Reshaping Christmas

In 1893, a struggling author brought a manuscript to his publisher for consideration. Despite the author’s previous successes, the publisher rejected the newest manuscript because, in the publisher’s estimation, the book would never sell. Undaunted, the author took it on himself to publish the book. Using money that he didn’t have, he commissioned an artist… Continue reading Reshaping Christmas

Not Without Knowing My Love

Thursday mornings are hectic around my house. That’s because Ella has a school singing club that meets early on Thursdays, which means I have to get her out the door and to the school around 7:00AM. For comparison’s sake, her bus usually pulls up around 7:20AM. If you have kids, you understand what a luxury… Continue reading Not Without Knowing My Love

Let Those Without Sin Hold Parenting Classes

Once upon a time, while at a Braves game with my family, I lost my daughter amid a sea of 30,000 people. (Obviously, this was a while ago.) We were in the upper deck at Turner Field, where the Kid Zone is, and my son declared his need for the potty. Since my son has… Continue reading Let Those Without Sin Hold Parenting Classes

40

Today I turn 40. Things I’ve learned over my four decades: Prostate exams aren’t comfortable in the slightest, but they’re a cotton-candy-coated breeze compared to what it must feel like to give birth. Hell is outliving a child. You can’t run away from who you are, or who you’re meant to be. Christmas isn’t fun until you… Continue reading 40

Good to Give

Saturday afternoon the kids and I went through their playroom for the annual pre-Christmas purge. (It’s kind of a tradition, though some years it’s more of a post-Christmas purge.) We dump all of the toys on the floor and the kids go through them and pick out a handful they want to keep. It’s an… Continue reading Good to Give