Modern Spirituality

Elijah goes to Christian Science Sunday School where, among other things, he learns about healing through prayer to God. So last night around 430am he comes to our room and says his ear hurts….He asks me to go lay in his bed with him, so I go back to his room, and as we’re laying there he starts crying. In his tears he says, “my ear REALLY hurts. I know God is healing me, but why does God take so long?” hahaha.

I love that kid.

We both soon fell asleep and he didn’t mention his ear in the morning.


Family Vance

I don’t have a clever story to tell about my kids or me or David. I just want to express my gratitude… for them and share all my blessings with the world. What a wonderful blessing it is to have those three boys in my life.

Family Vance isn’t just a name to call us, it’s home. It’s love and happiness and warmth and security and caring and everything that’s good. Family Vance is that sweet feeling you remember from early childhood of being home and knowing that is the most wonderful place to be. Family Vance is the smell that reminds you of innocence as you rested your baby head on your mom or dad’s lap.

We are a silly family that dances and jigs and makes up funny songs and sings like we are in the opera. We have group hugs and wrestle time on the bed and play steam roller and hide and seek. We eat dinner together and ask each other about our days. Family Vance is the soft blanket or pillow you had as a child that you associated with what the world should be all about.


Makes sense to me

Our boys say the cutest things, and often, the smartest things as well…The other evening Elijah came to me and said “Daddy, I hung the sock on the refrigerator.” That’s an odd thing to say, even for a three year old, so I went to look. Sure enough, he had hung one of his socks on the fridge. Jessica had bought some new magnetic clothespin-type things, and he was playing with them.

Investigating further, I asked “why did you hang the sock up?” With all earnestness, Elijah said, “because a shoe wouldn’t stay up there.”

Hahahahahahahaha. It sounds like something you would read in a software management book. “While hanging a sock may not be ideal, it just might be the next best solution after your cheese has moved….”


Lil' Joshie

Joshua is obsessed with baseball. All he wants to do is swing a bat or throw a ball.

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If he can’t do that, he even likes to watch it on television. He loves helmets and hats and gloves. Sometimes it gets him into trouble, sometimes it leads to humor….

Jessica says the other day Joshua was hitting Elijah with a bat. Poor Elijah. But he can take care of himself, and he’s articulate. He turned to his brother and said, “Joshua! I’m a man, not a ball!”

I think that is very funny.