60 Ways to Show Appreciation To The People In Your Life

60 Ways to Show Appreciation To The People In Your Life

Now that school is back in session, it’s the perfect opportunity to start thinking about ways to show the kids’ teachers how grateful we are for their dedication and hard work throughout the year. Teachers really are angels in our little ones’ lives and have the ability to impact them for so many years to come. They are endlessly patient, kind and yet firm with our children when they need to be. But between getting the kids to school, managing their after school activities and remembering to … [Read more...]

Understanding Your Child’s Temperament

Understanding Your Child’s Temperament

There is an old saying around these parts that “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”. While this adage describes the unpredictable temperature and precipitation fluctuations of our bread basket, it can also be applied to the unpredictable mood swings and personality shifts of our children. Even the most timid and level headed kids can be impacted at some point or other. This constantly shifting tide of emotions and behaviors can make it difficult to understand a child’s … [Read more...]

Lunch Box Jokes (Happy Back to School!)

Lunch Box Jokes (Happy Back to School!)

The kids are heading back to school tomorrow (where, oh where did the summer go?) and I thought I'd draft up a few jokes to pop in the lunch boxes for them.   As long as I was at it, I thought I'd share this fun printable with you!  Grab it with the dropbox link below (you do not need dropbox to view): https://www.dropbox.com/s/6ejs49o34yk0rw9/Jokes.pdf?dl=0 Are you back in the school routine?  What are you looking forward to this year? Find more jokes here!  … [Read more...]

One Year Ago…. {Cancer Update}

One Year Ago…. {Cancer Update}

This picture popped up on my facebook timeline a few days ago.  Taken "one year ago" it said.   I remember the picture... the moment... I remember it very well. This picture was taken outside my doctors office one year ago today. Before we went inside, I said to Mike, "Let's take a picture.. one where we are still happy" because I was afraid of what the doctor would say. It was a second opinion -- a surgeon recommended by a friend -- so I wasn't completely shocked when he confirmed it was … [Read more...]

Creative Backyard Games

Creative Backyard Games

Summer gives kids a healthy break to unwind before a new year of learning. Those weeks, though, can drag when the weather gets too hot or too rainy or the days just feel too repetitive. There are only so many museums, pools (indoor or outdoor), parks and sports activities that kids can enjoy until the novelty runs out. And, let’s face it, most kids think their own house is usually pretty boring. Parents know what happens when kids get bored. Either those dreaded devices come out…again. Or … [Read more...]

David as King (Sample Lesson from my New Book!)

David as King (Sample Lesson from my New Book!)

Have you had a chance to check out my recently released book: Top 50 Bible Stories for Elementary?  If you've been wanting to take a closer peek, you're in luck!  Today, I'll be sharing a chapter from the book, all about David.  Stay tuned for a video presentation of the lesson later this week! Big Idea: God Looks at the Heart This Week’s Passage: Psalm 119:10-11, 47-48; 1 Samuel 16:7 Memory Verse: People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel … [Read more...]