Friday, October 27, 2006


Laundry reveals how my life changed October 23, 2006.

I can now complete a full load of pink laundry.

Kks welcomed a sister into the world at 10:32 pm on October 23rd. She wasn't entirely sure how to interpret the mad dash to get to the hospital...only the end result for kks was a slumber party at her baby sitters' home.

After growing up in a household with two brothers, I can only imagine what it was like for my poor mother. Where was the gender solidarity? No wonder she imported little girls.

Some expressed disappointment for me that a boy didn't join our family. No one needs to project disappointment. Kks is an excited big sister, and my wife and I are team parents with two beautiful children. God blesses us richly. As I write I carry AAS (kks' sister) close to my chest in a Baby Bjorn.

I couldn't be more thankful or happy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Music awakens the soul

What qualities of a song moves us to a connection with the Holy?

I have no idea what moves kks to like or sing a particular song. She picks up a variety of songs, with no real rhyme or reason to what she likes. A list of what she has picked up off the radio, my ipod, school, television, etc.

California-Phantom Planet
Havin' A Ball (Together)--The Partridge Family
I Woke Up In Love This Morning--The Partridge Family
Come On Get Happy--The Partridge Family
Mary Mack--Ella Jenkins
Jingle Bells--Barenaked Ladies
A Boat Like Gideon Brown--Great Big Sea

The first Partidge Family song that kks latched on to was in the presence of my father as we drove through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan over Labor Day weekend. We listened to the 70's pop station on the satellite radio, within a minute of the song's beginning, she was singing "I Woke Up In Love This Morning." We now sing the song as a house favorite. Joy abounds in the melodies that please a girl's brain.