From Earth’s Bounty: Cherries

The month of July makes me yearn for home. Not because the weather is any more pleasant during July in Michigan than it is here in Pennsylvania, but because it is cherry season! Normally our local produce section offers only sweet cherries from Washington State and no...

Making Mistakes

We can all make a pretty good list of our bad habits. For the most part, we can easily rid ourselves of those bad habits and not have it be a part of our lives if we choose to. But what about those habits that seem to be more difficult to overcome? For example-...

Funnest Thing

When my children were little we had a goal to have regular outings with just the older two.  To let the focus be on them, we would leave our Down syndrome son with a sitter.  On one of the earliest of these they spent the whole time seemingly at each other’s throats....

Christ Will Heal You

I am not a psychiatrist. My training didn’t come in the form of psychology, treating emotional disorders or learning to deal with and overcome mental health challenges. But my education arose to my surprise by experience, seeming hopelessness, and anguish as a...

Autism Gives You Super Powers

I've been on an adventure in Autism land for 6 months now. Well, 7 years really. But the last 6 months we have known what path we've been traveling.  And I have to say I've learned some surprising things. I'd like to start today by debunking some Autism myths. First,...

Family Movie Night: A Goofy Movie

There aren’t that many movies about a father and a son working on their relationship. Finding Nemo is really the only one for a kid I can think of outside of today’s pick and that’s a real shame. Boys need stories that teach them about their Dads and help them to...

What I Learned from a Port-a-Potty Prank

The line of girls and leaders waiting to use the Port-a-Potties wrapped up the road.  Five port-a-potties were available, why was the line so long? Shanna Davis walked confidently past the really long line, heading towards a port-a-potty. “Wait!” shouted one of the...

The Baby Hungry Beginning

When Alex and I finally got married, we decided we wanted to wait a year before even thinking about having a child. That lasted a few weeks! A New Possibility The idea of having a baby plagued my mind constantly after we got married. I thought about how cute a baby...

Some Re-Wiring Required

The neuro-plasticity of our minds is amazing! We literally change the physiological make-up of our brains every time we make a decision about anything. Some science: “Within our brains are billions upon billions of neurons, interconnected in every which way to form a...

The Human/ Animal Connection

There’s an old adage that says: “If you put a cat and a bunch of bones in the same room, the bones will heal.” While that obviously can’t happen, there is a lot to be said for the therapeutic power of a cat’s purr.                                        One of my...

Noah’s Ark for Nursery- a month of lessons

This article was previously published on latterdaysaintwoman.com When I started doing sharing time for my LDS nursery, I did a different part of the theme each week. I soon found the children just wanted me to repeat the same lesson each week for the entire month...

Growing Old, a Perspective

This is one of those posts for those who are either noticing they are growing older, or they are dealing with those who have grown older. Aging carries with it a certain amount of jitters. We have all been born. We have all been young. We have all experienced a...

Family Movie Night: Matilda

Roald Dahl’s novels are beloved by children across the world but they present a lot of challenges when being adapted to the big screen. It’s one thing to read his darker sensibilities but another to see them and make it still palatable for little children. The best...

It takes a Family

VACATION!  I love vacation!  Stepping away from the demands of life to just enjoy being together as a family! This year we chose to do a BIG vacation because it is our last year with our son before he leaves to serve a two year mission for our church. We chose a...

Consequences as Obvious as Orange Hands

While visiting Luxor, Egypt, our Airbnb host, Ghamoury, invited my sister Destinee and I to a wedding party. We excitedly accepted the unexpected cultural opportunity. He drove us down a narrow dirt road parallel to a canal fed by the Nile River. We arrived after the...

Success Without a Dream

Lost in a sea of consuming interests, I’ve had great difficulty selecting a dream.  If success depends on deciding on a dream, then taking that dream down into goals and the goals step by step into reality, then I am doomed because I can’t choose just one.  I wondered...

YOU are His Hands

Springtime is often full of wonderful occasions with loved ones. I was thinking about those traveling to family gatherings and hoping all arrive safely. As I was considering these circumstances and the people involved, I got to thinking how fortunate I am to have my...

Living in A Bubble

I think it is safe to say that we, (me included) live in a bubble. Most Christians including members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and other religious people do. The bubble I’m referring to is the life we have built for ourselves:...

Family Movie Night: High School Musical

Lately at the movies the golden ticket has become the family film. Every studio is trying to make movies that appeal to as many demographics as possible. This makes sense because it gives them a maximum number of people that can buy tickets to movies. However, the...

The Inn Keeper

For almost a year, I have been committed to living as the parable of the Good Samaritan teaches. Each week, I am surprised at yet another lesson that these seven verses (Luke 10:30-37) have ready for me. Each week, as I try to live these verses, I am humbled and...

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