Thankful for a great year since Ellis’ heart surgery on Sept. 25, 17

One year ago today, Ellis underwent her third heart surgery. Even before her birth, doctors warned us of the various challenges we would face in the first few years of her life. They weren't lying. It. Was. Tough. In those first few years, we lived on survival mode aging us beyond our years. Our family … Continue reading Thankful for a great year since Ellis’ heart surgery on Sept. 25, 17

Do all kids read by the beginning of second grade??

This is hard for me to admit, much less put it into writing. It makes me feel vulnerable, but here I go. My second grader is struggling with reading. When we do phonics or attempt to read together, he immediately gets uptight and starts to fidget. It's like he convinced himself that reading is too … Continue reading Do all kids read by the beginning of second grade??

Flower of the day: Ageratum. I call them, fuzzy pom poms.

I am amazed at the variety of flowers around me. Sometimes they look so perfect that I wonder "are they real?" Each time I come across a new bloom, my faith in a good and awe-inspiring God is reaffirmed. I marvel at the details He showers on small flowers. His humor and creativity abound. How … Continue reading Flower of the day: Ageratum. I call them, fuzzy pom poms.