Saving Up

Today Julianna turned 9. Quite a year huh? I’ve been writing these birthday blog posts for a bunch of years for each girl.  I’ve always found that its a nice way to reflect on the year as it relates to each girl; to think about the struggles they’ve encountered, the victories they’ve achieved, and the

Reading; Their Minds

I don’t remember how old I was when people stopped reading to me at my bedtime. These days I get read to most nights.  At some point, the girls’ bedtime went from us reading to them to them reading to us.  I find the whole thing fascinating.  Both girls have always enjoyed books.  We went

If He Cries, He Cries

In the summer of 2003, I served as the counselor for my camp’s annual CIT trip. Typically, my camp (plus two others) took a pilgrimage to Israel. That year, we went to Maine—not quite the same thing. Instead of climbing Masada, we climbed ropes. Instead of floating in the Dead Sea, we floated down the

Hidden Gems

So now we’re a few weeks into our family’s latest transitions.  I’ve written about these transitions as they related to the kids but haven’t written a ton about them solely from my perspective other than to essentially out myself as a huge baby with minor emotional instability issues. To recap, Julianna started Kindergarten a few

Transition

I cried every day for a solid 12 months when I was dropped off at kindergarten so the outlook isn’t pretty for my girls.  My mother will remind you, me, and everyone who will listen of this fact as frequently as possible. The girls just finished their respective “transition weeks” at school.  This is the