Introducing Children to the Wonder of Prenatal Development

Mommy, mommy!  Look at my blood. My breath caught in my throat as I heard my daughter screaming this while running in from the backyard. Normally tears accompany blood, but this girl of mine is tough, real tough. I exhaled, as a quick look … [Continue reading]

Easter Finery: Iconic or Idolatrous?

When I was a young teenager my mother would not let me wear a black party dress.  She told me that it was “too mature” for me.  She said it sent the “wrong message” to the young men.  And yet a century earlier a young girl dressed in black sent the … [Continue reading]

Giving away my favorite preschool resources

“Mommy, can you do something with me?” It’s a common refrain that I’m hearing these days.  Instead of simply making sure my youngest doesn’t get into trouble, we’ve transitioned quite fully into the phase where she is wanting to do “real school” and … [Continue reading]

How to Get the Most Out of Your Read-Aloud Time

So you want to read aloud to your kids more...  You understand how important that can be... Where, oh where do you start with growing those precious times of reading aloud to your kids? Here are 6 ways to cultivate your read-aloud times! 1. Keep … [Continue reading]

Why play is so powerful: Easter edition

Reading and playtime.  They are two powerful forces that shape our minds and tug at our hearts. Read great books to your kids and you ignite the imagination. Encourage play and you take that imagination to a whole new level that cements learning into … [Continue reading]

Why It’s So Vitally Important to Read-Aloud to our Kids!

Reading aloud is an honored tradition.  Reading together is such a special and intimate activity that we get to do with our children. But with so many things competing for a family's attention these days it is easy to put it on the back … [Continue reading]

Learning to Cast our Cares…

Lessons for Him, Lessons for Me... “I just can’t do it,” he shrieked completely losing control of his emotions. What should have been a quick, easy task has ended in a fit of tears.  I battle frustration. As I sat talking to this then 6 year … [Continue reading]

Letting Go of Picture Perfect

I called them in, these boys of mine.  We were studying the tabernacle at the time.  Visions of this exquisite, picture-perfect, to-scale model of the tabernacle were floating around in my head like the one I created during my junior high years with … [Continue reading]

Restoring Chivalry and Civility {free printable}

My book, Knights in Training, inspired from this foray into the realm of chivalry comes out on May 30th, 2017! Find out more HERE!  A couple of months ago, a reporter from the New York Times contacted me because of a free printable I offered. She … [Continue reading]

I am MOTHER – protector of childhood…

Childhood is so fleeting.  Seasons come and go.  Life is full of crazy ups and occasional lulls...  And yet time marches on. And here we are, mothers.  We welcome these children into our arms and into our hearts.  We love them, nourish them, train … [Continue reading]