When my oldest son was a baby there was a stuffed angel I would place in his crib as I laid him down to sleep. If you were to squeeze the angel’s belly, it would speak this prayer in the soft, innocent voice of a child. Through the years, it was a prayer I often…Read more »
Persist. It’s a word that’s been lingering in the background of my life the last couple of years. Sometimes a whispered encouragement. Sometimes a challenge, a goal I feel too tired to achieve. It can sound inspiring – like when we hear it attributed to Olympic athletes who have endured bruises, blisters, long practices, the…Read more »
I Still Have Kids. They Still Go to School. They Still Ride a Bus.
September is not quite upon us, and yet I sit here surrounded by silence. Why? Because today is the first day of school. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll no doubt be surprised at a first-day-of-school blog appearing on the actual first day of school. It hasn’t happened before. Two years ago…Read more »
I Have Kids, They Ride a Bus
September is once again upon us. I’m not sure how it snuck up so quickly. I can’t exactly recall how the lazy amble of July rolled into August and the summer slipped by; but it did. Now the days of playing outside in various states of dress/undress have been replaced with my stern reprimands of,…Read more »
If You Have to Feed it With a Stick . . .
It had been a long week. My to-do list was happily spitting out another bullet point every time I turned my back, mocking my efforts to stay on top of it. Our Sunday evening church service felt like the first time I could sit back and relax. And I did. Until I started mentally running through my list…Read more »
A friend and I were texting each other pictures of ourselves from before we had kids; admiring each other – and ourselves. (Just being honest here). We dwelt in the ‘then’ for a while before we returned back to ‘now’ when my friend texted, “And they say you bounce right back after having kids. Bah…Read more »
I Have Kids. They Go to School.
It’s September. ‘Back to School’ season is upon us, and for those on social media, it can be a daunting time. Beautiful children in new outfits line my facebook feed. They sport backpacks and hold chalkboards or fingers indicating what grade they are entering. Pictures of sandwiches shaped like butterflies, homemade healthy snacks, and fruit…Read more »
Dinner is Served
Generally speaking meal time at our house is pretty low key. Our oldest is a foodie, and the only thing we have discovered he does not like is Sushi (he was very disappointed to learn this.) Our youngest plays the ‘I’m little and my tummy is full,’ card a lot, but will eat small amounts of most anything. The…Read more »
Do Not Be Afraid
Fear scares stuff out of you. For real. My Max loves to sneak around the house. He is forever hiding behind doors, under furniture and in closets waiting for the perfect opportunity to jump out and scare somebody. It almost backfired today. He was home sick from school. Yesterday he was lay-on-the-couch-sleep-all-day sick. Today, it…Read more »
I need to begin with a bit of background. It will be brief to condense what could easily become a rather long, emotional rabbit trail, but it will help to set the scene. The year Shay entered Grade One and Koby started Kindergarten was a tough one. We had moved three times in under a…Read more »