Tag Archives: Parenthood

Her name is Grace: A good name is a powerful thing.

The many faces of Emalee

I remember the first time that I saw her. Just a little blip on the ultrasound monitor. Our “butterbean”. Her daddy and I looked with wide-eyed wonder at the little life we had created. She may have been microscopic, but she did big things for our marriage. She centered us. Gave us focus. Helped get […]

I wish people would stop using the “P” word.

The "P" Word

At every age and every stage, this word finds a way to creep in. It has the same effects on us – whether we are learning how to draw, ride a bike, picking out our wedding dress, holding our first child, or juggling the craziness that is parenthood or a thriving career. Perfect.  It all […]

A 2015 Resolution in One Word

One Word | Bless

It’s January 2 and I haven’t written about what my New Year’s Resolution is.  This should come as no surprise to those that know me… Procrastinate less as a resolution?  That is so 1996. Be more organized? I tried this before I had kids.  I did OK in some areas, not so good in others.  Now […]

Fa, La, La, La, La (Whose child is that??)

When your kid is THAT kid.

Ahh Christmas.  The season of wonder.  Of beauty.  Of hope. Of joy. Nothing gets me into the Christmas spirit more than the special services held at our church in December. The season of Advent, the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, is a holy time in the church and truly sets […]

A back-to-school list to live by.

Back-to-School List

I started seeing them back in June.  School supplies officially hit the stores. I began to feel the uneasiness and anxiety that is back-to-school for a parent. School had literally just ended and our summer had yet to begin.  I hadn’t even bought bathing suits for the kids. My daughter didn’t skip a beat.  She immediately started […]

An open letter to the other parents at my daughter’s ball game:

Sam the Springer Spaniel

This week something utterly embarrassing happened to us, forcing me to write this letter. I’ll be  handing out copies of it at my daughter’s next ball game, should the incident repeat itself. Backstory: We have a new family member.  He is a fun-loving, face-licking, ball-chasing Springer Spaniel puppy named Sam.  We like to take him […]

I’m trying to survive puberty again. This time as a parent.

Surviving puberty the second time.

It all began on a mundane weeknight. She had just played in her first ballgame of the season. Supper was over and she had settled in at the dining room table for a game of chess with her daddy. I was in another room entertaining a puppy and a boy when I heard the drama […]