Coloring Our Kids’ Imaginations

These artists’ biographies beautifully blend story, art history, and art appreciation. Read more about them in my latest article at Story Warren!

Chemistry and Color Wheels: Homeschool Day-in-the-Life, Year Six!

We started homeschooling because we felt convicted by Deut. 6:6-7 to infuse God’s word into our kids’ days. . . and because traditional school was a bad fit for my asynchronous learners. We’ve continued it, because homeschooling has provided us with a lifestyle of togetherness too precious to pass up. Daily the Lord has humbled…

Taking Stories Outside

Taking Stories Outside Good morning dear friends. I apologize for my long silence — the past six months have been crazy, chock full of hard times, but also abounding in blessings. I’m now contributing monthly to Story Warren. For those not familiar, it’s a site started a decade ago by S.D. Smith (of Green Ember…

Between Life and Death Featured on Focus on the Family Broadcast

I was privileged to have a conversation with Jim Daly and John Fuller from Focus on the Family about the challenges of end-of-life decisions from a Christian perspective. The broadcast is a two-part series that will air October 26th and 27th. To listen, you can follow these links: Part 1 – October 26th Part 2…

When Through Fiery Trials

Last night, Pip and Bean’s godmother took them to the Zoolights Exhibit in Boston. For most families, this is a typical kid experience that might elicit a few smiles and fun selfies. For ours, it’s a reason to lift our voices in praise. Three years ago, when our sweet guy was in the throes of…

The Dragon and the Stone: Book 1 of the Dream Keeper Saga

Writing any book is a joy and a privilege, but as a mom who’s witnessed the power of a good story to enliven kids’ imaginations, this one is close to my heart. I starting writing when COVID struck, at a time when I felt desperate to cling to glimmers of hope — to a story…

The Dream Keeper Saga: Coming in 2022!

I love reading my kids stories that point to Christ. I don’t mean overtly-moralistic picture books, or cartoon versions of the Bible (although they can have a role at the family table, too). I mean rich, beautiful, epic stories that carry us through arcs of redemption and hope. I mean Frodo bearing the ring for…

Summer “School”?

When June hits and I mention that we homeschool year-round, some people look at me as if I’m the Soup Nazi. I can just imagine the thoughts turning in their heads. While other kids are hunting for shells at the beach and licking watermelon juice from their fingers, mine, they assume, slave over times tables…

His Grace Is Sufficient. Even When I’m Not.

**Quick announcement: The Kindle version of Between Life and Death will be discounted on Amazon from June 10th to 16th! Okay, now onto the post.** I’ve been struggling with thoughts that I’m a failure. Such ruminations aren’t new. For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with a (false) belief that I am unlovable…

Trauma, Pain, and Loss: A Story of Faith and Healing

Illness and healthcare confront us with some of the most shattering life circumstances: death, grief, loss, fear, and pain, all of them forces that threaten our faith. And yet, God is present throughout, pouring out His grace in ways we might not readily discern in the daily frenzy of hospital work. I was delighted to…