How to Host a Princess Camp, Day 2

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

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

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

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)

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

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]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Zoe (Life)

As I close out this Blogging from A to Z series, I want to encourage you to experience Zoe, which is the Greek word for “life.”  It refers to both the vitality of living beings, but more importantly, it is “the uncreated, eternal life of God, the divine life uniquely possessed by God.”* I once owned a red, VW Quantum station wagon, which I hopefully named Zoe (yes, I name all of my vehicles).  I loved that car.  She carried[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Yes!

How often do you say “no” in a day?  If you’re a mom like me, too much.  My no’s often sound like, “In a little while,” “After I finish ____,” “Maybe later.” After eXamining your life yesterday, did you find that you have more free time on your hands because of simplifying?  If so, then it is time to start saying “Yes!” again. Contrary to popular thought, simplicity (or minimalism) isn’t about saying no to everything.  It’s about saying yes[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: eXamine

Here we are, two days from the end of the A to Z Blogging Challenge: 26 Steps to Simplicity series.  Thanks for sticking with me! How did you do this month?  Have you decluttered at least one room or one closet or one set of something? We have a huge pile of discards on the side of our house waiting for a dumpster (bookcases, chairs, tables, the remains of a chimney and a stone planter) and more already in the[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Work (A Story About Finding Work You Love to Do)

Do you love the work you do? Does it bring you joy? Or, do you live for the weekends, and wish you could be doing something else for those 40 hours each week? Last week, I attended my oldest son’s music ensemble performance. I sat next a couple I had never met, whose daughter was in the ensemble with my son. The wife and I struck up a conversation about our children and the school, and at some point I[Read more]