Postcards to my Children

Once a month I write a letter to each of my children (at least those who read… I’ll add the others as they gain that skill) on a postcard and leave it on their bed. The postcard is usually of somethi...

Perpetual Christmas

In the middle of all the build-up, the planning and preparing, travel plans, meals and gifts, I’ve been thinking some about the perpetuity of Christmas. We know and preach and breathe that it is abou...

Hope for the Humble

I open up my bible and read it again, the story of Jesus’ birth. Tonight, it is Mary’s words that touch my heart. Funny, I’ve never really noticed them that much before. “My soul pr...

Go Get Some Peer Pressure

My son stood before me, rather unenthusiastically reading his report on Spotted Salamanders, and I was thinking to myself, ‘What is up with this boy?’ I would never have put so little eff...

Learning Styles, Part 2

How do we output what we’ve taken in? Most output is either oral or written, but movement output can’t be discounted. Oral learners hate written tests and essays with a passion. They do, however, usu...

Grocery Store Ponderings

The other day I was trying to maneuver my way through the aisles with my four children, so I could pick up a couple items. This grocery store is a favorite with my kids because of the free popcorn. E...

Teachable moments in Spanish

Christmas is around the corner and we have so much to do! This is an incredible moment to review colors, shapes, numbers, and to wrap up what we have learned during the year. I made a special Christm...