Circle of Respect

When I first moved out here I was assigned a very special visiting teacher.  She was one of those people who truly understood the Gospel and her place in it.  It was an integral part of her life and she moved seamlessly through all of her duties as mother, wife, teacher, student, disciple … It […]

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Taxes – urg

Getting this year off to a good start (ie: really need that money!) and have started the taxes. Self-employment tax cannot be absorbed into the child tax credit? What the heck?!?! I can’t get the full child tax credit because our traditional tax burden is less than the tax credit but I can’t put the […]

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Sick Update

Ugh. Little Red stayed home on Monday, more as a buffer than anything. For that guy to be sick enough to wake up hacking and wheezing at 2 am on a Sunday morning I’d say he needs at least two days at home! Monday was pretty sedate and he was hardly coughing and certainly not […]

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This photo is a real gem. This weekend Boy Blue finally graduated from his crib into a big boy bed — and a race car bed to boot! Without other considerations we’d have moved him into a big boy bed much younger, but he’s no worse for wear having waited, he was fully capable of […]

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A Reader

When teaching, I used the following question for defining a reader with my students: The question is not “what have you read?” but “what are you going to read next?” After all, anyone can read a book, but that doesn’t make him a reader. In fifth grade that’s a pretty good standard, and it kept […]

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The one that is sick is not the one who is normally sick. And he’s pretty sick. I think we’re in for a long next few days.

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Last year, having come to the realization that I was never going to be the hippy to which I aspired, and that I, and more importantly my family, was just a little too mainstream, I concluded that what I really wanted to be when I grew up was a minimalist. Which is great except that […]

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Music Appreciation

“In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg, played slowly (think batteries not dead but not 100%.) Little Red dances like a robot (surprisingly, very fitting!) Boy Blue runs around in circles singing “Twinkle, Twinkle.”

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