Monthly Archives: March 2011

Grandpa, look! I’ve grown!

Hi Grandpa!  Remember that sleeper you gave me for Christmas?  I’ve worn it for three months and now, I’m starting to push out the bottom of it!  I’ve grown a lot since you saw me last!  You should come to … Continue reading

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Some links with thoughts on birth and parenting

A birth story told by the father, from his perspective, reflecting on birth and the Cross.  Powerful. Why a life spent changing diapers isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  (And some lessons I’m learning that someone else was kind enough to … Continue reading

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Culture of Peace and Calm

This morning, I heard this article on NPR about what the Chicago public school district is doing to create a culture of peace and calm in some of their high schools.  I was both impressed by what the high schools … Continue reading

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Fun Fiction Friday

(The title makes this sound like it’s going to be a regular feature.  It won’t be.  I just like alliteration.) I just came across a story that I wrote during a writing seminar a few years ago.  It used the … Continue reading

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Dangerous Crazy Cake (with recipe)

Growing up, I thought we were the only family who made this weird chocolate cake that had vinegar but no eggs or milk or butter in it.  I just Googled “crazy cake” and I’m wrong.  It seems that everyone makes … Continue reading

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You win some, you lose some

Yesterday, I: 1. Made three loaves of bread, sliced it, and put it in the freezer. 2. Made 4 dozen oatmeal raisin cookies. 3. Washed dishes three times (from the weekend and baking). 4. Had the table set (even with … Continue reading

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Beloved Miss Mary Mack

Dear Miss Mary Mack, How do I love you?  Let me count the ways: 1.  When I’m riding in the car and I’m grumpy because my parents kept me out too late at covenant group, the only thing that keeps … Continue reading

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Sewing as therapy

Last week, I decided that I needed to have a short sewing moratorium. (For the record, this was my idea, not Nik’s.  He is always great about appreciating what I sew and encouraging me.) I’d been sewing like crazy for … Continue reading

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Help a good friend and ESOL teacher

I have a soft spot in my heart for students who are learning English (obviously).  My friend Katie is an excellent ESOL teacher.  She teaches in Baltimore City and is currently raising money through DonorsChoose to purchase vocabulary activity sets … Continue reading

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Lots of laughing happening around here!

All three of these movies are from last Saturday.  Enjoy the laughs! Here’s Ellie dancing in the bathroom mirror with “Auntie” Julie:   Then we discovered that packing tape is hilarious!  (I especially love the pause before the laugh.)   … Continue reading

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