Pack a College Survival Kit!

In 1995, I spent a semester at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. I left Alaska, the state I was born and raised in for Hawaii. I traded frozen nose hairs and permafrost for sun and surf. The University of Hawaii had an excellent Linguistics program at the time and a tuition exchange with Alaska. I was able to attend the University of Hawaii at the resident rate; which happened to be cheaper than the university I was attending in Alaska. It was win-win...especially when you realize I dragged my brand new husband along with me!...more

OneUnited Mural Project Preview

Teens get a bad rap these days. It seems impossible to hear of any good their doing for all the wrong that's being done....more

Lies we homeschool moms tell ourselves

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A Commitment Etched In Stone

The other day as I dusted the desk of one of my children, I found something that made me pause, made me think. Raised a lump in my throat. It didn't look like much, just a small, smooth stone with some writing on it, in pencil.But the message startled me. It said, "I will never stop trying."...more
@dusty_parachute Thank you - you COULD have a stone like this. All you need is a pencil :)more

The Princess Fights For Her Life

I was a late bloomer , actually very late. I was very introverted in my early teens and read an entire new book every day. I also came down with a life threatening illness that affected my right side of face to the point I just avoided mirrors from 12-15yrs of age....more

Lost Faith in the Future? Spend a Day in High School

Five minutes of watching the news and you will wonder how the world, how mankind, and all of humanity is going to survive. We are told our young people are all into crime, gang violence, are depressed,  or addicted to prescription drugs or the internet.  They are spoiled, coddled, and have no work ethic....more

Beginnings and ends

6:15 came too soon this morning. I was having some odd dream involving packing my kids' lunches with frozen ravens when the alarm went off, and my stomach rolled as soon as I remembered what day it was....more

5 Reasons to Send Your Teen to Teen MIssions

We’ve somehow established a very strong precedent of sending our teens on a Teen Missions team the summer they are fifteen. This wasn’t intentional and fifteen isn’t some magical age in our house. It happened the be the age we felt Adalia was mature enough to spend her summer away from us in 2011. Then Judah went in 2012 at age 15 and now Judah and Tilly are both going (tomorrow!) in 2014.Chuck and I intend to send every one of our teens on a Teen Missions team at some point and here’s why:Five Reasons to Send Your Kids on a Teen Missions Team....more

Tips for Styling a Teen Room

The teen years have arrived, and her pale yellow walls just aren’t cutting it, Mom! These are the years of school dances, after school clubs, and dishing about boys study sessions with the girls.  It’s time to give her a space that will encourage creativity, inspire her passions, and help her transition to the adult world; are you ready?Choosing Color...more

The Audition

Over 30 years ago I signed up to audition for our community production of The Sound of Music....more