Snow Day Reminder

The boys were squealing last night.  “Snow day! Tomorrow’s a snow day!” I was a killjoy last night.  “But we don’t need a snow day.  The snow won’t keep us from getting to school, so we’re still having school tomorrow.” It was like I killed their puppy.  The one I am too mean to let [Read More…]


What’s so special about Naperville, Illinois? Is it that their 8th graders scored sixth in the world in science and first in math on the famous Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study?  That same year, the US as a whole ranked 18th and 19th respectively.  That fact made national news in 2000 and would [Read More…]

Test Anxiety

As we were riding bikes yesterday, Zach caught up with me to ask, “Do we have to take any tests this year?” “No, sweetie.  Why would we take a test?” “Well, we have to take them in third grade, right?” Zach had heard when he was in kindergarten that third graders start taking tests. I [Read More…]


My baby got baptized today.  Stood in front of our church in a little purple robe, read his testimony, renounced evil, and got dunked by his daddy.  We gave him a Bible as a gift, and he went to bed clutching it with one hand while clutching his tattered, dirty blanket with the other. “Now [Read More…]


Well, if you’ve been paying attention, you won’t be surprised. We met with a neuropsychologist yesterday and found out that Zach has a host of diagnosable issues.  I decided not to name them all here, but like I said, if you’ve been paying attention you can probably make some good guesses. We’ve known for some [Read More…]

Joey Pigza

I’ve been thinking a lot about Joey Pigza these days.  If you don’t know who is, you are missing out on perhaps the most endearing character in all of modern children’s literature. Joey’s desire to do the right thing despite his inability to do so is all too familiar.  His sympathetic understanding of his parents’ [Read More…]

Bad Mommy

Yesterday, Zach peed on the floor in his room. That’s right.  He peed on the floor.  Apparently, Ezra and a friend were pretending to pee on the floor and everyone was laughing.  So Zach thought it would be especially funny if he actually peed.  Have I mentioned that he is working really hard to figure [Read More…]