Family Movie Night Review: Cinderella (2015)

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Today, I am guest posting on What to Watch, where I also work as a TV and movie review editor. In honor of Once Upon a Time Camp (which I hosted and my daughters attended), our family finished out the week with a viewing of Cinderella (2015).  You can read my review here.

How to Host a Princess Camp, Day 5

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Last week, I had the special privilege- and challenge- of coordinating and leading Once Upon A Time Camp at our church.  For two hours each afternoon, I welcomed fourteen adorable girls, grades PreK-2, to celebrate being God’s princesses. You can read about the theme and outline for our camp, as well as our first day’s activities here. Friday- Princess Joy’s Birthday Blessing Our last day of camp was almost like a first day, since we had to switch rooms to[Read more]

How to Host a Princess Camp, Day 4

princess charity's courageous heart

Last week, I had the special privilege- and challenge- of coordinating and leading Once Upon A Time Camp at our church.  For two hours each afternoon, I welcomed fourteen adorable girls, grades PreK-2, to celebrate being God’s princesses. You can read about the theme and outline for our camp, as well as our first day’s activities here. Thursday- Princess Charity’s Courageous Heart When the girls arrived, they found a plain princess dress on card stock to decorate as they liked. [Read more]

How to Host a Princess Camp, Day 3

princess hope and the hidden treasure

Last week, I had the special privilege- and challenge- of coordinating and leading Once Upon A Time Camp at our church.  For two hours each afternoon, I welcomed fourteen adorable girls, grades PreK-2, to celebrate being God’s princesses. You can read about the theme and outline for our camp, as well as our first day’s activities here. Wednesday- Princess Hope and the Hidden Treasure Today, we started with our story.  Princess Hope, the eldest of the five princesses, finds her[Read more]

How to Host a Princess Camp, Day 2

princess faith

Last week, I had the special privilege- and challenge- of coordinating and leading Once Upon A Time Camp at our church.  For two hours each afternoon, I welcomed fourteen adorable girls, grades PreK-2, to celebrate being God’s princesses. You can read about the theme and outline for our camp, as well as our first day’s activities here. Tuesday- Princess Faith’s Mysterious Garden Today, when the girls arrived, they received a small clay pot, a disposable plate dotted with paints like[Read more]

How to Host a Princess Camp, Day 1

princess castle

Last week, I had the special privilege- and challenge- of coordinating and leading Once Upon A Time Camp at our church.  For two hours each afternoon, I welcomed fourteen adorable girls, grades PreK-2, to celebrate being God’s princesses.  Little did I know that ten hours of camp time equated to 30+ hours of prep time.  Basically, princess camp was my part-time job for the first two weeks of summer, but it was all worth it! For those of you who[Read more]

How I’m Not Letting 10 lbs. Keep Me from Enjoying Summer

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Summer weather has finally graced the northern tundra!  A couple of weeks ago, I eagerly pulled out my small bin of summer clothes, ready for my first day of wearing shorts.  I have a relatively limited wardrobe, so I was thankful to have inherited a few, timeless golf skorts from my aunt last year, which fit well and are very comfortable (no, I don’t play golf, but my fantasy self wishes I did).  I selected one and put it on,[Read more]

The Day My Daughter Was Almost Attacked By a Dog at a Local Business

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My four-year old daughter loves dogs; I mean, she LOVES dogs- every size, shape, color, breed.  Their slobbery kisses make her laugh; she loves to snuggle with the big ones and attempt to carry around the little ones.  When we take a walk on the bike path by our house, she instinctively makes a beeline for every dog along the way. Of course, I have taught her to ask the owners for permission before approaching and petting their dogs.  She[Read more]

The Importance of “Us”: How to Find a Shared Hobby with Your Spouse (Part 1)

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Over the years, I have conducted an informal poll of couples married ten years or more, asking the following question:  Do you and your spouse have any hobbies or interests that you enjoy doing together?  A handful of these couples have responded affirmatively, listing traveling, golfing, backpacking, and bird watching as some of their shared interests.  The majority, though, have looked at me blankly, as if the idea was completely foreign to them.  I find this concerning, because I believe[Read more]

Dear Mr. Knightley: A Book (and Life) Review

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Yesterday, I finished the book Dear Mr. Knightley.  It left me dismayed and inexplicably nostalgic for the life I didn’t live.  I have been thinking a lot about that lost life lately, wanting to escape to it in my mind, while being constantly redirected to reality by the people and pressures which are part of the life I do live. Dear Mr. Knightley, the inaugural effort of Katherine Reay, is about Sam, an orphaned girl who found safety and solace[Read more]