Read Your Kids the Book of Nature

Read Your Kids the Book of Nature

When I was nine, my family moved to a seven-acre plot of land. At night, cicadas buzzed and lightening bugs rose simultaneously with a mist from the creek. We ate mulberries from the tree while slapping mosquitos, and I trained tender pale-green pea vines up wire...
Finding God in the Chaos of Summer: Holy Lemonade

Finding God in the Chaos of Summer: Holy Lemonade

My kids love to build lemonade stands. But I hate them. I am really ashamed to admit this because it seems like something a mother should embrace as the joy of summertime. Kids selling lemonade is so small-town sentimental, so community creating. The idea that people...
The Eternal Summer of a Stay-at-Home Mom

The Eternal Summer of a Stay-at-Home Mom

We always knew where her house was because of the huge palm tree in the front yard, which could be seen from blocks and blocks away. Planted when my dad was just a boy, the tree swayed in the ocean breeze and beckoned us inside where a little glass jar of Hershey...
Summer Sabbatical

Summer Sabbatical

Summer is here. The world is screaming it. The trees have leaves, the grass is green, the sun is shining, and my son’s school is ending. The question comes up quite frequently: What are you going to do to keep busy this summer? Almost daily we receive fliers from...
Prevent Teenage Boredom

Prevent Teenage Boredom

What do you do when you hear your teenager say, “I’m bored”? I’ve done everything to survive summers as a mom. When they were little, I took them to a playroom in a cafe while enjoying refillable drinks and air conditioning. Bliss. Or to “rec...

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