Leaving on a Jet Plane for the High Seas

This coming Tuesday, the NHN family will be leaving on a jet plane. The packing list has been made and beach-ware bought (although probably not packed until the night before). The airplane ride will be Maddie’s first and the first one that Riley will actually be able to remember. Having traveled by air to Philly when she was four, Story plans to show them the ropes. For their own preparation, the girls have been enthralled with studying YouTube videos of planes taking off at night. The excitement is palpable. (more…)

Celebrate Good … Character?

A lot is celebrated today — fame, money, beauty, marriage, sports, I even celebrated a good hair day last week. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating; I love a good Hooray! But I think it’s also important to be aware of what exactly we’re celebrating, and maybe a good hair day just doesn’t cut it. This past weekend, we celebrated my sister Lora. She recently graduated with another two degrees. Of course, we are so proud of her, and the celebration was a traditional graduation celebration, but it was also much more than that. I could say she’s the smart one of the family, and that’s true, but a lot more than just her smarts got her through those classes, so we also celebrated her determination, her perseverance, and her dedication to her learning goals.

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