How Do I Describe Thee?

In response to a question on Facebook this morning noting the differences in personality in children within a family, I wrote the following descriptions of our kids. After posting it, I got to thinking this would be a cool place to include it.

Let’s see. Of our five…
One son is a perfectionist, quick-thinking and quick-witted, tender-hearted but fiercely strong, split down the middle creative and analytical, a crazy-epic athlete, and can debate virtually every facet of any argument.
Another son is tender and compassionate but unwavering in his beliefs, an amazing writer, an impressive athlete, a perfectly balanced coach, creative, wise, patient, dependable, hard-working, and loyal.
The middle son is our balancing force, an amazing musician, a knowledgeable astronomer, a vigilant peacemaker, a wholehearted worshiper, a dedicated student of the Bible, a phenomenal mentor, and a fiercely loyal friend.
The other son is brilliant, witty, even-tempered, creative/analytical, an amazing artist and musician, is doggedly protective (especially of girls and women), has a strong sense of justice but is also markedly merciful, and dreams of being a superhero (which, in my opinion, he already is).
Our one daughter is a splendid dancer who writes mind-boggling song lyrics, has an unforgettable singing voice, aspires to be a professional nanny and early childhood dance teacher, and is the most loyal, compassionate, devoted, peaceful, courageous young woman I’ve ever known.


I feel almost gripped by a heavy sadness today. I wonder if this is characteristic of menopause, or if it’s just situations in my life right now. I’m taking EPO, but I will probably start taking it more regularly. I don’t like this feeling. I know there are other reasons for it, though, some of which I don’t feel like I can openly share in a public forum.

The good news:
Being back on the Thin Within program is going really well. It’s Day 23 today. The book goes through 30 days, but the lifestyle doesn’t end. I’m feeling really good about it, though, and I’m seeing tangible positive changes in my health and state of mind.

We said goodbye to T-Mobile yesterday. THANK YOU, GOD. We’re back with Verizon, and LOVE IT. Steve, Rosie, and I got pretty cool phones that ended up being free. Mattie didn’t get to upgrade his phone, but we’re happy to all be back on Verizon together. Bless Mattie, he never complains about anything or asks for anything. Hopefully his old phone will hold out until he’s up for an upgrade.

I love my kids so much. Thank you, God, for the amazing people they are.