The Ninth of Nine

Some children resent waking up to the early sun. #9 did not. He laid in bed, cooing and babbling to Wife until she woke. A little attention and a morning snack was all he wanted. Curled up in her arms, he was as content as a rabbit living in a garden. But then, Wife got out of bed to dress for the day. Did I say he only wanted a little attention? My mistake… I meant he wanted ALL the attention.

An early morning riser.

An early morning riser.

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Wife Got the Flu – Life as a Single Father

I had a busy week. Between work and other obligations, time simply slipped by like sand through my fingers. I was unable to write a post during the week, but I had planned ahead. Sunday afternoon had time set aside to write. I had no doubt I would have a post ready by nightfall, with all the wit my readers have come to expect. But then, the unthinkable happened… Wife came down with the flu.got the flu Continue reading

The Wonder of Daddy’s Desk

I walked to my office, followed by my deathly, silent child. As I sat at my desk and switched on the computer, #8 settled at my elbow. The quiet of the morning was shattered; not with the rising sun, but with the exuberance of the nearly two year-old. The wonder of daddy’s desk! desk Continue reading

An Early Morning Visitor

In the early morning, before the sun peeked over the valley, I dressed quietly by the dim light of a small lamp. While I dug into a drawer for a clean shirt, the bedroom door rattled. That of itself was not abnormal. Our house is an odd combination of home improvements and old construction. A creaking section of floor or a settling door is expected. But then the door rattled again. I saw the doorknob jiggle.And the joor rattled

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Winos, Squirrels, and Tigers… Oh My

Last week, I asked our girls a question that I could write a post about for Fathers’ Day. We had mixed results. Once it was complete, Wife read through the finished work. When she was done reading, she looked up at me and said, “Is that all you got from them?”

Well… yeah that was all I got. Apparently, my skills of interrogation were lacking. Wife then showed me just how it was done… properly.

The interrogation begins.

The interrogation begins.

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To Know Peace

One of the desires Wife and I have for our children is for them to know peace. The greatest peace they could know is peace with our Lord. And that means a good relationship with Him. So, with lots and lots of prayer, Wife and I have pushed our children in that direction. Therefore, to confession we all go!

To Confession We All Go!!

To Confession We All Go!!

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Why Our Girls Need Princess Stories

Over the last few years, I have read a lot about how princess movies and books are destroying our girls. Those stories give our daughters false expectations, and false hopes, so say the anti-princess crowd. I looked at my daughters, peering for the damage that must surely be there. Their diet of Disney films and fairy tales must certainly have taken a toll. Well, maybe not. After all, that was never the point of princess stories.little princesses Continue reading

A Little Help

Wife and I sat on either side of the pew; living bookends with our children between us. By natural necessity, the baby hungrily clung to Wife. #8, on the other hand, was more like a ping-pong ball. Bouncing between Wife and I until he became too energetic for Wife to handle him while #9 filled her arms. He was banished to my side. I attempted to keep a hold of #8, who wanted nothing more than to make his presence known to the entire church. Squirming, squiggling, and squawking, I tried to keep him still and quiet, which felt like balancing an egg on my head while I tried to catch the hen.

Don't let the sweet face fool you.

Don’t let the sweet face fool you.

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Cardboard Cottages

When our washing machine stopped draining all the water, and the dryer started melting clothes, I finally agreed with Wife that it was time to replace them. With a little discussion, and a lot of saving, we purchased two sets. About a week later, they were delivered. When the four appliances were placed in our yard, the children’s eyes became as round as onions. The appliances had arrived in large boxes!

BIG BOX! BIG BOX!

BIG BOX! BIG BOX!

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