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Spring Blitz and Ethiopian Doro Wat

It is quiet in my house now, and we are recovering from a busy but fun weekend. Fresh cookies are on the stove, and the kids and I just grabbed two each. Mmm, warm chocolate chip cookies. (They are from a pre-made mix, but still wonderful when hot from the oven.) This weekend was Spring…

K, UK, T-TAP

K,UK,T-TAP. My 9 year old daughter rattles these letters off triumphantly. My family and I have been working to memorize various country locations and names in order. Can you figure out where these are and what they mean? There is a map of them in my bathroom right now, replacing the Civil War battles map…

Drum Roll please…

Well, the guesses came in from you all (and from xanga and facebook).8 people said girl.10 people said boy. The ultrasound happened this afternoon. We all went in as a family. It was so neat to see the baby moving, trying to suck its thumb or fist, kicking its little feet, and waving. The tiny…

What’s Your Guess? Boy or Girl?

Cast your voting guess before Friday’s ultrasound. See if you guessed correctly. 🙂 Boy or girl?

Ethiopian Food

“I will praise you in the storm…I will lift my hands, [glad that] you are who you are…” What a good song that is on the radio right now. I don’t feel like I am in the storm right now, but I love the assurance that He is there, always, unwaveringly, no matter the weather…

We Heard the Heartbeating Today!

Hi guys. So the baby is now 2-3 inches long–some books say it is as big as an apple?! It has hands, feet, body organs, etc. Check out this cool link for pictures of babies at our stage. Scroll down to see week 12. The photos are so amazing! http://www.pregnancy.org/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment1.php#week5 How are you guys doing?…

Special Family Day Gone to Pot–Briefly (Confessions from Jennifer)

Why is it that once you decide that it is going to be a fun family day, then all craziness breaks loose? We had planned that today would be a light school day–just some reading and creative writing– so that we would have time to make a gingerbread house, and make special Christmas Nativity picture…

White Snow, Red Curry

Mmm, this is my second helping of red curry this afternoon. I came home from work, ravenous and snowy. I was going to join the family at our Y, but the car I’m driving doesn’t have windshield wipers. I figured the first few roads would be my test to see if it would be safe…

Lights in the Mist Around Us

What a cool misty, foggy night out as we drove back from the Y tonight after swim team practice. Wet, cold air wrapped around us as we walked to the van. Then it enveloped our vehicle as we drove. On longer stretches of the road that dipped into valleys, the fog was so thick that…

Want to Hear Something Sad but Funny?

So, with my family’s background of living in war-torn West Africa, and then later my kids seeing their grandparents in that same situation and occasionally fleeing violent political situations, my kids and I have often talked about the fact that anyone could die at any moment. We recognize that there are “bad guys” here too…