It’s the time of the year when pastel-colored eggs, bunny rabbits and chocolate in various forms take over huge sections of Targets, Walmarts and pharmacies across the country. As clever marketers would like us to think, spring is in the air and it’s time to buy our kids candy and new clothes. A stuffed animal wouldn’t hurt either. Not to mention a basket, confetti, eggs, … Continue reading We’re going on a parable hunt
I have to say it’s good to be home. We had the summer of a lifetime. Here’s a roundup: Flew into Atlanta. Six days to get over jet lag. Four hour drive to Asheville. Three days to see family and friends. Two hour drive to Charlotte. Meeting at night, and a day to hang out with my brother. Fly to Boston. Four days to rest (because … Continue reading It’s good to be back
Although I respect Billy Graham, I had my doubts about visiting the Billy Graham Library. But we happened to be in Charlotte, NC and we happened to be close to the library and my wife happened to want to go and we happened to need to shelter our kids from the summer heat for a few hours before our flight left. I was dragging my … Continue reading Billy Graham Library: it’s no bull
When our three-year old told us, “Daniel disobeyed God and the lions ate him!” we started to realize that what we teach our children is not always what they understand. Case in point, our five-year old was “reading” the story of Elijah this morning. “Elijah was fed by raisins,” he read. The stories seem clear enough to us when we read them to our children, but somehow input does … Continue reading Toddler Bible: the fiery thermos and other tales
Sometimes we have “aha moments” where something that has been in the shadows stands out in crystal clear form. Sometimes these moments are painful. Mine happened a few days ago. We were trying to cross a border from a neighboring country back into the country where we live. It had been a rather stressful trip. On the way down our car had started breaking down … Continue reading Crossing the border: turn the other cheek
10. The weekend doesn’t feel all that different from the rest of the week. 9. You find yourself planning meals and outings around your kids bowel habits. I won’t say more than that. 8. Your knowledge of parasites and other rashes can rival your local pediatrician’s. Or at least you know it will after all this is over. 7. Without trying, you have memorized at … Continue reading Top 10 ways to know you’re a mom of young kids
Two toddlers + One balloon + Sleep deprivation = Mess. Two days ago we rode the Kiev metro home without incident. So we thought, “This isn’t so bad. Second day in Kiev and we’ve already mastered the metro.” So we got a bit braver. We made big plans the following day to travel here and there via the metro. It started out fine. We made … Continue reading The shot heard round the metro.