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 →

How to Find Balance: My Story of Sugar Vs. Community

Can Someone Tell Me How to Find Balance? I used to be a no-sugar Mom. Have you ever fed your kids sugar and then watched (with horror) as your sweet angels morphed into sugar-crazed Tasmanian devils? I have. "So, what?" you may say. "Kids run around in hyper-drive for an hour and then they crash. We've all been... Continue Reading →

Henry David Thoreau

"I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well." -- Henry David Thoreau Truth transforms. But for truth to get past your intellect and truly change you, you'll have to eat it. Meditate on it. Question it. Pray on it. Apply it. In the Bible, God tells Ezekiel... Continue Reading →

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