Overheard

Noah: “Mom, you make my heart feel so happy!”

A Weekend to Remember

We traveled to Calgary this weekend to spend more time with our soon-to-be daughter, currently going by the name of Serenity. Our time with Serenity kicked off at a Church Christmas party with a dinner, program, and dance. The highlight was watching Serenity dance– the girl has rhythm and energy! I even had my first dance with her which was a great moment. She has really already formed a strong attachment to Daria which is so cute to watch. Saturday Serenity came over to spend time with the boys at my in-laws. Joshua’s characteristic instinct to love and protect has already kicked in and he has been so tender and loving about and with Serenity. She is a fun little girl who loves to laugh and play and has a good nature about her. Noah loved seeing...

Outstanding Counsel

Sage advice on choosing between good, better and best in your life. We should begin by recognizing the reality that just because something is good is not a sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives. As we consider various choices, we should remember that it is not enough that something is good. Other choices are better, and still others are best. Even though a particular choice is more costly, its far greater value may make it the best choice of all. Consider how we use our time in the choices we make in viewing television, playing video games, surfing the Internet, or reading...

Ever so Close in My Arms

This past week, as on other nights, I had the moment to reflect on my wonderful brood of boys. The last of the Muirhead boy birthdays past this week (excepting myself), with Noah turning one on Friday. The last few nights I’ve been able to hold Noah until he fell asleep in my arms and peacefully observe his gentle baby breaths. As I enjoyed him, it conjured up other nights with other sweet breaths of my little children. I have a very sweet set of boys, still full of affection. My heart stirs each time Joshua insists on a hug and a kiss before I leave for the door. My reentry nearly always starts with the running of Brigs into my arms, his eyes abright with expression and his valiant smile in tow. Dylan always brings news of his latest accomplishments, and...

If your Kids need Money and You’ve got Some

I was talking to a friend today about rich parents. They were of the opinion that if parents have the money and means to help their kids to obtain greater opportunities that they should. This raises lots of questions and what-ifs which we discussed. I like the philosophy of helping your kids out, but doing so judiciously so as not to cause future deficiency and failure later on in life i.e. the squandered inheritance and dependancy. Interestingly, we call our children dependants. When is that status ever totally severed? I’ve learned through reflection and experience that great parenting requires the ability to wisely answer yes or no to our children. I think boundaries give direction while freedoms allow for creativity and growth. Thoughts? UPDATE: For a...