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…

Making Christmas Count – Part 2

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 The Great Christmas Tree Hunt 🚙 🧔🏾 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…

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 | 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

“For the Lord gives wisdom.” 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’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…