Happy New Year! Moving forward in 2020

Happy New Year! Moving forward in 2020

Happy New Year! I hope you had some lovely holiday moments in the past few weeks that warm your heart when you remember them. And I hope you have some thoughts that are lighting a flame of hope in your heart for a goal or…

We need a little Finnish Christmas

We need a little Finnish Christmas

We had a sweet visit with our Finnish “grandmother” today. She is truly an angel! She is either ninety or turning ninety this year, and she is just remarkable. She has aches and pains and challenges but doesn’t like to speak of them. She told…

What if you lost a child at Christmastime?

What if you lost a child at Christmastime?

I read the blog post “The Miracle of the Pink Christmas Tree” today on churchofjesuschrist.org. Sunny Mahe recounts how her daughter, Elsie, died right at Christmastime in 2016 and how her neighbors responded with an outpouring of love. This love has continued as neighbors put…

The Trees of the Dancing Goats

The Trees of the Dancing Goats

(Reposted from years ago.) The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco is not officially our family book club younger read for this month. (Our family book club younger read would be the whole shelf, basically. That’s what they do in December. They get the…

Sharing the Bread

Sharing the Bread

Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller. Illustrated by Jill McElmurry. New to us in 2019. this charming book shows the whole family working together to prepare the Thanksgiving dinner. Taking place in 19th century America, father and little brother heats…

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. CJ’s grandma takes him two places on Sundays: to church and then to the soup kitchen. They ride the bus. CJ wants to know why they have to take the bus…why…