Monthly Archives: December 2012

Sometimes you’re the windshield; sometimes you’re the bug.

Dear Munchkin, You’ve had a turn as “the bug” in the last couple days. Saturday night, as I was heating some soup on the stove for your dinner, you came over to give me a kiss. Unfortunately, I happened to … Continue reading

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Family Christmas Dinner

Dear Peanut and Munchkin, I finally managed to host a Christmas dinner at our house, three days after Christmas. It’s something I haven’t done since … well, since I was pregnant with Munchkin, four years ago. I won’t claim to … Continue reading

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Snips and Snails

Dear Peanut, There’s an old nursery rhyme that goes like this: What are little boys made of, made of? What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy dog tails, That’s what little boys are made of! Daddy … Continue reading

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The Reason for the Season

Dear Munchkin, During Christmas Eve Mass tonight, we had the following whispered conversation: Munchkin: How did God get on the cross? Mama: Well, Jesus came to earth as a person like us, and some very mean people put Him on … Continue reading

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Carolers at the door

Dear Munchkin and Peanut, Last night, teens and one of the youth workers from the Catholic church close to our house showed up at our door singing Christmas carols. What a delightful surprise! We’ve never had carolers before. I stood … Continue reading

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A Perfectly Decorated Christmas Tree

Dear Peanut and Munchkin, We finally decorated our Christmas tree yesterday. I don’t usually like to wait so long, but things just kept coming up this month that got in the way. Munchkin was jumping and dancing with elation when … Continue reading

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Advent Devotions

Dear Munchkin, Throughout December, we’ve been working through an Advent countdown book for kids from one set of your Godparents, Aunt B and Uncle P. Each devotion includes a short commentary on a particular topic, a Bible verse, a prayer, … Continue reading

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Backseat Driver

Dear Munchkin, And so it begins. For quite a while now, you’ve been quizzing me about how fast we’re going. “I’m going the right speed for this road,” I tell you. Though, truthfully, sometimes I’m not. Your Mama grew up … Continue reading

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“Let’s Pray”

My dear little Peanut, You are so precious when you bring your hands together to pray. What’s particularly impressive is that we didn’t have to teach you to do this; you just picked it up by watching the rest of … Continue reading

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Devastated but not Despairing

My darling babies, A few days ago, a very disturbed man shot and killed six adults and twenty children in their school, in addition to injuring others. Those little children were only 6 or 7 years old. Babies. Darling babies … Continue reading

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