The 7 Joys of My Quarantine Life

I spent the first two weeks of our stay at home quarantine at the end of March 2020 in a state of shock. No one alive today has experienced anything like this total world lock down. I also grieved the loss of the speaking engagements I had lined up for this spring including a trip … Continue reading The 7 Joys of My Quarantine Life

10 Journal Prompts for Stay at Home Life

On the first day school was closed for coronavirus social distancing, one of my daughter’s teachers recommended that students keep a journal throughout this time so that they will have their first-hand account to share with future generations. What a great idea! So I decided that part of our homeschooling-ish activities would be journaling time. … Continue reading 10 Journal Prompts for Stay at Home Life

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