Jesus – Safe, Tender, Extreme (Book Review)

Jesus - Safe, Tender, Extreme by Adrian Plass My rating: 4 of 5 stars Jesus – Safe, Tender, Extreme is a long walk with a good friend. It is filled with insights, humor, and stories about real life: not the life we feel we should be living, but the life we’re actually staggering through.Adrian Plass... Continue Reading →

Welcome, my dear readers, to this blog update! Firstly, I want you to know that I care about what's important to you. In an effort to understand my readers better, I'd love for you to answer this quick poll question: Secondly, if you've been following my blog, you've already noticed by now that I've posted... Continue Reading →

Fish in a Tree (Parent Review)

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt My rating: 5 of 5 stars Fish in a Tree was the first book that my son and I read and then discussed for our mother/son book club; and we both loved it!If you want to share a book with your child that paints a beautiful picture... Continue Reading →

A Childhood School Story: How I Forgave Miss Winter

(Names and details herein have been changed to protect identities.) I knew my cheeks were glowing as red as my teacher’s cherry-painted fingernails. Salty tears rolled over my lips and down my chin. While I cried, Miss Winter towered over me, lecturing and wagging a polished forefinger at my burning face. I wasn’t a troublemaker.... Continue Reading →

Margaret and the Moth Tree (Parent Review)

Margaret and the Moth Tree by Brit Trogen My rating: 5 of 5 stars Immediately, I fell in love with Margaret. I wanted to pick her up and snuggle her and tell her that she is seen and loved.Margaret and the Moth Tree has a quick-moving plot and distinct characters; and is full of true-to-life... Continue Reading →

Stones of Time: The Shenanigans Series (Parent Review)

Stones of Time: The Shenanigans Series, Book Two by Andreas Oertel My rating: 3 of 5 stars (Warning: Ending spoiler.)Stones of Time is a time-travel middle grade adventure that combines historical fact with fantasy. Its characters enjoy the natural banter of siblings and friends amidst a plot of mystery and action as they work collectively... Continue Reading →

Hi, friends! I've been thinking. I do that quite often, actually, but more so today because I'm stuck on my couch with my back pressed against an electronic heating pad. I threw my back out last night. How, you ask? Simply wiping the table. Wiping the table! Am I really so old that if I... Continue Reading →

How to (Realistically) Create a Successful School Morning Routine

Ready or not, school is in full swing. In the past (and likely, again, in the future), I have had a hard time creating a successful school morning routine. Mornings at our house have been a tad ugly: We lounge too long on the couch before breakfast. (Slothfulness is a problem I’ve devoted an entire... Continue Reading →

Are You Tired and Stressed? Read This and Have a Good Laugh

I get it. It seems there are a million-and-one things screaming for our attention every day. We get tired. We're overwhelmed, and we're stressed-out. When we've reached the end of our unraveling rope, (and even then, I believe God works in our weaknesses) it's encouraging to hear stories - especially funny ones - about other... Continue Reading →

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