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. I'm discovering that I enjoy Christmas with older kids more. It's sweeter in ways I didn't expect. Here are the lessons and rules about celebrating Christmas with the older kids in your life. 1. … [Read more...]

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! Practical gifts as smart as your baby daddy? Keep reading... First, for the moms (or wives) on your list. Please try your best this year, dads & husbands & kids. Because I just talked to my … [Read more...]

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 them off electronics (the battle raging in our house all the time). Here are my best ideas for the … [Read more...]

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 love.... (Come back tomorrow for the Teen Boy list.)   Scruchis Put on your favorite Depeche … [Read more...]

When God Does That One Thing…


"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,  that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the … [Read more...]

Plug Back Into Each Other: The Family Road Trip


Our family is back from almost two weeks of vacation. We have done justice to the Family Road Trip. We have travelled thousands of miles in our dirty minivan. We have peed in hot gas station bathrooms and eaten terrible breakfasts at hole-in-the-wall cafes. Yesterday we drove 900 miles in a little over 13 hours. Instead of stopping for meals, we ate bags of potato chips and honey-roasted peanuts. … [Read more...]

Go To The Woods To Live Intentionally


When we planned a trip to Yosemite, we weren't really thinking about Thoreau or his famous quote about going to the woods to live intentionally. We were thinking about seeing our friends, the Cavalleris. We were excited to show our kids another part of the country, a part with forests instead of swamps and mountains instead of beaches. But to say we went to the Sierra National Forest to live … [Read more...]

Disconnecting the Family


For Easter break, our family travelled to California to hike at Yosemite and see old friends. I want to tell you all about Yosemite and its breathtaking views, but that’s another post. First I have to write about how hard it is to return from a family trip. It’s been two weeks, and our family still isn’t acclimated to real life, to life separated from each other. The trip was larger than … [Read more...]

Want to Go to Galveston for the Weekend?


If you have three days in Galveston, you are in for such a treat. Here's what to do, see, and eat while visiting Galveston. Come along and experience the very best our little island has to offer.... Day One--A Day at the Beach If you want a quiet beach, head west. Take 61st Street to the Seawall Blvd and turn right.  Galveston Island State Park has rinse-off showers, restrooms, shelters with … [Read more...]

Bring It On, Summer!


Alright, Summer, give us what you’ve got. Bring on your 102-degree days and your 90-degree nights. Take our breath away with your humidity. Make us sweat. Sunburn us. Heat up the swimming pool until its scalding, and the sand until it burns our feet, and the patio chairs until they scorch the back of our thighs, and the inside of our minivan until we all beg for air-conditioning. Make us … [Read more...]