February in photos

February has seriously been the longest month ever.           Of course, I’m not including all the kids, because I don’t really put pictures of them here. And this should include pictures of Haley at school and me at work. And maybe a few of me laying around in my pajama’s aching and sick, because that’s how I spent two weeks of this month. (It felt much longer.) Who else is ready for spring? Read more

Happenings

Every once in a while when I get a bunch of small posts that aren’t really big enough to be a post of their own, I do a hodge-podge post. So here’s the latest.   On the drive home from dropping people off in the morning.   Ms Drama: Mom do you looove the hair on your chin? Me: Um, I don’t know? (What a weird question!) Ms Drama: You know, because it helps you win when you play video… Read more

Shame and Hospitality

Haley had scheduled the get-together a week in advance. I knew all about it. And then we both forgot. Haley called me at 4 in the afternoon, “Do you remember that we have people coming over at 6?” My whole day came crashing down. We hadn’t cleaned the house that weekend, because no one was feeling that well. There was a mountain of laundry in the kitchen in front of the wash machine, and the sink was full of dishes…. Read more

The Habit of Peace

Every season is nice, but each one ends up feeling about 6 weeks too long for my taste. I have always hated the month of January, long, cold, gray, lonely January. And this year February starts with more snow. I may be tired of the cold, but the snow is beautiful. What makes it swirl as it falls? It’s like a soft blanket for the soul. Watching it fall soothes the hurts, it feels like a hug. Quiet. That’s what… Read more

“Natural”

  There is a Christian arguement against being gay that claims it is “unnatural”. You know, Men and Women belong together. Heterosexuality is the normal natural way to be. Tab A fits perfectly into Slot B and all that. The argument is that most people are straight, gay people are just a small percentage of people who have fallen into unnatural desires. Conservative Catholics in particular love this “natural law” argument, because they feel that it is non-religious in nature, and therefore in their mind… Read more

Dr King, Homeschooling, and Selective Education

I rolled out of bed late Monday morning and when we eventually turned on the Television, the Presidential inauguration was in full swing. At some point the name of Martin Luther King Jr was mentioned and Ms Action announced “I know about Martin Luther King, there is a song about him!” “That’s why you are off of school today, it’s a holiday to celebrate Martin Luther King.” “White people killed him mom.” She told me solemnly. “Yes they did.” I… Read more

On Growing Older

This post was written by my wife Haley. Today I read a book titled, “In Our Mothers’ house.” (The title means mothers plural, even Word wants to be heterosexist and change it to “Mother’s” house.) This book tells the story about a lesbian couple through their lifespan as an elementary school children’s book. The story picks up with a lesbian couple adopting three kids and ends with those kids grown and eventually burying their moms after they got old and… Read more

A New Year

  2013.  I’m not used to it yet. The year sounds silly in my mind, and I find myself writing 2012 on everything still. As we decorated for the holiday season,  I found myself remembering the last time I saw these decorations just one year ago.  How we got wind of the rumors that had started and the actions being taken, and we wondered how long we would have to leave. Would we be booted from the parsonage within days… Read more

What can I even say?

  I was in the middle of trying to get a couple posts together. Mr Punk was making it very difficult by climbing all over me. I eventually gave up and turned the computer off and did come housecleaning instead. When he went down for his nap I turned it back on, and all thoughts of writing vanished from my head as I read the first headline, and I am still struggling to pick up my writing where I left… Read more

“Kidisms”

Ms Action (5)- A few months back Haley and the kids were at the block party while I was at work, later I heard that they had a mini-talent show, and that Ms Action without asking for permission or telling anyone. went up to the microphone and announced that her talent was dancing, and then proceeded to twirl for the whole crowd. I got emotional when Haley was telling me the story, I have a daughter who is brave and confident. She… Read more