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…

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…

Life in Mason’s Jar – Chapter 13

Perseverance Perseverance is defined as the continued effort to do something, despite the difficulties, failure, or opposition. I witnessed some really surprising perseverance from Mason this past weekend. Mason started hockey this weekend. Being 3, the first lesson for him is learning to stand up on skates. He started out well on day 1. He…

Taking Back Control

I had always imagined that the solution for my anxiety would be big news.  Some mind-blowing realization that completely changed my life.  While the growing realization that I am finally feeling control of anxiety in my life is definitely mind-blowing, the solution was really quite simpler.  I’ve been taking the advice and incorporating it into…