Sanctification After Vacation

Our family just returned from a week-long vacation to the Northwoods of Wisconsin where we attended family camp at Fort Wilderness for our fourth year.  It was wonderful!  The weather was perfect, the speaker delivered timely messages, and I spent time with God in prayer and Bible reading everyday- for the first time in months.  My kids had fun, we ate ourselves into food comas daily, and I was able to spend quality time with both my husband (long overdue)[Read more]

Why Is It So Hard to Say No?

Last fall, I wrote a post entitled Why I Said No to Organized Sports.  It seemed like such an easy choice then, taking my older boys out of their secondary sports to free up our schedule for their younger siblings to play soccer.  After my son’s Crohn’s diagnosis in December, we made the more difficult decision to pull him off the travel team for baseball, his primary sport, in favor of having more family time and to monitor his condition.[Read more]

Family Movie Night Review: Cinderella (2015)

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

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

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

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

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]