Holiday Prep and Cheer

December has been a whirlwind of activity, though I don't think we experience the busy-ness that many families experience. We don't spend a lot of time with extended family. Relatives either live too far away; or they have their own lives, commitments and interests; or both. The adults in my family don't exchange presents either. But we still … Continue reading Holiday Prep and Cheer

What is a True Friend?

Playing a story starter game at our homeschool Valentine's party. Note: This column was reprinted in the Barrow Journal on February 10, 2016. It was first published in February 2013. But we had another Valentine's party with our same friends this year as you can see in the photo above. On Valentine's Day I will take … Continue reading What is a True Friend?

Counting My Blessings at Christmastime

Artwork I commissioned my six-year-old to do. "A T-Rex eating a Christmas tree." Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on December 23, 2015. As I write this, my nine-year-old is completing the last class of his homeschool chemical engineering class, and there are many blessings in that. 1) He enjoyed the class and learned … Continue reading Counting My Blessings at Christmastime