Archives for May 2016

Happy Memorial Day – Don’t Let the Stories Die!

Memorial Day is a time to remember: In 2000, I got my idea for what came to be my first historical novel, From Dust and Ashes. Wanting to know more about the 23 men who liberated Mauthausen concentration camp, I contacted the 11th Armored Division who put me in touch with six of the veterans. These men then invited me to attend the 59th reunion of their division. I wasn’t expecting that at all. I thought they’d point me to a {Read More}

5 Tools to Help Your Teen Driver Stay Safe!

I’m not a big worrier as a parent. I don’t freak out over fevers or stay up at night fretting over my teens’ future choices. There is one thing I am concerned about though, and it keeps me on my knees: TEEN DRIVERS. The teen who leaves socks balled on the living room floor and peanut butter on the counter (constantly) is now in control of a moving vehicle, on busy roads, and must remember 10,934 rules of the road! {Read More}

Rules for Outings: The ABCs of Safety and Manners {+ FREE printable}

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made as a mom was to expect what I haven’t taught. I’d take my kids out and expect them to know not to ask the lady sitting next to us at the park for part of her lunch. Or expect them to know that they shouldn’t run and scream in a store or touch in an art museum. How WOULD my kids know that if I didn’t teach them? The teaching and training is {Read More}

30 Fun & FREE Summer Activities

School’s out for summer (or will be soon!) and so begins the frantic brainstorm of what to do with our kids without spending a fortune. With help from my Facebook followers and Pinterest, here are 30 fun and FREE things to do this summer with your kids: “Little bit” party Puzzles Explore your neighborhood Board games Attend movies in the park—Paul B. Take advantage of your local museums’ free days—Wendy H. Weed a community flower bed—Susan K. Take a factory {Read More}

Never Too Busy for Jesus

“Reverence for God adds hours to each day.” Proverbs 10:27 (TLB) At this moment, I’m preparing for a conference in South Africa, trying to stay on top of my writing, and I have TEN children, all in various stages of life. If I were to have an excuse not to take time to be with Jesus, this would be it. Staying up late every night until midnight, packing during the day and chasing kids around the house, you’d think I’d cherish every extra {Read More}

Does My Child Need Emotional Therapy?

I remember the first time I took my 5-year-old to the therapist’s office. I honestly thought it was going to be a waste of time. We were going to therapy because we were adopting from foster care and our DHS (Department of Human Services) worker suggested it. We were having BIG meltdowns and a lot of emotional issues. I knew we needed help; I just wasn’t sure we’d be able to find it. My doubts grew as I entered the {Read More}

Do Not Worry | Matthew 6:34

Saturday Scripture Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Prayer Dear heavenly Father, Thank you for the reminder of your providence in Matthew 6. I am ashamed at how quick I am to stress and worry about even the smallest of things. Forgive me for my lack of faith and trust. Daily may I surrender my fears to you. Give me peace that only you {Read More}

May Flowers

The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come. SONG OF SONGS 2:12 In late spring and summer you can find many auctions in Amish communities. In Hazleton, Iowa, flower and produce auctions are held on Tuesdays and Fridays. In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the term for the annual auction is “mud sale.” This is an appropriate name since the ground is thawing after winter and the thousands of people who attend, looking for bargains, make their imprints. {Read More}

How Can Prayer Make History?

We read stories of world-changing leaders in history books and hear about the amazing things they did. But one part of the story is often left out: the role of prayer in their lives and the effect it had on their singular accomplishments. How can prayer make history? Bible Gateway interviewed Tricia Goyer (@triciagoyer) about her book, Prayers That Changed History (Zonderkidz, 2015). What do you say to people who think your book’s title is audacious? Tricia Goyer: History is {Read More}


As a mom of ten children officially, and a few more unofficially, Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. (Foot rubs, flowers and hand-drawn cards are the best!) I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for both the children I raised and the mother and grandmother who raised me. But my heart also warms to other women who have impacted my life. One of those women is Margo. She was my Sunday School teacher from the 3rd-6th grade. Margo not only taught {Read More}

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