A few years ago, we bought into the Elf on the Shelf craze. We read the book. We gave our elf a name. (Murray Christmas, cute right?) And for the first few days, I enjoyed trolling Pinterest for ideas of how to creatively position this awkward little toy to make my child excited to find it the next morning. That was then. Fast forward three years, and the one thing I dread the most about the holidays is that darn… Read more »

I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing…. that it was all started by a mouse. Walt Disney I do not like mice. Not at all. Nothing (except perhaps a snake) compares to the disgust I have for the rodents. Ironically, my family spends quite a bit of time planning our vacations around a mouse! Yes, I am talking about the one and only Mickey Mouse who celebrates his 87th birthday today! Obviously, Mickey is nothing like… Read more »

He has made everything beautiful in its time… Ecclesiastes 3:11 One of my favorite aspects of traveling is admiring the scenery. While I love beautiful and breathtaking scenery, I am also one who enjoys just passing the trees and fields as we drive along the highway. I love to see nature and admire the amazing, artfully crafted landscapes God has provided us. I try to always take a picture of places that mean something to me, so that I can… Read more »

When you have little children, you never know what may come out of their little mouths. Sometimes it is hilarious, often it is silly, and every once in awhile, when you least expect it and in the worst scenarios, it can be downright embarrassing. My oldest, my son, is pretty matter-of-fact. He says it like it is (which isn’t always what we want to hear!). My daughter is slightly more creative with her words. I never know what will spew… Read more »

Before I had any children, I had my list of “will nots” for our future kids. You know, all of those things we think are the right things, until you actually have children and realize that you knew nothing at all. Oh, if I could go back and tell my pre-child self that I had no clue what parenting would actually be like! One of those things on my “will not” list was that my children would not participate in… Read more »