How to Vacation with Children Without Losing Your Mind

Last week our family went on an adventure. We loaded up the car with clothes, snacks, and kids and headed out for the open road. We had a loose agenda and up to 8 days to spend. It was the longest trip we’ve taken in the last five years and the only one in which […]

Visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Last week our family went on our first vacation in many years. In fact, I was hard pressed to think of what true vacations we had been on. The business of life, pregnancies, newborns, lack of funds — all have kept us home bound. And for the most part that has been just fine with […]

Accepting Help with a New Baby

FishBaby is now no longer a baby. At two years of age, she is walking and talking and getting into all sorts of trouble. But, I well remember the joys and trials of bringing home a new little one. The last two years have flown by! Today Lauren shares with us some suggestions for accepting […]

Making and Keeping Fall Traditions

Traditions are the things that we cling to when life bounces us around. Traditions are stability for our kids when their minds and their bodies are growing too fast for them — and us. Traditions are what we use to create beautiful memories with our families. Can we be deliberate in tradition building? I think […]

A Favorite Fall Memory

I’m so thankful for the digital age. Not only can I flip through the pages of time in just a few seconds, technology cooperating, but I can also share those memories with you. This photo was taken when my big boy was not even two. Today he is thirteen. He was our one and only […]

3 Classic Board Games to Love

Now that most of our kids are old enough not to eat the pieces, we’ve entered the world of board games. They love to play, though we don’t do it as often as they would like. I prefer to play it once the girls are in bed, and by that time, I’m beat! But, when […]

Do You Schedule or Plan Family Nights?

I remember long ago, back before I had children or when my oldest was just a toddler, listening to parenting programs that talked about Family Nights. Movies, games, read alouds, crafts — all were described in such intentional detail. Some families even had a set night every week when they spent time together as a […]

5 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Grandparents’ Day

While Grandparents’ Day hasn’t entered the cultural lexicon in the same way as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have, it is still a fun day to observe and help your kids show their love and affection for the grandparents. It’s quickly approaching — next Sunday is the day. Here are some quick, last minute ideas: […]