The Decade

It’s a big day today. My girls are 10 years old. I blinked and the two little ones that I could cradle in my arms all day long now last about 30 seconds [note to self: will need to go to the gym if carrying them is to continue]. It’s a wonderful day, and it is an emotional day for me as well.

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Song of the Week

Song of the Week: Linus and Lucy by Vince Guraldi


In honor of my wife’s birthday, I thought I’d toss in a family favorite song, especially since it was in one of the cards she received too…  Continue reading “Song of the Week: Linus and Lucy by Vince Guraldi”


Four by Two: Reflections on a Birthday

Rylee & Haylee getting ready to blow out their candles.
Rylee & Haylee getting ready to blow out their candles.

It’s amazing how one day changes things. My girls turned 4 yesterday and it seems like overnight they became new girls all at once! I’m sure when I stop and think about it I can see the subtle changes. But for some reason, they looked a lot older today than the other day. They talked a lot older than the other day. They even acted a lot older than the other day. I reflected upon this a bit last night in my weariness and could only comment as follows:

My girls turned 4 today. They were baptized, we had a kickin’ party, and I’m feeling old. I am truly blessed.

When asked, the thing that still amazes me the most is how two souls born at the same time, in the same womb, can be so different. They aren’t identical twins, so it makes sense that they would be different. But all the same, the differences still produce an awe that never ceases.

Rylee is our artist/drama queen. After waking up, she lasts about 10 minutes before asking if she can draw/paint something. I think I went through a ream of paper in about two weeks since I forgot about her coloring books. We’re trying to figure out what to do with all the drawings, since she values them so much. All suggestions welcome. 8^D Rylee loves to dress up as well and has a purse I think she takes nearly everywhere now on errands with mommy.

Haylee is our adventurer. She fears nothing, or at least nothing she can’t jump on/over/through. I’ll place my bets she is the one that instigates playing in the dirt/mud and we typically have to pull her out of the sandbox for dinner. I don’t know how she got so fast and there are honestly times when I can barely catch her. Haylee’s generosity knows no end. On numerous occasions Rylee has had a fit because Haylee is wearing the shirt she wants to wear. In the midst of trying to explain to Rylee how sharing works, Haylee runs over, shirt in hand, and says “Here sissy, you can wear it.” without any sign of resignation. It melts us every time.

Despite the differences, they both love to go hiking and discover new things. They have a good sized back yard and there’s lots of nature to see every day, and bugs (some good and some bad) to trickle by. They both love book and are quite proud of their very own library cards that they have. They both know who Jesus is and have an inkling of what he’s done.

A couple days ago my girls were three. They were toddlers. Most of the time I felt like I was shepherding them to go here or there, and letting them babble. Now I have conversations with them, I teach a little, and I learn a little. What a profound new world we’ll be entering and discovering.


Nacho Cheese of the Month Club

Crazy little guys these be...

This was “dictated” to me by these guys on a birthday card from my wife. To get the full effect, you need to imagine their voice slightly high pitched and edgy, as if they had abotu 10 cups of coffee…

I signed you up for…a nacho cheese of the month club!


Oh, talk about cool! Then I saw this really big waffle iron…


I know how much you love waffles!


Oh, my goodness. But then we decided that the best thing for you would be… a talking card.


Yes, you close it and open it and it’s like a another gift! And it starts over in the same spot every time! Oh, you’re going to love it!


And its true!!! I believe I’ve opened it up about 3 dozen times now, and it doesn’t get old. Thanks for a wonderful birthday honnie. You make this “old man” feel young and alive every day of my life.