The Broken Airplane

sad_boy_leaningDerek was in trouble. He had dropped his big brother’s model airplane and it smashed into a dozen pieces.

“He’s gonna kill me!” Derek said to his friend Bobby. He was hiding in Bobby’s tree fort, trying to figure out what he was going to do next.

“That’s it!” he said with a snap of his fingers. “I’ll run away!” [Read more…]

Birthday Boy

Chocolate CakeThe BIG Little Birthday Boy

It was Teddy’s birthday and he was busy building a fort. The leather belt around his small waist was stuffed with plastic hammer, saw and drill, and he was barking orders at his little brother Kevin. [Read more…]

The Puppy Cup

– originally published by me on FaithWriters.

“Cammie, get out of Daddy’s chair!”

“In your dreams! I was sitting here first! Now be quiet. I’m trying to watch Princess Bella!”

“It’s my turn and I wanna watch Super Bunny!” The little boy tried to wrest the television remote from her grip.

“Well go sit on the couch! You sat here the other night when Grandpa was here. You even got to sit on his knee!” [Read more…]

I Remember

Remembrance Park, Georgetown ON

Remembrance Park, Georgetown ON

originally published by me on FaithWriters

There were two parks in the small southern Ontario town where I grew up. My husband had never seen either of them, having grown up in Alberta. We’d already strolled through the big park where the annual Rodeo and Fall Fair were held. I’d shown him the dinosaur monkey bars and tall climbing trees where I’d spent so many happy hours. [Read more…]

Choosing My Battles Wisely

mother and daughter

(written in 2008)

A young mother asked me, “If you had one piece of advice for parents of teens, what would it be?”

I replied, “Choose your battles wisely, and don’t sweat the small stuff.” [Read more…]

Plan the Next Steps for Your Blog – #31DBBBDay31

Darren Rowse has included a huge amount of information in his 31 Days to Build a Better Blog series, also known as #31DBBB.

Not all of the ideas will be relevant to your blog, but some of them can be continued on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis. Choose which ones you want to do, and how often you want to do them. [Read more…]

Dig Into Your Blog Statistics – #31DBBBDay30

This exercise will be more helpful as your blog grows, but the sooner you start, the sooner you will begin to understand what’s happening behind the scenes on your blog. It will show you patterns of what’s working, and what isn’t, and how readers are using your blog.

If you love statistics, you will love this exercise. And if you’re like me, and statistics baffle you, you will appreciate Darren Rowse for his ability to take apart the complex, and explain it in simple terms. [Read more…]

Develop a Plan to Promote Your Blog and Grow Your Readership – #31DBBBDay29

To get the full benefit of this blog post, and so much more information, go to the podcast and lesson by Darren Rowse at ProBlogger.

Spend some time on this exercise. The more specific and detailed you are, the clearer picture you will have of who your audience is, where to find those you want to address, and how best to spend your time promoting your blog. [Read more…]

Write a Review – #31DBBBDay28

Moving Your Invisible Boundaries - by Dr. Jim Richards“Have you ever set goals, trained for maximum results, and followed the same personal development plan that seems to work for everyone else, only to hit an ‘invisible boundary’ that causes you to fall short? Unless you know how to expand your heart you will sabotage any success that might take you beyond your current heart boundaries. Even if you manage to push past your current heart boundaries, chances are you will experience some catastrophic event that pulls you back within the limits of life as you have known it!” [Read more…]

Pyromaniacs and Wannabe’s

campfire

Winter may be nearly over where you live. But here in Alberta, we may have to wait for two more months before spring comes for sure. It’s a beautiful, sunny day, and new snow blankets the countryside around our home. My mind drifts back to a much colder night about ten years ago…  [Read more…]