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
Sometimes life hurts. In fact it stinks. It’s oh-so-painful. A family member has just been killed by a driver who ran a red light; a child is in ICU; your best friends have decided to divorce; a prodigal is out of touch; a job is lost; or your life’s dreams never materialized. It all seems … Read More about Where is God When Life Hurts?
This week I’m blogging over at Club31Women about how life gets a bit crazy after you have kids — and in the midst of that craziness, how to keep your perspective and manage your priorities. Here’s a snippet: How has life changed since having kids? A friend recently asked me, “How can I stay up … Read More about How to Embrace the Craziness That Comes With Having Kids