On the Road with HTHL: Superior Adventures

April 18-April 24, 2016  Peoria, Illinois to Duluth, Minnesota Range of miles: 9,982-10,850 Week #9/23weeks Monday: Fond memories….Back in the day when I was homeschooling all my kiddos, we all looked forward to the last day of our school calendar year before we switched to summer learning mode. Part of my summer routine was gathering my homeschool […]

On the Road with HTHL: Our Visit with Four Homeschool Boys

April 11-April 17, 2016  Wichita, Kansas To Peoria, Illinois  Range of miles: 8,199-9,982 Week #8/23weeks Monday: SO! EXCITED! We finally got the chance to go to Bassett, Nebraska! Why so excited? Bassett, Nebraska is the home of two of my favorite fictional characters that I created for HTHL’s filmed literature guides, Harley and Harley’s Wife. This […]

On the Road with HTHL: Big Things in Small Towns

April 4-April 10, 2016  Cincinnati, Ohio to Wichita, Kansas Range of miles: 7,255-8,199 Week #7/23weeks Monday: Pedal to the metal! We left Cincinnati, and made our way back to Kansas for the TPA Homeschool Convention. We waved hello and goodbye to the St. Louis Arch for the third time this trip. In the afternoon, we […]

On the Road with HTHL: Celebrating Easter with Good Friends

March 21-March 27, 2016  Fort Worth Texas to Clever, Missouri:  Range of miles: 4,575 -6,465 Week # 5/23 weeks Monday: We stayed an extra day in Fort Worth taking care of HTHL business and schoolwork. For lunch, we had the iconic burger of the wild west, What-a-Burger (Yum!) In my biased opinion, a very close second […]

On the Road with HTHL: I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing!

March 14-March 20, 2016  South Carolina to Fort Worth Texas:  Range of miles: 4,575-5,780 Days on the road: 23-30 Monday Morning-Oh did we need to sleep in, and sleep in we did! We had two days to get to Fort Worth, Texas and just shy of a thousand miles to travel. So we had a […]

On the Road with HTHL: Old Friends New Friends

March 7-March 13, 2016 Denver to South Carolina:  Range of miles: 2,950-4,575 We started our week by visiting our friends at Focus on the Family (FOF) in Colorado Springs. Our family loves hanging out at Whits’ End indoor playground. I couldn’t resist Wooten’s, (Adventures in Odyssey character), two-story swirly slide. So glad I made the […]

On the Road With HTHL: Happy Mama!

February 29-March 6, 2016 Miles to Date: 1,798 One mom plus a visit with her adult children equals one happy mama! We have a week between conventions and our two boys work at Copper Mountain Ski Resort just outside of Denver, Colorado. It’s a perfect time to visit. So I donned my Copper Mountain sweatshirt […]

HTHL Tour: Last Week in Our Home Town

February 20, 2016 HTHL Tour Begins! We’ll be on the road for five months. Saying goodbye is never easy. We spent the week saying goodbye to dear friends and family. We cherish the prayers and encouragement we have received from each one. Emotionally, I’m spent in a good way. We are so blessed to have […]

Six Ways You Can Help Your Child Heal Through Writing

Why teach a child to write? There are many good reasons: •Facilitate Communication •Engage in Artistic Expression •Aid in Learning •Prepare for Future Employment However, one reason that often gets overlooked is writing can help children heal. Experiences of loss and tragedy greatly affect children. Death of a loved one Death of a pet House […]

Creating Christmas Traditions

I’m a fan of good, wholesome musicals that leave me with a tapping toe, a smile on my face, and something worthy to ponder. Fiddler on the Roof is one of those kinds of musicals. I adore the opening scene. The main character, Tevye, a Russian Jewish father, opens the play with these lines: Tevye: A fiddler […]