Let It Snow! 4 Indoor Activities with Homemade Snow

As a kid, I loved the snow—the wet magic of it that made the world brighter and cleaner and got me out of school. When you finally trudged in, it made hot chocolate that much sweeter and the house that much warmer and the snowman in the front yard that much more awesome when everything else melted and still he remained, a stoic companion. But as a parent, my view of snow gets more complicated.

How to Be a Traveler, Not a Tour Guide. (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #62).

ROMANS 1: 14-15 I am obligated both to the Greeks and non-Greeks, both the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. The one thing being both a child and a teacher has taught me is how to be a lifelong learner. As a kid everything is new. It’s why you ask so many questions. Why does the moon look like

This is Not a Love Story

 February 14, 2012. We’ve been through so much by this time that I’ve grown outwardly unresponsive to calamity. To an observer, we are just a happily married couple on their way to parenthood. Our faces flicker gently in the candlelight. This is the Valentine’s Day I will always remember as the before part of the “before and after”. Click the picture below to read the full story on Scary Mommy.

We’re All Weathering This Flu Season Together

It is 3:37 a.m. and I am holding my five-year-old in my lap in the dark of the living room. He is shirtless and shaking. His birdwing shoulder blades rub together when he signs “more” to my tuneless song. It is Paul Simon, “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes,” in the off key of half sleep. But it makes him smile, which is all I need at the moment to keep me from dialing

Move It Along. (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #61)

GENESIS 8:22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” I’ve been tired lately. The kind of tired that makes you feel like you’re moving under water. I feel like Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate.” I’m at the bottom of the pool. Above me, people are living life and being productive, but man, the inertia’s a killer and I just can’t summon

11 Lovely Children’s Books on Love

Valentine’s Day is truly the perfect kid holiday. You’re not old enough to be jaded by the “most romantic day of the year” and you get piles of candy and actual mail. It’s cold out but you don’t care because you’re all sugared up and shuffling through candy like a blackjack dealer. Consider these 11 lovely books on love the nightcap to your Valentine’s Day. Snoring Beauty by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen Fractured fairytales are the best.

How My Son Found His Voice With Conversation Hearts

Something about those candy hearts made language accessible for him in a way that flashcards and his fancy speaking device never could. With the hearts under his hands, he made yellow and green and pink and blue messages that the world could understand. This is why Valentine’s Day will always be sacred to us. This is why I’m sharing my story on Scary Mommy. Click the picture below to read.

Turn Up the Volume. (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #60)

HEBREWS 4:12 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. There is a scene in the film, The Usual Suspects, which, so as not to spoil the whole thing, I will only describe as an epically clever con man film. In this scene, the main character is being interrogated by a detective

It’s the Chocolate Apocalypse. If You Need Me, I’ll Be in the Candy Aisle.

I just read an article on why chocolate is good for me. Correction. I just read another article on why chocolate is good for me. Because you don’t have to try very hard to find commentary on chocolate’s antioxidant powers and its ability to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and improve memory and stave off cancer and all the other countless things that make chocolate a serious superfood. Google will always offer up articles with