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Spring Break: Screen Break

My dreams for Spring Break are simple: sunshine, finally kicking the flu that's haunted our house, and finding a screen time balance during all these days off. The problem is that my kids have different views on nine days off. They're planning for this to be Screen Break--a break with all the BrawlStars, Clash Royale, binging on bad Netflix shows, and endless YouTube hack videos. And I get … Continue...

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Galveston Oak Trees (& Olive Branches)

If you're on the island for Spring Break or to visit the beach this summer, check out the Hurricane Ike Tree Tour. Our family loves driving (or, in nice weather, walking) around and spotting the … Continue...

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Christmas with Older Kids is Different

As the kids went back to school today, and our lives returned to normal, I kept thinking about the whirlwind that was December. Our kids are older now and the holiday magic changes as they grow up. … Continue...

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Last Summer at Eden for #NLSW

Let's celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week with some Last Summer at Eden love. My Young Adult novel tells the story of Poppi, who wants to save Camp Eden, a beautiful place with a mysterious … Continue...

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Mom & Dad Christmas Gift Guide

    I've got your Christmas gift ideas for moms and dads right here. What do you need--gifts under $10 from the kids? Got it. Something that will make mom swoon? Right here! … Continue...

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Christmas Gift Guide #2 (What to Buy the Boys)

  It's cold outside and if you live in Houston it's crazy wet too. No problem. This weekend is the perfect time to knock out the hardest kids on your Christmas list. In our family, that's the boys. We have a little (8 years old) and a tween (11) and I've searched for gifts that will keep … [Read More...]

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Christmas Gift Guide #1 (For Teen Girls)

I know, I know. You have so many people to buy gifts for, so many websites offering to SHIP THIS TO YOUR DOOR RIGHT NOW, so little time to actually figure out gifts that will inspire, entertain, and delight your family. Here are gifts that middle school and high school girls will … [Read More...]

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5 Lessons from 20 Years as a Writer

So, all this has happened at once: this is my 1,000th blog entry, at the same time I'm working on my tenth book (Shine). Also, 20 years ago I began classes for my Masters degree in Creative Writing and also began writing professionally. The fact all these multiples of ten coincided felt … [Read More...]

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Dear Elisabeth… on your first day of Fifth Grade

Dear Elisabeth… Fifth Grade will be like none of your other school years. You, my dear Elisabeth, have changed. Your self-confidence has grown and you are shining.  This inner sparkle comes from your security that Jesus loves you. It also comes from your love to imagine and create. God’s love for … [Read More...]

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