How You Can Grow Your Child’s Heart for the World {Guest Post by Britta Stromeyer Esmail}

  How You Can Grow Your Child’s Heart for the World In 2015, we took our two daughters Maya and Anya to Kenya. For our oldest (then 6 years old) it was her fourth visit but the first she would remember. Her father grew up in Kenya and we have family there. Besides fun tourist activities, visiting the national park and going to the beach in Mombasa, we believe it is important for our daughters to see how other children {Read More}

Teach Your Children Who They Are, Before The World Teaches Them Who They Should Be.

  Teach Your Children Who They Are, Before The World Teaches Them Who They Should Be. I’m not sure how or when the tradition started,but one of my favorite times of the week is when I bathe my young children. Six, four, and three-years-old, their legs reach nearly to the end of the tub as I lay each one down. My left hand in under a back. And my right hand rinses soap out of hair. Wide eyes look up {Read More}

Life isn’t about Writing

Life isn’t about Writing I’m a pretty easygoing person. But there are a few things that bug me: Being late. I hate it. Appointments. Ugh. Paperwork. Just shoot me. My weaknesses. I understand when others mess up. I just don’t want to! People who complain. Which makes me laugh, reading the above list! A day a few years ago included all of the above. It started when I woke up in a funk and kicked off when my dog chewed {Read More}

How to Be the Family the World Notices (In a Good Way)

On a recent business trip there are two families that stand out in my memory. One is a couple who sat down by me at the lunch table at the airport. “Why are you talkin’ to me?” The woman’s voice was nearly shouting as she glared at her husband. “I’m hungry, and you know I don’t like anyone talking to me when I’m hungry.” “Yes, I know.” The husband’s words came out as a sigh, and he slumped into the {Read More}

Best Places to Spread Out a Summer Picnic

There is nothing more romantic than a summer picnic with the man you love. It’s a beautiful outdoor date. Here are four wonderful places to have one! {Hurry, though, you only have a few weeks of summer left! Or use these ideas to plan next summer’s vacation!} Halstatt, Austria I traveled to Halstatt with my husband, John, in 2002. It’s a picturesque village of less than 1,000 people in Austria. Halstatt is known for its salt mines, dating back to prehistoric {Read More}

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