Don’t forget the lonely…

13 days to go…my kids are most certainly counting down.  13 days until Christmas.  13 days until “the most wonderful time of year” culminates.  But for many, it is 13 more days of dread.  13 more days of missing the spouse that died this past year.  13 more days of the reminder that they won’t […]

They don’t fully understand, yet neither to I

I know who goes before me. I know who stands beside. The God of angel armies is always by my side. Singing this one Sunday induced a swell of emotion. It brought me back to our 3 1/2 month homeless trek across the country. I was reminded once again of how the Lord was ever so faithful […]

They Were Never Mine

A few months ago I stood with the mother of a groom during the wedding reception and asked, “How are you doing?” She was enduring many changes in her family: good chances, but changes nonetheless.  The most recent and most drastic of those changes was the marriage of her oldest child. I had been praying […]

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, […]

Are your kids as obsessed with paper airplanes as mine are? See if you can’t impress them with any of these styles from Tinkerlab. All you need is the following: Paper Airplane Supplies A few sets of instructions for making paper airplanes. You can get these from a book or download instructions from the internet (see […]


Someday there will be no spills on the floor, or at the table, or in the living room. Someday the house will look exactly the way I left it, not matter how much time has passed. Someday afternoon naps won’t be interrupted, and personal reading time will not become 20-questions time. Someday meals will always […]