Monday, April 14, 2014

Jazzy + Lincoln = BFFs

Lincoln loves to play with Jazzy. She tolerates him well. He throws her a toy and laughs when she pounces on it and chews. He could do that all day long if she were game. He will pick up one of her toys and follow her around until she takes it from him. If she drops it, he picks it up to give back to her.

He also laughs hysterically when she licks him.

One night he tried to give the dog her ball, but she didn't pick it up when he threw it to her. So instead, he grabbed it and shoved it into her mouth until she would take it.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

thankful Thursday

It's been a while since I did a "thankful" post of any sort.

I know I've posted on this before, but I'm going to say it again. I don't think I can say it too many times.

Today, I'm especially grateful for a healthy little boy, as a year ago we were sitting in the hospital, through chest x-rays and blood draws and a spinal tap, waiting to find out what was making our baby so sick. We never got real answers, but he got better - and in the end, that's what matters. I'm thankful for that, and I'm thankful that memories fade, that this mostly feels so distant from where we are today.

My heart aches for the mommies and daddies waiting to find out why their baby is sick, for the mommies and daddies waiting for their baby to get better, for the mommies and daddies aching to hold their baby again.

So, as I say prayers for their comfort, I say prayers of thanksgiving for the health of my wild, independent, one-of-a-kind little man.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

fun at Penny's!

It's always awesome to get a text or facebook message from Penny with pictures of what Lincoln and his friends are up to at daycare. Here are a few of the gems I've had lately!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

school funding

Below is the text of a message I sent my Kansas Representative, Senator, and Governor. I would explain to you why this issue should be important to you, but I do think that the message that follows says it all. If you feel so led, please contact your legislators as soon as possible. These bills will most likely be discussed tomorrow.


As time runs out on this year's legislative session, I understand that the pressure to pass bills is mounting. However, the future of our state depends on careful consideration of education funding, and I urge you to avoid failing our children by voting for a hasty education bill.

Both the Senate and House bills create haphazard and inappropriate funding for ourK-12 public education system. Students at risk will fall through the cracks when funding for them is decreased, as programs will be cut. Desperately needed new facilities will not be built and children will continue to do their best to learn in leaky, drafty, crumbling buildings. The option to raise the LOB only puts a greater burden on me, your constituent, the taxpayer; it still does not correct the problem of inequality that the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on earlier this year.

These bills do no address the issues at hand, the issues ruled on by the Kansas Supreme Court. In fact, they reinforce the inequality that the LOB equalization is intended to correct. There is inequality in our schools because of cuts to funding that have been made by you.

Money moved from one area of education to another is clearly not the answer. Anyone can see that this will only serve to create new inequalities in other education line items. These attempts are not even robbing Peter to pay Paul; they are taking money from Paul's piggy bank and telling Paul it's a gift from you to him. K-12 public education needs to be cleanly funded, not with its own money rearranged.

Now is the time to begin to reverse the damage that has been done. Not damage to our schools - no, the damage is done to our children. These children are the individuals who will grow up to be our doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, social workers, representatives, service providers. They will be responsible for paying taxes to support you, for providing vital services you will use, for making policy decisions that will affect your life. Their education is not a financial compromise worth making. 

I, as a life-long Kansan, a graduate of Kansas public schools, a voter who has not missed an election, and a parent of a child who will soon be a Kansas public school student, urge you to speak up against these inadequate bills and vote yes only for a bill that will fully and cleanly fund our Kansas public education system. It may be a difficult choice, but it's time to make the difficult choice.

Their future depends on it.

Our future depends on it.

Monday, March 24, 2014

One year pictures

When we were at the farm last week I took just a few "one year" pictures of Lincoln. Here are my favorites!