Ripening

Yesterday was a big day. One of the cherry tomatoes from the plant we've been nurturing all summer long finally begun blushing with signs of ripeness.  The kids all stood around our little plant to praise and celebrate it. They'd been waiting f o r e v e r.  This happens to be the standard … Continue reading Ripening

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My Freedom Baby

My free-spirited and sparkly first-born daughter turns seven today, the day before America's Independence Day. The timing of her entry into the world couldn't be more fitting. She lights up the world wherever she goes. She's a burst of energy, with occasional explosions. My little firecracker. My freedom baby.       ************************************************************************************ To share … Continue reading My Freedom Baby

How to Feel on Father’s Day

Today is my second Father's Day without my dad. Please don't feel sorry about it, though. It's already a hundred thousand times better than my first Father's Day without him. It wasn't my father's lack of physical presence that made my first Father's Day without him so painful, it was the expectation from others that … Continue reading How to Feel on Father’s Day

Beware the Barrenness of a Busy Life

The closest feeling to drowning without the presence of water is taking care of yourself, your spouse, your home, and your small children without the presence of others offering kindness or guidance or support. I remember the first time I thought I might drown. I had three children in diapers and the two being homeschooled. … Continue reading Beware the Barrenness of a Busy Life