Friday, December 10, 2010

Tickle Time

You boys are different in many (many many) ways, but you have two things in common:
(1) You love to laugh, and
(2) You love your Daddy!



Thursday, December 9, 2010

Slow Down!

Dear Matthew,
I know you have to grow up, but my heart isn't yet ready for my baby to start crawling. You apparently didn't get the memo...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mrs. Edwards

"If you know someone who has lost a child, and you're afraid to mention them because you think you might make them sad by reminding them that they died--you're not reminding them. They didn't forget they died. What you're reminding them of is that you remembered that they lived, and that is a great gift."
--Elizabeth Edwards, 1949-2010

This is important, boys, and I think the sentiment applies to the loss of any loved one. People often wonder what words, if any, to say to a grieving friend. I can tell you that anything involving God and his reasons will almost universally elicit an internal eye roll from the recipient. I prefer a simple and honest "I'm sorry," "I love you," and "I will remember." Then open your heart and listen.

That's all for today.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Backyard Fun

You boys live in a pretty special place--you've had the opportunity to identify hawks, shovel plentiful snow, enjoy frequent hikes, squawk at wild turkeys, explore waterfalls, and even befriend a herd of albino deer residing in a nearby wildlife reservation. I grew up in a special place too--one I experienced as much under water as above. You got a taste of my childhood on our Thanksgiving trip to the Keys, when a manatee swam right up to Mamo & Grandaddy's backyard dock for a snack:

Daddy spotted some fishing line wrapped around our friend's flipper, so we called the local wildlife folks to report his location. They were thrilled to learn his whereabouts and will hopefully help him out!