December 25th, 2011

Christ Carrier

When our pastor stopped at our pew a few minutes before the start of the Midnight Mass last night and asked, “Would your daughter like to carry Baby Jesus in the procession?” I did not hesitate.

“Why yes, she certainly would!” I replied, and then turned to sweet Gabby who was doing her very best to be up to the moment in spite of her tendency toward shyness.

I whispered

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December 16th, 2010

Oh, the indignity

Boy bunny, Girl owner.

October 23rd, 2009

Exclusive Event

Gabby is planning a party tomorrow night in our spare bedroom.

She’s inviting Stephen and her two younger brothers. And this is the sign she plans to put up on the wall.

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Translation: “Please show invitation when you enter. Thank you. 7:00 – 10:00”

I would love to know all the details of this VIP event. But I did not get an

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June 23rd, 2009

The Princess Digs

As I was helping Gabrielle get ready for bed tonight, I noticed her fingernails. Really long and really dirty.

“Oh my goodness!” I cried as I reached for the nail clippers. “What happened to your nails today?”

“Well,” the princess explained, “I didn’t have a shovel.”

June 21st, 2009

Princess at Dinner

Some of us have it, the rest of us don’t.

Poor poor rest of us.

June 4th, 2009

What Lies Ahead

On my schedule today I have school (though it’s not much — we’re winding down), 3 loads of laundry, 2 trips to the barn (Kateri’s work), a little bit of shopping (It’s almost Gabby’s big day), 1 baseball practice, 1 baseball game, and a podcast.

Which actually feels totally manageable. If only it weren’t for the cake. The cake might kill me.

I can’t find pastel M&Ms this time of

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May 12th, 2009


How to get a 5 year old to wake up early, pull out all her school books, and begin a phonics workout before the rest of the family has even gotten out of bed?

Just promise her she’ll be allowed to call her BFF girl cousin and talk as long as she likes when she’s through.

Sarah dear? I hope you’re ready to chat.

March 26th, 2009


The big girls are going away for the weekend.

As big girls do, they are taking their responsibilities seriously, packing, and preparing the house in advance for their absence.

Kateri, for example, has a younger brother lined up to take over daily care of the chickens. She’s paying him in cash and use of her iPod.

I watch the dealings and wonder …

How long till she questions why

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