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Kiddie Pool Digest #7: The Great Space Race

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20th, 1969 and then spent two and a half hours making footprints on a surface no foot had ever touched. Not a bad way to spend a summer afternoon. So, on this July 20th, let’s celebrate the innovation and curiosity of the men and women who’ve given us a close up to space, that mysteriously cool world beyond our own. Click the fun fact

5 Tips for Getting Your Kids to Bed in the Heyday of Summer

Remember summer as a teenager? A bowl of Lucky Charms with the windows open at 11 a.m. and lunch and a boom box by the pool in late afternoon. Evening would stretch into tomorrow without a thought. Summer was one long endless day – and it was glorious. Fast forward to summer now as a parent of young kids: breakfast at 6 a.m. (probably still Lucky Charms), parental lifeguarding at the pool for hours, and

I Love Teenagers, Unless They’re at the Park

To quote Pete Seger, “where have all the flowers gone?” Seriously. Where? The more I take my kids to the park, the less we see, well, the park. Let me preface this by saying I love teenagers, but… Click the picture to read how I’ve lost all my cool vibes on Her View From Home. *Linking up with Meg, this sunny summer Monday. It is, of course, perfect park weather. Tell me your best park

Chasing Joy (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #31)

ACTS 2:25-28 David said about him: “I saw the Lord always before me.     Because he is at my right hand,     I will not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;     my body also will rest in hope, 27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,     you will not let your holy one see decay. 28 You have made known to me the paths of life;     you will fill

On Armadillos, Icebergs, and Other Futures I Can’t Predict for My Kids

There are dead armadillos all over Nashville. Their armored bodies litter the roads. Everywhere I look, a tail hangs limply over a curb. It’s the armadillapocalypse. But this is opossum country. Don’t armadillos belong in Texas? Don’t you think they’d be more at home in the scrub brush? The armadillos weirded me out, so I went to the internet…to be more weirded out. Apparently, armadillos are the status quo now here in Tennessee. There are

When Grand Gestures Give Way to the Everyday

I’m 18 and 2,000 feet in the air. The wind gusts have me clinging to the canvas hand-holds like grab bars on the subway, the consequences of letting go much worse than a collision with a sweaty neighbor. Heat waves from each fiery blast into the 55,000 cubic feet of balloon above me force me to turn my face outward. And outward is everything. Rolling hills unfold like cirrocumulus clouds with ripples in the green surface below and

Kiddie Pool Digest #6: Kid Circus

Now that Barnum & Bailey have hung up their hats and all the elephants have gone on to live happier lives doing…whatever elephants do when they’re not balancing on balls and flinging batons, life under the big tent is going to have to come to you. Because everybody needs some popcorn and cotton candy and a ring toss or two in their lives, here’s how to keep the magic of the circus alive and kicking.

10 Women from the 80’s Who Rival Wonder Woman

I missed out on Wonder Woman. Having been born just after Linda Carter’s epic series, I wore the outfit once or twice for Halloween, but otherwise left the die-hard fans to themselves. But I never felt at a loss for female heroes. We had our fair share growing up in the ’80s. This was the era when women first began to knock on that “glass ceiling,” when ThunderCats roamed the land, and Oprah began her

On Being an Adjective Instead of a Noun (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #30)

ROMANS 5:12, 18-19 12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— 18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

10 Games for a Great Special Needs Game Night

I love a good game. To a fault. I love Scrabble and Pictionary and chess and checkers and poker. I will play to the death, which is why I usually have to sit out a round or two while the rest of the family continues. They put me in time out. Games are all about connection—with other people, with abstract ideas, with logical thinking. They can teach with fun what often takes years of skill-building

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