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Happy Birthday (ish) Second Son.

Dear Second Son, on the occasion of your second birthday  two weeks and two days after your second birthday.In Hebrew the meaning of the name John is: Jehovah has been gracious; has shown favor. Indeed He has shown great favor in granting you to us. You bring us such joy-you, the unapologetic mama’s boy who must always be close by. You haven’t grown out of needing to snuggle up skin to skin, the heart blood and safety of my arms around yours. In...

Keep (Five Minute Friday)

(It’s my Five Minute Friday on Wednesday, y’all). KEEP. It’s just before midnight and Second Son has been squalling in his bed, inconsolable and ANGRY at being awake, punching me when I attempt to comfort him. I’m sprawled across my covers, tears pooling at the knowledge of how much sleep we are all missing. It’s not the first night he’s done this, and part of my bone-tiredness comes from his older brother springing awake each morning before five and refusing to nap later....

To My Daughter…

To my best girl … on {or about } your seventh birthday. I prayed about this letter … I couldn’t even write it on your actual birthday because it is overwhelming to think of all the words I want to say to you. I could talk about being beautiful on the inside {you are}, I could talk about your worth, your value in being a daughter of ours, and of the King – and oh my girl, you are a treasure, to us, and...

Finish Line

I was elbow deep in greasy dishwater one day this week and letting my eyes wander around this home we’ve made. In the moment, my gaze drifted upward to the music pages wreath perched above our oversized bookshelves with the embroidered “Huggins” slightly askew. It occured to me that it was the perfect picture of how I’ve felt over the past eight and a half months. A little off kilter, tipped off my center of gravity and scrambling for level ground....

Happy Birthday Second Son

Happy Birthday Second Son. 365 days of joy you have brought this family. More really, because oh, I have loved you from the moment two pink lines wavered into view. You love remotes, markers, and carbohydrates. You are a biter, but I understand, because you have a mouth full of teeth (seven) and two more on the way. So I forgive your burning need to chomp down on my shoulder Suarez style. And when I say no, because I must,...

Epic Photo Dump – Mom’s Night Out

An EPIC photo dump of the Mom’s Night Out premiere event in LA. The first half is culled from ye olde’ iPhone and the Instagram feed. The second half are courtesy of my fancy camera. If you are one of the four or so people who DON’T come here from social media, these are for you. Most of these have made their appearance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Stories are a’comin … And for the record, I took more selfies...

Single Parenting PSA

I’ve been a sad sack around here lately … I’ll have mercy on you today, and tell you why you should immediately do something nice for the closest {permanent} single parent you can grab. We went to my parents’ church over the break. I grew up in this church, it’s a part of coming home, it is home, in a small corner of my heart. After church the second Sunday, there was a small reception to say goodbye to the...