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…

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…

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…

Throwback Thursday-Family Matters

馃摳聽Have I got a Throwback Thursday for you all today! _ 馃殮聽Moving can be really hard on young kids because it can mean long periods of separation from extended family. _ 馃懆鈥嶐煈┾嶐煈р嶐煈β燤y husband and I come from large families with lots of brothers and sisters and even more cousins, aunts and uncles. We made every…

Thanksgiving from the #TeamMCESS

馃檹馃従聽Thanksgiving is a time when we gather with family and friends to give thanks for all we have received throughout the year. – 馃グ聽This year, I am especially thankful for all of YOU!!! – 馃聽May God bless you today and always! Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours! – 馃拋馃徑鈥嶁檧锔廤hat are you thankful for today?

Children Must Be Seen And Heard

馃懅馃徏馃懄馃従馃懅馃徎馃馃徑馃懅馃徔馃馃徏馃懅馃徑馃懄馃徎Every child needs to know that they are seen, heard, and important. 鈥 馃暟聽As adults, we must make the effort to give undivided attention to our children. 鈥 馃檱馃徎鈥嶁檪锔忦煓囸煆锯嶁檧锔忦煓囸煆解嶁檪锔廙oments of quality and quantity time impact a child鈥檚 identity, self-esteem, confidence, and behavior towards others. 鈥 馃拋馃徑鈥嶁檧锔徛燱hat are ways that you show your children they are…

Support Your Child’s Learning

In my experience, many fathers desire to be active participants in their children鈥檚 education but don鈥檛 know how to work with them. – When they use my project-based curriculums, they are able to facilitate their early learners鈥 education while having fun doing so! – You can help me equip parents to unlock the genius in…

Strong Foundations

馃寧The world opens up to anyone who can read. – 馃摎This first has to be modeled for children in ways that demonstrate the power of the written word and encourages a love for books at the same time. – 馃拋馃徑鈥嶁檧锔徛燱hat are ways that you build a strong literacy foundation in your family?

Throwback Thursday With My Daughter

馃槉I鈥檓 pulling out another photo from my archives this throwback Thursday, and it is very special to me. _ 馃け馃徑Here I am holding my firstborn child, my daughter and namesake @martacyoungblood! (…I鈥檓 also rocking a pretty sweet afro聽馃榿.) _ 馃グMarta and I now have the privilege of working together, and that is a blessing from…

Literacy Matters

馃寧聽The world opens up to anyone who can read. _ 馃摎聽This first has to be modeled for children in ways that demonstrate the power of the written word and encourages a love for books at the same time. _ 馃拋馃徑鈥嶁檧锔徛燱hat are ways that you build a strong literacy foundation in your family?