Monday, May 1, 2017

Parenting is Tough

Right now parenting is tough. For whatever reason, all sorts of issues are coming out in our twins. It's tough when you love a child but you are nothing more than a caregiver them. That is the reality of attachment disorder. I don't thing theirs is as severe as some, but I feel like I did all the right things when they got home to help them connect and attach. So why this is all escalating I don't know.

On the other hand, having two granddaughters only 15 minutes away is a blessing, as is watching how they attach with their mom, dad and other relatives.

River is a beautiful 16 month old toddler now. It seems like I was just posting about her birth. And Winter is ten days old. It will be fun to watch how she is the same and different from River, especially since they are so close in age and the same sex/gender.

Other random family  photos.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Winter in Florida

Winter Robin that is.

Friday 7:34 p.m.

7 lbs 10.8 oz

Monday, April 3, 2017

Quick Tips: Preparing a Child's Heart for Easter

Today author and speaker Crystal Bowman shares her tips for preparing a child's heart for Easter. Crystal is a mother, grandmother and the author of over 75 children's books, many of which have won awards.

Preparing Your Child’s Heart for Easter
When pictures of the Easter bunny decorate store windows, and Easter egg coloring kits are stacked on end caps, children know that Easter will soon be here. In our secular society, it can be challenging to help young minds understand and appreciate the true meaning of Easter. Here are a few tips for parents who desire to keep the celebration of Easter about Jesus.
· Choose one or two children’s books by Christian authors who tell the story of Jesus’s death and resurrection with kid-friendly language. Read the books at mealtime or bedtime, then talk about the story to make sure your children understand that Jesus is alive.
· In addition to sweet treats, add meaningful items to an Easter basket such as a small Bible story book, a devotional book, or stickers from a Christian bookstore.  
· Attend an Easter pageant as a family to allow children to experience the story of Easter through a dramatic presentation. 

Easter is the celebration of new life, new 

hope, and fullness of God’s love poured out 

through the blood of Jesus on the cross. So 

celebrate and share the message of Easter 

with the little ones God has placed in your 


You can learn more about Crystal and her books on her web page
You can order Crystal's books from amazon here
A complete list of her books is here. Why not add one to your child's Easter basket this year?

Other Quick Tips You Might Want to Read are:

Fresh Starts
Keeping Your Mind Strong

Friday, March 17, 2017

Quick Tips: Fresh Starts

Author Davalynn Spencer , who loves to write "inspirational romance about cowboys who aren't afraid to fight for (and find) faith, fresh hope, and lasting love," shares tips for a fresh start during this dreary months.

Quick Tips: Getting a Fresh Start

As spring approaches, I’m inclined to envy what I see happening in nature around me. Oh for a fresh start, a do-over, new growth. Is it possible? Can we regenerate like the flowers and trees in our yards? I believe the answer is yes.
· Forget about New Year’s resolutions and start a Spring Supplement, listing physical, spiritual, and relational areas in which you’d like to see growth.
· Set aside a new time of day—morning, afternoon, or evening—for spending a few quiet moments alone with the Lord. A new time may result in a new perspective.
· Put feet on your focus. Get moving physically with a new walking route, a new exercise routine, or a new exercise partner. Music can be an inspiring companion.

Spring is our annual reminder that life really does go on. It reminds us of God’s promise of revival and redemption—a great refresher course and another chance to hear Him say, “It’s not too late.”

You can connect with Davalynn on her website.Or find out more about her books here and here.

Other Quick Tips You Might Want to Read are:

Keeping Your Mind Strong

Friday, March 3, 2017

Fun Friday: Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Life has been so crazy that I am simply going to share the recipe we are having tonight when another family comes over in a bit.

Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
4 chicken breasts
2 cans Rotel tomatoes
1 large can corn undrained
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 can red kidney beans drained and rinsed
2 envelopes ranch dressing mix
1 tsp chili powder
2 8 oz pkg cream cheese

Place the uncooked chicken in the bottom of the crock pot. Top with the Rotel, corn, beans, dressing mix, cumin and chili powder. Stir to mix. Top with cream cheese. Cook on low for 4-5 hours stirring occasionally. Shred the chicken before serving. Can serve over rice or baked potato or use as a dip.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Helpful Ideas for $1

This blog post has some really helpful ideas from the Dollar Tree. What can you add to the list?
Read here