April 26, 2017
Dear A, 5 years old

Dear A, If I had to choose a fruit of the spirit that describes you most accurately, it would be: goodness. You practice goodness. You strive for goodness. You are a kind, gentle, and selfless soul. Going along with that, you are a peacemaker - refusing to take sides during arguments, bringing people together. Both […]

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April 8, 2017
Dear O, 8 Years Old

At approximately 6:45am, you bounced into our room. Fully dressed in jeans and a plaid shirt, you pronounced, "We're going horseback riding!" You've been our horse girl for years now so it seemed a very fitting way to celebrate. Tim drove you to a coffeeshop, where you sipped on dark coffee as a special treat, and then […]

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February 11, 2017
the fourth baby

Right this very second, I am watching Tim make our baby laugh on the couch. Our fourth baby is the happiest, calmest, most content baby you've ever seen. I always tell people he only cries when he wants to eat, but even that's not entirely true. He usually just opens his mouth extra wide and looks […]

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January 7, 2017
Fifteen and Forever

Besides when I roll out of bed in the morning and stretch my aching back, I mostly feel like a twenty-two-year-old. I am surprised when I catch a glimpse of my face in the mirror and see creases around my eyes and cheeks. Wasn't it just yesterday that Tim picked the seat next to mine in Algebra? I still […]

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December 5, 2016
how the sheaffers do disney

Not bad for having a newborn. That's what I keep thinking about our latest trip to Disneyland. We rode everything on our list(s) - and then some. If you've ever gone on a leisurely walk with Tim or I, you know that we are naturally fast walkers. At least that's what people have told us. Fortunately, […]

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October 7, 2016
baby in the house

It's been six weeks and our baby boy has barely been put down. He gets transferred from arm to open arm - snuggled in a variety of poses, smattered with kisses. At night, he sleeps in the crook of my arm - our breathing in symmetry. In the morning, the girls and I stand over […]

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