Day 1: Aloha Adventures [Oahu 2018]

Welcome to the daily recaps from our Oahu trip. Each post will include highlights of the day, followed by a summary by Melody (age 11), then photos (by Joyce (mom) and Norm (dad) with captions by Emily (age 9 (age 8 during the trip)). We will be sharing reviews to the places and restaurants we... Continue Reading →

The Great Escape

Plagues swept the city. People cried out, "Why is this happening to us?" But in the Israelite part of the city, the people were safe. There were no plagues. And a man sat on his throne, refusing to let the Israelite people go, refusing to let them go from their hard work and slavery. They... Continue Reading →

My Shifting Dreams

Note from Melody's Mom: This was from a paper and presentation Melody wrote for her class right before her 11th birthday. There was a short paragraph about immigrants coming to America with hopes and dreams. The assignment was a prompt about hopes and dreams. Usually, there are only two drafts and a final paper, but... Continue Reading →

Care Package Packing

by Melody, age 11 with Note from Mom (Joyce) toward at the bottom of the post Thank you to June, Irma, the Weinberger family, Rothi Dental office, our discipleship group for donations and picking up items, our family members who sponsored bags, and anyone who purchased CV Swap+Sell items from us during the month of... Continue Reading →

That Grand Easter Day!

Easter 2017 was definitely an Easter to remember because we spent it in Washington, D.C. We got dressed (I had a very pretty dress) and we did an Easter egg hunt at the church we visited. It was really hot outside and that wasn’t the usual for us in April either. We also dyed Easter... Continue Reading →

Very Veggie Bedtime Prayers

Prayer is a powerful thing. You can learn that from the time you're even in preschool! But you can really talk to God about anything  - from your fights with your friends to your best day on your vacation. God will always listen to you - no matter how old or young you are. *Note:... Continue Reading →

Family Honor Plate

Do you have a sibling? I do. I have one sibling named Emily. Is it really hard to get along with them sometimes? Yes. I know that nobody's perfect and that in most families, siblings struggle to get along. That's why I was happy to see the Family Honor Plate. *Note: This post may contain... Continue Reading →

Maverick and Me

I know there are many people and animals out there who are lost or lonely. When I saw this story, I was really moved by how one person's action led to a very happy dog in a loving family. So now, I think it's great to have compassion, just like the woman in the story... Continue Reading →

Love You Always

Love you always. Sometimes, depending on which kind of family you're from, it's hard to believe you are truly loved. And I get that! Maybe your family is fighting. Or you can't stand the price of food these days. But deep inside, even when my family is fighting (or when I'm the one fighting!) I... Continue Reading →

Chance of Showers

My mom got an email when summer started, and through this, I got a great opportunity to go to a girls' group called Project Serve. I had to pray about it. God was telling me yes, so I told my mom yes, I would go. The group was led by our choir director. In Project... Continue Reading →

A Mini-Adventure in San Francisco

A Note from Joyce: It wasn't until a few years ago after our trip to Seattle when we decided we should have the girls explore our original hometown of San Francisco (where there is ALWAYS something new to discover!). We have done two almost-all-day trips with visiting relatives and we have also been on a few... Continue Reading →

Hayward Mural Program

Note: Check out other activities in our Summer Series! Captions by: Melody (10) Introduction by: Melody Photos by: Mom Joyce More info here –> hayward-ca.gov/residents/arts-leisure/mural-program I've always known that Hayward has murals. Actually, the only one I think of is the one at the theater. You probably drive past them too. But do you ever wonder,... Continue Reading →

Watermelon Art [Afternoon Art]

*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. First in our Afternoon of Art Summer Series is Watermelon. (This post is by Melody.) An Afternoon of Art After we went to the park, we did an art project from Home Art Studio (2nd Grade). Home Art Studio is like a built-in teacher, like... Continue Reading →

Greenridge Park [Parks + Playgrounds]

First in our Parks + Playgrounds Summer Series is Greenridge Park. This post is by Melody with notes from Mom. This summer, instead of just sitting around the house, being bored, (not cool), we came up with an organized schedule of things to do. It began on Tuesday. We have been to Greenridge Park many times... Continue Reading →

Kids Against Hunger

Captions by: Melody (10) Introduction by: Joyce (Mom) Photos by: Joyce + Kids Against Hunger + Dan Johanson More info here --> kahbayarea.org We heard our friend Dan was organizing a service project, but we didn't think too much of it at first because we just got out of two months when Norm had been out-of-town (January)... Continue Reading →

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!

*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Giveaway info at the end of post. I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU A BEAR HUG! Released: December 27, 2016 Publisher: Zonderkidz Website | FB | Twitter | #BearHugs | #FlyBy MELODY (AGE 9) What is I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug! about: I'm going to give you a Bear Hug... Continue Reading →

Hayward 9/11 Memorial

Captions by: Melody Introduction and Photos by: Joyce More info here --> hayward911memorial.com It has been awhile since we've been on a mini-adventure, so off we went after our weekly trip to the library! I read about the new memorial being built last year, and we haven't had a chance to go visit, but I had... Continue Reading →

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