It's been so refreshing to step into the living room to see Corban and Jaeda playing kindly together. For the most part, they really like each other. But on the days when choosing love is just too hard for them, we're working on gentle reminders that...
A couple months ago, we promised Aunt Erin we'd visit her this summer. Suddenly, summer was almost over, so a couple weekends ago, we made good on our promise. And are we ever glad we did! Erin's just moved into a beautiful 1920 apartment with...
We have a certain procedure for timeouts in our house.
• placement in timeout
• sitting there a few minutes
• restatement of reason placed in timeout
• declaration of God's command to children to obey their parents (at first, we do this for them, eventually they do...
We bought 15 pounds of blueberries last week.
The first 5-pound box is gone.
You can see who's at fault.
(That's right, I'm the mom who eats the last piece of cake
and says, "The kids must have sneaked it,"
after wiping the crumbs off my mouth.)
Good friend Megan is...
Jaeda has been enthusiastically trying out new words every day.
She parrots, creates, babbles, and communicates.
It's been a lot of fun.
"Eat, chicks," she commands.
"So soft," she observes.
"Porban pjs," she delights.
(After having puked on all of hers.)
"Fast, Mommy," she demands.
"Chrater boot," she insists.
"New bed. Upsteers. See see!"...
One for the pigtails.
Two for the cheese.
Three for the stare.
And "Take a picture of ME, please!"
Four for the pointing.
"See, see, see?!"
Five for the feeling of the tongue,
what could it be?
Six for the smashing
of the cardboard sword.
And seven for the chasing,
which makes us never bored.
Corban turned three a week ago today. It was the most perfect day in the celebrating department. Morning birthday hugs and a new 25-piece puzzle (which he [tried to] put together at least a dozen times just that day!). Out to lunch with Daddy at Culvers, frozen...
A couple months ago, our life group had our annual fall camping discussion. (Yep, it took that much advanced planning to get us all in town on the same weekend!) But now that we're Shaffer-less (miss you guys!), we have a whole lot less motivation...
Corban scooters on the sidewalk in front of our house, with his neighborhood buddies, in several nice neighbors' driveways, and basically all over the neighborhood! He's learned to push, to glide, to veer, and to brake (none of which are technical scootering terms, mind you)....