Five Secrets from the Heart {the good news}

A dear mentor/friend of mine has been making heart pins for years and years as a way to share the good news of the Lord Jesus with others – it is like the wordless book or the salvation bracelets, only it is swarovski crystal on a heart shaped brooch for women to […] Read More

Ice Storm 2014

Some of the beauty and wonder that came from the ice storm that struck this area last week.

Family Night #5

  The very best thing about having a years worth of family night ideas written down – and available for the children to read – is that on weeks when we don’t feel like doing anything the mechanics are all in place for it to fall together almost without effort. […] Read More


Birthday week is a week I spend celebrating the man I’m kinda crazy about, and I am happy to say birthday week has found its comfy, cozy place in our traditions. I had made no mention of birthday week this year and the day before it was to begin Paul […] Read More

Thankfulness :: A Month of Habit Building Ideas

  January was our month for focusing on the habit of thankfulness and I have compiled all of our resources used for this month within this post for easy reference and inspiration. Printable thank you cards Quotes and Verses on the habit of thankfulness for memory and copy work  – used […] Read More

Games that teach Thankfulness

Everyone learns better with games – probably because you don’t even know you are learning! Gentle nurturing can help to extract and encourage good habits through simple game playing and activities. More on our intentional habit building can be read here. I have done three other posts like this one […] Read More

Family Night #4

The flour game is an hilariously funny activity – as well as super short lived so it was followed up with popcorn and stories to extend our time together. The flour game would be a great game with a larger group, but we enjoyed it as a family of 4 […] Read More

The Business of Play:: Involve Them and They will Learn

 Benjamin Franklin once said; “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” This week we had our first snow in three years and as my boys explored the world of snow and ice I was struck anew by this basic principle – involve […] Read More

Black Bean Chocolate Cake

Sometimes I stumbled upon recipes that sound so bizarre I just have to try them out – and sometimes it is a total flop and other times it is delightfully wonderful. When I read about a gluten free black bean cake I wasn’t sure about it – how is it […] Read More

Happy Birthday Judah – 7!

Dear Judah – Happy Birthday my darling! Your sixth year of life has slipped seamlessly into your seventh – seventh! What a joy it has been to be your mother for these seven years now. Your laugh is delightfully contagious. Your enthusiasm exhausting. Your encouragement treasured. Your love of books unquenchable. Your […] Read More