Recently I posted a blog about being a mother–in-law (click here to read). It generated a lot of response, so I decided to probe a little deeper and sent a questionnaire to a number of friends, both mothers and daughters. I was after honesty and I got it! I asked 2 questions and received a … Read More about Mothers-in-Law and Daughters-in-Law: Women Share Their Hearts
I am so done with sheltering in place. I miss my friends. I’m tired of Zoom. I’m bored even though I have lots to do. I get crabby with my husband. And I don’t like me. I imagine you feel the same way . . . Especially if you have toddlers. You are going crazy being cooped up, … Read More about My Mother’s Day Gift to You: Help & Hope!
The worldwide crisis we’re facing right now has been referred to as an enemy — and this is true. An unwelcome enemy who is playing havoc with our world, our families, our jobs, and those we love. It’s a tough, tough time. We’re praying and hoping it will soon dissipate, that a cure will be … Read More about Our Enemy: Be Alert and Know How to Respond
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