Nathan: Full of Surprises


Way back in 2012, when Nathan was not-quite two and a half, his early intervention speech therapist was at the house. He was playing with one of his favorite toys at the time, a green-and-white Leapfrog My Own Leaptop. When he first got it, he loved it – probably because he thought he was getting […]

Gone But Not Forgotten…Take Two, Times Two


A few weeks ago, we sold Sarah Kate’s softball gear. We kept her glove and her first bat as memorabilia, but the other bat, her helmet with the giant “Kat” sticker, and the gear bag went to a first-time player – the daughter of a friend of a friend of mine. I was sad to […]

Sun-Beams: February 2015 Edition

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In the recap of the reader survey last month, I let you know that I planned to discontinue Sun-Beams as a weekly feature. Going forward, Sun-Beams will be a (mostly) monthly feature, but it will remain a collection of links to stories, articles, photos, or videos I have come across that I believe will inspire, […]

The Kids Are All…Wright?


Many times I’ve said to myself, “Our family could be a reality show.” Between Sarah Kate, Nathan, Mr. Andi’s adventures, and the dogs, we could entertain families across the nation for at least a couple of seasons – even if we only covered the stories related to food and poop (TMI?) But while our life […]

I’m Heartbroken Today, and There’s Something I Want You to Know


Friends, my heart is broken today. On Tuesday, February 17, a friend of mine since elementary school decided this world would be better off without him. Exactly one month earlier, a college friend of mine made the same choice. The first blow hit me hard; the second one broke my heart. My friend Stephen was one […]

He Did It! Nathan Goes to the Dentist


After everyone’s fantastic advice about taking Nathan to the dentist for the first time, we took the plunge and made up our minds. Lots of folks suggested a pediatric dentist, and we were really leaning that way until Sarah Kate went to the dentist for a checkup. I was talking to the dental hygienist (who […]