Can we still be friends if I tell you I’m scared?
I hope so.
I really need a friend right now.
Both twins are having surgery tomorrow. Westleigh, the oldest twin, is having her tonsils out. That was planned. That was expected. I was ready. But we just found out tonight that the tiniest twin, Whitney, has a detached retina and she’s having emergency surgery tomorrow. They are optimistic she will keep at least some of the sight in one eye.
I’m crying as I type this.
I’m crying because I’m a mom.
I’m crying because these are my babies.
I’m crying because I’m overwhelmed and underprepared and nervous and worried and my heart is heavy.
And when I’m done crying…
…I’ll start praying. 🙂
By the time you read this we will have left for the hospital and the surgeries at dark thirty.
I had the most beautiful Thanksgiving place settings planned and a funny story and the cutest idea for a wreath that may or may not involve a scarf.
But all that can wait.
Today is for the important things like waiting rooms and holding people’s hands and smiling back tears and watching over these tiny blonde-haired curly headed twins.
So to give you a little inspiration while I’m busy…
…I’m re-sharing a fun DIY I’ve shared before.
How to make a pinecone acorn.
Here’s how these acorns started out.
Simple wooden eggs from the craft store. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby where they are about a dollar a piece give or take a 40% off coupon.
You can find them over in the wooden spare parts section.
Then I stained them with my favorite new color of stain called Provincial.
I just added one coat of stain, but if you want it darker, you could always add another coat.
Next I dissected a pine cone.
I took off the top part with the little stem and then peeled off the individual pieces.
You will need about 20 small pieces and a top per acorn.
Then I hot glued the top of the pine cone onto the top of the egg.
And I filled in the rest of the acorn top with stray pieces of pine cone.
When you glue the top, it creates a small area between the egg and the acorn.
I glued the first layer of pine cone pieces to the bottom.
Next, I added layer after layer until all the layers created the entire acorn top.
Here’s the finished acorn.
When I pulled them out this year to decorate, they held up amazingly well.
I hope you like the project and I’ll keep you all posted on the twins.
Thank you for listening.