Bonding Through Books | The Importance of Reading Aloud to Your Kids

I had the privilege of stopping by the Read-Aloud Revival  podcast to share about how reading aloud help me bond with my adoptive kids. Listen to the interview to find out how even though I grew up in a non-reading family, reading and writing has become a huge part of my family’s culture. Also, discover some of my favorite read-alouds and books that made me a reader and writer. Thanks for having me, Sarah! Click here to listen.   Looking for great read-alouds for your {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}

Little Rock Staycation

Fun things to do near Little Rock … and all around Arkansas! After moving to Little Rock in 2010 we’ve found there is so much to do! We are theme park people, so one of our favorite places to go in Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Waterpark. We especially enjoy their FREE Summer Concert series. (The concerts are free with park admission.) We LOVED seeing LeCrae in concert. We even had the chance to go back stage to meet him! {Read More}

Christmas Traditions | Perfect Memories Top Any “Perfect” Gift

Christmas Traditions Perfect Memories Top Any “Perfect” Gift   When I think of Christmas, I remember family gatherings around my grandparent’s dinner table. I also think of times my family spent together, creating our own special memories. For example, one year I received a tape recorder. On Christmas Day, my mother, father, brother and I recorded stories, changing our voices to fit our various roles. While I no longer have the tape of our recordings, the memory of our fun {Read More}

Simplifying Christmas | Simple Family Memory Making (Plus a Giveaway!)

Do you break out in hives just thinking about the craziness and chaos that comes with Christmas? It doesn’t have to be that way. Inspirational authors Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin, and Tricia Goyer share about Christmas’ past in their new novella collection Where Treetops Glisten. Their three stories “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” will take you back to war-time 1942, 1943, and 1944. The authors have also teamed up to give {Read More}

5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Volunteer

5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Volunteer   You know the old saying, “It is better to give than receive.” For many families the best gifts they can give is the gift of themselves . . . through volunteering. Family volunteering has been an interest to homeschooling advocates for years. Raymond and Dorothy Moore recommend an hour a day of home or community service. Can you imagine how your family (homeschooling or not) could impact the community by volunteering {Read More}

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