For My Mom, In Her Retirement

A month ago, my mom retired from her role as Dean of Continuing Education at a community college in southern California.  On Friday she arrived in Chicagoland, and Riley is over the moon. (So am I.) Each of my parent’s retirements have made me reflect on my own life and career, and before it slips away, I want … Continue reading

On Creativity and Corner Markets

On Creativity and Corner Markets

Note: I wrote this post several months back, while we were in CA, but forgot to publish it. So here’s the thing I want to say today… Artists, poets, writers, photographers, painters, musicians, the so called “creative types”, do not have a corner market on revealing the fingerprints of God. Because God is creator, our … Continue reading

Welcome, Peyton

Welcome, Peyton

Five weeks ago at this time I was in labor, but not totally sure it was labor, you know? But it was labor, at a little after 8pm, Peyton Austin was born.  He weighed 8lbs and an ounce, was 21″ long, with his daddy’s dark hair and dark blue eyes.   Riley really loves Peyton, … Continue reading

On Donuts, Mind Reading, and Love

On Donuts, Mind Reading, and Love

Monday was my birthday. On Sunday night, as we finished up the dishes, I told Curtis, “So tomorrow, I want Donut Drop donuts, scrambled eggs with cheese and avocado, and to sleep in. Then I want to take Riley to the zoo.” “What kind of donuts?” he responded. “What kind of donuts?” Not, “picky-picky” or … Continue reading

Water Over Ice

“Here’s one that hasn’t come up yet,” Curtis told me, “Ice isn’t the most slippery, water over ice is.” All winter he’s been briefing me on things I needed to know—how to drive in snow; what to be aware of on winter roads.  Now that spring is breaking in, the snow is melting during the … Continue reading

Generous 2015 – No Spend Month

We’re almost done with No Spend Month, which reminds me to log the most recent grocery run in my Spending Tracker App. I have used it faithfully, and it has in turn betrayed me by telling me that we cannot live exclusively on my salary. Unless we stop cutting our hair. As usual (we’ve done at least … Continue reading

Craikee

Sunday we braved a bone-fide pre-blizzard (the official warning started at 2pm) to head to church. Given that we both work at the church, going wasn’t much of a question.  But it still feels kind of tough and rugged to say we slogged through the very poorly plowed roads in the snow to get there. Riley moved … Continue reading

Generous 2015

In 5 weeks, we are scheduled to close on our Illinois house.  Two months after that is my due date for Peyton.  To celebrate, I am going day to day as if that isn’t a whole heap of change and work coming our way. As if time will just move slowly.  You know, the way … Continue reading