I watched him from a distance, playing. He always loves to go to that very same spot, right after the bell rings and he races out the side door from school, before he'll even look up to find me. There I find him again, in the dirt, playing with sticks, and with friends. I love to watch him when he doesn't know I'm watching - such imagination - quick to form a game - a club - to live out an … [Read more...] about Raising Boys – Toy Guns or None?
Some time ago, Gracie came home excited to share that she had just been moved to a new table in kindergarten and now sat right next to one of her very best friends. Her little eyes sparkled as she told me all about it, and I thought to myself, “Oh my, wonder how long till my sweet daughter, lover of many words, will come home with the dreaded discipline number in her folder for once … [Read more...] about words…
this new year, I will choose to live differently. this new year, I will... 1. set aside all distractions while others talk, I will actively listen with my full attention. 2. keep a sense of humor, have fun, laugh more. 3. appreciate the value of facebook and social media in connecting with others, but live with the awareness that is it always more important to spend real "face" time with … [Read more...] about my 101 list of “I will’s” for the new year…
A huge thanks to Brooke Martin Photography for these great photo tips and for being a part of our facebook giveaway today! Check out Brooke's website at www.brookemartinphotography.net for more great ideas and photo inspiration! If you are taking photos indoors, make sure you have plenty of light coming in. Open the blinds and take pictures near a window, or open a door in the room to add some … [Read more...] about Tips for Taking Your Best Family Photos
Noah taped this message to our front door a few weeks ago. it's still there. he made one for the back door too. smile. I plan to leave it there. forever. such a reminder to me that even on our toughest days, we have so many blessings to be thankful for in this life. family. love. acceptance. laughter. kids. little hand-made notes. messy rooms that remind me our house is very well lived … [Read more...] about Gratefulness
We do so much for our kids in life, but one of the BEST things we can do for them is simply this - love your spouse. I don't think kids expect us to be perfect, but they do gain such strength in the confidence that their parents are a team. Let them know you're commited to one another, no matter what. God is for you, through the great times and the tough stuff too, He is FOR your marriage! … [Read more...] about love.your.spouse