For the Things that Go Bump in the Night

Light of the World

Light of the World


The Christmas story never grows old, does it? –Probably because it keeps speaking to us no matter where we are in life.

This week, I was honored to have some of those thoughts, “A Light in Our Darkness,” published as a guest post on  (just below my bio 😉 ) Continue reading

3 Ways to Enjoy Autumn Year-Round

Anybody else LOVING the colors of the season? I drive around town and just want to pull over every two seconds to take pictures! The only thing that stops me is I’m afraid people will start calling the cops because “this crazy lady is taking pictures of their yard.” That and the fact that sooner or later I need to get where I’m supposed to be going… Continue reading

For the Love of Reading

She got hacked.

Everyone who knows my daughter knows she doesn’t go anywhere without a book.

Can't Stop the Reading

Can’t Stop the Reading

Her case in a nutshell?

Abibliophobia: the fear of running out of reading material

Yep, she’d be close…

So when I saw this post from her Facebook account, I knew someone had hacked her page…or she’d been taken over by aliens ;-): Continue reading

Oh, the Places He’ll Go–Will He Be Ready When He Gets There?

The Dr Seuss One-a-Day Way to Be Ready for Kindergarten {Free Checklist]I’ll never forget the FIRST first day of school–Kindergarten–whether it was my first child, my fifth child, or the three in between! So many hopes, so many dreams, so many questions… with the first and foremost being,

Are they ready?

Honestly, on that very first day of their lives when I first held each of them in my arms–and those many sleepless nights thereafter–sometimes it felt like I had a lifetime before they would start school. And then SUDDENLY it was there! and I was watching them try to climb up the stairs of that big yellow bus with backpacks so big on their backs, they could be mistaken for Yertle the Turtle.

I waved goodbye until I could no longer see the blinking bus lights–and then I jumped in my car and followed them to school!  Watched them climb back off the bus, made sure they found their teacher and the line they needed to stand in, kissed them goodbye one last time as they filed into the building — and then QUICKLY strode back to my car where they wouldn’t see my tears.

It was a good plan–something I recommend to new kindergarten parents today–let the child get used to riding the bus when everyone expects him to be new at it, but also let Mom be Mom, with one last kiss before pushing him gently out of the nest.

I know many of my friends have been there with me.

But for others of you, maybe it’s just around the corner. You hear neighbors on spring break this week, talking about summer vacation soon. But all you can think about is whether or not you want to blink–because you know fall will be here before you know it, and then comes that FIRST first day of school for your kiddo.

Scared? Excited?

This week, I’ve once again had the blessing of writing for another site, the, this time with simple daily activities little munchkins can practice to be ready for Kindergarten. Many of these ideas I’ve seen work in the classroom. Others, I did with my own kids…  With all of them, I hope it will help both Mom and Kiddo feel more confident when it’s time to walk through those doors…

Interested? Check it out…

and if your Little One is already in school but struggling? How about going back to the basics and seeing where he is on these foundational learning skills? Maybe something will click that will fill in some missing building blocks.

And if you like it, feel free to share it for others to see!

You know, as Moms, there are a lot of FIRSTS… First steps, first words, first day of Kindergarten, first day of College, first date, first license… It’s all a part of letting them grow–and GO…

It can be scary. It can be exciting. But letting them know you want to help them be ready?

That’s priceless!

The Dr Seuss One-a-Day Way to Be Ready for Kindergarten {Free Checklist]

The Dr. Seuss One-a-Day Way to Be Ready for Kindergarten {Free Checklist!}


Moms: Celebrate the You that You Are–and Watch Your Child Benefit

Being Mom means sacrifice. That’s a no-brainer.

But when we ignore the unique mom that we were created to be, we cheat ourselves AND our kids.

My second article at is addressed to moms of little ones, but, truthfully, those 5 tips are for ALL moms. You were beautifully and wonderfully made! Let your kids experience your gifts and talents. You will ALL grow from the experience.

Click on the picture below to read Five Powerful Ways to Find Yourself in Motherhood

You don't have to get lost in motherhood!

You DON’T have to get LOST in motherhood!


10 Tried and True Toddler Activities–From a Mom Who’s Been There

Surviving 'Til Naptime: 10 Simple Toddler Activities to Entertain Your Tot

Surviving ‘Til Naptime: 10 Simple Toddler Activities to Entertain Your Tot

Excited to announce my debut in writing for this wonderful website, MightyMoms. I have such compassion for moms of little ones. As a mom of 5 myself, there were days I wondered if any of us would survive to their adulthood. This article speaks to some of the tried and true tricks I learned over the years. Continue reading

Rejoicing in the Miracle of Christmas

The presents are all unwrapped (at least all those that came in time—sorry, Sis—yours will be there soon!); the wrapping paper sits in garbage bags, waiting for that last go-through just in case some small trinket got thrown away; the tree is starting to drop its needles; and all the radio stations have switched to normal broadcasting. Christmas is over.

Or is it? Continue reading