Keeping Your Husband First During the Busy Years

Candlelight dinners for just two We felt eyes watching us as we ate by candlelight in front of the living room fireplace. It was late when Dave got home and we had sent the kids to their rooms. One by one, they meandered into the dining room, trying to watch us unobtrusively. They knew they […]

Re-emptying My Pockets

A Pockets Sort of Day It had been a dreary autumn day. The rain had fallen continually and its dampness had permeated not only my body but also my soul. As we sat down to eat supper that evening, the kids seemed oblivious to my mood as they talked about their day and the fun […]

Appetizer Tortilla Roll-ups

I came across this recipe for Appetizer Tortilla Roll-ups so long ago that I can’t remember where I first found it. In the meantime, I’ve adapted and made some changes to the original recipe. I’ve served these appetizer tortilla roll-ups at home, at sled-riding parties, teas, refreshments after an event, and other special occasions. They […]

Claiming Our Family Tree

The roots of my family tree go deep. Its branches are gnarled with varying widths and lengths. There has been grafting which has added uniqueness. There has been drought and heat, which has diminished its strength and reach. But it’s my family, and it’s my tree.  This article was published previously, and there is more […]

Creative Play for the Bored Child

Bored! When there’s nothing to do Having fun in play or being bored and complaining that “there’s nothing to do” is really a mindset. Many parents have taught their kids that it’s the parent’s job to make sure their children are happy and have things to do. Children have been taught that they deserve to […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Delight (No-Bake)

  This pumpkin cheesecake delight truly is a delight – because it is easy and it is delicious. I mixed it up one evening and little Miss, who visits sometimes, could not wait to lick those beaters! She hung around the kitchen waiting and waiting. The next day, I served it to guests. My eighty-year-old neighbor asked […]

Fragrant Whiffs of Joy – A Book Review and Giveaway

Fragrant Whiffs of Joy by Dorcas Smucker.  It’s book giveaway! I have a friend who purchases brand new books to give as gifts. She reads the books first, being careful to open the pages only slightly so the reader will never know that the brand-new book she is given is not “brand new”.  I suppose I […]

From “Addled” to Inventor

Thomas Edison was the youngest of a large family. A hearing problem and a disconnect with his attention span (“prone to distraction”) made it difficult for him to learn. Or perhaps, it would be correct to say that it was difficult for a teacher to teach him. At any rate, his school teacher labeled him […]

How to Make Homemade Applesauce

The Apples for the Applesauce You can choose the kind of apples you use to make your own homemade applesauce. The choices are as many as the opinions on which type is the best. I’ve used yellow delicious and golden delicious, which work well. I’ve used Grimes Golden and I’ve used Mutsi Crispin. Summer Rambo […]

Four Ways to Channel Creative Play in Our Kids

The Thing About a Child’s Play I’m not a psychologist or a counselor, not a caseworker or a therapist, but I’ve learned a few things about raising kids. The reason could be that I’ve raised six of my own. It could be that I’ve babysat multiple nieces and nephews, or it could be that I spent […]