Concentrate

When I eat a piece of chocolate, even one of those small ones that comes in a box of 20, I make it last.  I take small bites, letting every piece melt in my mouth.  David tends to take huge mouthfuls.  He actually says he enjoys it more when there's…

Making Friends

Although I have some friendships that seem to have grown of their own accord, I do believe most of mine have been made.  We call it that, too: making friends.  That verb is in there on purpose, because it isn't just that friends suddenly are.  Usually it happens gradually, the…

The Truth

Is it just me, or is it sort of non-inspiring to read about other people's triumphs in reaching their goals? I'm thinking about this because I just read a status update on Facebook along the lines of: I'm losing all of my pregnancy weight so fast!  Look at me go!!! That…

Helicopter

Sometimes I realize I'm unintentionally following a sort of "strict" pattern for parenting.  Like sticking to a regular bedtime, eating vegetables instead of cake for dinner.  In this (and so many other things), David is pretty perfect at helping me loosen up a bit without ever telling me that's what…

A year ago.

I keep a journal with pen and paper.  I've done this since high school, straight through college, with my most prolific years being the twenty-somethings.  Books are filled up with every kind of emotion a girl can feel while waiting (or thinking I'm waiting) for the Next Thing to come…

One to Two

I posted a question on Facebook somewhere around the third week of having two children: "Know what was easy?  One kid." With just two short sentences, the condolences, encouragement, and praise started flowing towards me.  I didn't even say having two kids was hard/awful/I'm dying, but maybe everyone just knew…

Africa

Although I grew up in a third-world country, I had never seen flies swarming around children's eyes until I visited Ethiopia in 2006. At the last minute (a few weeks before the team was leaving), one of the girls who was planning to go with a group from my church…