• Living with Children,  Parenting

    25 Ways Joyful Families Operate

    We all long for a joyful life. To be in the company of people who are happy and peaceful is nirvana. We create visions in our heads of what a joyful life looks like then we proceed to Pin everything that meets that perception. A tapestry stitched together with squares of fabric cut from old clothing that your children no longer wear, but you can’t part with. PIN The premiere list of books your children must read by the time they are 10 or they will never succeed in life. PIN Places to see the night sky that are so remote it will take you days to get there, there…

  • Parenting,  Social Changes

    A New Kind of Mother’s Day

    As a child I made and bought my fair share of cards for my mom to celebrate her on Mother’s Day. When I had any money I would buy her something, no matter how small, as a token of my appreciation for the work she did for me. I embraced these ‘holidays’ and felt excited to pitch in with my brothers when I got a little older to buy her something pretty or practical–a decoration for the house, a necklace, a bookcase, a microwave (it was the 80’s and a microwave was a big deal!). Many of those Sundays, I was her faithful companion to church because my brothers and Dad…