Your Children Will Take You Places You Never Dreamed You鈥檇 Go

My father used to say this to us years ago and weight of his words revisited me this past week as I toured northern Italy with my children and grandchildren. For those of you who tuned in last week, I shared my first impressions of arriving in Venice, the floating city. I was awestruck. I…

Dr. Marta and the Italian Holiday

Hi Family! Thought I’d check in with you and share a few special moments from our Italian holiday. Today we made it to Venice and it is truly amazing!

Making Christmas Count – Part 3

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 It didn鈥檛 work out for my husband and I to spend Christmas this year with our kids and their families. But one of the great things about being retired is that we can come and go as we please (and as our budget allows). So we spent a…

Don鈥檛 Throw Out Those Christmas Boxes Just Yet!

馃Ч 馃Щ 馃Ъ Have you started cleaning up from the post-Christmas present apocalypse? _ 馃毃HOLD ON!馃毃 _ 馃摝 馃巵 Don鈥檛 throw out that box! And hang on to those empty cardboard rolls from your Christmas wrapping paper. These items and more are the stuff great play times were made of. _ 馃 鉁堬笍 馃殌馃彫 You鈥檝e…

Making Christmas Count – Part 2

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 The Great Christmas Tree Hunt 馃殭 馃馃従 It all began with my Dad and a trip to my grandparents property which held a fairly good number of pine trees. We only had real trees for Christmas so the scent of that pine is firmly planted in my…

Making Christmas Count – Part 1

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 馃懇馃従馃懆馃従鈥嶐煢别煈煆解嶐煢别煣掟煆筐煈ю煆金煈煆金煣旔煆攫煣戰煆攫煈煆綢 come from a family of nine kids. Yes, that鈥檚 right. There were nine of us. Six girls and three boys. 馃さ馃従馃懇馃徑鈥嶐煉拣煓忦煆 I don鈥檛 know how my parents did it but with faith in God, hard work and lots of prayer we all made it out of…

Lost and Found

Anyone who has ever been through a move knows there’s always at least one thing that goes missing from one place to another. It doesn’t matter how carefully you label your moving boxes or how much time you put into packing every crevice of your U-Haul, something is going to get lost. _ It’s fortunate…

Family Stories and Traditions

When I think of family stories and traditions one of my fondest memories is that of my mother-in-love and her afghans. She made some of the most beautiful blankets you’ve ever seen. She made one for both of our children when they were first born. She even made one for me and my husband early…

Are My Career Moves Hurting My Kids – Part 3

PART 1聽| PART 2 | PART 3 In my final post for this mini-series I’d like to encourage those of you who are helping your children make the transition to a new environment to be sure to find or build community in a very intentional way. I will always appreciate the warmth, fellowship and love…

Wisdom

鈥淔or the Lord gives wisdom.鈥 Proverbs 2:6 _ We live in a world where we are faced with tough decisions. I am thankful that in those times I have my faith to lean on. I have learned in my life to pray for discernment to help me do what I feel is the right course…

Shoutout Saturday-Back Home

It鈥檚 Shoutout Saturday! Let me tell you about this very special gem from my collection by @gloriajeanpinkney entitled BACK HOME. _ 馃懆鈥嶐煈┾嶐煈︷煈ㄢ嶐煈┾嶐煈р嶐煈︷煈答煈德燣iving far away from extended family can make it tough to build and maintain bonds that help young children build their identity. _ 馃殭馃懆鈥嶐煈┾嶐煈р嶐煈β燭his book reminds me of the many road trips my husband…

Want to help your child adjust to a recent move?

馃帀馃懆鈥嶐煈┾嶐煈р嶐煈ю煄奌ost or attend several gatherings with family and friends to announce the move and celebrate this new chapter in your lives. 鈥 馃彇馃彆馃帯聽Take the time to visit special places as a family that hold great memories and draw you closer to each other. 鈥 鉁堬笍馃椇馃彨聽Visit your new location if possible before you move so that…