Family Playtime: 40 Fun Activities

Family Playtime: 40 Fun Activities

Imagine standing at the other end of this year. A glance back into 2016 and what would you hope to see? I’ve pondered on this often as I step into this new year. One yearning that stands out for me is to spend many “I’m going to treasure this forever” moments with my family. You […]

24 Days of Cherishing Christmas Together as a Family

24 Days of Cherishing Christmas Together as a Family

I love Christmas—its traditions, its beautiful memories, and most importantly, its meaning. But sometimes in the midst of this lovely season, I can easily find myself immersed in busyness. How I yearn to slow down this year and cherish each and every day with my family, to really connect with them and treasure the true […]

Embark on Storytelling Adventures

Embark on Storytelling Adventures

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein As a mom and fiction writer, I love encouraging my nine-year-old son to use his imagination. What better way to do that than through storytelling. Storytelling can take many forms. It can be the act of writing a creative story on paper or typing it on […]

Creative Writing with Candy

Creative Writing with Candy

A night out trick or treating. Jack-o-lantern buckets brimming with candy and pillowcases about to burst at the seams. Little hands digging through treasures, tearing wrappers open and indulging in this once a year candy overload. Many of us parents stare at the cache of candy with mixed emotions. Nostalgia overwhelms as we remember our trick or […]

Pumpkin Time

Pumpkin Time

My little guy LOVES Star Wars and gets a kick out of playing Angry Birds Star Wars. So it made perfect sense this autumn season for us to decorate mini pumpkins as characters from Angry Birds Star Wars. With some basic supplies in hand, we spent a few hours over the weekend converting seven mini pumpkins into beloved characters: […]

Around the World in a Summer (Introduction & Week 1 Itinerary)

Around the World in a Summer (Introduction & Week 1 Itinerary)

My seven-year-old son and I are embarking on an adventure this summer—an educational expedition that will take us around the world over the next 11 weeks. As armchair travelers, we’ll be learning all sorts of things about each region we visit, including its geography, people and cultures, history, cuisine, contributions to art and literature, and […]

Miracles in the Garden

Miracles in the Garden

A 15′ x15′ plot of the dirt. That’s what my family began with last summer when we joined a community garden. Hard clay and weeds resided in our garden square. With shovels and pitch forks and hoes, my family worked away, digging and turning and flinging dirt. Every once and awhile, we’d stop to breathe […]

Sharing the Easter Story with Your Kids

Sharing the Easter Story with Your Kids

Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead . . . ~1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)~ The week leading up to Easter is an opportune time to share the Easter […]

You’re A Hoot! Valentine’s Cards

You’re A Hoot! Valentine’s Cards

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, my little guy and I spent some time yesterday making cards. We usually pick up a package or two of the premade cards at the store for the classroom exchanges.  But this year, we decided to change things up and make the cards ourselves. My little guy loves doing […]