It’s Difficult Not to Compare Them


When the boys were tiny newborns, I made a decision to do my best not to compare them to Juliana. She was the baby that beat every milestone by weeks and even months. She slept through the night at 8 weeks old. She was the best baby in almost every way. The boys arrived . . . → Read More: It’s Difficult Not to Compare Them

The Reading Queen


Juliana’s school uses a reading system based on 15-minute reading steps and each student is required to complete 15 steps each week. Every 25 hours of reading = 100 steps and they receive a new folder for their reading logs every 100 steps.

In first grade Juliana was the top reader in her class. . . . → Read More: The Reading Queen

A Wild Morning


Instead of an alarm clock, this morning I was awoken by roaring dinosaurs outside my bedroom door. I don’t know how long they had been awake, but my guess is that these two little boys got an early start to their day. They were loud and very active and having a grand time together while they . . . → Read More: A Wild Morning

First Grade and the Super Star Reader


Juliana starts second grade one week from today so it’s time to wrap-up first grade.

I loved everything about Juliana’s first grade year – her teacher, her classmates, how much she grew this past year. First grade is the first year of school with tests and letter grades and expectations that they will be able to . . . → Read More: First Grade and the Super Star Reader

Update on Ru


Thank you for your support and prayers for Ruslan – we appreciate it so much!

He is such an amazing, tough little guy. He sits and holds his arm out when we change the dressings twice a day and doesn’t cry even though I can feel his body tensing in my arms. The bright . . . → Read More: Update on Ru

Caught Reading


Reading Books


The boys LOVE to read books.  By 10 am on Saturday or Sunday morning, I often hear myself saying – no more books right now, let’s play with some toys.  I can only read the same books so many times in one day.  So I am so happy when Scott is home and takes a . . . → Read More: Reading Books

Surviving Christmas Break


I may have whistled and skipped home when I dropped the kids off Monday morning.  Everyone was ready to get back to the regular routine even though that meant back to work for me.  I enjoyed the quiet productivity during the day and looked forward to picking them up after work. 

During the holiday . . . → Read More: Surviving Christmas Break

Juliana and Wyatt – BFF

While I’m sure that Juliana loves both of her brothers, she really, really loves Wyatt.  She wants to see him as soon as she wakes up in the morning, kisses him goodbye at the door to his daycare room, and always wants to play with him.  Recently they have been having tea parties – . . . → Read More: Juliana and Wyatt – BFF