Category Archives: Children

To Olivia, on the Occasion of Her 12th Birthday

Dear Olivia, You’ve probably noticed me organizing our family photographic archives recently. I mean, how could you not notice me, camped out at our family’s desktop computer, blocking you from access to the latest YouTube episode of Good Mythical Morning?!? … Continue reading

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To Elliot, on the Occasion of His 14th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Elliot! Fourteen years ago, you were just 4 pounds, 13 ounces. Only 18.5 inches long. Today, you’re buying your own running shoes that are about the same size you were back then (men’s size 10!). And you’re making … Continue reading

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Four Soccer Games, Three Parties, Two-and-a-Half Church Services, and One 12-Mile Run

Four soccer games. Three parties. Two-and-a-half church services. And one 12-mile run. How’s that for a restful weekend?!? I didn’t have a good attitude. I wanted to sleep in and watch football games on TV and take naps and warm … Continue reading

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