Bittersweet

Louisa’s “cheese” face.  America’s Next Top Model, get ready!

Those who know me, know I am a very proud aunt.  Living in DC, I’m fortunate to get to spend lots of quality time with my sister’s baby, Lousia, affectionately known as “Lulu Bug”.  This is not her first debut on Long To Love.  You can read more about her here and here.

Since then, she acquired many new tricks.  Among them, twirling, dancing, and singing on command as well as pointing to the top corner of someone’s head and saying “bow”…I have trained her well!  She also eagerly refers to her favorite Aunt and Uncle as “Liddabet” and “Bubba”.  (Did you ever think Bernie would be a Bubba?)

One of her more astounding tricks that she has embraced since she was a wee one is her fondness for lemons.  She can’t get enough of them.  Over this past weekend, I tried to capture it on video.  This may be one of those instances where only the aunt thinks it’s cute, but hopefully this gives you an idea.
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She can never decide if she fully likes it, but she always goes back for more.  I’m still not exactly sure why, but for some reason, her love for the lemon reminds me of the Proverbs that says, 

“The satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” Proverbs 27:7 
This is also the title and theme of the Hagerty’s blog.  (One of my favorites.) 
I was thinking about this yesterday, when I read another friends’ blog who reviewed the memoir Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist.  

 

Nina’s blog is another one of my all time favorites.  As far as “baby blogs” go, she’s one of the best, so I wasn’t at all surprised when I was instantly sold by her review.  Here’s an excerpt:

“This book honors this life that is so unsure, and so sad in some moments, and breathtaking and joyful in others. But it describes these tensions without downplaying the pain or cheapening the beauty. It does not give a formula to quench the suffering. Suffering is and will be. Joy is and will continue on. There is change and transformation that emerge out of embracing this reality – not fighting it, not hiding from it:

“Bittersweet is the practice of believing that we really do need the bitter and the sweet. Sweet is nice enough, but bittersweet is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity. It’s courageous, gutsy, audacious, earthy.” – Shauna Niequist 

Today, Nina’s having a giveaway on her blog, so if you want to try to win a copy of Bittersweet, hop on over and leave a comment.

Happy Friday!

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