A Look Back at Summer

These "A Look Back" posts are probably more for us than it is for your enjoyment but hopefully they will spark a reflection spirit in us to review what has happened last month and reset ourselves for the next month. We'll try to share a little snippet of life in the previous months. I don't... Continue Reading →

Overcomer Books

Melody and I enjoyed the movie Overcomer so much! We heard some friends watched it more than once at the theater. So we were thrilled for the opportunity to check out these new books based off of the movie. Keep reading for our thoughts on them. *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure... Continue Reading →

The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff

The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff is about three friends who find themselves in a money organization whose motto is Give, Save, Live! They give money to charity, and they save money so they can live. by Emily, age 10 *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff... Continue Reading →

Books for Young Readers [August 2019]

Here's a look at some new resources from Zondervan this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Zondervan Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *The Berenstain Bears: The Trouble with Tryouts Emily (age 10): Sister Bear was a very good soccer player. There were soccer tryouts but... Continue Reading →

He Numbered the Pores on My Face

I saw this title and laughed. Well, laughed inside my head. I thought, "Wow, what a funny title!" And then I wondered what was on her face, and evidently, it's a facial mask. With cucumbers on her eyes. (This book is supposed to be for teenagers but then I realized in half a year I... Continue Reading →

Strong

I must confess - I underestimated this book. I thought I wouldn't be interested in reading about these men. But, as usual, I got swept away in the stories...in the reading about these courageous, self-giving, compassionate men. by Melody, age 12 *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *Strong: How God... Continue Reading →

Teen to Teen Academic Planner

It's hard to find good planners out there, and when I looked inside this planner, it included some of the elements that make a great planner and help me get organized for the school year. by Melody, age 12 *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *Teen to Teen Academic Planner... Continue Reading →

Books for Young Readers [July 2019]

Here's a look at some new resources from Zondervan this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Zondervan Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *The Beginner's Bible First 100 Bible Words Emily (age 10): The word and fun illustrations go with the Bible story teaching them about the... Continue Reading →

Day 7: Asia Adventures [Hong Kong 2019]

Welcome to the daily recaps from our Hong Kong trip. Each post will include highlights of the day, followed by a summary by Melody (age 12), then photos (by Joyce (mom) and Norm (dad)) with captions by Emily (age 10). We will be sharing reviews to the places and restaurants we visited after the recaps... Continue Reading →

Day 5: Asia Adventures [Hong Kong 2019]

Welcome to the daily recaps from our Hong Kong trip. Each post will include highlights of the day, followed by a summary by Melody (age 12), then photos (by Joyce (mom) and Norm (dad)) with captions by Emily (age 10). We will be sharing reviews to the places and restaurants we visited after the recaps... Continue Reading →

Post-Trip Tips

*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. We may add to this list, but here are some super quick thoughts we had from our recent trip. Some items are more specific to an international trip to the city like Hong Kong and less specific to...say our time in the Australian... Continue Reading →

Pre-Trip Tips

*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. We may add to this list, but here are some super quick thoughts we had from our recent trip. Some items are more specific to an international trip to the city like Hong Kong and less specific to...say our time in the Australian... Continue Reading →

Hong Kong Trip 2019 Recap

Last year's trip had us in Oahu in early May. We realized after the trip that it was great timing. Kids were back in school from spring break but school was not out for summer break. It was a great relaxing trip. This year, however, we had quite the tiring trip to Hong Kong, not... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading 2019: Barnes and Noble

[Note: This is a repost of an old post with slight updates.] And so it begins… We enjoy our park playdates and mini-road trips and vacations and bike rides and Vacation Bible School during the summer months, but we’re also super chill and bookworm-ish (read: nerdy), so we enjoy all the different summer reading programs.... Continue Reading →

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