Jingle Bells: A peak inside

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I took a picture of the 3-D sonogram, hoping it won’t be too strange for those of you with weak stomachs… But, I wanted you to see our little baby’s face peaking through all of the amorphous protective layers! (You can click on the picture to see a larger version.)   A sobering realization… it’s this 20-week ultrasound that informs … Read More

jingle bells: week 21 prayers

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We had our big ultrasound today and everything about the baby looks very healthy! How timely that this week, Vivienne and I are memorizing Psalm 119: 73a “Your hands have made and fashioned me.” The fact that God is fashioning each part of this little baby is a wonder to me. I wish I could somehow scan the ultrasound pictures … Read More

Vivienne’s September Reward

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For earning stickers each day that filled her “September apple,” Vivienne was rewarded with the opportunity to walk her favorite neighborhood dog, Amber, around the block. She earned stickers each day as we recited the months, sang the days of the week, counted each day, and did little arts and crafts. (I was thrilled to come up with a reward … Read More

Her Favorite Animal

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After two years of observing animals in our backyard, at zoos, fairs, nature preserves, in beautifully illustrated books, learning cards and photographs, Vivienne concluded last night that… “My favorite animal is Elmo!”

“The Greatest Bug Show On Earth”

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This morning, we meandered over to the PSU Ag. Arena for The Great Insect Fair. Vivienne had quite the buzzing time petting a millipede, holding a walking stick, having a butterfly-ed cheek, decorating a grasshopper-head on a stick (naturally), dancing to some live music about bugs, and enjoying some “bug” ice cream. If we had been more adventurous, you would … Read More

forbearance: part 2 in 3 parts

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Musing 1: My mom had mentioned that “forbearance” reminds her of St. Christopher, the Patron Saint of Safe Travel. His name means “Christ-bearer”; what we Christians do on this planet. Here are three different depictions of St. Christopher’s relationship with the Christ child. I’m reminded of how we, in strong and weak moments, are to put on the Lord Jesus … Read More

Q: What Can You Buy For a $20 Co-Pay?

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A: 2 minutes of a doctor’s time to reassure you that your child just has a little bit of dry skin and not a rare disease caused by too many jelly beans and a dusty floor. Priceless.  (Especially when your daughter sticks her bottom lip out during the entire doctor’s visit — for real — because she thinks she should … Read More

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