Archives for 2017

Announcing Book #2!  Top 50 Memory Verses (and how to learn them)

Announcing Book #2! Top 50 Memory Verses (and how to learn them)

I've got some exciting news for you, my friends!  Things have been a bit quiet on the blog front -- partly because I've been hanging out in the sun with the kids a lot this summer and partly because I've been hard at work on a new book! Announcing the newly published book, Top 50 Memory Verse Lessons (with games and activities!).  I've been having a blast writing these books and feel so blessed that in the midst of some very serious chaos and hardship this year, I've been given this … [Read more...]

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...]