22 Great Summer Reads for Your Kids!

I’m a mom of ten kids and a book addict. This means we do a lot of reading! I’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite books. These are perfect for summer reading. Boys ages 6–12 Henry Huggins Series by Beverly Cleary Book 1: Henry Huggins Book 2: Henry and Beezus Book 3: Henry and Ribsy Beverly Cleary was one of my favorite authors growing up, and I still love reading her books to my kids. This series is {Read More}

FREE Summer Printables for Your Kids

Summer is here and one of my favorite things is spending time in nature and teaching my kids how to enjoy God’s creation. To do this better my daughter-in-law and I created some printables! You can download them here. We’ve also created a large pack of printables that you can buy for $4.50.  This pack includes 27 printables to be used for creating and connecting with God’s creation this summer. These pages are mostly in black and white for cheaper {Read More}

Count Your Blessings

Is there such thing as “too much of a good thing?” Yes! In fact that’s what my life feels like right now. There are a lot of good things happening: I’m celebrating the 70th reunion of the liberation of Mauthausen camp  during the whole month of May with a special WWII series hosted on my blog and social media. Stayed tuned for book giveaways, veteran interviews, WWII recipes, and more! I’m enjoying homeschooling my three little ones. I’m especially excited because {Read More}

Branson for Big Families (Plus a Giveaway!)

  Big Family Holiday Vacation! If you’re part of a big family you know how hard traveling can be at times. We love going on vacation with our six kids (ages 25, 22, 20, 7, 4 and 4.) We also have an amazing daughter-in-law, and two grandkids (ages 3 and 1). Big family vacations can be big fun, if you know where to look! There is one challenge that comes with big family vacations: Finding activities where everyone enjoys themselves. {Read More}

Branson: Family Fun for Labor Day!

Looking for a fun family getaway over Labor Day? Consider Branson!   Branson, Missouri is one of our family’s favorite places to visit. In fact, after spending at TON of money going to Disneyworld earlier in the year my husband and I agreed, “Why did we spend all that money in Orlando when we could have just gone to Branson?” There are a few reasons why we love Branson: 1. Old fashioned values. Everywhere you go in Branson there is wholesome, {Read More}

Best Places to Spread Out a Summer Picnic

Best Places to Spread Out a Summer Picnic There is nothing more romantic than a summer picnic with the man I love. Maybe you feel the same? Do you like the ocean or the mountains? Would you rather stretch out a blanket on a mountain meadow or on the sand? Do you want to be in a locale where there’s lots of restaurants and shops to explore, or do you want to be in a small quaint town? Dreaming about {Read More}

Happy Memorial Day!

Wishing you a blessed holiday surrounded by family and friends as we remember and honor those who’ve sacrificed for our freedom. I have a few books on sale right now! Generation NeXt Marriage is $2.99. You can also get my four World War II novels in the Liberators Series for $13.99. Are you new here? You might want to subscribe to my email updates, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or Instagram.  

Best Places to Spread Out a Spring or Summer Picnic

Best Places to Spread Out a Spring or Summer Picnic I don’t know about you, but about this time of year, I am ready for summer. I’m ready for flowers to bloom, leaves on the trees, stepping outside and feeling the warm sun on my skin, wearing shorts and sundresses. Do you feel the same way? What’s my other favorite part of summer? Spending time outside, whether it’s a family vacation, a barbecue with my kids and neighbors in our {Read More}

A Visitor’s Guide to Berlin, Ohio

I’ve been married to John for twenty-four years. Some women show their men they love them by providing a back rub or going on a hike. I display my love by bringing home cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Thankfully, I found the perfect place to stock up when I visited one of my favorite places, Berlin, Ohio. Heini’s Cheese Chalet is evidence of what can happen when a hardworking couple dreams together, and works together to see that dream {Read More}

West Kootenai Kraft and Grocery

Have you ever been to a place where you stepped through the door and knew you’d come upon some place special, knew you’d come back, and knew this place would be a forever deposit in your memory bank? That’s how felt when I walked through the doors of the West Kootenai Kraft and Grocery. It’s a store in northwest Montana not far from the Canadian border. It’s not some place you stumble on. It’s so far off the eaten path {Read More}

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