We’ve been studying the Civil War lately. Here are some of the resources we’ve used. My boys are ages nine to sixteen so the resources span a wide age range. War is obviously a violent time in history and the Civil War especially so. The casualties caused by the Civil War easily outrank any other war that America has been part of.
My daughter loves to be read to. It’s one of her favorite things to do. That’s why I was delighted to come across the new children’s book, Your Magnificent Chooser by John Ortberg.
Your Magnificent Chooser is a beautiful book with delightful illustrations and rhyming text (it reminds me of Dr. Seuss).
My son recently published his first book. The book is about chess. And not just chess in general, but on one single opening. We’ve had some people ask why he chose to write a book on one specific chess opening. I think he explains it really well in his introduction so if you want to know, just check out his introduction. We learned some things along the way that I thought I’d share with you today.
Parenting is hard. I don’t think anyone who as been a parent for any amount of time would disagree. There aren’t always easy answers for the problems we face. Again and again, we need to ask God how to best face the challenges before us. Never is this more true, though, than when one is raising a child who is different.
I’ve been trying to read more to my two-year-old. I’ve found that if I have beautiful books on hand that I enjoy reading that is much easier to do. Here’s a list of some beautiful picture books we’ve been enjoying these wintry days. You might want to grab a few from your library and snuggle up in your favorite chair with your little one
“Do you know what pliable means?” my mom said as she looked up from the book she was reading. We were in the middle of Pilgrim’s Progress and had reached the part where Pliable and Obstinate were trying to convince Christian to turn back from his dangerous journey.
“If something is Pliable it means it can be easily bent around– like play-dough,” my mom went on.
Books make the best gifts. And books in a series are even better because once you find a good thing, it’s always great to have more. Here are some book series we’ve enjoyed as a family.
I always thought that either someone knew how to write well or not. I thought it was something you were born with.
It wasn’t until I was teaching my own children to write that I realized I was wrong. I started reading books about writing and I realized that writing is a skill that can be taught. Just like someone can learn to play the piano or draw with enough practice. Sure, there might be people who have a natural gift with words, just as there are people who can play musical instruments
As parents, we want to nurture courage in our children. We want to raise boys and girls who will stand up for what’s right even when they’re afraid. The very idea of fear is part of the definition of courage
We all desire excellence in our lives. After all, who wants to be just mediocre. But do we have a vision of what excellence looks like?
When you think of the word excellence, you might think of many things: an excellent student, an outstanding athlete, a successful businessman, or maybe even an amazing dinner or dessert.
But how does God define excellence?