What a Difference A Day Makes {Cancer Update}

What a Difference A Day Makes {Cancer Update}

Just a few short days ago, my husband and I were delighted to be eating lunch outside, strolling the streets of Disney Springs, and listening to the amazing speakers at the Children's Pastor's Conference.  It was refreshing to be with Children's Ministry leaders from across the country and to catch up with friends. Many people had read my original post about our journey into cancer and were asking for an update. I was happy to report that all seemed to be going well. I have finished seven … [Read more...]

Lego Party (Just for Fun!)

Lego Party (Just for Fun!)

Hey Everyone!  It's been a little quiet on the blog this week because we've been getting ready for birthday boy's #5 party!  I've been trying to do a little each day to avoid the "day before" rush and it seemed to work out a lot better.  I thought I'd post a few pictures for you, just for fun!    I'd love to hear what your family has been up to this summer as well -- leave me a comment and let me know! Decorations: Let's Get Building! Lego Face Cups This were just yellow cups and I put … [Read more...]

Our Journey out of Homeschool

Our Journey out of Homeschool

In April, I hopped a plane to Tennessee to spend a few days with fellow kidmin Infuse members and the amazing Jim Wideman. During this information packed retreat, I learned a lot of things, including (big surprise), I can't do it all. Ever since baby #3 arrived, I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed. Even though we brought on a Children's Ministry assistant in October (who is, by the way, fabulous), I still had the distinct feeling that I was falling behind in everything. At the … [Read more...]

Island Getaway Less than a Tank of Gas Away!

Island Getaway Less than a Tank of Gas Away!

Every summer, we try to make the most of the warm weather and sunny skies.  In the past, I've compiled a list of free and low cost ideas for families around Erie, PA -- but now that the kids are getting a little older, we thought we'd explore some day trip options. I heard about Put-in-Bay, Ohio and was surprised to find out this lovely little island was less than three hours away.  So, on Memorial Day this year, we packed up the kids, loaded up the Spotify playlists and away we … [Read more...]

How To Enjoy A Family Road Trip

How To Enjoy A Family Road Trip

A few weeks ago, we did something bold.  We took a road trip with three kids under the age of 6.  I was headed to the Children's Pastor's Conference in Chattanooga, TN and we decided to make a family vacation out of the event.  It seemed like a good idea at the time. I spent weeks looking into fun road-trip apps (who was a I kidding?!), pursuing blogs and websites for tips (like this article on Top Tips for Surviving a Road Trip with Kids), checking out audio books and music from the library, … [Read more...]

Is Doing Ministry Keeping you from Church?

Is Doing Ministry Keeping you from Church?

I know I'm guilty of this one.  Maybe you are too. Have you ever skipped out on adult Sunday School so you could get the office cleaned up?  Or finish up making copies before Children's Church? Maybe your schedule looks a little like mine on a typical Sunday? Generally, we arrive for first service (the one I'm supposed to be attending, not serving in) and I just want to see if there is anything that needs immediate attention on my desk.  Then I think, "I should check and see if the … [Read more...]