Month: November 2015


“I need to tell you all something,” Mike said after Drake, Emery and I had piled into the car and closed the doors. “Tyler asked  for my blessing to ask Makenna to marry him.”

“Woah!” Emery said.

“When?” Drake asked.

“He is going to do it in a few minutes,” Mike said.

I spent the next several minutes wondering where all the air had gone. Her life flashed before my eyes: this tiny person who
smiles like the brilliant sun, loves like the deep ocean, somehow convinced me to get a tattoo with her, laughs at jokes she doesn’t understand, and gets sick whenever the temperature plummets below 70 degrees. How had her years of being a minor ended so quickly? I had thought I had a couple more years before these kind of changes began.

I usually want my life to feel like a wagon ride, but, instead, it usually feels like a Nascar race.

engaged 2We all arrived at the dog park and let our dogs run in the tall weeds. We laughed as they sank in the gooey mud and swam in the frigid lake. Then Tyler, quietly and without much to-do, bent to one knee and asked Makenna for the rest of forever. It was simple and loving and special. They were giddy, and I caught Mike’s eye over the giggling. His eyes were twinkling with tears and he made his way to my side.

“I think we just got another son,” he said grabbing my hand.

“Yeah,” I smiled. “I think that is exactly what just happened.”

I’m pretty sure he arrived in a race car.

God Gave Me Them

Drake and Emery B&W“We’re home,” I shouted to Drake and Emery as I corralled my tired body through the door just in front of Mike. After learning that the sale of our house had fallen through, Mike and I drove to Des Moines and spent an exhausting, emotional day cleaning, raking, and getting the house ready to put back on the market.

“How did it go?” Drake asked after emerging from his room.

“Tiring,” Mike said as he slipped off his shoes and kicked them to the ever-present pile of footing near our front door. But the pile was gone.

“What? Where are all the shoes?” I asked. “And, wait! The rug is clean. Like vacuumed kind of clean!”

“And the whole room is clean!” Mike nearly shouted.

“Well,” Emery explained, “when Drake picked me up from school today he told me that he had decided to clean the entire house really well, and he had already been working for the whole afternoon. Then I joined in after school, and we cleaned every room. Like, we even opened drawers and cupboards and cleaned inside.”

My jaw dropped and I could only stare at these two humans who had presented me with this shocking gift.

“I figured you shouldn’t have to clean two houses,” Drake said.

And that is why God gave me them.