Road Trip of a Lifetime!

PICTURES: Road Trip book Sometimes, when life gets busy and we’re all going different directions…I actually MISS being in close quarters with my little family of four the way we were for a month this summer – in Dustin’s Toyota Camry, sharing a motel room, sharing every meal together, sharing every mood swing and every laugh, every […]

Silent Night in Sign Language

I first learned this signing from one of my conducting professors at Meadows (SMU) when I was getting my Masters in Sacred Music. Tim Seelig was the conductor of the Turtle Creek Chorale for many years, and the singing and signing of “Silent Night” has been a favorite of their annual holiday concert. I have […]

Valentine’s Story-Time!

MONDAY, Feb. 1st, 4:00-5:00 pm at Highlands Christian Church Come dance and sing, snack and snuggle, craft and CONNECT, play outside and imagine with your little valentines! Go home with “100 Ways to Love Your Child” AND a Family Valentine CD! Suggested Tip, $10/ family

Christmas Story-Time with Mommy Manders!

Holiday Family Story-Time in Lake Highlands Monday, Dec. 7th, 4:00-5:00pm Highlands Christian Church, 9949 McCree Road Come join the Christmas fun! Cookies, carols, cozy Christmas books, and much more! Great for the whole family – all ages welcome. After our activities, enjoy some fellowship and “reindeer games” on the playground Go home with some great […]

Fresh Air and Fresh Perspectives at Montreat: Little Cabin in the Woods

(Written on Monday, July 6, 2015)…I am outside working in the MIDDLE of the day! I’m enjoying a summer escape to the peaceful Smokey Mountain village of Montreat, North Carolina where cool fresh air is the norm, and a morning mist or evening rain shower keeps everything lush and green. The sound of the creeks flowing […]

Earth Day and Beyond: 10 Ideas for Re-connecting with your Family and Nature

Re-Connecting with Nature and with Your Family Talking Points and Family Ritual Ideas for Earth Day or any day: Write a “Thank-You” Note to “Mother Earth”, get your whole family involved, and find out what everyone appreciates most about nature. A rainy day? The smell of honeysuckle? The sound of the wind? see mine, which was […]

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! 😉 The good news is that they are at […]

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 […]

Summer Memories: TAOS Time…

“We must hurry! We have so much time and so little to do!” (Willy Wonka to Charlie in The Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl…we enjoyed listening to this on audio book on the road.) Last week, after a busy summer of work and camp, we took a vacation to the beautiful Taos Ski Valley in New […]

MO’ Freedom, Less Mommy!

(This weekend, we are headed with my parents down to the hill country of Texas to our home away from home, Mo-Ranch. Every summer families from our church, First Presbyterian Dallas, gather to relax and play there on retreat, and I’ve gone every year of my life except when I was on my honeymoon! Here is […]