Win a Copy of My First National Release (in Chicken Soup for the Soul)!

For those of you who don’t receive my newsletter (yet), you may not have heard that my story, A “Be-the-Gift” Birthday, was chosen out of thousands of submissions to be included in the upcoming release of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness.  It hits bookstores next Tuesday, February 7th, and in celebration, I am giving away two, free copies to my readers at Whispers of Worth. All you need to do to enter the drawing is leave[Read more]

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]

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: 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]

What is True Community?

true community people on mountain

In preparation for this month’s theme of Community, I looked up the definition to solidify my position, and I came up wanting. Community: a unified body of individuals; society at large; joint participation, common character, social activity, social state or condition.  Blech. So, I made up with my own definition. Community: Carrying each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2) Bearing each others hurts, tears, pain (Romans 12:15) Rejoicing with each other without jealousy, resentment, or self-defeat (Romans 12:15) Spurring each other on[Read more]

Book Review: The Brainy Bunch (with my reflections on public vs home schooling)

Our local Family Christian bookstore is closing next month, and everything is 50% off, so I took the kids there last week in search of a couple of children’s bibles.  That search proved fruitless, but I did stumble upon a fascinating book that I was so tempted to buy, called The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family’s Method to College Ready by Age Twelve by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding. I reluctantly left it on the shelf, with hopes that our[Read more]