4 Little Pumpkins

In the fall, each of my four kids -- specifically in their three year old classroom -- have learned the Five Little Pumpkins rhyme. This year, it's Diva's turn to learn it and present it on Halloween while dressed in whatever costume she finally determines she wants...

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DIY Canvas Art

So, I have a bug. A crafting bug. I can't seem to get myself to stop, and now that I have a Cricut, it's even worse. I would love to blame my friend, Mlis, but I think she really just fed the bug and helped it grow bigger. (I just realized I made the perfect pun with...

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National Geographic Kids

My kids love to read. I'm not sure why, but one of their favorite things to read ever is non-fiction, fun fact sort of stuff. It might be because my husband and I are natural nerds (oooh, band name!), or it may simply be because kids are naturally curious. Either way,...

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Little Women: Updated!

When I taught in the face-to-face classroom, Little Women was a story I introduced to my high school juniors. The course is American Literature, and the story of Little Women is iconic. Boys and girls alike were entranced by the story of the four sisters who are so...

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Healed by Grace 2: Ten Days of Grace

Have you ever had a dream -- a wish, a desire -- that you knew would be just the perfect solution or exactly what you needed? And have you ever had that dream absolutely just not come true? It happens a lot to me, anyway, or my dreams are put on hold. It's hard to get...

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On Cemeteries and Hurricanes

Something compels me to go to the Old English cemetery after I go to the Rowan Public Library to get "hurricane supplies" (books by two of my favorite authors, E. L. Konisburg and Phillipa Gregory). Maybe because the lighting is good and I can get some cool pictures....

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Unwanted Anniversary

September 11. I can't hear the date without a small shiver and a flash of sadness. I want to be able to fully celebrate the day. It's my mother-in-law's birthday, and I love her! We absolutely do celebrate the day and find happiness. But the memory of September 11,...

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Unbroken: Path to Redemption

Forgiveness. It's a hard concept and one I certainly haven't mastered. There are people who I seriously hold grudges against, and I know that it's a toxic reaction for my stress levels and my happiness. But how do those who have truly been hurt or injured or tortured...

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Conquering the Cricut Explore Air 2

At the beginning of 2018, I swore to myself that I was going to tap back in to my creative outlet need and do more crafting. I must pat myself on the back and proudly say, "I've been doing it!" One of the number one items I wanted for my crafting room and projects was...

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