five fact friday

Five Fact Friday // One Lovely Life
1. I alluded to this on Instagram earlier this week, but Sophie came up with one of Milo’s best nicknames. They’ve been doing this thing the last few weeks, where Milo will get close and Sophie will stop, look at me, and say “teek-o?” (tickle) I’ll say “yes! You can tickle Milo!” She’ll then wiggle her fingers close to him (occasionally actually making contact) and he’ll, of course, beam uncontrollably as if to say “SHE’S TOUCHING ME! ALMOST!” And then I’ll say “good job, Sophie! He’s so happy! Look, he has a smile!” Well, one day this week, after this exchange, she paused thoughtfully and said “Smile-o!” Smilo it is. Because never in the history of ever has there been a boy so happy to have his sister’s attention.

Five Fact Friday // One Lovely Life2. April 2nd was Autism Awareness Day. It also happened to be the day of Sophie’s first IEP (Individualized Education Plan). She’ll be starting special needs preschool this fall, and all our evaluations are done. We wrote up some goals for her based on her specific delays and needs. It was kind of a bittersweet day. We’ve come so far in a year. We have so far to go. My beautiful, smart, clever girl will be starting real school in just less than four months. I’m so scared and excited for her. I can’t seem to get my thoughts together about this last year since our diagnosis, though I’ve tried writing about it half a dozen times. Suffice it to say (for now, at least) that God is good, life can be so very hard, and love wins.

Five Fact Friday // One Lovely Life
3. Speaking of love winning, Milo has a few words! He can say “no-no,” “all done,” “bubble,” “shoes,” “hi,” and (my favorite) “mama.” Both of my babies can say my name. They learned it within three months of each other (Sophie started saying my name at Christmas). It makes my heart so happy to hear it, even when it’s on the monitor from a certain boy who shall remain nameless who is on nap strike, calling out for rescue.

Five Fact Friday // One Lovely Life

4. Two weeks ago, we were in Target, on our way to the checkout when out of nowhere, Sophie cried out “DRESS!!!!!”
I stopped the cart and looked around. Then I spotted it. Her eyes and arms and fingers were all fixed on The Dress. Mint fabric, floral print, and a cheery yellow flower. Of course you need The Dress in your life, Sophie. Of course. So we walked over, I showed her a few other choices, which she fully and completely in all ways ignored. She cradled The Dress all the way to the checkout, handed it directly to the cashier instead of allowing it to touch the conveyor belt and reached for it to be handed right back to her after it was scanned. She carried it carefully all the way home, hung it up on a door handle and just stood back and admired it. We’ve worn The Dress at least twice a week since then. It’s perfection.

Five Fact Friday // One Lovely Life
5. It’s Michael’s birthday this weekend. He doesn’t like a huge fuss, so I’m NOT going to tell you that I love him a lot, and I’m NOT going to say that we’re SO happy to have him in our family, and I won’t tell you how proud we are of the work he’s doing in graduate school, or wax poetic on his many virtues, and I won’t say that we hope it is a fabulous, wonderful, in-all-ways-good birthday. I will, instead, show you this T-shirt we got him to celebrate (on the left). Now he and Milo can be twins! (though Milo’s shirt was long sleeved and that ship sailed like 2 months ago)

Happy weekend, dear reader! Are you doing anything fun? We’ll be spending much of the weekend watching our church’s twice-yearly conference. Feel free to check it out yourself, if you like. Wishing you every good thing! 


  1. Momma Lynn says

    Happy Birthday to Michael! Happy beautiful new Dress for Sophie! Happy Day for Smilo! And a huge shout out for the Mom that keeps everyone rolling in the right direction!

  2. Diana Kirkpatrick says

    I have a grandaughter 26 months old who only says mama ,yay and no . She also won’t turn and look at you when you say her name maybe 1 out of 10 times other than that happy and loving and sweet as can be we have an appointment in September at a child developmental pediatrician in Tulsa…I have always suspected autism and I cry so much at home alone and no~one to talk to about it…I loved (smile~o) and (the dress) I will be following your site…

    • says

      Oh, Diana! I’m so sorry! Please feel free to email me if you have questions or would like to be connected to resources. (

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