Learning to Trust God

This past weekend, our family headed out to my parent’s house for some birthday celebrations for Dad.  There was a lot of extended family around, so it also served as an opportunity for family who haven’t been able to meet Elizabeth to do so.  As you would imagine, Elizabeth got to see quite a few new…

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Life in Mason’s Jar – Chapter 15

The Ascent Life is full of ups and downs.  When we are up, it’s great!  But when life knocks us down, it can hurt pretty bad.  Mason has felt that physically this past year.  He started playing hockey (learned to skate) this year.  After watching him in his first practices, there were a few things…

Only Human

It’s been a few months now since the birth of Elizabeth, and it would seem that I have avoided any sort of update on whether or not I won the anxiety battle on that day.  The truth is, in fact, that I have been avoiding this post.  I have been avoiding it because anxiety certainly…

Life in Mason’s Jar – Chapter 14

A Child-Sized Love While Melanie was pregnant with Elizabeth, I had always wondered how Mason would be around her.  Would he be jealous of the extra attention that she would require? Or would he become enthralled by her? My worry about it was fueled by the fact that Mason was really rooting for a baby brother from…

More Than a Name

When naming a child, I’ve always had the mindset that it should be primarily based upon some purpose or special meaning, and not simply just because of the way it sounds.  This was the case when we named Mason 4 years ago (which you can read in more detail about here: Life in Mason’s Jar…