I am really bad at keeping secrets. And holding onto this one for nearly a month has been really, REALLY hard. We are going to have a 4th child. But no, I’m not pregnant. So. Here we go, the big announcement: WE ARE ADOPTING A 5 YEAR OLD GIRL FROM EASTERN EUROPE And.. ummm.... Let’s just sit here in awkward silence for a minute while I gather my wits again and we will let this sink i[...]
 
 
 
 
 
I've always thought being involved in other people's remodels & design processes is much akin to being a marriage counselor. Many a marriages have nearly broken up over building/improving a house together. They don't exactly tell you how to deal with that in Architecture school. Heck, they barely teach you how the building actually goes together, let alone how to use CAD. But who councils us w[...]

Sleepy

 
 
 
 
 
Watching my girls sleep is amazing. It brings me to a place of remembrance and place where I am grateful & rejuvenated. Sleep is pretty much the only time when they aren't going a million miles an hour. There is plenty of loud noise, yelling, giggling, running, crying, screaming with delight, bouncing off the walls, distributing all their stuff on the floor all over the house & drama which[...]

Picnic

 
 
 
 
 
I'm loving looking back at the images that come back from my lab, reminding me of how we filled the latter part of our Summer. This afternoon the rain came right after we returned home from a long excursion out. Thankfully I made it several trips up the front stairs with arm loads of grocery bags and was safely inside before the dreary drizzle saturated the street scape. Later, sitting down at my [...]
 
 
 
 
 
Five years old. Can you believe it? Araiya has been counting down the day of her Birthday for the past 364 days. The day before her Birthday this year, she started informing me what we will be doing for her 6th Birthday. At one point, she wanted a 3-tiered cake decorated with a Tiara, Flowers, Butterflies, Jewels, Hearts, Sharks, Turtles, Princess AND Ballet Girls. Her ideas exceed her maturity le[...]
 
 
 
 
 
Natalie turns 28 today. Twenty-Eight Years. Today, she's thinking thats pretty old, and that is good. Why? Because she thinks she's really pretty young. At heart, that is. My wife is the fountain of my youth, and I am very grateful for her. Despite all that has happened in her 28 years, she remains dedicated to enjoying life and playing hard. Trust me, that is despite a lot of distractions[...]
 
 
 
 
 
I can't believe we've gone from here: to here: Pia is adorable! Her rambunctious, outgoing, comedic, always smiling personality comes out more each passing day. She cracks us all up with her antics. I can't believe she is already 2. Time flies when you're having fun. Now all we have to do is potty train her, sell off all the diapers & we'll be totally out of the 'baby' phase... [...]

Growing up fast

 
 
 
 
 
Thursday Morning Araiya came bouncing into our room. Matt was already out the door & 6:50 is far too early for me to be functional, let alone field issues of Daddy said vs. Mommy said. "Daddy is taking me on a Daddy Date to the Mall today and I'm getting my ears pierced!" She announces. Say what? She was pretty convinced, and we have said for over a year now that when she decides she is ready [...]
 
 
 
 
 
Araiya showed me some amazing drawings she was working on this morning. I asked her to explain them: "This is when God came to rescue us by dying on a cross," she began. I got chills. "Go on, I want to hear more." I told her. "This is Jesus on the cross. These are the women & Mary crying because they don't understand why Jesus is going to die, they don't know that Jesus is saving the whole [...]