Life around home

We started it as an energy-burning game for my hyperactive second-born son. Run up the flight of eighteen stairs… Tag the wall… Run back down… And tag the couch… Four times. Now see how fast you can do it. Motion? Speed? Noise? Ticking timer? Oh my. He loved it. And then his brother had to […]

May 2, 2016

Stoplight system for the road

Life around home, Out and about

Speaking of children… Probably yours are always well-behaved. Probably yours never squabble over dinner, or while doing chores, or (my personal favorite) in the backseat of the van on the way to church? Probably you just say “Love one another, dears” and they drop their quarrels? I thought so. But mine are human, and riding […]

January 28, 2015

Seven homemade gifts for Christmas


Oh me, oh my! Our homemade gift exchange brought out some delightful creativity in the family. We had homemade log cabins and furnished doll houses for little girls, wood-framed Lego baseplates for boys, gift baskets of treats, personalized T-shirts, denim blankets, wooden shelves, pretty scarves, knitted slippers, and more… Here are a few our little […]

November 15, 2014