My mom is leaving today, already! The Christmas holiday zoomed by like speedy gonzalez. One of her favorite things to do when she comes here is get a pedicure. Southern states have good nail salons on every corner, and it’s almost unheard of up in the little northern Michigan town where she lives. So we took … Continue reading Preparations for adoption from Uganda
I use the word genius lightly. I am not and refuse to be a mother who makes a religion out of building their children’s resume. When that became a new way to mother I think I was too busy moving or climbing mountains in the desert. I step out of relationships if it ever becomes … Continue reading A genius can run into doors too!
A most satisfying day has been completed in my corner of making life here in America. I am in transition, I’m letting 2009 drain out and I’m filling up for 2010. Today, there was absolutely no relaxing, unless I count the long walk Craig and I took Lucy for out on the trails behind our … Continue reading understanding significance
Craig has been home this whole week…and he has another week off! I am loving this. It is so dreamy for me to have all the boys around relaxing with no pressures or schedules. We are enjoying family meals every night with my Mom and Pete and watching movies together and drifting off on walks … Continue reading One week to our Ugandan adoption home study.
My four sons have every reason to stay in bed until 10:30 during winter break, unless they have a fistfull of gift cards causing their temporary insanity until they are exchanged for something that’s actually fun. A gift card is a promise for something fun. I’ve given a few. My boys received many and so for the only day in my … Continue reading Gift Card Frenzy
It was the most relaxing and fun day for Christmas. Jack is still in his pajamas. Everyone has floated around enjoying their new toys and the delicious offerings in the kitchen. Craig and I took a nice morning walk with Lucy, spent a little time in the garden enjoying a relaxing way to get some … Continue reading Merry Christmas 2009
One decade ago I was 32, living in Cardiff, Wales and celebrating Christmas eve in Paris, France with Craig and our then three small children: Donny (8), Jordan (5) Kevin (2). While we were there the storm of the century shook Paris to the roots while we slept soundly in our hotel room, but not … Continue reading Christmas Eve 2009
In the nearly two decades of being married Craig and I have never ever had house guests during Christmas. Normally, we do an intimate family pajama day where we eat, play and enjoy our new fun things. We watch movies, go for bike rides and enjoy having nothing to do. Doesn’t it seem absolutely absurd considering … Continue reading A Christmas first for our family.
The week after I returned from Uganda, Africa, Veronica stayed here with me. She runs the only pregnancy crisis clinic in all of Uganda. She counsels women not to get the abortion up the road from her place, but to choose learn about what the bible says about choosing life. Fourteen girls a day walk … Continue reading Christmas in Uganda
Donny has a fun group of friends from church that are inseparable once school is on break. They all went to Nicaragua on a mission trip together last summer, and since then it is rather a take one take 25 deal. So when we offered to host the Christmas party for them I decided … Continue reading Teaching teens to host their own parties.