Stand Alone

Have you ever seen or read something that completely sums up all that you hope your kids will become someday?  I ran across the picture above…


The Mom of Fall

It is finally fall.  We are past the whole “back-to-school” crazy but haven’t quite hit the “holiday” crazy.  This is my favorite time…


Worry-Free Days Ahead

There’s a lot we need to teach our kids to be careful about, but, if we aren’t careful what we say, we might be teaching our kids to worry. And…


When Grief Builds a Church

In the middle of my neighborhood, a chapel sits on approximately thirteen acres of prairie land. This pretty, little, white church is my happy place…


Helping Kids Finish the School Year Strong

Spring break is over, and there are still several weeks to go. There are more tests, carpool lines, book reports, and science projects. And the…


Back to Blahs, Blues, and Bullies Too

Back to school advice is often about returning to an earlier schedule, adjusting to new classes, and breaking in new shoes. Once school has started…


The Prodigal Returns—to School

It was my first day to teach school and the other teachers had decided it was best if I figured it out myself. I’m not sure they got that right, but…


Back-to-School Advice from a Former Teacher

   New shoes, new backpacks, new teachers—same attitude? Most kids are excited about returning to school, even if they don’t want to admit it.…


Give Your Kids a Morning Makeover

I love a good makeover show. A couple buys a run-down house with good "bones." They gawk at the paneling and turn up their noses at the overgrown…