Growing UP.


Kids grow up so fast.  Adults joke and pinch and say that it’s “too fast” while the kids can’t wait to get older, bigger and taller.  There’s something about reaching up to that next notch in the paint on the doorway and marking it with...

Can’t Wait to be 8


For the past few months my daughter has been saying “I can’t wait to be 8”. I can.  I can wait.  I want to wait. I want to wait at least the next two months and I’d prefer to wait another two years. This is...

Big Plans: Part Three. Don’t die on a hill.


It may sound ridiculous, but it’s a danger that can await any of us. Don’t die on a hill. Once upon a time there were some people who were slaves.  They were miraculously rescued from slavery, at their own request.  They got scared during that...

Powerless, but not useless


It’s 2:25 AM and I’ve been working on this for an hour. Inspiration often strikes in the middle of the night.  I’ll wake up with a crystal-clear thought or an image that needs to be written down.  So I do. But tonight is different. I’m...

Big Plans: Part Two. Manna.


To live each and every day as if we have exactly what we need to get through that day… To not store away for some future time because it’s important to recognize where our ‘right now’ comes from… To believe in a bigger plan than...

Big Plans: Part One. Bunk Beds


We are moving our kids from bunk beds to single beds. This is very disturbing to them. They have been roommates ever since our son graduated from a crib to a real bed.  Every night he left his bed and crawled in with his big...

A Christmas Lesson


Unwrap a present.  Love the present.  Squeeze the present, sometimes too hard.  (We’ve broken a few before they ever made it out of the box over the years.)  After they process this new reason-not-to-do-homework comes the wisdom of children and their newfound loyalty. “I’ll never...

Almost there.


For many of us, the build to Christmas is a natural, orchestral crescendo of joy and anticipation.  We work less and less each day.  The pile of gifts purchased grows while the Still-To-Buy list shrinks.  As the radio stations play more and more Christmas songs...

A Perfect Christmas


The light of the star flows perfectly through a serendipitously placed window and shines down on the residents of the architecturally and aesthetically perfect stable, designed and decorated by Martha Stewart.  The cattle are lowing the tune of “Away in a Manger”, somehow in perfect...

Something happens when we talk to kids


Last week I got to listen in on a video-chat conversation between a friend of mine and her 4 year-old daughter.  It was beyond adorable.  Daughter was home in New York with Dad while Mom was sitting in a minivan at a gas station just...