Making gingerbread houses is a tradition in our family. It’s something my husband usually does with the kids while I’m putting together the final Christmas details. This year, my daughter wanted to make gingerbread houses after school with a friend. I was inspired by these graham cracker gingerbread houses from Fountain Avenue Kitchen. Construction projects […]
I was reminded of an old tradition with Courting Candles on the Homestead Survival Blog. The suitor would bring one of these candles with him to a young lady’s house and the parents would light the candle. Their approval of the young man, or comfort level with him, determined the length of the wick they […]
These were a couple of quick trips and easy reads. The Year of the Dog, by Grace Lin, is a great book for children, or as a family read aloud. It is about a young American girl of Chinese descent. It is a good dose of perspective for those of us who have been born […]
The sense of smell is one of the most powerful stimulants to memory. Why not take advantage of that with and for our families? Several years ago, I was a foster parent to a houseful. The children that came to my home usually had no religious background. I created opportunities to plant seeds of goodness […]
This Christmas I decided to make my own Advent calendar. I was planning on filling the pockets with the customary chocolates, when I came across a great idea online – putting slips of paper into the pockets, each listing a Christmas-related fun activity to do that day.
Fourth of July, and all holidays really, present fantastic opportunities for family traditions. I’m learning that these traditions can be a great way to enhance the memories your children take with them once their grown.