Tuesday, May 20, 2008


After approximately 217,543 hours spent online doing Stroller Research, I have finally settled on a stroller!!!

Product Description
The Combi Helio is a lightweight 13.4 lb. stroller and can accommodate up to 55 lbs.
  • Taller Handle
  • Wider seating area
  • Compatible with Shuttle Infant Seat
  • Quick and simple tri-fold
  • Lightweight and portable lifestyle stroller
  • Opens easily with one hand
  • Deep recline will accommodate an infant
  • Adjustable European Style Canopy with Viewing Window
  • Basket with easy access
  • Convenient carrying strap for traveling
  • Removable Guardrail with Washable Fabric Cover
  • Front swivel wheels for easy maneuvering
  • Convenient footrest for toddler comfort
  • Removable, Washable Padded Seat Cushion
  • Seat cushion has air mesh ventilation that allows baby to stay cool
  • Independent wheel suspension system for a smooth and restful ride
  • Includes Safety Boot
  • 5-point logo harness
  • Removable kids tray with a cup holder and snack tray
I was originally planning to get the Flex, which has a much better sun shade, more cushiony fabric, and a one-hand fold design (although it only folds flat with one hand, and won't lock that way; to do the tri-fold and actually lock it you need two hands anyway). But the Flex wasn't available anywhere that I could find cheaper than $180, while the Helio was a steal on amazon at $91 including shipping. I'll probably buy a shade extender to snap on it. Only downside- I'll have to wait 1-2 months for delivery. But at least I can FINALLY cross "Find the Perfect Stroller" off my to do list...

Love, Neb

Sunday, May 18, 2008

May Garden

For Mother's Day this year, I told Nate I'd much rather have flowers for the containers on our balcony than a short-lived fresh cut bouquet. My container garden is a splurge, a treat I haven't indulged in every year, sometimes allowing the green tubs of dirt to lie ugly and barren for the summer. I think often of starving children in the world, then think of the perfume poured on Jesus' feet, of the rich transrational joy of living in this world of pain and hunger and beauty and sunlight reflecting off spring rain.

My flowers tend to be short-lived, suffering under the hands of a the brownest thumb in Pennsylvania. Sitting with them on our balcony, keeping them company during their fleeting lives makes me remember to cherish the moments that slip away all too quickly.

Love, Neb