We were fortunate that Diane was able to be a stay-at-home mom. She quit working at Memphis State on the day Matt was born (1982) and was able to remain at home with the kids until Chris entered first grade (1999). I know not every family makes this choice or is even able to make such a choice, but it was a blessing to us that she could be at home with our children. Since she started teaching, we've had a few times when Chris was sick and we had to ask, "Okay, who's staying home?" It's always gone pretty smoothly. We've talked about whose schedule was more permissive on certain days, and we tried to alternate days. But now Chris is out until at least Spring Break. So -- who is the stay-at-home parent? Well, we're trying to split some of the responsibilities, but Diane has generously taken a leave of absence from teaching until the break. One thing that has struck us (again!) through all this is how amazing the women and men are who are in single-parent families. As we took turns sleeping during those ten days at Cook's, and now as we split duties during the night to care for Chris, I've thought again about those amazing people who do this by themselves. It makes me wonder all over again -- how can we, as the people of God, be "family" to those single-parent families among us? How can we carry part of that load? How can we encourage? How can we pray -- and then back our prayers up with action?