Thanksgiving – Coping with mental illness

“Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.” I Thess 5:16-18 (MSG) What? I’m supposed to go around with a happy face pasted on? Days when our loved ones’ mental illness is causing great distress for everyone, it is hard to even think about Read More ….

Writers – A Blogging Toolkit for You

This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure statement. We writers have a lot of demands on our time: marketing, social media, and blogging. Frankly, most of us want to just write. We often feel like we’re running out of steam before we even start working on the current project. Read More ….

2:1 Conference Giveaways – Thank You

The 2:1 Conference is an annual event for Christian homeschool bloggers. It’s unique because it’s small enough to create a community and large enough to expand our blogs. I was thrilled to be among the sponsors, along with Melinda Martin Publishing and Design Service, of the conference. It was so much fun Read More ….

Do we need Worldwide Day of Play?

“Will you PUULLEEZZE go outside and play?” Words I remember from my childhood. Not because I was sitting in front of a video device too long, but because I was probably playing and running throughout the house. Yes, and those words were sometimes said when it was raining. Nowadays times Read More ….

Can you always be prepared?

I consider myself prepared for most anything; whether it’s a flat tire (tow service) or a natural disaster (back-up power). But as I’ve thought about these preparations this month, I wondered if there are some things you just can’t prepare for. I’ve come to the conclusion: Yes. Let me give Read More ….

Practical preparedness list

September is National Preparedness Month. Often when talking about preparation, prepping, thoughts turn to be ready for a disaster of some kind. There are other ways that you can, and probably should, get ready. Back to school. September is the traditional return to school month, although many schools start in August Read More ….

Read the Classics? It doesn’t have to be dull

Too often “the classics” of literature are considered too old and too difficult for our children to tackle. As our kids’ teachers, we try to put on a happy face and tell them they’ll love it. If we’re honest with ourselves and our children, we have to admit we used Read More ….

Pix Goes to London: Learn culture, language, and history

Our family traveled a lot when I was growing up. My dad’s job moved us around the country and Dad made sure we visited important sites in each area. Now I often say I learned more on the road than in the classroom. Not all families are blessed to move Read More ….