Your Children Will Take You Places You Never Dreamed You’d 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’t 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…

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 | 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…

Shoutout Saturday-Back Home

It’s Shoutout Saturday! Let me tell you about this very special gem from my collection by @gloriajeanpinkney entitled BACK HOME. _ 👨‍👩‍👦👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👴👵 Living far away from extended family can make it tough to build and maintain bonds that help young children build their identity. _ 🚙👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 This book reminds me of the many road trips my husband…

Want to help your child adjust to a recent move?

🎉👨‍👩‍👧‍👧🎊Host or attend several gatherings with family and friends to announce the move and celebrate this new chapter in your lives. — 🏖🏕🎡 Take the time to visit special places as a family that hold great memories and draw you closer to each other. — ✈️🗺🏫 Visit your new location if possible before you move so that…

Throwback Thursday-Family Matters

📸 Have I got a Throwback Thursday for you all today! _ 🚚 Moving can be really hard on young kids because it can mean long periods of separation from extended family. _ 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 My husband and I come from large families with lots of brothers and sisters and even more cousins, aunts and uncles. We made every…

We ALL Need Great Teachers

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬ This one goes out to all of my brothers and sisters who have taken on…

Shoutout Saturday-Don’t Say A Word, Mama

📣 It’s Shoutout Saturday and I have to tell you about another wonderful book entitled Don’t Say A Word, Mamá (No Digas Nada, Mamá) by Joe Hayes. – 🌶🌽🍅Hayes teams up with illustrator Esau Valencia to tell the story of two sisters who love each other and their mother so much that they overflow their mother’s…

Give The Gift of Learning

🎁🎁🎁To make your holiday season merry and bright, I am offering my Holiday Baby Box and Holiday Big Box to one-time and monthly subscribers at the $100 level and above! – 📕📗📘You will receive my book of the month along with access to advance content and resources. You also have the option to receive my…

Thanksgiving from the #TeamMCESS

🙏🏾 Thanksgiving is a time when we gather with family and friends to give thanks for all we have received throughout the year. – 🥰 This year, I am especially thankful for all of YOU!!! – 🤗 May God bless you today and always! Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours! – 💁🏽‍♀️What are you thankful for today?

How to Build Your Child’s Motor Skills

🙇🏻‍♂️🙇🏾‍♀️🙇🏼‍♂️🙇🏻‍♀️Do you want to build your child’s motor skills? You can do so by inviting your children to help you get your home ready for the holidays! – 🎄Hand your children holiday napkins to fold, or give them decorative pinecones to fill your dining room centerpiece. You can also give them a box of Christmas…