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... Things had been so much easier before, but now they had the third little girl. The mom walked down the hallways of the church carrying a dozen items and two little ones. The mom stated that she had just changed the child, and now the little one made a squeaking noise that necessitated another bathroom trip. The father was standing nearby, with a little girl in his arms, on the alert, ready for a quick exchange of “whatever!” When I asked him how he was doing, with a weary voice, he stated: “I am doing OK,” as he shrugged his shoulders. The little ones weren’t even teenagers yet, but the parents were being tested! ...
Read the Rev. Mark Ellens's Families of Faith column in the Feb. 4 print edition.

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