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…

Dedication

When we were brand new parents with a perfect little newborn, we stood in our church in Lansing, Michigan, and did what people do: we dedicated that sweet baby to God, and declared before our church family that we were going to do our level best to raise that baby…

Growing

My kids are the smallest they're ever going to be right now. I know that's not profound, and I only mean that about the two in my house right now, growing like weeds, turning lights on suddenly when the longest arm stretch wouldn't do it before.  Sarala pulled herself up…

Driving Master Judah

The most mundane things, when added to a two-year-old, suddenly become fun.  For example: driving.  I've been driving for years, pretty much every day, passing untold numbers of interesting things that I never even noticed before.  Do you know how many tractors, police cars, trains, ambulances, and semi trucks are…

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…

Trust

I heard an interesting comment on the radio recently by a woman who was giving advice about how to be a better co-parent with your spouse.  My interest was obviously piqued, as I want to be good at that, but I was a little disappointed.  She said something along the…

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…