We Aren’t Doing Anything This Summer…

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We were sitting in the barber’s shop. I heard the barber ask our youngest son: So, what have you done so far this summer? Our son: Done? The barber: Did you take any classes? Our son: Nope. The barber: Did you fly anywhere? Our son: Nuh-uh… The barber: Go to the zoo? Our son: Not [Read More...]

“Our Worst Day Ever”

He said– “Don’t you kinda think this was our worst day ever?” I inwardly nodded. To our boy I just said, “I’m sorry.” And he said, “Me too.  Maybe we can have a do-over?” It started from the moment they got up on this almost-first-day-of-summer. I was tired. They were tired. It was raining and [Read More...]

To Do What Is Right…

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Lydia’s bedtime routine: *Reading with the big kids and dad. *Two songs and a prayer with mom. *And then our bedtime chant of– “Goodnight. Sleep tight. Wake up bright, in the morning light, to do what’s right with all your might!” But a few nights ago she added her own theologically-sound-volume-enhanced-concluding-plea: “Oh God, will ya’ please [Read More...]

The First Valentine (and Chamber Pots)

Valentine’s Day Memories… I just finished filling out a medical release form for our middle kiddo… I love that I had to write:May still have a quarter in him. I checked… (a very nice way of putting that–for those of you who know what they ask you to do when your child eats a coin) [Read More...]

“Dane-Doo”

Thank you for helping The Chuppies make #24 in the 25 Top Blogs of Faith Contest! We are very overwhelmed and humbled by all the love and support! Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ~James [Read More...]

“Dane-Doo”

Thank you for helping The Chuppies make #24 in the 25 Top Blogs of Faith Contest! We are very overwhelmed and humbled by all the love and support! Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ~James [Read More...]

Checking for Quarters…and Staples

Our youngest ate a staple yesterday. It reminded me of words I jotted down years ago when our big kids were still little kids and our other little Littles hadn’t joined us yet. Because yesterday– Our youngest ate a staple. Thankfully–and I do mean that– Thankfully she managed to chew it hard enough that it was fully impaled [Read More...]

The Book of Wise Things You Can Do

Our son started writing a book last night. In the midst of this morning’s throw-up, fevers and PILES of laundry… It made me smile. So thankful for little gifts like that. He told me: ”it’s the stuff (he) wants to remember is really important when (he) gets old and wants to remember wise things you can [Read More...]

Laura’s Pen Pal Obama

Some of you may have heard about our ongoing correspondence with President Obama.  Our kids write him at least twice a month.Let me clearly state–this is not parentally inspired.In fact…we’re actually a little concerned about the Secret Service file that may be accumulating.We have sent photos of stick bugs.We have sent sticks of gum.We have sent [Read More...]

Valentine’s Differences

Our daughter: …spent hours and hours making her Valentine’s cards by hand, each one personalized for the recipient, with a sweet handwritten note inside. Our son:  …wrote “To You….From Me” (and called it good).

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