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The Redheads

Singing our ABCs

Singing our ABCs

This precious girl has grown in her love for music. If she’s not singing (any song under the sun), she’s playing the piano (and singing). If not playing the piano (and singing), she’s dancing with her daddy (or brother, in Daddy’s absence) while I play the piano and sing. Can we just pause to say that high […]

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Nov 9 2 comments

When family photos represent every day but today.

When family photos represent every day but today.

A couple Thursdays ago, I was deliberately picking out shirts, pants, and accessories that would compliment each other without being too matchy-matchy. The large back of our couch held each family member’s items so that as I walked by, I could rearrange, pull off, and start over. I decided to use Jaeda’s “dots sweatshirt,” per […]

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Nov 8 Comments

When 20 questions becomes 20 clues becomes let’s-just-finish-this-game!

When 20 questions becomes 20 clues becomes let’s-just-finish-this-game!

Amazing how simple something seems when you’re 29 and you’ve done it all your life. Amazing how complicated it is when you’re nearly 4 and you’ve never even heard of it. Enter 20 Questions. The best game for the best laughs (on the parental end) and confused expressions (on the young children end). Just listen. MOM: We’re […]

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Nov 1 Comments

When a whole town gets artsy.

When a whole town gets artsy.

The first weekend in October, we found ourselves in Michigan with a date night on our hands (wahooooo!). We made our way to Grand Rapids where the entire downtown was covered in art–real, creative, layperson-understood art. It was incredible! I’ll briefly highlight a very select few of the pieces we viewed (and we only visited […]

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Oct 30 Comments

a poem about some recent days

a poem about some recent days

reading about identity in Christ with one of my favorite girls (we drink coffee, overpriced) mate has soothed my queasy stomach waves and now is essential (with friends, afternoons are saved) neighborhood friends, the Lord seems to pursue week after week there’s been a new breakthrough! two neighbors have shown their care for us well by […]

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Oct 29 1 comment

Downtown Statue Play

Downtown Statue Play

Warsaw hosted 16 statues from Seward Johnson’s collection of more than 450, a collection that has been all over the world. He started sculpting out of metals like aluminum and bronze back in the 70s, and of the 16 that graced our little town, I saw one as recent as from 2003. Seward is now in his […]

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Oct 28 Comments

These two.

These two.

  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 it is a worthwhile choice. Our moms’ group is reading my […]

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While Mom’s Away

While Mom’s Away

I’ve gotten to be away for a whole weekend two months in a row! In September, it was our annual Father/Daughter Retreat in Northern Michigan. In October, it was the True Woman Conference in Indianapolis with lovely, God-fearing women from our church. James and I talked about it at great length, since it seemed hardly […]

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Oct 24 Comments

The beginning of the 2s.

The beginning of the 2s.

When you’re two, princesses are a big deal. As are pigtails, spinning, and making messes. When you’re two, smooching is the best. So are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Mosquito-swollen eyes are not.  When you’re two, you practice going potty. You also practice stubbornness, trying Mommy’s patience, and falling asleep instead of complying. When you’re […]

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Oct 22 Comments

The end of the 3s.

The end of the 3s.

  Corban is still putting his sandals on the wrong feet at various times. “Don’t worry, Mom; it’s fine with me.”  He and Jaeda have figured out if they bring a big enough bag in the bike trailer, they can do their normal imagination play without waiting to arrive at our destination! He’s doing all […]

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