Winter Diorama

This week we pulled out this wonderful little shoe box diorama that the kids and I made last February. It’s a perfectly calm and quiet wintery scene and pretty much mirrors this month’s weather here in western PA. Because we utilized the box’s lid as well, we were able to close it and store it easily on a closet shelf and bring it out from time to time for imaginative play. To make this diorama, we started with a very… Read more »

Homemade Valentine's Day Boxes

Do people still decorate Valentine’s Day boxes to hold the special cards and notes received on February 14th? As a child, this was one of my most favorite parts about Valentine’s Day, and my mom always let us bust out the craft supplies and she’d sit with us around the table as we created our special boxes. Now each year, I enjoy taking a bit of time to help my own kids design and decorate their own card-holders the week… Read more »

Favorite Homemade Valentine's Day Cards

With Valentine’s Day looming, I thought I’d better round up some ideas for ya’ll. My kids, like most, really enjoy Valentine’s Day~making special cards for their friends and family, and call us old fashioned, but we still enjoy decorating Valentine’s Day boxes to house all those special love notes. But this year, I gotta admit, I’m behind.  I don’t have as much time to do what we’ve done in previous years, and those ready-to-go Valentine’s from the grocery store, with… Read more »


I managed to sneak out of the house this morning for a half and hour walk in the winter-wonderland that was my neighborhood.  It was good and cold and beautiful, and as snow whipped up and into my cowled face, I bowed my face, and shared some time with my Lord.  I admit it was an odd morning to go walking, but why not? On my way back home, I ran into a neighbor several streets down, who was out… Read more »