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Turning 9

Do you ever think about the childhood your children are having? I do.

I wonder if they'll remember me as someone who yelled at them a lot. I kind of do.

I know that the majority of our life is spent doing happy things that make all of us have a better life.

Like last night, for instance. We'd had a late dinner of cold turkey breast, watermelon, and homemade bread. We were sitting in the kitchen arguing over what time they had to go to bed because


I had no idea that EVERYONE else in our town goes to bed at 8:30. I don't care.

When suddenly Annie got the idea that since it was her last day being 8, we should break out some sparklers which her father had purchased at the grocery store the day before. Though it wasn't on the list.

It's good to be 8. It's going to be great to be 9. I can already tell.

Happy birthday to my 9 year old Annie.


  1. My wife and I wonder on a daily basis, what kind of parents, are we, anyway? Not really sure, so we keep on trying to do the best we can with love.

  2. Enjoy your daughter's birthday! I always wonder what memories my 23 and soon to be 25-year-old sons have of their childhood. I will definitely ask them to share a few stories when I see them later this summer. It would be fun for you to do interviews every few years while they are still relatively young.

  3. Happy Birthday Annie! Now she'll always have the memory of sparklers welcoming in 9 and I'd say that's a pretty awesome memory!!

  4. I think all good parents question whether or not they're doing a good job; it shows that they care about their impact on their children! Making good memories seems to be a priority for you, so I don't think you need to worry. :-) Happy birthday, Annie!

  5. I love this: "I know that the majority of our life is spent doing happy things that make all of us have a better life."
    Happy Birthday, Annie and Annie's family.

  6. Awww....happy birthday to Annie! Such a beautiful girl. I'm glad you took time for sparklers, even though they weren't on the list. Those are the things that will be remembered.

  7. Happy birthday to Annie.

    I can TOTALLY hear this conversation: "I had no idea that EVERYONE else in our town goes to bed at 8:30. I don't care." Oh, that made me laugh. And she will appreciate it later in life.

  8. What a love! And what a lovely family who knows it is good to do the unplanned, to be loud and to rejoice in the many happy moments. Happy Birthday beautiful girl!

  9. Annie is one lucky little girl! I say you start a new tradition in your household and run outside with sparklers on the eve of each and every birthday....what wonderful stories your children will have to tell their own kiddos one day!

  10. When I saw your video on Facebook, I couldn't stop smiling. Then I thought why didn't I ever do that? Sparklers are so much fun. I think we may do sparklers for Katherine's wedding. Stay tuned.


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