the first gift to give your children (a letter to guide you)

As we enter the season of giving, let’s give your children and any children we encounter a priceless gift. The gift of honoring childhood–honoring the beauty, innocence, and molding of our children and the world’s children as they grow up. I wrote this letter (pictured) when my first daughter was two years old and have the original hanging in my closet as…

one year ago, terrified in a sparkling silence

The day after Christmas one year ago, I laid our dear little 4-month-old baby, Alexandria, down on the CT scan bed at Children’s Hospital. Three weeks earlier we were told she was 100% deaf in her left ear. But on this day, we still did not know what was causing it. She failed her newborn hearing screening…