Why Every Couple Needs a Dog Before Having a Child

Sarabeth and I have had a dog for four out of the five years of our marriage. Obviously, we’re still waiting on word from the state that we’re approved to foster a child, but nothing has been more beneficial in preparing us for having kids than raising our dachshunds. For instance, before I got married,Continue reading “Why Every Couple Needs a Dog Before Having a Child”

Just a Little Thank You

I’m on vacation with my wife in Florida, visiting her family. It’s 6 A.M. and I’m struggling to stay awake. I’ve been up since about 3:45 because our puppy Prim needed to be taken out to go potty. Once I came back inside, it was no use trying to sleep. So, I’ve been writing chaptersContinue reading “Just a Little Thank You”

How We Got Prim

Marriage can sometimes seem like a war, and many times the battle takes place at Compromise Creek, where really, compromise is the only solution. A little give and a little take. And in the case of this post, a little puppy. It got to the point where I would completely tune out whenever Sarabeth showedContinue reading “How We Got Prim”

Those Sweet Moments

Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce the arrival of the newest addition to our family, Primrose Ever Toy! (Her middle name is still uncertain.) I’m guessing she weighs in at 1.8 pounds, and is about 9 ” long – shorter than a ruler. No, it’s not James, or Katherine Anne – we’re stillContinue reading “Those Sweet Moments”

5+1 = …4?

Well, tomorrow night our family will be growing. Not in the way that you might think. We’re still waiting on background checks from all the states we’ve lived in in the past five years (California, Florida, Washington State…). The state of Kentucky, like any state, won’t approve anyone to foster-to-adopt until they have proof ofContinue reading “5+1 = …4?”

Casting Stones

I was driving to work yesterday, just a regular 80’s-music-induced drive. I drove the usual speed limit, dealt with the usual traffic not knowing how to merge, and then it happened. I was singing along with the Cranberries (don’t judge), and I actually saw the white pebble slip out from under the truck in frontContinue reading “Casting Stones”

The Loss of Innocence

A few weeks back, Sarabeth and I attended our first Andrew Peterson concert – one of the better concerts I’d ever attended. During it, he told the story of his son whom he found crying in his bed. When asked what was the matter, his son responded by holding out a book toward his father.Continue reading “The Loss of Innocence”