A Poppy in Remembrance: A World War I Veteran and a Book Review

Every Memorial Day when I was young, my mother and I would attend a service at the local cemetery. The Boy Scouts were there to raise the flag. Local veterans were there in uniform. And a woman was there selling small, red poppies for us to pin to our shirts in memory of those who … Continue reading A Poppy in Remembrance: A World War I Veteran and a Book Review

Birthing Hope by Processing Fear

When author Rachel Marie Stone said she was on her way to Mali, Africa to live with her husband and her two sons, I was thrilled for her and her family and was looking forward to hearing how God would use them in that place. I didn't hear much through social media about their experiences, … Continue reading Birthing Hope by Processing Fear

Should You Take Your Kids to a Funeral?

Since my husband is a pastor, my children have been to a lot of weddings and a lot of funerals. My 8-year-old has already been to eight funerals in her short life. Some of those people who we gathered to remember have been family members and some have been part of our church family. They … Continue reading Should You Take Your Kids to a Funeral?

Fewer Choices, Less Stress for the Holiday Season

When my youngest child, Molly, was 5 years old, an elderly friend took our family to the Dollar Store. For Christmas, she wanted to treat each of our children to five things from the store; five things of their choice. The day we met at the store, it was crowded with people getting ready for … Continue reading Fewer Choices, Less Stress for the Holiday Season

Easy Thanksgiving Journal for the Whole Family

Packed away in my tote of fall decorations is a little brown blank book that came from the dollar store. Warmth spreads through my heart when I flip open the cover and see handprints, doodles, and scrawled words inside. Each year for the past 11 years our family has taken some time on Thanksgiving Day to … Continue reading Easy Thanksgiving Journal for the Whole Family