December 19

Simon had his first chorus concert tonight. Along with more than a hundred other fourth and fifth graders, he’s been practicing once a week before school. The concert was really well done, and I enjoyed it immensely. I also had an unexpected bit of nostalgia as I realized that one of my elementary school Christmas […]


December 16

Kids fascinate me. No matter where we go, they either find friends or make new ones fast, but rarely are they content to play alone when there is anyone about their age around. This morning at Simon’s last indoor soccer game, Ian found a buddy from his class (and his soccer team) and they included in […]


December 15

There are a lot of reasons to stay in the van for after school pickup (some better than others): too cold, too hot, too lazy, too introverted, too late. But here’s what’s also true:  Friends are the best, and I’m never sorry when I get out of the van. Human connection! Adult conversation! Fresh air […]


December 10

These two were born four days apart, but that was almost six (!) years ago. Now they’re both in kindergarten, and they can read and write and stuff. It’s too much. I found them hanging around after Christmas program practice grafitti-ing the dry erase board. DPP pics from past years (2006-11 lost to the ether), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


December 9

Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading. –Rainer Maria Rilke I adore my book club. These women (and a few not pictured) are some of the smartest, best people I know. They challenge me and make me laugh, and I look forward to our gathering each month. I do love […]


Aslan on the Move

This weekend, Clara had her second dance recital with Studio 139. This year’s recital was Aslan on the Move, and the dancers–as flowers, bees and ladybugs, a river, red birds, and sunshine–told the story of the coming of spring (based on C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, of course). As you can see, the costumes and the dancers […]


December 19

I was thinking this morning as I snapped this photo that it would be very similar to another DPP pic from a past year. Indeed it is. Although our time together was too short (it always is), I was fully aware of what a privilege it is to sit across a beautiful sunlit table from this […]


December 18

Since the Redeemer Christmas program got frozen out last night, the preschoolers* sang their songs (along with the most darling actions) during the service and the older kids gave their performance right after the service. My favorite line from a Christmas carol (“God and sinners reconciled” from “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”) was also the […]


December 15

Box of Lies (Jimmy Fallon–style). Is she lying or telling the truth? Who can tell? Life Group Christmas dinner: a night of fabulous food and even better people. And that’s the straight-up truth.


December 4

Today we headed up to Omaha to the Lauritzen Gardens to see the Holiday Poinsettia Show. The gardens are pretty amazing any time of year, but they were extra magical today. And as if it wouldn’t have been fun enough to stroll the beautiful gardens today, we ran into some of our very favorite friends and […]