It is my great pleasure on school mornings after the big boys whisk away on the bus, while it is still dark, to wake Jack with a snuggle . He has the stinkiest little boy morning breath. It doesn’t deter me because he is warm and he is happy to see me, and I know so because … Continue reading From the mouth of a child…
Last Monday Craig submitted our application to the adoption agency, and when I received confirmation they had received it I was standing at the grocery checkout with my blackberry. For a moment I was feeling deja vu as when four times before in my life I had stood in the bathroom staring at a positive … Continue reading I have pregnancy deja vu.
When I awoke I knew this was the day to open up the red and gold and splash it into every corner of our home. It was the intersection of readiness and timliness. A delightful day unpacking all the Crhistmas things that plagued me only one week before because it simply wasn’t time to do … Continue reading The First Christmas Present came today.
I have not been disappointed with my appreciation and anticipation of this day. I didn’t have to work too hard. This is a meal I could prepare with my mind floating around on other matters. We had a relaxing morning, good exercise, and we made a tidy house before the commencement of cooking. Turkey Lurkey … Continue reading Thanksgiving Day
We have always been strict about handing our boys whatever they ask for. In fact we just don’t do it, ever. We don’t want to be mean, but I’d rather have them think that then turn out spoiled and lazy. The way we have solved this situation is to “hire” them to do work. This … Continue reading Teaching a good work ethic
It’s impossible not to appreciate the enthusiasm an eight year old and his class of 20 have for this holiday. They invited us “old people” to come to the classroom for a little celebration to close out their week on Tuesday and herald in a five day weekend. These guys don’t works hard enough to … Continue reading Elementary School Thanksgiving
I have not always loved Thanksgiving like I do now. I took it for granted, thought it was common, and basically used it as an excuse to overeat. That all changed when our family lived one year overseas in Cardiff, Wales. We had three little boys . Donny was only in first grade. Jordan was four, and … Continue reading Expatriate Thanksgiving
It has been an enjoyable weekend, just as I hoped. I try not to have great expectations because that’s only a set up for a disappointment. While in Uganda I reminded everyone, “if we don’t have expectations we can’t be disappointed”. I hope to enjoy what comes my way, and if my plans follow through then I am … Continue reading It’s just gravy
This is Craig in his jammies mid morning. Thankfully he’s wearing a baseball cap to hide his bed head. He has his bible, computer, wallet, calculator and a stack of adoption application papers. He was so involved with his task, he had no idea I took this picture. We will provide our first round of papers … Continue reading Adoption update
I simply couldn’t tolerate the tower of boxes and Christmas decorations that taunted me at the foot of our stairway yesterday. I could be convinced it spoke aloud: “See how behind you are! See how much work there is yet to do, and you aren’t even caught up on the other house and garden chores! … Continue reading Good Deeds