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Birthday Letter #8: Michael James!

So, this letter is a little late, but at least we’re still in the same month… If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that this is one of my favorite birthday “rituals” for my children…to write them a letter each year about the way they’ve been growing and changing. It is […]

April FOOLS! for Kids: 10 Fun and Easy Tricks

I used to be able to make my kids laugh VERY easily…as babies, all I had to do was make a silly face or sound. But now that they are getting older, my silliness can elicit rolled eyes and sighs, though they can’t hide their smiles! ūüėČ The good news is that they are at […]

“Loving-Kindness” Meditation for you and your children…

NorthPark Presbyterian Church¬†(where I am the Director of Children and Families)¬†has been doing a blog series on other religions, and I wrote about this Buddhist Blessing that I learned in yoga. It is a wonderful meditation, and like any good ritual in spiritual practice, can really help reframe any reality in a divine way. It’s […]

Full of Thanks and Giving! 10 Thanksgiving Ideas for your family from mine…

I am snuggled with my Ellie girl on the couch under a blanket this lazy Wednesday morning, enjoying a few days off from work and school. Feeling so thankful for a healthy, loving family, for a wonderful job that allows me to use my gifts and share lots of love, for the opportunities I’m given […]

Baby Sign: My Top 10 Signing Stories, FREE Inspiration and Resources for YOU!

MJ signing “wind” as he’s feeling it, at the Arboretum, March 2008 more “wind” at The Lakes, April 2008 “up” with the Easter egg… ¬† signing “dirty” while he plays in the dirt! signing “bubbles” while he’s playing with them signing “cook” while he helps Daddy in the kitchen signing “water” signing “cracker” signing “eat” […]

Birthday Interview #5: Ellie!

Ellie and I¬†recently rode our bikes to Tukta Thai for dinner together. I “interviewed” Ellie¬†about turning 5. I also got a few answers at one of our “Mommy and Me” morning dates to White Rock Coffee. Here are some of her¬†answers: Favorite thing to do with Brother: play legos and Minecrarft Favorite thing to do […]

Happy 5th Birthday, Ellie Girl!

What a Cutie-Pie! On May 18th,¬†¬†my baby girl turned 5 years old! What a blessing to have healthy, happy, growing children. For me, a birthday is always a reason to stop and reflect, to pause and give thanks. One of my “intentional giving” rituals is writing a birthday letter to my children each year. Here […]

Happy May Day: Fun and Simple Ideas from my Family and Classroom to Yours!

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old time is still a-flying… This morning, I greeted the children at school with my May Pole, wearing a flower “princess” crown! May Day is not commonly celebrated in the US, but kids love it, and they enjoy hearing about the traditions of other children around the world. My […]

Picnics, Playdates, Poems, and other “Good SPRING Things”

(written April 27th, before the business began…) It’s a lovely overcast, cool Sunday morning, and I’m enjoying some coffee and bird songs on the back patio, surrounded by the beautiful fresh green of spring before the Texas summer heat sets in. The kids will be home soon after spending the night at the grandparents, and […]

MJ Birthday Letter #7

This letter continues a special birthday ritual I began when MJ was a baby of writing letters to my children as an intentional gift of love. Read previous letters:¬†Letter #6,¬†Birthday Letter #5,¬†Birthday Letter #4,¬†Birthday Letter #3,¬†Birthday Letter #2,¬†Birthday Letter #1,¬†Letter to new Baby MJ (I started this letter on Sunday after sitting in church with […]