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,...
 Load Up & Head Out 

 Load Up & Head Out 

Of all the crazy things I did as a classroom teacher, the end-of-year adventure field trip definitely ranks in one of the top 5 best ideas ever. First came the car trip in the extra-long International Travelall. I still remember the look at the gas station when the...
Learning from Lemons

Learning from Lemons

I have a potted lemon tree. It moved here from California like I did. I move it inside for winter since neither of us are fond of freezing temperatures. Last summer my tree had tremendous growth. Two branches grew straight up the middle, taller than any of the other...

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