How We Celebrate Halloween as a Christian Family

How We Celebrate Halloween as a Christian Family

Every year I plan to write a post about how we celebrate Halloween as a Christian family. Then I never get around to it, and a bunch of other people write similar posts. Then I think, oh, well. It’s too late. And now a bunch of others have written similar posts, and it’s the night…

Big Fish Stories and a Fall Getaway to Traverse City

Big Fish Stories and a Fall Getaway to Traverse City

I always dreamed of spending a week in a cabin the woods with a lake right outside the door. And that’s exactly where Dave and I spent last week. It was a busy summer and even busier start to fall. Dave and I needed some time away to rest, relax and have a conversation that…

Puppy Surprise

Puppy Surprise

Some girls have husbands who bring them flowers. Mine brings me puppies. Three weeks ago we made the difficult decision to put Elizabeth, our 15-year-old cocker spaniel, to sleep. She was sick, and it was time to let her go. But it was still hard. It was strange after 15 years to not have a…

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On Math Problems and Being Lost in the Homework Triangle

“Mom! What’s an isosceles triangle?” “Um… Er… It has three sides? I don’t know. I have to Google it.” What did parents do when they couldn’t just look up stuff on the internet? “OK. It says it has two equal sides.” “So with an equilateral triangle all three sides are equal. That’s the difference.” “Yep.…

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How To Be a Ninja Parent

How To Be a Ninja Parent

I’m not a fan of the helicopter parent movement. I don’t think micromanaging my kids’ lives does any of us any favors. I plan on moving to Hawaii in my golden years, and I’m not too keen on taking two 30-something, helpless man-childs with me. I want my boys to learn to thrive and succeed…

My Dog Elizabeth: A Eulogy

My Dog Elizabeth: A Eulogy

Yesterday was the kind of day you wish you never had to live. Growing, up more than anything, I wanted a dog. My mom and dad didn’t. There was never a puppy under the Christmas tree. So, before the ink was dry on the mortgage documents after my husband Dave and I bought our own…