My daughter made me cry during dinner. Twice. About a month ago, my husband and I were sitting at the dinner table with our 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter. My daughter was not happy with what I had cooked. What … Continue reading Parents Have Feelings Too: Setting Emotional Boundaries with Your Child, Part One
My artist friend, Shirley, asked for photos of our neighborhood park. Here you go, Shirley! Notice the white spire of our church building in the background. Continue reading Photos of Devon-Aire Park
I lead Children’s Ministry at my small church. Our youngest children are in a large classroom; they range in age from birth to Pre-Kindergarten. It was impossible for our workers to find a safe spot for newly mobile infants. Thanks … Continue reading Creating a Church Nursery Space for Crawlers
Less than a week ago, “How I Met Your Mother” bid its followers farewell in a finale that has been widely criticized. Fans were disappointed. It made no sense, they argued. How did the characters end up there, when they … Continue reading How I Met Your Mother: Sitcom or Mystery?
This week, I have been thinking hard about the self-identified Christians making news. Some believe their religious freedom is under attack. They are fighting back by seeking to legalize discrimination. I was actually going to write an entire post about that … Continue reading “Blessed are those who defend their rights,” said nobody, ever.
My family’s photo was taken this year on the first Saturday of December. The smiling lady is me. Sometimes, in past Christmas seasons, I felt more like this lady: If we were all to make a list of all the … Continue reading Extreme Inner Makeover: Christmas Edition
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (I John 3:18). Did you ever notice that it’s sometimes easier to provide special acts of service to people outside of your family? If … Continue reading Acts of Service at Home: A Love Language
“Halloween,” I wrote on my Facebook page. “A preschool party, 1st grade party, school-wide party, and 2 trunk-or-treat events. Good grief! This is getting to be as expensive as Christmas!” Halloween is a growing industry in the U.S. According to … Continue reading I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts! : Why Christians Should Celebrate Halloween
I just read a fascinating article on Psychology Today‘s website called “The Trouble with Bright Girls.” I was pleased to see that they have published quite a few articles about bright children. Can’t wait to see what else they have to say! Continue reading Raising Bright Children
For my series “Superhero VBS On A Budget” (including detailed lesson plans and curriculum) click here. “With God, all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 VBS 2013. Superhero Kids. No budget. Thank you, Pinterest! Last spring, I agreed to coordinate our … Continue reading With God (and Pinterest), All Things Are Possible