#captureyourgrief

There is a Time for Everything Under the Sun

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Our third child didn’t get a baby shower.  Not because historically it’s improper in the book of manners, but because I just didn’t think my heart could handle it.  The last time I had been pregnant with a boy, my friends gathered around me as we ate chocolate and vegetables and artichoke dip, all the […]

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When Dreams Come True

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Jason and I took Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University”class recently.  All I can say is literally every person should take this class at some point in their existence.  There would be no financial issues on this earth or in any government.  Just sayin’. That being said, one of our cash envelopes is set aside each […]

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Grieving With Others

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You know, I was never a fan of funerals and potato salad or dying people or dead ones or death or pretty much anything that had to do with end of life.  As a kid, from grade 3 and then throughout junior high and high school, a friend, classmate, relative, or pet, died, each year. […]

birthdays

"Goodnight Moon!"

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On August 28th, our son Ryan turned 2 years old. Dad was out of town so we celebrated officially once he was home that following weekend with family and friends and sort of allergen-friendly cupcakes…and balloons.  Lots and lots of balloons. When Emily was 6 months old, we chucked her pacifier to the curb.  Not […]

Compassion Intl

Around the World…

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…in who knows how many days? Em and I read a book during homeschool last year about a man in his hot air balloon who raced around the world, a race against the clock.  He wanted to beat a record. What if there were no time frame? What if the point was just to see […]

abundant life

Trekking Around the World

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Remember this? It’s been a while.  I wouldn’t expect you to, but I sure do.  One night, 5 years ago last November, we had gotten some yummy Chinese take-out and were sitting in Noah’s room at The Children’s Hospital.  As we finished up and started cracking open our fortune cookies, I grabbed one and said, […]

being real with God

Saying Goodbye

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It’s not something you ever really get used to.  Specifically I mean, saying “Goodbye” for good.  And by “for good” I mean until we meet again in God’s presence, but who knows when that might be? I get emails from friends, friends of friends, family, strangers, many different people who share a link to either […]

infant loss

Pinch me!

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These pictures were taken by Sara Lazio when Ryan was about 3 weeks old. He’s already pushing 11 weeks! I just wanted to post these so you could see her great work and God’s amazing creation! He coos. He smiles. He looks at me. He smells like a slice of Heaven. He sneezes cute. Heck, […]

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Back it up a little…

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So, Em and Jason and I went in on Tuesday for our uber-ultra ultrasound. They check for all the important vital body parts. Most parents look only for genitalia. Obviously since we seem to produce children with more than just private parts, and since our lives have been radically changed over the past 4 years […]