I hadn’t realized before now how weighty it had become for me. How much all of my research and all of my decision-making and book reading and all of my well-intentioned wanting to do it “right,” had caused me to clasp my hands tighter and tighter around my little ones. . .
One of the things that we want to do each year as the holiday season approaches is to spend some time as a family building the anticipation for Christmas in a way that keeps Christ as the focus. That allows us to step back from the hustle and bustle and business and gift-wrapping and family-gatherings […]
Do you ever wish for a reset button? I mean, for real. Something that just takes everything that has transpired throughout your day (or morning, or the 40 minutes since you woke up – depending on the severity of the day and how soon you need such a button) and gives you a re-do. A […]
A few years ago, I asked Sam if he would take my camera and get some pictures of the kids and I for me for Mother’s Day. It’s something that we’ve done again and again and though we’re sometimes realllly late in doing them (Mother’s Day in July anyone?!) I always treasure them. We did […]
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 Yesterday was an extremely discouraging day for me. I went to bed thinking about all that I did – or tried to do – and how much it all felt pointless. […]
It’s a simple thing. A simple request. But it’s bedtime. And there are a zillion requests.
There’s this thing that happens when Sam and I sit down to choose names for our children. We make it about 4 minutes before the suggestions start to get a little ridiculous. For instance, Sam kept insisting that we use “Annette” as Clara’s middle name (which, when said quickly together would make her sound like […]
I don’t think I’ve ever really written out our birth stories, though I have read many such posts from others. I suppose I’ve felt a little “out” of that club. My birth stories do not include tubs and exercise balls and my husband rubbing my back through contractions. Well, the first one did. For 30 […]
I knew going into this last unit for kindergarten, which focused on the sun and moon and all things space-related, that Sam just HAD to do a rocket launch with the kids. I mean, when that was daddy’s hobby in high school, why just make a rocket out of a card board box when you […]
Oliver. You were our firstborn. The one who made me a mom. The one who broke all of the predictions and estimates and arrived, in dramatic fashion – after a 30 hour labor and ultimate c-section – at just shy of 11 lbs. “He’s huge!” were literally the first words our doctor said as you […]