Hardening off: the importance of transitioning children to prepare them for the real world

Over the past few months, I have been dabbling in gardening.  Maybe, like me,  you have experimented with it as well? And failed? again and again? I definitely would not say that I have a green thumb.  I have killed countless plants, bushes, etc.. in my day.  (Mom, remember when I weeded your strawberry patch […]


“Let your gentleness be known to all men.” Philippians 4:5 Some of the best lessons learned in life are the ones we glean from observation rather than lecture. Gentleness is a prime example.  I have found that I can teach my kids to be kind, calm, and mild mannered…but if I don’t model gentleness…when the […]

Teach Kids: Humility

Humility– freedom from pride or arrogance: the quality or state of being humble (Webster’s dictionary). ________________________________________ Humility is an underrated character trait, which I think needs more attention in this day and age. Like many of you, I find it hard not to be influenced by our self-centered culture. Sometimes, this fast paced social media […]

Family Holiday Traditions: Set an Extra Place at the Table

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love the fact that no gifts are expected and I get the opportunity to visit with family in a relaxed setting…you know before the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations begin. I come from a large family.  I am one of five children.  And growing up, we spent Thanksgiving […]