Family Novels You Don’t Mind Reading Over & Over & Over

Photo Source Seems we are constantly running out of books to read at our house. Despite the fact that we regularly have 100+ resources checked out from the library at any one time. Yes, yes, we do. So I’m thankful for those novels that are so good you don’t mind reading again — and again. […]

3 Card Games That Rock

I love card games. Of all the games there are to play with your children, they are some of the best. Oh, let me count the ways. Card games are easily portable, small enough to slip into a purse. They are generally affordable, often about $5. Card games do not usually contain hundreds of little […]

Finger Toast or Piano Keys?

When you get married, you blend two distinct cultures – his family and yours. While we may have grown up in the same state, only 90 miles from each other, FishPapa and I have our own ways of doing things based on our upbringing. Often this results in some beautiful new experiences. For instance, we […]

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 […]