Amazing Wonder

Good ole Mama Kat had another fab prompt this week…List your life’s Seven Wonders…the seven most amazing things you’ve seen with your own two eyes.

I couldn’t resist this one…happy, sad, or otherwise, these are the amazing things I’ve seen in my 33.5 years….

#7.  New York City.  Yup, seeing the Big Apple for the first time took my breath away.  I am a small town girl.  Getting off the train in Grand Central Station was totally surreal.  Walking down Broadway felt unbelievable.  It’s like I was in every movie, TV show, or music video where I had seen these sites.

#6. A Massive Thunderstorm in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains (near Beckeley, WV).  Cort and I were driving home from Myrtle Beach (our honeymoon) and got caught in the worst downpour EVER.  To one side of our truck?  A cliff of a mountain that went straight up.  To the other side (my side, mind you), nothing but plummeting to death.  And we couldn’t see out of the windshield.  We pulled over at a rest stop to wait it out and just marveled at a mountain storm.

#5. The Badlands. A few years after being married, Cort and I road-tripped out to Montana for a wedding.  I can’t say I am a huge fan of “out west,” but the Badlands took my breath away.

Cort takes in the Badlands

#4. Cancer destroying a human. It’s one of the worst things I’ve ever seen, but it’s amazing nonetheless.  I still can’t wrap my mind around how one rogue cell can infect and destroy everything around it and turn a plump, funny man like this:

To a skeleton version of himself only months later (and this is a good picture.  We don’t have many from the last days):

two months exactly before his funeral.

I will never ever forget what it’s like to witness this sort of horror.  It’s one of the worst, most agonizing things to see happen.

#3. The face(s) of adoption. I have known people who have been adopted and who have adopted children, but witnessing the process firsthand through my sister-in-law and brother-in-law’s current journey has been nothing short of amazing.  The kindness of others, the unconditional love for two little people across the world, the forming of a family from two in the USA with two in Ethiopia…it’s been breathtaking.

#2. a living baby on an ultrasound.  After miscarriages and issues with getting/staying pregnant, seeing our baby living and thriving in my womb is awe-inspiring every. single. time.  It’s a good thing Cort squeezes my hand so tight each time…that way I know I’m not dreaming.

baby charlie

#1. meeting the creature who has been living and feeding off of your body for nine months. I don’t know if there is anything in this world more miraculous than the conception, gestation, and birth of a new life.

first family photo ever

The only other thing that could tie with this moment for most amazing is each moment I witness Eddie growing and learning.  The human mind and body are absolutely amazing and mysterious.


Pssst.  I entered a picture that the lovely Missy of mL photography took of Cort and I into a contest.  The top 10 photos in this facebook album with the most “likes” will get a chance to win.  The prize?  The photo turned into a piece by Modern Bird Studios.  This is really, really all I want for Christmas.

So if you are on facebook, and you want to go “like” Modern Bird Studios and then “like” our photo?  That would make my holiday.

And if you didn’t know, Sluiter Nation is on facebook too.  I’m just sayin’.