Inbetween

{My oldest little brother got married this weekend. In South Africa. I wasn’t there. But I was. Because words have wings and love can span oceans.} Joshua, I don’t know if you’ve ever been my little brother. You’ve always been the rock, the hug, the guy that knows how to comfort his sister when her […]

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I’m seven months since the last baby was born and still fighting with my jeans. She’s wearing hers like a perfect fit and I can’t help but say what I’m really thinking, “Man, you look great. You just look so good. How’d you do that? How’d you get back to the pre-baby shape so quick?” […]

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The back yard looks like a place where toy cars come to die. Fall in all its beauty is dying too. I sit outside with the baby girl in her socks and me in the sneakers that aren’t quite on properly because we rushed outside to try and catch some of the late afternoon light […]

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Boys clamor for more ice cream and the baby wants milk. The day winds down slow and rough and my head aches between the whining of one and the frustration of another. I can’t find his favorite bear; I hear rudeness leak out of every syllable his brother speaks. This is the hard love. The […]

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When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul. ~Horatio G. Spafford My mom chose that hymn for her funeral. It was her prayer for those of us left behind. And as […]

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We spent almost all of our first year together apart. This South African girl was stateside at college and her Midwest all-American guy was in Europe learning the ways of books older than either of us and cultures more ancient than the books. I made a strange discovery in the midst of my missing him. […]

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