I approached today, December 22nd, with some apprehension this year. Â It’s my sweet Evie’s 5th birthday, so it should be a day to happily celebrate another year on earth with a funny, smart, adventurous boy. Â But it’s also the one year anniversary of the day Ryder was admitted to the hospital after mysteriously losing the […]
I heard from God today. Â He appeared in the form of a young woman wearingÂ a braided ballerina bun, a warm smile, and an IKEA uniform. It’s been a busy season for us, and now we’re plowing full-steam into Christmas (and Evan’s birthday, and our anniversary, and…), so today’s quick trip to Sacramento wasn’t just a […]
Oh Christmas Tree
Last year, my favorite photo of our Christmas tree wasn’t really about the tree at all. Â The tree simply added some warm-fuzzies to thisÂ already adorable picture. Â It was less about the tree, and more about capturingÂ the memory of my smiling, underoo-clad babies huddled together in a blanket fort at Christmas time. Â We were in a […]
Moving… and Moving… and Then NOT Moving.
Well, whatdoyaknow? Â A couple more months have (yet again) passed me by, and I haven’t written anything. Â I’ve had SO much to say… a thousand little things I wanted to get off my chest or write down for posterity’s sake, but possessed neither the time nor the energy to do it. Â So here’s a short […]
Book of James Monday
Our friend Bobby, the Superintendent of Big Valley Christian Schools and a pastor at Big Valley Grace, approached Ryan a few weeks ago asking about anointing Ryder with oil. Â He was on vacation when some church elders anointed RyderÂ in April (read about that here), and he wondered if we’d like to do it again… only […]
Back-to-School and the beginning of cold/flu season marks the one year anniversary season for most ofÂ the kids dealing with varying degrees of whatever terrible virusÂ attacked Ryder’s spinal cord. Â A few have fully recovered. Â Most have not. Today, we had the opportunity to check in with Ryder’s neurologist, for the first time in six months. Â He […]
Loch Sloy, a Boy, and the Marines
This weekend attended the 150th annual Highland Games in Pleasanton. Â We’ve been attending Games throughout the valley for several years, but this particular site is one of the largest in the country. Â For the last handful of years, my parents have hosted our Clan MacFarlane tent. Â They do an amazing job setting up a welcoming […]
I’m just gonna say it…Â summer is hard. In years past, “Summer Vacation” didn’t really feel any different than any other season. Â Sure, we were able to take a few extra day trips here and there, and having mid-day playdates was awesome. Â But we learned the hard way that it was best to keep the boys […]
It’s that time again! For the first time in Barr Family history, we have TWO boys playing soccer. Â Evan has been clomping around in his cleats every chance he gets, and tonight he got to wear them for real at his first practice. Â Unfortunately, having two kids in the same sport can lead to some […]
Another New Therapy
Ryder’s favorite (and dare I say, most successful)Â form of therapy is working out with Ric, our personal trainer and co-owner of Full Force Personal Training. Â A typical training session includes about 20 minutes of “work” and 10 minutes of “play.” Â Work time often looks like this:…or this:And play time usually looks like this:We have seen […]
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