Category: Family

Married!

January 21st, 2014, 7 Comments

One week before the wedding, to Laura: “Mono won’t just clear up right away.” One week before the wedding, to me: “That’s going to need stitches.” Yes, not long before the wedding, Laura had come down with mononucleosis and I had cut into my finger with a very sharp knife while cutting bread requiring a […]

Richly Blessed

December 26th, 2013, 5 Comments

“It’s wedding week! Wedding week! Wedding week! Wedding week! Oh, also Christmas. Oh dad, it’s wedding week! I can’t believe it! It’s finally here! Wedding week!” – Jacob, age 7, Sunday “Oh dad, this is the best Christmas EVER!” – Jacob, Wednesday “Dad, is the wedding TODAY?” – Oliver, age 4, every morning this week […]

Engaged!

August 27th, 2013, 8 Comments

Today I have the delightful chance to write about a deep and wonderful joy. Yes, Laura and I are engaged! There are no words adequate for this kind of occasion, but there is a picture that gets close: I never imagined a person could find a friend so wonderful, a person that enjoys so much […]

A 4-year-old’s sudden interest in German monorail

August 1st, 2013, 8 Comments

Today, Oliver and Jacob heard about monorails. I showed them a wikipedia article about monorails, and it had a picture of a monorail in Germany. Oliver, age 4: I have been on that monorail! Me: Sorry, Oliver, but that monorail is in Germany. You have never been to Germany. Oliver: But I HAVE been to […]

Spring Always Comes

July 24th, 2013, 11 Comments

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L’Amour Last year, I wrote about the difficult times in my life and hope for future, but never really explained why. I have written little since, because there is little I can write without a bit of […]

Two boys, shrimp, and stars

June 2nd, 2013, No Comments

I recently made a routine analysis of my kitchen. (Of course I make a routine analysis of my kitchen; don’t you?) In it, I discovered these items, still usable, but approaching that magic “throw it out” date: Baby carrots Potatoes Lemons Green beans Corn So, I thought, what can I make that would use all […]

It’s Warm Enough For Mud

March 14th, 2013, No Comments

Today the outdoor temperatures got to nearly 75F/24C. The boys had this idea to go play with their “streams”. Here’s one of the cleaner moments: I had set up an old pipe and a hose, with the water coming slowly out of the pipe onto a little mound of dirt. They can then use their […]

Catching the mudball

February 12th, 2013, 6 Comments

“Dad, can I bring my mudball inside?” – Jacob “Ooo, dad, I need a mudball too!” – Oliver You’d have to have been there to see how excited Jacob was about his mudball. We had been out hiking down by the creek a day after a rain, and he, well, made a mudball and carried […]

The Superbowl Pirate Bus

February 4th, 2013, No Comments

I’ll forgive you for not noticing the bus full of pirates at the Superbowl. Because, well, unless you saw my 6-year-old, you have a pretty good excuse for missing it. I’ll give you the Goerzen Superbowl play-by-play, just to make sure you’re caught up. It involved pirates, cops, tractors, cookies, a card game, and yes, […]

Today is Pretend St. Patrick’s Day!

January 21st, 2013, No Comments

Today in the USA is Martin Luther King, Jr., day. But sometimes these holidays get confusing for a 6-year-old. I asked Jacob the other day if he knew what holiday was coming up. He thought about it for a second, then declared it would be St. Patrick’s Day. He was excited because St. Patrick’s Day […]

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