Wednesday Review —

Picture Little House on the Prairie. Picture the General Store. Picture entering the store and asking for 5 pounds of flour and half a cup of hazelnuts, because it’s Christmas time and you are making a special pie. Now picture that same store but with far more options — “flour” requires a pre-fix : white, […]

Don’t worry, Lord, I’ve got a plan!

I have it all worked out. My plan is flawless. Lord, all that needs to happen is this… Absurd, right? And yet how many times have I effectively thought that, despite what I was willing to admit out loud? How many times have I assessed a situation; a problem, or a desired outcome, and instead […]

Monday, July 25 2016

Faith My youngest is 5, so I have entered a season of life where life is somewhat predictable, at least compared to my friends with newborns. No midnight feedings. No sleepless nights due to a colicy baby. No potty accidents. While I miss babies, I do not miss the chaos and the total monkey wrench […]

Summer reading for the struggling reader

Summer is a great time to kick back and pick up books that we don’t have time to read during the year. It’s a chance for kids to read for fun, not just because it’s assigned. But how can parents help their struggling reader? Sarah Mackenzie puts together a few suggestions and gives a list […]

Correction without harshness

I don’t know if it’s wisdom that comes with age or if no longer being in the harried season of babies and toddlers simply enables me to be more observant, but I have become increasingly aware of the way I speak – particularly to my children – and it’s not good.  Part of my new awareness, […]

Wednesday Review – Pocket

Distraction is everywhere, and is especially heightened on the internet.  I may jump on the computer to quickly check my bank balance and send and email, and before I know it I am scanning the latest articles on my Facebook feed and completely forgot the reason I powered up my computer in the first place. […]

Maintaining momentum

Is it just me, or does anyone else have trouble maintaining momentum?  I often feel like I’m a living experiment for Newton’s first law of motion:       An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed […]