Dust Between the Stitches – A Book Review

We love to review books for children and teens! Today, I want to share a book review for Dust Between the Stitches by Cleo Lampos.

DustBetweentheStitchesAlthough Lampos writes for adults, this book is a perfect read for the Young Adult (teen) reader. As I read the book, it reminded me of Christy by Catherine Marshall and of Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia Maclachlan. Both are classic favorites with teen readers. Continue reading

Avoiding the “B” Word

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The girls have been out of school for almost a month now. It’s usually around this time of year that I hear those two words every parent dreads, “I’m bored.” Here I am hoping for five minutes to grab a bite to eat and they are complaining about the luxury of sleeping late and not having homework. Really?

We are creatures of habit and, even though kids would never admit it, they enjoy the routines that the school year and sports bring in the fall.

So what is a busy working parent to do?

 

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Three Things to Remember When Life Gets Weary

Aira ForceDon’t give up now Mum! my son yelled cheerily, as he jumped over me like a mountain goat. I was sitting on a rock, out of breath, perched halfway above the world. It was 1998, and we were climbing Stickle Tarn in Northern England.

The Lake District was one of our favorite places of all time. I can still close my eyes and see the little villages, the cobbled paths, the sheep dotted on the hillsides, our four young sons running ahead of us. I can still smell the rain on the grass and hear the rush of my favorite waterfall as it tumbles over the rocks.

I can do this I kept repeating to myself, as I picked up my backpack and dragged my weary body back on to the hillside path. This was only 1500 feet…a mere 1500 feet my son had said. I looked around at all the other families who were cheerfully climbing this monstrous mountain. They all seemed to be doing fine…in fact, they were all passing me by. It was discouraging.  I wished I were somewhere else. I looked up to see how far ahead my sons and my husband were…but they were out of sight.  Continue reading

Grammy Camp

15697960_10102379718092771_8568841104205946052_nEven when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalm 71:18 NIV

My heart swells when I look into the eyes of my grandchildren and see who God created them to be. It’s not that I can see into the future, but their undeniable, unique, God-given personalities spill out of every one of my six grandchildren. What a joy to watch their quirks, their talents, their individuality blossom with each new growth spurt–both physical and emotional. Continue reading

We Will Tell the Next Generation

IMG_2379 (1)smallI am blessed to be a children’s author. There are many talents I do not have, but God has given me the gift of writing, and so I am doing my best to use it for His purpose. What I love about writing for the Christian children’s market is that I am able to share the love of Jesus and the message of salvation with the next generation. Today’s children are our future. If we can help them build a foundation of faith, then there is hope for the years ahead. Continue reading