Apple starts with tree

Benny's play at this age is messy, loud, and really hilarious. His current favorite activities are tossing stuff away from where it's supposed to be, screeching at the top of his lungs until he turns red (I assure you it's a happy screech)...and turning all of his toys on at once so there's just this [...]

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The grace of normalcy

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;    blessed be the name of the Lord!Job 1:21 This past Thanksgiving, we discovered that God had given us a new life to look after. And twelve days later, God took our little one home. I desperately asked, "Why?" And just as desperately tried to answer my own question. I mean, everything happens [...]

The makings of a traveler

This past week found us enjoying a getaway in northern Arizona before Thanksgiving - four days of visiting new coffee shops, hiking, and playing around with my camera (for which I just got around to replacing the battery charger after something like two years).

It’s tradition: Allhallowtide

Even more special than seeing all the everyday stuff through new eyes, though, is the joy of experiencing family traditions with Benny. Some have been handed down through faith, some through generations, and some Jeff and I are just adopting and making part of our family culture. How we celebrate might even evolve as our family evolves, and that's okay. But they all add a certain magic quality to our everyday lives.