Not one of these changes is really you. This list is you leaning on your heavenly Father. Depending on Him. Desperately needing Him. Firmly planting yourself in His presence.

He is faithful.

Even when you’re not.

Linking up to Teachers of Good Things and Titus 2sday. Be sure to check out both of those posts for more encouragement.

Also linking up with Wellness Wednesdays.


Action-Packed One Words {10 Days of One Word}

10 Days of One Word actionBut be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” – James 1:22-25 (emphasis mine)

I think it’s pretty clear that God doesn’t view sitting on our hind-quarters as a life well lived. Action is something I struggle with, to be honest. I’m the curl up on a couch with a good book, chat with friends for hours kind of girl. I’ve been working on this for a few years now. Which brings me to another reason I love One Word. I’ve found that it isn’t just a one year thing. I’m still finding ways that I’m changing, becoming more diligent, and doing new things. It is part of the process of God refining this miry clay of me. Enough of me.

Now I bring you today’s list of One Words. This list is a list of verbs – “a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence. Today’s list is kind of long.

  1. Make
  2. Build
  3. Create
  4. Prepare
  5. Cook
  6. Move
  7. Walk
  8. Stir
  9. Progress
  10. Act
  11. Touch
  12. Heal
  13. Improve
  14. Help
  15. Abide
  16. Persist
  17. Obey
  18. Observe
  19. Accept
  20. Grow
  21. Cultivate
  22. Thrive
  23. Flourish
  24. Nurture
  25. Go
  26. Stretch
  27. Lead
  28. Give
  29. Commit
  30. Devote
  31. Dedicate
  32. Deliver
  33. Explore
  34. Consider
  35. Study
  36. Review
  37. Do
  38. Accomplish
  39. Achieve
  40. Behave
  41. Adjust
  42. Resolve
  43. Journey
  44. Drive
  45. Travel

Next, words inspired by home. Check out the rest of the series on the Overview post!

100 Things…Well, Not Exactly…Wait, Yes!

As I’ve been going through my digital files, I realized one of the things I have loved about blogging from the beginning is how a reader can connect with someone they would have never met in daily life and actually get to know them. All through the internet.

On one of my previous blogs, I hit 100 posts and made a 100 things about me post. I’m not going to reprint this in one fell swoop, but I thought you might find some of it interesting.

I used to be funny. Maybe that’s arrogant. Here, try this…my former self makes my present self laugh.

Now you just think I’m weird. You’re right.

Also, I did actually pass 100 posts here on this blog. It just happened when I wasn’t looking and I didn’t feel like it deserved much fanfare this time. Perspectives kind of change overtime. And with that I would like to make a note here about these getting to know me type posts that show up in the “Me” category:

This blog isn’t really about me. This blog is about the life I live serving the God I love. You will see a lot of me around (*cough*title*cough*), but what this blog is really about is a life created to be uniquely mine. I choose to share my struggles, my victories and my questions (well, one day I hope to be brave enough for this one) here with the prayer that God will use what He is doing in my life to touch the life of someone else. In the way that only He can, bringing the right words to the right heart at the right time.

So really, it is not about me. It’s deeper than that.

Oh, and just in case you’re thinking “dude, it’s just a blog!” Do not worry, no big ego-head here. I still wash dirty diapers, dishes, and laundry everyday. I just do it with a tiara now.

And now is the part of the post where I change my mind and go ahead and actually post all 100 things with a wee bit of editing…ahem.

1.    My real name is Victoria.
2.    My Mamaw said Victoria is too big a name for such a little girl, so she called me Vicki.
3.    My Grandma has always called me Victoria until recently. She went straight to Vic. (Hi, Grandma!)
4.    I have a sister who is 2 years and 11 days younger than me.  I was born in March, she in April.
5.    I have two cousins who are also 2 years and 11 days apart.  One born in March, the other in April. Siblings.
6.    My youngest two children are 2 years and 8 days apart, though if one of them had been born on their due dates, they would have been 2 years and 11 days apart. One in April, the other in May.  Neat, huh?
7.    I have a baby brother who is 3 years younger than me.
8.    I still feel fiercely protective of my baby brother.  Deal with it. –> She says to no one in particular.  She likes to sound tough.  She doesn’t really like to use third person when referring to herself.  She will stop.  Right.  Now.
9.    I had a cat named Tom most of when I was growing up.  He was an outside cat, but desperately wanted to be an inside cat.  Every chance he got, he would try to dart past you into the house.  And immediately hide or potty in a houseplant, of course.
10.    We attempted to have a few dogs when I was little.  I only remember Spitz and Scooby, though I couldn’t tell you with 100% certainty what breed either of them were.  Spitz was white and Scooby was golden.
11.    The family that I now co-chair has attempted three cats and two dogs I don’t even know how many cats and four dogs.  We have three cats and one dog currently.
12.    I like the IDEA of pets.  The reality is too hairy and smelly for me.
13.    I am married to an animal lover.
14.    I met my husband when I was 10.
15.    I married my husband when I was 19.
16.    We got married on Sweetest Day.  Awe, I know.
17.    Andrew is my husband.
18.    We only went on one official date.
19.    His brother once asked me out.  And I said yes.  I’m pretty, 100% sure we were both joking.  I look up to him as an older brother.  Have for a long time.
20.    I love my sister-in-law like a sister.
21.    I am younger than my hubby by 1 year and 5 months.
22.    I am not looking forward to 30 the closer it comes. (Update: It’s not so bad.)
23.    I am the proud Mommy to three four sweeties.  Miss J is currently almost six (yes, it is an age, just ask her).  The Little Man is four.  And my baby Little Miss M is two.
24.    My son told me today that he wanted me to change his name to Mud.  Sigh.
25.    I gave birth to this same son in our apartment with my husband.
26.    When I was younger I had a personal cut-off age for having children.  It was 32. (Update: Haha, nope.)
27.    I’ve always wanted to adopt.  Not internationally. (Update: Except that now internationally would be great, too.)
28.    I am random.
29.    I am creative.
30.    My worst flaw is procrastination.
31.    My best flaw is that I wear my heart on my sleeve.
32.    I sometimes have a hard time concentrating on a conversation if I don’t understand what is being talked about or if I’m not interested in the subject.
33.    I am slow-witted.  I leave conversations thinking of the quick comebacks I could have used.
34.    I am mostly glad about that.  It keeps me from running my mouth when I should keep it shut.
35.    I love to write.
36.    I love to blog.  Yes, they are different.
37.    I’m considering querying our local paper about authoring a column. (Update: Haha, nope.)
38.    I doubt my talent.
39.    I do have articles published online.
40.    I love, love, love to read.
41.    I am short, five feet two inches.
42.    I wear flip flops almost daily.
43.    I prefer barefoot.
44.    I graduated high school with a 3.3 GPA on a non-weighted scale.
45.    I went to college briefly.  I spent half a semester at Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame.
46.    I was going to major in elementary education.
47.    I had an early life crisis and left.
48.    I disappointed a lot of people with that decision.
49.    I don’t regret it.  I am only now figuring out who I am and what I want to do with my life.
50.    What I want to do with this season of my life is raise godly, respectable children who love Christ, love others as Christ would have them and understand that there is right and wrong. (Update: Yes, Yes…still yes!)
51.    I work hard to make sure my children feel loved, know they are loved and to model honesty, humility and discipline for my children.
52.    I believe that everything happens for a reason.
53.    I believe life is about choice.  No matter what happens, we always have at least two options.  Even in hardships or situations where we are victimized.
54.    I am pro-life.  I believe that choice is to be made before conception (in most cases).
55.    My favorite time of the year is the Christmas holiday season.
56.    I home-school our children, our oldest is in Kindergarten, middle is Pre-K. (Update: 4th, 3rd, 1st, and baby)
57.    My favorite season is fall.
58.    My favorite color is purple.
59.    My room when I was younger was primary green with mint green trim and our bunk beds were BRIGHT yellow (oh, yes) because my sister didn’t want to agree with me and paint the room purple.  And I’m pretty sure there was a parental veto on the black walls.
60.    Laundry is the bain of my existence.
61.    I like, no love, to talk. (This marked 1,000 words in this post)
62.    My hubby and I ride a motorcycle.
63.    Andrew plays instruments and sings.  I don’t.
64.    I won a couple poetry contests when I was in school.
65.    I love music.
66.    I love music.
67.    I love music.
68.    I sell (Update: nope).
69.    I like to shop.  Oh, yes.
70.    We recently bought a Chevrolet Suburban to replace my purple, two-door Grand Prix as the family go-mobile.
71.    I daydream.  Still.  A lot.
72.    I am dragging my husband to the So You Think You Can Dance tour in October.
73.    My son currently has a no-hawk.  Or mohawk, whichever you prefer.
74.    My favorite song right now is I Will Not Be Moved by Natalie Grant.
75.    My second favorite song is Tears of the Saints by Leeland.
76.    My favorite singer is Andrew.
77.    I don’t have a favorite book, I like all that I’ve read.
78.    My favorite movie right now is Singing In the Rain.  It is also Miss J’s favorite.
79.    My son is obsessed with all things poo-rific.
80.    I have three nieces and two nephews. (Update: soon-to-be 5 and 2.)
81.    When I walk out my front door, my parent’s house is directly to my right.
82.    My brother-in-law and sister-in-law’s house is directly to our left.
83.    Andrew’s parents house is directly behind us, about 1/4 of a mile down the lane.
84.    We built our house in 2005.  Andrew did a huge portion of the work.
85.    I like to plant flower beds.
86.    I like to garden.
87.    I don’t like to weed.
88.    I don’t like humid heat.
89.    My clean jeans were rained on last night.
90.    I love to sew, especially clothes for my kids.
91.    I LOVE to bead and make jewelry.
92.    I have too much stuff.  I’m a reforming pack-rat.
93.    I have attended the same church for four two years now.
94.    I am a born again Christian.
95.    I believe the Bible is the true, indisputable, infallible Word of God.
96.    I don’t read the Bible as much as I should.
97.    I believe prayer brings miracles.
98.    I believe in miracles.
99.    I believe in the Holy Spirit.
100.    I am a humble follower of Christ who strives to be more like Him and less like me everyday.

Dude, if you’re still with me, come over and I’ll make you cookies. Or that might be awkward now that you know so much about me. Um, can I mail them?

Won’t you join me?

Can Anyone Point Me to the Nearest Black Hole?

My children crack me up. They are also growing up way, way too fast. This post is another from my previous blogs. Those of you who know Julia will remember the toddler in this story well. Those of you who don’t know her will wish you did. Seriously, the girl is one of the most awesome people in my life. Her current homeschool assignment is to solve the horrid condition of children growing up too fast. She’s smart, we should have a cure soon.

As I read this, I remember the scene vividly. This is why I’m reprinting these. So I do not lose these precious memories.


This story illustrates my oldest’s personality very well.  Yep, another flashback.

My oldest daughter is four and a half years old. She is a very smart girl, well mannered and silly. I love her to pieces. However, the girl “loses” and “can’t find” things more than anyone I’ve ever met. She also has selective sight.

Sometimes I think she might have magical powers. She will have a cup in her hand (usually full of milk) and two seconds later, we can’t find it anywhere in the house. A few days pass and we stumble on the missing cup (now full of curdled milk, very ewww). She still mostly uses a cup with a lid, just for reference purposes.

That said, the funniest of moments came at lunch the other day.

I told the kids to find their cups and have a seat. Julia hops in her seat and starts eating. She looks at me and said, “I’m thirsty.”

I said, “Well, get your cup.”

Not moving an inch, she says, “I can’t find it.”

“Well, then, you’ll be thirsty.”

Now comes a little whine, quickly stopped by a Mommy look. “Look around and see if you can find your cup. I’ll give you a hint, it’s in the kitchen.”

My four year old drama queen proceeds to fling her arm around and say, “Oh, it is? Where?”

She looks under the table, “Is it down here?”

She looks at her brother (quietly drinking out of his cup). She looks at her baby sister in the high chair. She looks at me, “I don’t see it.”

“Ok, another hint. It’s on the table.”

Her face lights up, she flings that arm again, still doesn’t see the cup. At this point, I am laughing and finally point to the cup. The cup that was sitting directly in front of her the whole time. Dangerously, I might add, since she almost knocked it over twice with that dramatically flailing arm.

Originally posted July 18, 2007 :: Originally re-posted September 6, 2008

You Haven’t Been Here Before…

This is a reprint of a blog post from my original blog, which I then re-posted on my next blog. I’m hoping that this is the last time I change blogs. I do have different (read: more than two) readers so this will be new to most of you.

Also, I clearly remember this trip and there is no way it was five stinkin’ years ago.


I just love this story.

Sidenote- I do realize that it may sound a little weird to comment that I just love this story when I am referring to something I wrote. Just note that it feels weird to write, as well. So, now that we’re both feeling weird, here is the story.

Yesterday we went shopping with my sister, her two kids and our brood. Our first stop was the area’s Gap Clearance Center.

My sister has a boy, 2 1/2 years, and a girl, 9 months. My kids love my sister and their cousins, so any chance they get to be with them, they are right there. Well, my Julia (almost 5) is walking with my sister when a shirt catches her eye. She picks it up and brings it to me. It was a size 3, so it was to small for her and I told her so.

She takes the shirt back to my sister and says, “Here, Aunt Becky.”

Becky looks at her and says, “That’s nice, but I don’t need it.”

Julia says, “But you can buy it.”

Becky says, “I’m not buying a pink shirt for Brandon.”

Julia promptly replies, “You’ve never been here before, have you?”

Originally posted October 13, 2007 :: Originally re-posted September 11, 2008