Brain Dump

April 7, 2014

You know, there are weeks around here that nothing happens. We get into this lull and I almost start to wonder, “Is this it? Nothing exciting will ever happen again?”

I tend to be very realistic in my thinking – obviously.

Then weeks happen like these past 2ish – where all the things happen at one time and I’m left thinking, “I haven’t blogged in a week and now I have so much to write about and WHERE DO I BEGIN?”

So I’ll just begin:

Last Monday we hired a new sitter, our current one is moving home after over a year with us. Our new one started today and Bella was all kinds of riled up with excitement and nervousness. I know change is hard on both of us, but she seems to be pretty resilient to welcoming in new people in her life.

Wednesday I left for Austin, TX. I was a guest of Bridgestone Tires. They unveiled their Drive Guard tire – you can have a flat and drive 50 more miles at up to 50mph on it. As much travel as we put on our car, and the fact that so much of the time Sam is gone or out of reach with work, I was instantly intrigued. I’ve had two flats before (one was with Bella) and it was horrible. Plus the guy who came to change it (rightly) assumed I didn’t know much about tires and I had to call Sam in Georgia to ask if the lug nuts truly would break off the wheel if he changed it.


I had an amazing time. Bridgestone did a first class job with us, paying for everything and making sure we had more than simply tire info for 2 days. They flew in comedians, rented out restaurants and the famous Austin City Limits, took care of all meals and transportation, let us drive the cars with the Drive Guard tires fully deflated (you can’t even tell), and took us to the Circuit of the Americas (where they hold the Formula 1 races) to have a race car driver in a Corvette drive us at about 150mph.

I was able to go to this and not know anyone there, but end up sharing my story several times. It was a little nerve wracking at first, I kept wondering how I’d be able to explain all of our loss without someone scooting over a seat away from me. I have this fear that our life translates into: Someone to Avoid Being Friends With. And yet it started some really beautiful, open conversations. I was surprised how people I told really wanted to know more. I ended up connecting with women who deeply understood losing a child (or more).

Next Thursday I’ll be teaching a class for The Influence Network on Embracing Anger as Part of Our Faith. I would absolutely love to have you there if you are dealing with this – especially as so many tell us anger is wrong. It’s $10, and if you can’t make it the recording is emailed to you after.

Thrive Moms Conference

I’m speaking for Thrive Moms (free!) online conference on May 3rd. Sign up if you haven’t already and be sure to follow them on their social media for info and little surprises.

Don’t forget you have just a few hours left to win a Lily Jade bag!

It’s been a whirlwind of a week. With some new (hopefully wonderful) stuff on the horizon that I can’t share publicly quite yet, we are hoping for some really good things to happen this year.



  • amandahoyt

    April 8, 2014 at 7:59 am

    HUGS mama. Registered for both. Can’t wait.
    Wow. Just realized you’re speaking on MAY 3rd (Preston’s & Julian’s birthday)…covering you in prayer and love.

  • Franchesca

    April 7, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Diana that sounds absolutely perfect~ your class title. I wish it would have been around a few years ago. I’m so glad you’re speaking out about this.

  • Stormy

    April 7, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I don’t avoid you. I love reading your posts

  • Kathy

    April 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Can I get an Amen for the really good things!!! You all are so deserving!

  • NJ Rongner

    April 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I loved seeing your trip on your Insta page. It looks like you had a great time. Those tires look like just the thing i need!

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