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This Is More Important

This Is More Important

I think about the dishes soaking in the sink. I squeeze my arms a little tighter around Sam as we stand outside watching Finley, our dog, chase moths around the yard. This is more important.   I look at the pile of clean laundry sitting on the chair, waiting to...

Stanley and Mom Date

Stanley and Mom Date

Stanley and I had our “Stanley and Mom” date last weekend.  (Mark, my husband, and I have decided we need to spend some more one on one time with each of our three kids.) Stanley and I decided that we would go to a farm and go horseback riding!!! “Horseback riding”...

Sam and Mom’s Date

Sam and Mom’s Date

Well, I screwed that one up. Sam and I went on our Sam and Mom date yesterday. (Mark, my husband, and I have decided we need to spend some more one on one time with each of our three kids.) Sam wanted to go to a D-Box movie, something neither of us have ever done...

Lucy and Mom’s Date

Lucy and Mom’s Date

Lucy and I had our “Lucy and Mom Only Date” yesterday. (Mark, my husband, and I have decided we need to spend some more one on one time with each of our three kids.) Lucy chose the outing which included getting dressed up, going out for dinner (Mexican!) and dessert...

The Guilt

The Guilt

The guilt is relentless. Enjoy them. They grow up so fast. You’ll be back at work soon. You’ll never have this time again. Don’t take it for granted. This is an unprecedented time. Use your moments well. Embrace the hours. Don’t waste the moments. Especially the...

Things I’ve Learned In Kindergarten

Things I’ve Learned In Kindergarten

I’ve been spending a lot of time in kindergarten lately: one to four hours every day. It’s been an enlightening experience and I’ve learned a lot from these five and six year olds, especially in the body science class. 😬 (Kindergarten is a whole lot different these days!)

This Is Hard

This Is Hard

This is hard. Really hard. It’s rewarding. And amazing. And infinitely difficult. Sometimes expectations are too high. A lot of the time. Sometimes things click and it’s incredible. And inspiring. And then there’s the times nothing clicks. It all seems impossible. I...

Things That Are New To Stanley

Things That Are New To Stanley

Things that are new to Stanley (in no particular order): -air hand dryers in the bathroom -airplane rides -playing in the bathtub (bubbles are a hit!) -jackets (not a lot of jackets necessary in Haiti) -microwaves -putting your own ornaments on your Christmas tree...

Bringing Stanley Home

Bringing Stanley Home

Written Thursday, December 5 We’ve been on the plane for three hours. It’ll be time to land in Dallas soon. Then we’ll have nine hours to try and sleep at the airport before we leave for Miami. We’ll have a quick layover and then we’ll board our flight for Port Au...

Helpless

Helpless

Helpless: deprived of strength or power; powerless; incapacitated. Helpless: the only word that fits this situation. Haiti's citizens are in a state of desperation. They are trying to create a better country for themselves and right now that is resulting in chaos:...