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This is Husbanks’ Child





I am Thankful

I am thankful.

I am thankful that my family has enough healthy food to eat.

I am thankful that we live in a home with air conditioning, heat, and running water.

I am thankful that we can drink our tap water.

I am thankful that we have clothes.

I am thankful that we have cars that work.

I am thankful that we have jobs.

I am thankful to live in a country where my son received advanced medical care. He might not have fought his infection upon birth had his soul been placed in a remote part of Africa. His value is the same as any other human, but he was born here, and that’s why he is healthy today.

I am thankful to live in a place where no one likes the president, no one likes congress, and no one likes Rick Perry, but there isn’t widespread violence.

I’m not anxious about what I don’t have. I am thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!



New Parent Charts

Reflecting on Riddles’ first year, I am realizing how much my life has changed since becoming a parent.


Just Incase He’s a Famous Golfer …

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Riddles’ First Birthday Party

We had a cute theme …

Cute decorations …

A ton of cupcakes (from scratch, I might add) …

But the Riddles got sick.

Please don’t have people over. I have a fever and a cough and a runny nose.

We canceled the party an hour and a half before the party was to start.

Can I still eat cake even if I have a fever and a cough and a runny nose?

Yes, Riddles. Yes you can.

Even though he was crabby, we still put on his special “1” shirt and gave him some pumpkin spice cake. We enjoyed a few bites and then opened presents. He celebrated his birthday with his parents and grandparents.

Ah, the party that never was. But you’re only one. You’ll never know.


To Riddles

To a boy who taught me the value of human life.

To a boy who puts it all in perspective.

To a boy who makes me a better theologian.

To a miracle.

I remember thinking that this day last year was the worst day of my life. It was hard. But look at us now!

Happy Birthday. I love you.


Halloween Compare

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2011!


First Halloween

When you have a bald baby boy, thin as a rail, with a huge head … do you really have a choice? His costume seemed like a no-brainer to me.


Batched Patch Photo Session

You know those bloggers who post picture-perfect smiling (never-snotty) children and groomed Brittany Spaniels next to a bible verse? And you get annoyed because you are like “who is that perfect.”? But you keep reading?

Enter our family’s pumpkin patch photos! I had grand hopes of recreating the 2010 patch photo shoot – this time with a smiling baby in a “picture-perfect” shot. But Riddles did not have that in mind. You will not be annoyed by these family photos. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

Riddles! Riddles! It’s time to take pictures!

Oh good job! You looked up! But mom wasn’t ready. Let’s try again.

There is a pumpkin on your head – look up at it, kid!

Look two pumpkins – now let’s smile!

TWO PUMPKINS. THAT’S FUNNY. Only funny to mom? OK. Moving on.

Yeah, mom looks great here.

Look at the camera, Riddles!

Why so … suspicious?

No really, what is over there? This is the best pic we got. Not bad.

(Patch 2010)


For “AnAppleaDay”

Here’s Riddles looking through an apple slice by the stem that came out with a perfect little circle. He thought it was funny. This is for you AnAppleaDay.

Riddles is the apple of my eye.

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