Very Veggie Bedtime Prayers

The VeggieTales characters will always bring back good memories to me of when my girls were little. They watched many videos of the singing vegetables, and we read many books about them together. I like knowing that the friendly vegetables are still out there, teaching another generation of kids to be kind and to love […]

Menu Plan Monday 1/22/2018

A week ago, I was on vacation in Florida (as you can see, I couldn’t resist one more photo — It’s a Small World). Now, I’m back and in the midst of a bunch of stuff. Piano kids are back. And, this coming Saturday I’m accompanying 13 students on their instrumental solos at ISSMA (Indiana […]

A Winter Week in Florida

How about a little news from my (almost) week spent in Florida? Fortunately, I got a window seat on the plane. Unfortunately, this was the view for almost the entire journey: clouds. When we did finally descend though, it was so nice to see all the green. Coincidentally, upon return, when we broke beneath the […]

Blessed Are the Misfits

Have you ever felt like a misfit at church? I know — church is the last place we should feel like we don’t belong. And just speaking for myself, I grew up at church. I was there pretty much every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. Even at that, there are times though that […]

The Snow Child

If you’re looking for a good winter read — or just a good read, period — The Snow Child is a great choice. This book is about Jack and Mabel, who move to the far north of Alaska in the early 1900s. They want to live a homesteading, pioneering style of life, since the typical […]

Menu Plan Monday 1/8/2018

Hello friends! I hope 2018 has begun well for you. I keep thinking that it seems like Christmas was a long time ago already. Since then, we’ve been in an arctic freeze. I’m not sure we’ve reached freezing in the past 2 weeks. It looks like that streak will break a bit this week. I’m […]

Why Brands Benefit from Working with Bloggers

I’ve been at this blogging thing since November 2008. In the past almost-decade, I’ve learned a thing or two. There are many types of blogs: some are just basically online diaries for the blogger. Others take on more of a business focus. One thing I’ve done a bit of over the years is work with […]

Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children: Review

“Children improve your prayer life,” Jodie Berndt writes in her book “Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children,” and any of us with kids knows the truth of that. As soon as we become parents, we want God’s best for our kids. It’s nice as we pray them through their cute toddler and enjoyable elementary […]

What is Great Customer Service?

What is great customer service? It’s a topic I think about more than the average person, perhaps, since I do some mystery shopping. What’s mystery shopping? That’s a topic for another day, but basically, I evaluate various businesses on how well they serve their customers. Here are a few observations I’ve made over the years. […]