Twelve Years

The card reads “I Still Forever Do.” The dozen roses for our dozen years are sunrise yellow with edges dipped in sunset orange… just like the late September leaves of our late September wedding. Twelve years of marriage celebrated simple. Worship...

When You Can Fix It

“I dropped it,” he sobbed. Slurred nearly-awake words dribble story of rock lost during nap. Mommy arms wrap comfort and wipe away sleep-sweat. “Did you lose your rock in your bed?” “Yes.” “Let’s go find it.” Eager...

Proof That I Now Have Nerves of Steel

This is my fourth child. He is three. (Yes, he is in pajamas. Did I mention he’s the fourth?) Before the day I took this photo, he didn’t know how to climb trees. He was too short to reach the bottom-most branch. I rested confident he wouldn’t turn...

Unwrapping Lego Memories

This summer, my 7-year-old began dumping every single Lego he owns all over his bedroom floor. Daily. At first, this triggered a spike in my blood pressure. But after taking some time to play with him, I learned you really can’t find the pieces you need unless...

Pillow Piles and Backyard Camping

The first month of summer we spent planning our contribution to Vacation Bible School and then participating in it. My husband and I helped lead the singing, and he also wrote some puppet scripts to go along with each day’s lesson. The week of VBS, we really...