As we were loading up the truck, I was flooded with countless irreplaceable memories that I will cherish always. I can remember many a nap and bedtime rocking sweet Lillie to sleep in that green glider. And I can still see her “jump, jump, jumping” in that crib when it was time to get out and play. You see, when Kevin and I lived in Austin, Two Blue Peas operated out of Helen’s house. She had a better space for it, sure, but the real reason we worked from her house was so she could simultaneously care for her first born daughter. Lillie was such a big part of our workday. Helen would feed her while I monogrammed. We would tote our shipping boxes and noisy tape dispenser out onto the back balcony to keep from disturbing Lillie’s precious sleep while we packaged orders. And together, Helen and I would bound down the stairs to greet the little miss when she awoke from her nap. Those few years when we worked together instead of remotely were such a blessing and made the financial fears and start-up struggles more than worth it. We were essentially living the dream… hanging out all day with our best friend, working for ourselves, and tending to a little one whom reminded us daily of why were doing this in the first place.
After we finished loading up Lillie and Penny’s gear, we trekked over to Julia’s (Helen’s big sister) and then on to Cam and Tab’s (my brother and sister-in-law) to grab their donations as well. Before we hit the road for good, a couple of Helen’s kind neighbors even swung by with a few odds and ends to contribute. By the time we left town, that truck was filled with a crib and mattress, glider and ottoman, bookshelf, pack and play, tree swing, tricycle, strollers, car seats, toys, and clothes. Holy moly, the clothes! The lotus is now officially stocked with tops, tees, sweaters, dresses, shorts, shoes, coats – the whole gamut in a variety of sizes that will take her from adoption to a size 3T. I was absolutely overwhelmed with emotion looking at it all in one place. Overwhelmed with immense gratitude and love for our friends and family. Overwhelmed with beautiful memories. Overwhelmed with the feeling that this was all becoming more and more real by the day.
Finally, it was time to for Helen and I to hug the girls goodbye and get on the open road. It was a short and sweet nine hours in Austin, but we had a big couple days ahead of us. Upon cranking the engine for the first time, ZZ Top’s La Grange blasted through the radio, setting the stage for the hilarity and fun that would ensue over the next 36 hours. Before we even made it out of Helen’s neighborhood, we had to u-bangy and head back to the house for some Raid. Apparently the driver’s seat had become home to a mess of fire ants and they thought Helen was mighty tasty! Guess what? She’s a solid friend.
Since we left so late in the day, we decided to break up the trip a bit and spend the night in Plano (Dallas) with Helen’s mom and step dad. Besides the chance to catch up with them, we also got some good mama love with a nice breakfast and of course sammys and snacks for the road. Thanks a million Helen and David!