Traveling with an Anxious Child

We all know that social media can be deceiving.  It shows polished photos and smiling faces, and not the 104 out-takes that consisted of tears, hair pulling, and blinking eyes to get that shot.  Or maybe that’s just us.  I didn’t create this space solely to encourage people to travel but to also make the…

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Raising Big Pictured Kids

One of the reasons we like to travel locally and globally is to expand our kids’ viewfinder.  It seems easier, at times, to do this when we are traveling.  Taking them to environments and cultures that are different from theirs naturally expands their awareness. When I walked the trash covered streets in Haiti and saw…

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Why Homeschooling Works for Us

I get asked all the time why we homeschool.  But before I attempt to answer that question let me clarify what this post is not.  It is not a post written to sway people into homeschooling.  I am not against the school system, quite the opposite actually.  I come from a long line of educators.  My…

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Learning to Live in the In-Between

I’m such a better mom on vacation.  I slow down, I don’t sweat the small stuff, I notice beauty in the details, I rarely yell, and I have lower expectations.When I’m traveling I’m more laid back, I laugh harder, I watch my kids when they sleep, I play more.  I spend my time relishing in the…

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Surprise Weekend At Universal Studios

The promotion to big brother is kinda like exercising for the first time in a while.  It sounds like a good idea until you can’t get out of bed the next day.   The promotion to big brother of twins is really more like a demotion if you think about it.  There’s 2x the crying, 2x…

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The Names Of God Advent Calendar (Free PDF Download)

I call my daughter “Little-Bit.”  That right there should tell you something about her.  She’s a tiny little thing.   She’s almost two and is 25 pounds soaking wet.  My brother earned the word “Esquire” after his name.  That title could lead you to know more about my brother.  He worked hard to become a lawyer,…

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The Non-Toy Holiday Gift Guide (for all ages)

First off let me say I love toys.  My house is bursting with toys.  I’m not against toys.    I love watching my children explore the world of play.  That being said,  I also want my kids to know that there is more to gift giving than just toys.  Time spent and experiences have value too! …

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5 Things I Learned From Having Twins

Life’s full of surprises.  Finding out you are having twins- that’s certainly one of them.  You can read all the books and you can plan and plan and then plan some more but when D-day comes its trial by fire; it is sink or swim.  I suppose all roads into motherhood are like that.  And…

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Hiking with Babies and Toddlers

Cam was 4 years old when we visited Yosemite National Park in California, which needs to be on everybody’s bucket list by the way.  This particular hike was a 2-mile hike to the top of a waterfall. As a novice hiker, it wasn’t until about halfway in, that my burning thighs helped me to realize going…

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