My husband and I decided not to go on a summer vacation this year. Instead, we chose to enjoy a summer-long staycation. Admittedly, we are a couple of homebodies who have never really been bitten by the travel-bug, but here are a few great things we’ve discovered about a staycation ~ ~ no worries about […]

This Tuesday, July 18, marks the 200th anniversary of the death of English novelist Jane Austen. Thankfully, her witty and delightful novels have made Austen immortal. Through her clever observation of people and society, her novels offer a glimpse at life in late 18th century England and the timelessness of human nature. She keeps it […]

This weekend, I watched the sweetest animated movie with my children. While browsing through Netflix, the movie, A Monster in Paris, caught our attention. Set in Paris in 1910, a mishap in a greenhouse turns a tiny creature into the “Monster in Paris.” The Parisian music had all three of my children dancing on the living […]

My toddler son is very into good guys and bad guys. Amazingly, he can name scores of good and bad Star Wars and Marvel super hero characters by name. And to top it all off, he frequently leaves the house in costumes that range from Darth Vader to Spiderman.  One summer morning, I had to […]

After several hot, summer days in the Midwest, our spring green grass begins to show signs of browning and crunches under bare feet. Flower petals look sad and pouty, and we tire of fighting with the garden hose and sprinkler. A few dry days later, the weather becomes collective conversation in grocery store lines and […]

Twelve years ago today, my husband and I were married in a small, outdoor ceremony. The weather was gorgeous. The setting was lovely. We were a match made in heaven. Except it wasn’t perfect, and I really like perfect. Don’t you? Are there chapters, pages, and paragraphs of your story you’d like to rip out […]

The talent show at my middle school was the main event of the school year. I remember watching teenage grunge bands, gymnasts, and dancers. The cheerleaders acted out short skits and sister trios sang Going to the Chapel. Most talent shows ended with a finale by an amazing tap soloist, who has since performed on […]