Friday, July 26, 2013


On the way home with Isaiah after his first day of robotics camp:

Me:  So, bud, tell me. How was robotics camp today?

Isaiah:  (in that serious Isaiah voice with big wide Isaiah eyes) Mom?

Me:  (eying him through rear view mirror and bracing myself) Uhhhh. . . yes, bud?

Isaiah:  Mom, robotics camp today was. . . .(choosing his words in that very Isaiah way)  it was . . . . awesome. It was just . . . . so, so awesome, Mom.

Me:  (exhaling majorly)  Phew! Oh good! For a minute there I thought you were going to say something different because you looked and sounded so serious.

Isaiah:  No, Mom. It was awesome. (I love the way he kept saying "awesome" with this throaty growl.) And I can tell that every day of it is gonna be awesome.

Me:  That's great, buddy. Daddy and Mom really hoped you'd like it.

Isaiah:  I really, really do.  (face gets serious again)

Me:  Zay? You okay?

Isaiah:  I was just thinking, that's all.

Me:  Can ask what you were thinking about?

Isaiah:  (now staring out of the backseat window) Mom. . . . I was just. . . . I was just thinking that. . . . . I just have a really good life, Mom. Where I get to do good things and go cool places and then just come home and be with my family.  I have a happy life. That's all I was thinking about, Mom.

Me:  (Now staring forward and full on crying in the driver's seat--and hoping he doesn't notice)  Oh. . *sniffle* .  . .okay. That's great, bud. That's just. . . . .awesome.

Man. Sometimes? Sometimes we get it right.


Happy Friday. And Happy Birthday to my baby sissy, JoLai. I knew she'd like this exchange because she is a part of all of our awesome.

Hearing this in my head on a loop. I caught Isaiah awake and watching this video on an iPad at midnight yesterday. Sometimes he and Zachary will watch it five times in a row or more. And I always let them. :)

Life is a celebration ~ Team Manning. . . . I'm Yours from Kimberly Manning on Vimeo.


  1. Yes, we do. You and your siblings ate proof of that!❤

  2. Wow. This is such a blessing, that he has such awareness. Beautiful.

    1. That's why I was crying. Because all I want is for my kids to see their lives that way.

  3. What more is there to say?

    1. I know you know, Sister Moon. I love that Owen is a Rolling Stones fan. :)

  4. I just love your little boys. I'll have to meet them one day. They are sooo awesome to me. Deanna loved them so as well as your brothers kiddies. What a wonderful kid you and your husband are raising. He's very aware of what he has. And I love it.

    And the video has made my Friday. I got a really good cry as I watched this. I just love 'The Love' you put into this. So sweet.

    Have a lovely weekend!!!

    Angela Fairwell
    "Your Soror"

    1. Awww, thanks Auntie Ang. (You have been given Auntie status now!) I just noticed on the clip at the beginning from Isaiah's first birthday that Deanna was standing there holding open the cake box. That made me happy today. :)

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    1. I love that my kids love to watch it. Seriously--they watch it over and over and over again.

  6. That change we'd like to see in the world starts right at home with the babes. There it is right there!


    ps Awesome!

    1. Being cherished is everything, isn't it? And yes, that starts at the home.

  7. love love love love LOVE this post! Team Manning is AWESOME! How wonderful that your boy realizes and appreciates what a great life he has. That video is absolutely incredible ~ I'm gonna watch it again. You have done a great job of documenting your family; the love shines out from every segment. Love the music, too ~ is it Jason Mraz? Bravo!

    1. Awww! Thanks, my friend! So here's what's funny about that video: I had all of these iPhone clips that I'd taken and decided to essentially make a "video quilt" with them to music. Nearly every clip was a twenty second snippet. I highly recommend doing this to anyone who has a Mac with iMovie on it and a bunch of random cell phone videos like I had! Pick your favorite song and voila!

      P.S. Yes, ma'am--Jason Mraz!

  8. Awwww, that's my buddy! Such a sweet, sweet boy.
    Thanks for the birthday wishes!


    1. Happy Birthday, Bumble Bizzle Bee!


      K. Mizzy

  9. Awh man! That really is awesome, job well done.

  10. Dang. Now I'm over here crying too.

    Maria, fellow Meharrian and usual NON cry-er ;)


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