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Lumberjack

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Finding His Voice

I told D that I would be listening to hear him singing in his school’s annual Christmas program. It is a two-song affair that causes parents to arrive early and hastily scramble to get front-row seats. Last year, as second-graders, they sang the classics “Frosty the Snowman” and “Jingle Bell Rock,” and this year as third-graders, D […]

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Talking About Jonah

D and I have been reading through the book of Jonah during our quiet times on the weekends, and it’s amazing how much the story of Jonah relates to D’s life and to mine, too. One of the commentaries I read called Jonah the world’s worst missionary ever because of his disobedience to God and his hate […]

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Shooting Hoops

A basketball hoop was always in the driveway. Our family moved every three or four years in my childhood, and the hoop in the driveway always provided a sense of continuity. I found solace in dribbling and shooting hoops, and I could spend hours taking shot after shot. I was Picasso with a paintbrush. Basketball […]

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Pixar Exhibit

D cued up Frosty the Snowman when we returned home from “The Science Behind Pixar” exhibit at the California Science Center, so my fear that it might ruin the magic of movies for him was, well, unwarranted. But it’s true science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are responsible for the stuff you see in Pixar […]

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Escape to the Bookstore

We started in an arts and crafts store to get styrofoam balls for a solar system project, spent time in a kids’ play area at the mall, and ended up in a used book, music and movie store. The solar system project was inspired by a Chinese girl on You Tube who talks about the […]

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A Swimming Story

I don’t remember saying it like it was a big deal or thinking this would be the moment. We were in the swimming pool at my mom’s condo and I casually said to D, swim over to me. I was standing in the middle of the pool, and D was at the steps of the […]

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Uku

The Lava Song (from Pixar’s Inside Out) A long, long time ago there was a volcano living all alone in the middle of the sea He sat high above his bed watching all the couples play And wishing that he had someone, too. And from his lava came this song of hope that he sang […]

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Artsy Fartsy

D got the idea from a girl named Audrey on You Tube who posted a video of herself making a model of the solar system and so he wanted to make his own. We went to a craft store together on a family outing, and his mom helped D decide on what supplies to buy with […]

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Quiet Time

We were supposed to read a bible story,  as is our custom on the weekend. However, D was busy drawing movie characters in the backseat of the car. Five minutes, I said, and waited until he was ready. I knew it might be fifteen or twenty minutes and, eventually, he joined me in the passenger seat with […]

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