Santa Express

Santa Express

Are you familiar with the book or movie “Polar Express?”   “The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It’s also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we...
Are Children Smarter Today?

Are Children Smarter Today?

Are children smarter today than we were at their age? I asked Google to find out what others think. “Kids are more aware of the world than the children of 25 years ago due to the spread of computers and internet and other global media They are also a bit smarter...
Sportsmanship When Losing

Sportsmanship When Losing

It was the day of Ella’s “big tournament.” She was very excited and had been talking about it all week. She woke up earlier than usual and was dressed in her uniform before anyone else in the house was awake. This is the first year Ella has played...
Sometimes Simple is Better

Sometimes Simple is Better

Last week I spent 4 days at our son’s house. Brian was out of town and our daughter-in-law, Melissa, was sick. I went to help with their 7-year-old (Owen), 6-year-old (Ella), and 6-month-old (Asher). Brian had just set up a tetherball in their yard for Owen and...
My Pajama Dog

My Pajama Dog

I have something new sitting on the bookshelf in my office. It’s not something new, in itself. The fact that it is sitting on my bookshelf is new. In looking through one of my “treasure boxes” the other day, I found my pajama dog. I never gave him a...
Using Stitches Digitally

Using Stitches Digitally

Do you like using stitches on your digital scrapbook pages? Stitches add an additional layer of interest to pages, and they can be used for so many things. Use them as embellishments on tags or journal cards. Use them to tack down photos or other ephemera. Use them as...
Kids, Dinner, and 3 Pet Peeves

Kids, Dinner, and 3 Pet Peeves

I love my kids. I’m sure you love your kids too. But I’m betting that some of you can relate to at least 1 of the 3 pet peeves I had as a young mom raising 2 little ones. Pet Peeve #1: Child: What are we having for dinner?Me: Chicken and rice (or whatever...
Rootin’ Tootin’ Me

Rootin’ Tootin’ Me

Last week my husband, Rick, and I visited our close friends (from our college days), Doug and Deanna, who now live in Texas. I’ve been to Texas before, but mostly just to drive through on my way to another state. This was the first time that I was in the state...
Create Your Own Greeting Card

Create Your Own Greeting Card

Just imagine the delight your family and friends will experience when they open a greeting card that was created especially for them… by you! Whether you send your greeting card digitally or print it and send it via the postal service, I’ve got a new...