Seventh Birthday Party for a Boy

Johnny turned seven in December, and I really enjoyed planning his seventh birthday party! This party had a vague soccer theme, because Johnny enjoys playing soccer. He also enjoys basketball, but soccer is an easier theme to work with. Eight-year-old Emma made his birthday party sign. We have very simple and easy birthday parties, with […]

Christmas Family Time: Decorating the Tree

One of my earliest memories is of wrapping my hands around a Christmas tree light and admiring the way the light shone through the cracks between my fingers. Every year when we decorate our Christmas tree, I enjoy watching my kids enjoy this same phenomenon of light captured in their hands. Christmas is my favorite […]

Turn Holiday Stress into Simple, Meaningful Memories

Last month I was invited to speak to a group of women about my family’s Christmas traditions. Some were quite surprised by our family’s fairly simple gift-giving traditions, and they asked if I planned to continue such minimalist gifting as my kids grow older. My answer? I think we will. I hope we will. Keeping […]