Ian at 3

What is your favorite color? Brown Who is your best friend? Rowan What do you want to be when you grow up? A firefighter What is your favorite animal? Camel What is your favorite book? The Grumpy Old Grinch (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) What do you like to do with your family? Go down the slide at Daddy’s office What […]

These Days: Birthday

December 25

DPP pics from past years: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

December 24

This Christmas Eve saw the return of a few family traditions: new, matching jammies for all the kids, catching up on the Jesse Tree, and hot chocolate stirred with a candy cane. And we tried a few new things (all of which I think will be keepers): tempura for dinner, driving around to look at […]

December 23

Tonight the children at Redeemer had their Christmas program. When I asked Simon if he wanted to have a speaking part, he said, “No, thank you.” How about just singing with the other kids? “No, thank you.” How about Ian? A polite “no thank-you” from him too. I knew it wouldn’t be worth it to push, […]

December 22

The boys have been begging to have a snowball fight. I’m not sure Ian knew what he was getting into. It ended with a snowball in his face (an accident). DPP pics from past years: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

December 21

Sir Ian the Brave, ready for the end of the world DPP pics from past years: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 (at first glance, I thought this was Clara), 2011

These Days: Snow Day

I wanted the boys to be able to play outside in the snow, but I didn’t want to have to bundle Clara. We found a workable solution: the boys played on the balcony, and Clara stayed snug in her crib. It took twice as much time to suit up and unbundle as it did for […]

December 20

It’s a snow day! I’m sure that’ll mean a lot more to us in a few years when all the kids are in school (or out! as the case may be), but, still, there’s something about having a lot of heavy, wet snow on the ground, and we’ll make the best of it. On the […]

December 19

Lots of kids piled on the bed to watch a movie as book study was wrapping up this morning. The mamas were thankful to have a few more minutes to talk of things too heavy for little hearts and of the coming snow and of God, who holds all these things, and us too, in […]