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Comparing My Girls

Allie is quickly growing in a person. She has likes and dislikes. She interacts with us more and more, and she has discovered some of her toys. I took this picture one evening last week, and I marveled at her big eyes. They’re almost always open and looking. She’s an observer, that kid. I would love it if she learned to be a napper, but that doesn’t seem to be in her constitution. I remembered a photo I took of Grace around the same time, and I went looking for it. Being an overly anxious first time mother, I was … Read more

An Impossible Choice

Allison is in the hospital. She has RSV. She is congested and struggling to breathe, needing oxygen, breathing treatments, medicine, and lots of love. She cries a lot because she isn’t allowed to eat (too much mucus), and she is most uncomfortable. Allie needs her momma. Grace is at home. Grace’s baby sister, the one she waited for for so long, is very sick. Her sister is in the hospital, and she isn’t allowed to visit. Grace has a bad cold (probably caused by RSV), so she’s a little more tired, a little more whiny, and a little less patient … Read more

Making Ornaments with a Preschooler – The Painting Mishap

painting with a preschooler

The ornament projects have been overwhelmingly great, but we have had some mishaps. What started out as a hand print project turned quickly into a painted child project. Granted, I was watching from the couch. But it was Joe and Grace’s project. He looked away just long enough for her to paint both hands and almost all of one arm. Unfortunately, the hand print project remains on the To Do list.

Teaching Children to Give featuring The King’s Christmas List

For my entire adult life, I’ve done a lot of giving during the holiday season. Children have a special place in my heart, and my heart aches to know that some children miss the magic of Christmas. Because I am able, I give gifts to children where ever I can. Because they are organized locally and benefit children in my community, I’ve always focused my attention on giving trees and a local school’s toy drive. Last year, Grace was interested in giving gifts to other children. This year, not so much. When we go to the store, she wants to … Read more

Preschool Activity Book

preschool activity book

Do you remember this homemade activity book? I had been keeping it on Grace’s bookshelf in our living room, and she wasn’t getting it out to use it very often. I moved it to a basket of books on the floor, in front of the couch, and Grace writes or draws in it every single day. She colors. She traces. She’s learning to write letters. Pretty awesome. She thinks so, too. (In case you’re wondering, I edited the photos of Grace to preserve her modesty a bit. Sorry if my editing made them look goofy. Better goofy than have exposed … Read more

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

My parents were married in May, 1979. I’ve never heard much about their wedding, and the two photos in this post are the only I’ve ever seen from that day. From the photos, I can tell that my Grandma and Grandpa joined them, as did my older sister and my aunt and uncle. I was born six weeks later, a little overdue. My mother threw up through her pregnancy and labor. My father has a very weak stomach, and I imagine that he was puking along side her many days. I’ve always wondered if they were happy about the pregnancy, … Read more