The Name Game

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Yikes! We only have 20 weeks to discover the perfect name for this little baby! (“Jingle Bells” will only seem cute for a limited time!) Help me think through these names. Any impressions? (This is a limited list of possibilities… I have to stop searching babynames.com at the moment. So, look at these for the time being and pass along … Read More

“forbearance”

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Does this word still exist outside of the credit realm? It must, because it’s the “Word of the Day” in my spirit. I’ve been wrestling with this: that sickening feeling of someone really getting under my skin. I’m talking that total personality clash where it’s hard for me to think straight because I’m so overwhelmed by our differences. Everything this … Read More

Jingle Bells is Going to Disney World!

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Everything looked great at the appointment today; so great, in fact, that we were given the “go ahead” to enjoy our 5-year anniversary celebration in Disney World! 🙂 I praise God for holding our bodies together!  A true lesson in trusting Him for unity…

You know she’s your daughter when…

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…she pretends that a little knobby stick found in the driveway is “an author, named Emily N–” who wrote books called “The Car Who Went to the Sink and Elizabeth Washes Her Hair.” (Don’t most kids pretend that sticks are swords or soup-spoons or just sticks??)

Thanks, Grandmom Ruthie!

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I wish I had had my camera with me, but I just wanted to let you know, mom, that with her precious quarters, Vivienne purchased a whole handful of chick-lets and an adventurous ride on Clifford.  The small change transformed into a relational blessing when the little boy waiting in line for Clifford asked Vivienne to join him for a … Read More

A Silver Tongue

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A visit from my sister usually convicts me about how flippant and sarcastic I can still be with someone who *has to* love me despite my ugliness. I don’t know why, but this particular sister always gets the worst of my words (I think Ryan must come in second place for my carelessness). She’ll be telling a story and I’ll … Read More

jingle bells: week 20 prayers

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Weigh in: 10.5 inches and 10.5 ounces of “solid baby-miracle goodness” (as one website put it) Big picks this week: bones continue to ossify and strengthen, finger and toe pads are finishing up. The limbs have reached their relative proportions, the eyelashes and eyelids are visible… the baby is really looking like one of us (at one eighth of its … Read More

learning simple multiplication while coping with grief

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Ah, parenting. Isn’t it so nice to bask in a good lesson that you invent in a tight moment; your child absorbs the lesson and beams up at you with gratitude just for taking the time to teach her so well? …Until, of course, time passes and suddenly that lesson backfires. The basking: When we are coloring and a long, … Read More

being home

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This is my first year without out-of-our-home work and I am loving it. I love the changes that have had to occur in my accomplishment-addicted mind and in my definition of “worth.” I love that all of my time and energy flows into one man and two little children. And I love these people; I enjoy their company; one of … Read More