Tag Archives: family

Week 32: Matters of the heart

I was having dinner with my best friend Stefanie on Tuesday night at LaFonda—one of our favorite restaurants to sit outside. I was telling her about some of my money concerns. You know, I’m in debt; I pay out more … Continue reading

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Week 34: A sprinkle of sunshine

This week has felt pretty pivotal in this pregnancy. My mother-in-law, Diane, came into town for a whirlwind weekend visit to celebrate this baby boy during our baby sprinkle! And it was fabulous. We took her out for some Korean … Continue reading

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When the cat’s away, the mice will play

I am missing my wife and baby terribly right now. They are both away on a trip, so my wife can visit her sister. They are gone for an entire week. Before you imagine me playing video games late into … Continue reading

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Sickies

We’re back from our travels. We had a great time connecting with family and enjoying the beauty of the Northwest. As good as the time was, though, we couldn’t wait to get back to mama and our littles. Sadly, when … Continue reading

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Traveling

All of our extended family lives a few thousand miles away from where we live, so visits are rather infrequent. We long for time to be together with those members of our extended family. We deeply desire that our kids … Continue reading

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Signs of life

It’s a new year, and we’re headed into it with a new family member (he’s 4 months old now, but I still consider that new.) We’re knee deep in all that comes with this new life. There’s the crying, midnight … Continue reading

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Exploring the limits of love

Let’s pretend that love is something that we manufacture somewhere in our body, as if a gland secretes it. I thought of love that way for a long time. In this view, love is a finite resource. We only have … Continue reading

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No two are alike

One of my favorite things to do is to pace around the house while bouncing our new little guy in my arms. I study him and ponder life while doing this. My most recent pondering had me thinking about the … Continue reading

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You know what causes that?

We became a family of seven after our new little addition 11 weeks ago. I guess that makes us a “big family” by American standards. Now that we are able to go out in public more, we are getting the … Continue reading

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What are grandparents for?

The title of one of Wendell Berry’s books famously asks the question: “What Are People For?” I’d like to narrow the scope of that question and ask: What are grandparents for? This question is burning on my mind right now … Continue reading

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Little mama

I’m happy to report that our new little blessing has successfully completed his first week of life outside the womb. Not only that, but our whole family has successfully completed its first week as a family with five kids. We didn’t … Continue reading

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Preparing for the visit

We are no longer counting down the weeks to the birth. We are counting down the days. There are many things that could be racing through our minds right now. We could be thinking about last minute supplies we might … Continue reading

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Can you see me now?

You know you’re a parent when you find yourself saying, “We didn’t have that when I was growing up!” I’ve heard it numerous times over the years before I was one myself, and now I’m hearing it come out of … Continue reading

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Get along with your MIL

According to Deanna Brann, PhD, a clinical psychotherapist in Knoxville, Tennessee, and author of Reluctantly Related: Secrets to Getting Along with Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law, the MIL/DIL relationship is complicated from the get-go because you didn’t choose each other. You’re … Continue reading

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P&N Celebrity Exclusive: Our Q & A with Ian Ziering

Most people know Ian Ziering as the fun-loving Steve Sanders from Beverly Hills, 90210—or more recently from the campy Syfy movie Sharknado. But did you know that he’s also dad to two girls and was recently awarded “Daddy of the … Continue reading

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Balancing time with extended family

P&N shares tips for balancing time with grandparents. When I was growing up, my holidays were spent shuffling from one side of the family to the other—and since my parents are divorced and my mother remarried, that was a grand … Continue reading

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