How to Change Your Handwriting

How to Change Your Handwriting

Poor handwriting actually had some benefits for me, at first. In elementary school, my sloppy writing kept teachers from finding all my misspelled words. My poor spelling was hidden by my lousy writing. I left elementary school assuming (as many do) that I was stuck...
Handwriting Transformation

Handwriting Transformation

One year when I taught third grade, I had a student who struggled with handwriting. He did not have good control in holding or using a pencil. As I watched I became convinced that he was left-handed. He ate with his left hand. He caught with his left hand. When I...
Snow Grace

Snow Grace

About a week ago, I asked a room full of parents how they would describe what it feels like to be overwhelmed. One parent mentioned that it feels like your wheels are spinning. I nodded and assured her I understood. With all my years living in the desert—I’ve gotten...
Mark the Seasons

Mark the Seasons

Growing up in the desert in Southern California was such a gift from God. One way that gift keeps on giving is how deeply I enjoy every season change where I live now. I love the beauty of the desert, but also love variety of the seasons in the south. Since Day 4 of...
Unlikely Rescue

Unlikely Rescue

I rolled down the window to take in the fresh, salty air. The wind tangled my hair until I slowed to turn into the parking area at Moonlight Beach.  There was plenty of parking since it was early and the morning marine layer had not burned off yet.  Beach bag in hand,...
Fabulous Fiction: Part 2

Fabulous Fiction: Part 2

When a friend told me about the Wilderking Trilogy, I didn’t dive in right away. Little did I know what I was missing. In my defense—back then, the books were not on audio. Now that they are, I have heard them all and bought print copies. Jonathan Rodgers gives you...
Fabulous Fiction: Part 1

Fabulous Fiction: Part 1

If you or your children are ready for an astoundingly good read or listen—consider diving into the world of toothy cows and wild Stranders. When I first started Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga, I was pulled into the danger and adventure. Once I began, I knew I...
Bible Reading Game Changer

Bible Reading Game Changer

I had good reasons for not wanting to attempt another through-the-Bible reading plan. 1. I struggle with sitting still to read large hunks of text. 2. I would rather savor God’s Word than skim. 3. I bog down in places like Leviticus. 4. I feel overwhelmed if I get...
Use HIS Words

Use HIS Words

When children first learn to talk, they often rely on gestures and sounds to communicate. Often a parent needs to remind a toddler to “use your words.” Words are more effective than pointing, grunting, or whining. As grownups, we constantly use our words to teach,...

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