A singer since birth…almost

During a Sunday afternoon car ride with the pastor’s kids – ages 11 and 7… Aidan, 11: Sarah has a singing problem. Me: What’s that mean? Aidan: It means when she hears a song she knows she can’t help but sing. Me: That’s a good problem to have. Sarah: Yeah there’s this one song andContinue reading “A singer since birth…almost”

Give or take a few years

Sometimes I help teach five-year-olds at Sunday school. And it never fails to be hilarious. Case in point, today, when we heard the story about Isaac and how old his mother was when she had him. Ellen (Sunday school teacher): See the grey hair and the wrinkles? Darrah, age 5: You have wrinkles on yourContinue reading “Give or take a few years”

Butturflys and grandmas

Tonight I went over to my parents’ house for a game night – in which my dad, sisters, uncle, sisters’ boyfriends and two of my boy cousins sat downstairs and played RISK for 3+ hours and my mom and I played Scrabble, Scrabble Slam and didn’t even try to act like we knew a thingContinue reading “Butturflys and grandmas”

And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown

This past weekend, my youngest sister and I helped my other sister teach her Sunday School class of four- and five-year-olds. There was only one little kid in there – a little boy named Will – and he talks like a grown-up. She tells us all the time how smart all the kids in thereContinue reading “And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown”

18. Santa letters

For every Christmas since I’ve worked for a weekly newspaper (that’d be four, if anyone’s counting), we’ve run letters to Santa from local kids. The letters have been hilarious – one kid once asked for a fake mustache and a snake – and also kind of sad – one girl asked for something nice forContinue reading “18. Santa letters”

How to make sure you get all the awesome presents you asked for this year

Me to group of five-year-olds this morning: “How do you stay on Santa’s good list?” Little boy: “You have to respect Santa.” Me: “And how to do you do that?” Little boy: “If he gives you something for a present and you don’t like it, you just pretend. You act like you like it evenContinue reading “How to make sure you get all the awesome presents you asked for this year”

9. Interviewing kindergartners about Santa

Did you know that Santa is 20 and if you don’t have a chimney he just makes a hole in your roof and throws the presents down it? He also has the capabilities to make a key if necessary. He eats anywhere from 2 1/2 to 30 cookies Christmas Eve night and starts his routeContinue reading “9. Interviewing kindergartners about Santa”

3. Dad’s birthday

Today is my dad’s birthday. He’s 50. I like all my family members’ birthdays, of course, but in addition to just getting to celebrate them with family, I like my dad’s birthday for a silly reason. You see, I don’t like birthday cake. Dad doesn’t either – that’s where I get it from. I haven’tContinue reading “3. Dad’s birthday”