The Friday Jot List

Woah. Friends. This was some crazy week for me. I didn't get home from work until about 9 on Monday night and then HDawg had his ear tube surgery bright and early Tuesday morning. He rocked the surgery like a champ... and I did pretty well, too. Ha! I only cried twice ; ) He's recovering so well. In fact, he seems back to normal which is awesome. Such a tough kid. Even though it was hard to put him through the procedure, I know this will be great for him. Anyways, I ended up having to go in late Tuesday afternoon and work late Tuesday night... and all day Wednesday and Thursday. If you follow me on Instagram (@tenjuneblog), you know that my day yesterday was, well, interesting. Baby H's new thing is to get up between 4-5 AM (moms, how can I break him of this?!). So I crawl out of bed at 4:45 AM only to find that Tucker decided to turn my house into his personal restroom. Oy. Add to that the fact that I had a 2.5 hour commute to work yesterday morning.... And did I mention David was out of town? FUN, right! 

I'm telling y'all all of this not to complain but to apologize. You guys submitted some kick butt projects for this week's Tuesdays at Ten June feature and I'm so sad I didn't have a chance to share them! Needless to say, next week's feature will be fabulous. And if you haven't submitted anything yet, email ( subject line "Tuesdays at Ten June") or Instagram (#tuesdaysattenjune) those projects over to me! The more, the merrier!

Alright, onto my Friday thoughts.

1. Heroes. You may have heard this story on the news, but we've got somewhat of a local hero on our hands here in Atlanta. Earlier this week, a gunman entered a local Atlanta elementary school with a loaded AK-47. An administrative clerk in the front office decided to divert the gunman's attention from the students... the babies... to herself by beginning a conversation with him. She put all fear aside and simply spoke to the 20-year-old man on a personal level, asking him what was bothering him and why he was so upset. As he explained that he was mentally unstable and off his regular medication, she told the man that she had personally struggled with depression and that everyone goes through rough times. Meanwhile, police officers snuck the children out the back of the school. She convinced the gunman that even though he was in a rough place in life, he didn't need to harm anyone and should give himself up to the police. He did so, willingly, and no one was harmed.

It was an absolutely incredible story of bravery and grace. I sobbed my eyes out thinking about how scary the situation could have been had this woman not been so strong. Her entire conversation with the gunman was recorded on a 911 call, which you can hear here. Doesn't it just blow your mind that there are such amazing people out in the world? My daily prayer includes a request to the big man upstairs for strength and grace. This woman embodies both. I'm proud to say that I live in the same community as her. She is such a hero!

2. Dresser amazingness. While this is a complete change of pace from my first thought, I just had to share the amazing dresser makeover that Chris from Just A Girl recently did. I had the chance to spend a lot of time with Chris at the Haven conference and I can affirm that she's just as awesome and funny in person as she is on her blog. And, clearly, ridiculously talented. This piece looks like it could be sold in a high-end store! Restoration Hardware, what?

3. World Market sale. One of my fav inexpensive home decor retailers is having all kinds of great sales right now through Sunday. I'm actually willing myself not to go into the store this weekend because momma wants a few new things! Put. The. Wallet. Away. Right now, WM is having a living room furniture sale, a curtain sale and a wall art sale. Mhm, that sounds like fun! Okay, so maybe I need to at least stop by and see what they've got on their floor... right? : )

That's all for now. Hug those heroes in your life extra tight today! Have a great weekend.


  1. So sorry this week was so rough for you! I hadn't heard about the gunman in Atlanta but I just listened to the 911 call and had trouble keeping it together...Wow!

  2. My daughter did this and I would go in her room, turn her music back on, give her her pacifier and say its not time to wake up yet. Then I'd lay her back down and she'd fuss for a minute or two and fall back asleep. Just don't turn lights on! Hope that helps :)

  3. Oh my goodness, I live in Georgia too. I watched that story unfold on the news and was in tears all day thinking of how precarious the situation was and how amazing that no one got hurt. My son just started Kindergarden this year, so it really hit home for me. It could have so easily ended differently. We do have an amazing hero in our community. I thank God that she was able to avert this tragedy. In my heart, I'm giving her and everyone involved a standing ovation.

    I'm glad your little guy did well in his surgery.

  4. We went through the 4/5 am wake up and play for the day period too, but I just left little dude in his cot for an extra hour. He sometimes screamed and carried on but eventually just played in his cot then fell back asleep. At this point as well I moved his bed time forward to 7pm rather than 7.30/8pm and I found this helped a bit. He has been such a brave little soldier with his ear surgery!
    We didn't hear of the Atlanta elementary school event but what an incredibly brave woman that changed the potentially devastating outcome into life changing for all parties. They are our prayers tonight.


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