Clara at 2

I couldn’t resist asking Clara the birthday questions too. Her responses were actually pretty accurate, I think. This girl. I am so thankful to be her mommy — this opinionated, sweet, sassy, strong, funny, smart, playful, affectionate, adorable little girl. What is your favorite color? [Unintelligible, sounded like "blue," but she also likes "peen"] Who […]


Ian at 4

I have no words for how great this kid is. Here’s a little interview we do each year on the kids’ birthdays. I realize how inadequate it is in describing what they are really like, but it’s useful as far as it goes in helping remember some of their favorite things. And for all the […]


December 25

They had heard about this Promised Child and now he was here. Heaven’s Son. The Maker of the Stars. A baby sleeping in his mother’s arms. This baby would be like that bright star shining in the sky that night. A Light to light up the whole world. Chasing away the darkness. Helping people to […]


December 24

We’ve had a wonderful Christmas Eve so far — relaxing in our jams, pancakes and wassail for breakfast, snow on the ground and fire in the place, a few episodes of Mythbusters, and finishing our (electronic) Christmas letter* and all the wrapping. It’s possible that this could be an even cuter scene tonight when these […]


December 23

As any gamer will tell you, it’s important to find a place without distractions. DPP pics from past years: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


December 22

The children’s Christmas program at church is entertaining every time. My parents and my grandma (Wise Nana) came down to see the boys sing and Simon say his line. Simon got to stand by his buddy Josh this year, so he pretty much felt the opposite of the way he did last year. DPP pics […]


December 21

Amazon, Target (x3), Staples, JoAnn’s, Whole Foods, and Russ’s. I’m shopped out for today (and DONE, thankfully, with Christmas at least). DPP pics from past years: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


December 20

Today was the last day of school before Christmas break — a snowy morning as we dropped Simon off, and I’m hoping the white will stick around for a few more days. I do actually enjoy the rhythm of the school days, but I am ready for a change, and I am as giddy as, […]


December 19

Today we had a little birthday party to celebrate Ian, who will turn four next week. I love my quirky little guy who loves camels of all things, and I love all these little buddies who made him feel really special today. DPP pics from past years: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


December 18

This moment brought to you by Geico, specifically the camel commercial. Knowing how much Ian loves camels, my friend Tara texted a link, and we watched it over and over and over, or as Clara said, “One mo tie” (x 7). DPP pics from past years: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012