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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

The Old Guard

The Old Guard

This is a fern. Larry gave it to my dad before his surgery for prostate cancer. Before you saw awwww, let me explain. A long time ago, my dad and a friend went to visit Larry in the hospital.  As the entered, they stopped, “Should we have brought something? Like a plant?” Agreeing that yes, … Continue reading

40 Years

40 Years

On this day… In 1936, Gone With the Wind was published. In 1953, the first Corvette was built. In 1962, Sandy Koufax pitched his first no hitter.   In 1973, Donna Eaton married David Burns. That’s 40 years, for you who hate math. (And if you do, I feel you. Math and I aren’t friends.) … Continue reading

Privilege and Parenting

I have been reflecting on privilege  recently, especially since I’ve had this little boy.  He is the epitome of privilege -white, male, parents (and grandparents) with greater than college level degrees, one of which comes from a premier institution. Born into a family in a wealthy, modernized country.  That family has reliable transportation at all times.  And a … Continue reading

Welcome Baby Boy!

Welcome Baby Boy!

Not long and yet forever ago, we had a son. Here’s a snapshot of that experience. If you receive posts by email, I apologize for the glitch, but here’s the complete post. The facts: Born Friday, January 4th, 8:54am. 8 pounds, 10.2 ounces, 22 inches long. We waited until the absolute last minute in hopes … Continue reading

Your Sisters’ Birthday

Your Sisters’ Birthday

I suppose the first post about our new baby should be full of happiness.  It will be.  This is not about him.  Something else happened to come first. Dear Riley, Just shy of a year ago, in the grey days when all we could do was sit or walk slowly around the block, your daddy … Continue reading

Because.  [A (Not Here Yet) Baby Update]

Because. [A (Not Here Yet) Baby Update]

So here’s the deal… This baby was due December 20th.  It is 10:09pm on December 26th.  He is no where is sight. Because we do not want to induce, we go in for some ‘make sure he’s fine’ tests tomorrow, at 41 weeks.  Standard stuff.  Assuming, as everyone expects, that he is still fine, that … Continue reading

Preparing Room

The Saturday after Thanksgiving Curtis and I drove to church, practicing the music for our church’s weekend services on the way.  The set included Joy to the World. It was also 90 degrees outside. It’s an atypical Christmas for us this year, to say the least.  We have some decorations, but no tree.  My shopping … Continue reading

Touring

when you have a baby after losing babies… you will tour the hospital and walk smack into the room where you lost them. then you will cry.  crying that wells up from your gut subconsciously, because you thought you were just walking down the hall. you will feel embarrassed, because you have become used to warning … Continue reading