I don’t know where all the mittens go. Just like socks that seemingly disappear into the depths of the dryer, toddler mittens disappear into the depths house. Is there a mitten thief among us? Does a mitten elf come in the night? With two toddlers and 4 little hands to keep warm, I bought 3Continue reading “On the Other Hand …”
My dearest daughter, Susannah. Today, as you turn 4 years old, you received a special surprise gift, which I purchased at Target many weeks ago. I had gone there in search of a few silly items for you and your brother for Valentines’ Day. You’ll soon learn that a trip to Target always involves buyingContinue reading “She Who Cannot Be Contained: To Susannah on Your 4th Birthday”
“Hey! HEY! HEY!!!!! Everyone sit down and listen. It’s Christmas Eve. We are worshipping here in this living room. Jesus is going to be born. AND YOU’RE GOING TO LIKE IT.” My family looked at me like a crazy Pastor-Mom gone wild. I had worked for countless hours putting together a special virtual Christmas EveContinue reading “Hear the Good News”
“We’re nearing the end of the pandemic”, I heard on the radio this morning. I admit, I scoffed a little when I heard it. Really? Could that true? It still feels like we have so far to go with vaccine distribution before we can make such a bold statement. Yet, there it was from aContinue reading “The End Is Near …”
“Other people are doing puzzles and I’m cleaning poop!” my husband screamed into the universe. It was early corona-tide. Late March 2020. The world was in lock-down. We didn’t yet know about mask-wearing or transmission of air droplets. We were told to stay home at all costs. Many of our friends and family were postingContinue reading “Poop Pandemic”
“The new National Geographic is here” my husband announced as he brought in the mail. “Oooooo. Mysteries of a Virus: They Kill Us by the Millions. But without them, life is impossible”, he said reading the front cover title. “That’s not very nice,” my 3 ½ year old said indignantly from the other room, alwaysContinue reading “Exposed”
“Do you have kids?” the paramedic administering my vaccine asked. “Yes. Two barrels of energy. They are 3 and 1.” “A pastor and a mom? Wow.” She said, smiling. “I want to tell you something important. You’ll be scheduling a 2nd dose on the way out, and I want you to do something for me.Continue reading “Not Throwing Away My Shot”
“Pete the Cat was walking down the street in his brand-new white shoes.” I heard my Mom’s voice from the other room as she read my son his favorite book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean and Eric Litwin. (If you aren’t familiar with the Pete the Cat books, youContinue reading “The Reverend Mama: I Love My New Year”
“All we wanted was a Christmas tree!” my daughter proclaimed as she gave herself a face-palm, “But noooooooooo.” She repeated the exact words and tone I had said just minutes before, but they sounded much more dramatic in her 3-year-old voice. My family was huddled in our kitchen. Our hats, coats, and mittens, soggy fromContinue reading “Lone Noel”
“So what are you planning to do for Thanksgiving?” our pediatrician asked us. “Our family has a big dinner at my Aunt and Uncle’s house with our extended family. There’s 22 of us now. We’re not really sure how we’ll make it work this year.” “Yeah … you can’t make that work this year,” heContinue reading “Home Is Where The Turkey Is”
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