Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Superhero

Dec
2013
19

posted by on Christmas, Family, Parenting

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  At three and a half, my son, you’re delightfully quirky.  You love rockets, gadgets, and fire trucks.  You like superheroes, but you’re not old enough to watch them on television.  Relatives have you well-stocked with awesome dress-up clothes, but usually you tell me, “I just want to be myself.”  Sometimes you’ll don a Batman […]

Raindrops

Nov
2013
12

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  “Sometimes in the morning, if there is rain on my window, I pretend one drop is our house and one drop is grandma’s, and I draw a path from our house to hers.”  My daughter shared this sweet thought with my husband the other morning. When we moved here eight years ago, this town […]

Beds and Flowers

Sep
2013
10

posted by on Faith, Family, Parenting, Self-improvement

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Last weekend, my mother-in-law came to visit, her car packed with luggage and her father’s old tools.  She and my husband spent the weekend building a loft for my daughter, four generations intersecting on sawhorses in our driveway.  Over the course of three days, hubby and his momma measured and cut, sanded and painted, drilled […]

Worth It

Aug
2013
28

posted by on baby, Family, Parenting

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                As I write this, I’m six weeks pregnant.  It’s the sweetest little secret, like carrying around a diamond in my pocket.  Already somewhere deep inside me, the tiniest of hearts is fluttering.  And even though this is my third go-round, this quiet miracle stuns me every time. […]

Cicadas

Aug
2013
06

posted by on Family, Nature, Parenting

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  We’ve got a great playground in our backyard, a hand-me-down from friends who outgrew it.  It’s far nicer than anything we could afford, and we love the chance for kids to work out their energy in a way that involves neither our couch nor the cats.  Late in the day, the sun peeks through […]

Crossing

Jun
2013
20

posted by on Family, Parenting

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She did it. It was beautiful, really.  I am certain that not all inner struggles will resolve so neatly.  But one day at swimming lessons (the second-last class), my brave little girl stopped panicking and started paddling. I was out on the playground with my son, whose lessons come after hers.  We’d relegated my husband […]

Learning to Swim

May
2013
20

posted by on Family, Parenting, Self-improvement

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Swimming lessons did not go well last week. My daughter loved every moment of them until last week.   She would skip around the locker room with freshly-toweled hair, pausing to say that she couldn’t wait till swimming again.  But after weeks of kicking and paddling, the teacher decided they were ready to paddle by themselves.  […]

Palms

Jan
2013
28

posted by on Faith, Family, Parenting

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Last week, my daughter brought home a coloring page from Sunday School.  On the back, she’d written her name in crooked preschool letters.  She’d flipped around the Ds to Bs, so her name was a different name entirely.  Underneath, her teacher had written capital and lower case Bs and Ds, and then my daughter had […]

Beeutifl

Jan
2013
11

posted by on Family, Parenting

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  My husband is traveling this week.  We miss him, so as my daughter spins around the living room in her princess gown, I snap a photo and send it to him.   He texts back: “So beautiful.” She changes from her gown to her footie pajamas and heads for the computer, asking if she can […]

Lavish

Jan
2013
05

posted by on Family, Friendship, Parenting

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My daughter’s favorite coat is long and minky-soft, zebra print with a ruffle around the bottom.  The inside is lined in hot pink.  Last week she wore it with big white furry boots and a red boys’ snow hat that looked like a race car.  She carried a fluffy white stuffed cat in her arms.  […]