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Browse a Bookstore

Spend an hour in a bookstore with your kids and let them explore. It’ll be so fun! Earlier in the month, I took my four younger children, the 10 and under set, to Barnes and Noble. The mission: to witness my book on the shelves. What I didn’t realize was what a fun experience it […]

Phone Home

My girls and I watched the new remastered version of ET recently. It was their first time seeing this “classic” film of my childhood. Honestly, I think it’s a little weird, especially the government agents and scientists dressed like men from Mars. But, it’s a moving film, nonetheless. We all three cried our eyes out […]

Enjoy Fresh Flowers

For years I dreamt of a having a large cutting garden in the backyard. You know, like in Pride and Prejudice? I’d go out with my basket on my arm and a pair of shears, I’d chat with my sisters while I picked roses and daisies and all kinds of lovelies to put into beautiful […]

Get More Sleep

Get more sleep and reap great benefits. I mentioned last week my efforts to end burning the candle at both ends. I want to live a long life — and I’d like to do with my health intact. Relaxing has been one step in the right direction. So has getting more sleep. For years I was […]

Remember Your Greatest Adventure

photo source: Disney/Pixar I love the films that we can relate to, the ones that teach us a lesson, the ones that make us laugh in a good, clean way. The Incredibles is one of them. It ranks up there as one of my favorites. And not just because my husband calls me Super Ultra-Lightning […]

Do Something Frivolous

The “life as MOM” is full of responsibilities. Parents almost always have something more to do on their schedules. When you’re pressed for time, then it seems frivolous to do things that aren’t necessities. As important as it is to be responsible for our families and homes, it’s sometimes refreshing to do something that’s NOT […]

Enjoy Today

Two years ago FishPapa and I were strolling through Barnes and Noble on date night. I lingered in the cookbook section. And prayed. Seems a silly place to pray. But you see, I had written a cookbook proposal in the month previous and my agent was actively submitting it to publishers. I asked God to […]

Make Bedtimes Special

Make those last waking moments a special time between parents and kids. At our house bedtimes have taken shape differently over the years. In the beginning all our little boys were in one room, until we had four twin beds lined up in rows. I made the rounds to kiss everyone goodnight and talk to […]