Confessions of a Christmas Fraud

I am a Christmas fraud and I don’t know how to tell my children....more

5 Ways To Deepen Your Kids' Christmas

Do you get frustrated with your kids over focus on stuff at Christmas? Having children deeply affected how I think about Christmas. During my son’s first Christmas, I realized that he was going to get a lot of stuff. He was the first grandkid on both sides and adored by so many aunts and uncles. So “lots of stuff” was just a holiday fact. So if I wasn't going to control how much stuff he got, I wanted to spend more time shaping his view of Christmas. I wanted him to enjoy Christmas not just presents. I wanted him to have a deeper view of what we were celebrating. ...more
It's not easy to simplify in our culture and I applaud your intention. This year the Advent ...more

The Wizard of Loneliness

I have a new book available, The Wizard of Loneliness. It is a deeply personal and indepth look at the humble beginnings of my spiritual journey. It is my gift to you for the holidays....more

Day 27 NaBloPoMo; I don't shop on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an American Holiday.  It is about the only holiday that includes everyone.  EVERYONE.   Thanksgiving calls for unity in taking one day to be thankful.  There is no exception.  There is no, "It's not fair."  Thanksgiving isn't, "just for those people and not me."  ...more

Thanksgiving Throwback Thursday

On Tuesday, hubby and the eldest went down to Massachusetts to pick up my mother for a week long, Thanksgiving visit. Yesterday, we all stayed at home and watched the Nor'easter turn our yard into a winter wonderland. Just after dinner, the power went out. Shortly after, our landlords started the generator, so our heat, lights, and refrigerator all worked. Slight downside - our stove (since the power is 220, not 110) isn't on the generator....more

NaBloPoMo Day 27 - WHERE DO I SEE MY BLOG IN 1 YEAR AND 5 YEARS

Today is day 27 of the NaBloPoMo November challenge and it is also Thanksgiving Day here in the United States.  Much of my day will be spent in the kitchen preparing our Thanksgiving Feast.Today I am thankful for:1) My husband who is willing to help in the kitchen2) All of the good food we are going to eat.3)  All of the wonderful new friends and ideas I have found on the web and on Facebook....more

Leaving and Going and Staying and Adventuring

There´s the classic kind of expat, the one that gets sent to work overseas and takes the family tagging along. These families sometimes live in one country that isn´t their own and sometimes they are constantly moving from one country to the other. Then there´s the retired expat that moves away once they feel it´s time to leave the place they lived and worked for most of their entire adult life. There are the traveling families that never stay in one spot and live off the actual travel (my favorite)....more

#NaBloPoMo - Tasty Tuesday - November 25, 2014

Today I want to share with you our dinner from last night. I'm made homemade chicken soup.  I began by boiling about 12 chicken tenders in water with 3 chicken bouillon cubes.  While that was cooking, my oldest son began boiling water to cook the Amish Noodles in that we had bought at Sam's Club.  My family loves almost any type of noodles....more

NaBloPoMo Day 20 Thankful Thursdays

Today is day 20 of the NaBloPoMo challenge. Today I am thankful for the 20 posts I have written this month - including this one.I am thankful to be able to participate in the "Before Amen" Online Bible Study through Proverbs 31 Ministries.I am thankful for the new homeschooling law that just passed in Pennsylvania.I am thankful to have spent the last 4 days with my husband.I am thankful for children that love each other and take care of each other....more

Saturday Cooking

Today is all about cooking.  I spent the majority of my evening in the kitchen cooking.  I was preparing dinner for today plus dinner for one night this week.  For tonight I fixed steak tacos with the help of my family.  We took steak and thinly sliced it and seasoned it with Mexican spices that we browned.  Then we served it with pinto beans that had mexicn seasonings along with rice, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and guacamole. Here are some pictures of our meals....more