Phone etiquette

Phone etiquette

I took this screenshot of Kate’s Instagram post the other day so I could send it to Susie. Who is Susie, and why would I send her this shot, you ask? Susie is only the greatest family friend one could ever have. She has been a part of our family since we moved...
The golden parenting years

The golden parenting years

I think we’re in them. The kids are 10-almost-11, 7, and 3. We are  in that lovely stage of post-diaper and pre-driving-and-dating. The kids play together and alone. They need us, but not too much. They love us, and still like us. They even like each other. Here...
First communion

First communion

  Today was confirmation and first communion for the youth of our church. Kate, who has attended a year of catechism instruction, took her first communion today. She wore Gianna’s confirmation dress and looked lovely, if a tiny bit nervous. We snuck in a...

Wish me luck

We are T Minus 11 minutes away from the 10-year-old slumber party. I’m armed with homemade pizza ingredients, brownie sundaes, and overnight French toast. Derek has geared up with Google Play movies and Wii games and blowup air mattresses. The grandparents have...
Moving day

Moving day

Since Kate turned ten and Jonathan is 2 3/4, we decided it was time for a little switcharoo. I’d been talking to Jonathan about the “big boy bed” in his room, which doubles as our guest bed, but he always responded with, “I want to go...