Month: July 2012

Clear and Present

We are rapidly approaching the summer doldrums. Jack’s summer school is a distant memory, but the first days of school are still far off, wavering like a mirage in the desert heat. We have planned for these endless, end-of-summer weeks by taking some of Jeff’s vacation time so that he may be around to help with the wrangling of children.…

Perfect = Boring

This week I read an excerpt from a book by a single mom who raised three successful sons. She stated that her target audience was single parents, but as I read about the challenges she faced parenting her young boys on her own, I felt that many of the lessons she discussed applied to my family dynamic, too. First, she…

Jack Cam

I am currently watching a live video feed of Jack rolling around his room. He is fighting sleep, as are his brothers. I’m not sure why I seem to be the only exhausted person in the house when 9:00 P.M. rolls around, but such is life. The Jack Cam has been an oft discussed topic in these parts. After literally…

My Dependents’ Day

This week I’ve been thinking about two of my sons: specifically, the two who flank Jack in birth order. I believe these boys came before and behind Jack for the purpose of being kind, watchful, protective helpers for their special brother. Henry has always watched over Jack and helped him in myriad ways. When they both shared a train fascination,…