Happy Birthday, Pooka. Mama loves you forever.
Sometimes I wonder if there is any point at all to the time and energy these things require. We all want to make a difference. We want to see some kind of fruit for our work.
They are three little girls like stairsteps at the table across from me– 2nd grade, 1st grade, kindergarten. One set of too-big grown-up teeth, one laughably naked upper gum, one even row of baby teeth. So many changes in just a couple years. We are learning a verse together, in dramatic fashion, because all of […]
Today I was walking home from Bible study, and as I walked up the hill by our church I noticed that the house behind the church had pink glowing windows. I spent a few minutes trying to figure out what would make the windows glow like that, and then I realized that it was coming […]
It’s raining and the hearts in my home are a mess of raw emotions– mostly anger. A contentious woman is like a continual dripping, Solomon said, and I’m sure he was right, but this morning in this house it’s all contention and the dripping outside wears away at us all. Within minutes of “Good morning,” […]
I go back and I read entries in this blog, and I laugh at the memories of the little boys I used to have– little boys who built snowmen out of grass and stripped naked and ran gleefully around the backyard– little boys who have, somehow, between now and then, grown up so much. I […]
Today I watched you get just a little nervous when those great big high school boys called you out to the tumbling mats. But you were brave and told them your name and tried really hard to follow their directions and stretch long and tall. You may have fallen over once. I may have laughed […]
******** She tells me she misses her Daddy. “I just need him,” she sniffles. “I just need my Daddy and I miss him!” I am trying to be calm and kind, but I am tired and I just need him and miss him too. I give her another hug and tell her that. “But we […]
If you have kids, packing for a big move can be a daunting task. The fact that your thoughts have turned to packing tape, cardboard boxes, and bubble wrap doesn’t mean that your kids aren’t still thinking in terms of eating food, wearing clothes, and making messes. This means that you’re going to have to […]
I’m mixing ground beef with eggs and breadcrumbs, shaping it into patties. Art’s at work, Pandora is providing a soundtrack to my early evening, and outside the wind whips and passing cars’ headlights reveal the fine snow blowing from the sky. The kids are playing hide and seek. I listen as Stinky counts to twenty, […]