As this horrible virus rages across the globe, our emotions race from one extreme to another. They resemble a complicated roller coaster. We sink down to the depths of tremendous fear to rise cautiously to the heights of hope. And the ups and downs in between swirl out of control — frustration, confusion, boredom, criticism, … Read More about The Sadness of Jesus: Thoughts on Holy Week
Hey Friends! Last week I shared with you an informal, un-edited interview with my granddaughter Callie about her experiences of Cousin Camp. She’s 22 and the eldest of my 21 grandchildren. I thought it would be fun to follow up this week with another spontaneous interview with 4 of my other grandchildren about their favorite things at … Read More about My Favorite Things About Cousin Camp (an interview with Susan’s grandchildren)
One of our Cousin Camp traditions that’s developed over the years takes place with the older kids (9 and up) on the outdoor patio after the younger ones are put to bed. We do different things each night–some very silly and some more substantive. John and I feel that one of our jobs as grandparents … Read More about How to Engage in Conversation with the People Around You
My new book is here! And I’m excited to share it with you. It’s called: Cousin Camp, A Grandparent’s Guide to Creating, Fun, Faith, and Memories That Last. For the past 11 years my husband John and I have hosted a “Cousin Camp” for our grandchildren each June. We began with 5 kids from our 3 … Read More about My new book about Cousin Camp is here!
Hey Friends, I know we’ve all been cooped up for a while now, and we have no idea how long this will last. In the midst of all the hard things, we still need to laugh and we still want to plan for better times. My desire is that the following video blog will give … Read More about A Little Chaos and a Lot of Love: Building Lifetime Bonds
As the corona crisis expands life gets harder. Sadness becomes frustration, tempers flare, blame increases and a general grumpiness permeates the atmosphere. What is happening? What can we do? Sadness is normal. It’s okay. A graduation has been canceled, you can’t be with your friends, wedding receptions postponed, a job layoff announced, a friend has … Read More about How to Adapt to Our New Reality with Humility and Faith
#coronavision Schools closing, flights halted, athletic tournaments canceled, movie stars ill, elderly confined, stock markets plunging, parents frightened. Life is not the same and it may not ever be quite the same again. How are we feeling? Scared, fearful, confused. What is over-reacting and what is not taking things seriously enough? What do we do … Read More about How to Cast a Vision for Your Family in Times of Crisis
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve probably heard me talk about Cousin Camp. John and I have been blessed with 21 grandkids (which is crazy and wonderful!). Early on when we had just a handful of grands, we started an annual tradition of hosting Cousin Camp every summer, with the goal of … Read More about What You Need to Know About Cousin Camp