Friday, May 4, 2018

Game On!

You've been tasked with creating a new game, that's fun for the whole family. Tell us about it. Is it a board game? Describe it to us. What are the rules?! How does the winner win?! Share the details.

I love board games. I'm not terribly competitive, but I enjoy playing games and spending time with people. I like card games too. I grew up playing lots of different card games with my brother and other family members. We had a little white plastic table with holes in the top (it was made to look like it was woven) that we played Hearts on. Since there were usually just three of us playing, someone always "dropped" something on the floor to peek at what the extra card was before deciding to take the first trick.

Dominoes always bring back special memories of my grandparents: eating ice cream after dinner to "fill in the holes in your stomach around the food." We played pretty frequently when we went to visit and I can still hear the sound of "shaking and baking" in my head.

My dad is a whiz at Trivial Pursuit! He's a reference librarian (retired), so he knows lots of stuff about lots of things. I remember playing with him once and the question asked about the capital of a certain country. He said it would depend on the copyright date of the game. If it was before such-and-such date then the capital was this, if it was after that date, then the capital was that. *He was correct; we looked it up!

Soccer was my sport as a kid. I played Rec League and then for a girls' travel team and my co-ed high school team when I got older. I don't think I was terribly good at soccer, but I enjoyed it. It was good exercise and exciting to play. I've since enjoyed coaching the boys on their teams.

Sometimes games are too complicated for me. I prefer them as a diversion and having to think too hard kind of negates that for me. I've never been very good at long-term strategy games. Benjamin enjoys playing chess, but I'm no good at it and can never remember all the rules to know whether he's playing it correctly or not!

I also enjoy the process much more than the outcome. Don't get me wrong, winning is more fun that losing, but overall if I've had a good time with fun people, then I don't usually mind a loss too much. I know a lot of people that don't think that way. If you don't win, what's the fun of playing? I think that attitude just sucks all the fun out of everything!

We have two board games at home that are cooperative games: Forbidden Desert and Forbidden Island (those are affiliate links). In these games the whole group plays together. You have to work out strategy and advise each other. Everyone wins or everyone loses. It's not a guaranteed win either. We've played a number of times and it's so much fun to win together! It's also fun to lose and immediately try again. They are great games for learning teamwork and perseverance.

If I could create a game it would include all the best pieces of my favorite games. It would take cooperation and teamwork to play. It would require some skill, but not so much as to leave out the younger kiddos. There would be some strategy involved, but not too much. Laughing would be required. Memories would be built. And in the end, we'd all win together.


This has been a Secret Subject Swap. This week 10 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado
The Lieber Family Blog
The Bergham Chronicles
Southern Belle Charm 
The Blogging 911 
Never Ever Give Up Hope 
Cognitive Script
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom 
My Brand of Crazy
Climaxed

Friday, April 6, 2018

My President

I'm not one to talk politics; publicly or privately. It seems like those kinds of conversations never go anywhere good. There's not very many things that people can universally agree on. And, that's okay. It takes all kinds. Well, maybe almost all kinds!

Absolute Requirements

I think there might be a few things we can all agree on. The president should be human. No space aliens allowed. Right?

The president should be a grown up. There could be some wiggle room in the exact age, but I don't think anyone would argue that a toddler should be in charge of anything!

I also think the president should speak English (that rules out toddlers too!). Our country doesn't have an official language, but English is spoken by most people, so the president should definitely be able to communicate that way.

The president should be alive. I know zombies are all the rage in movies and TV right now, but I don't think the undead would make good leaders.

Preferred Qualities

Here's where we might have some disagreement. In my opinion, the president should be intelligent, both academically and emotionally. This person needs to be able to think deep thoughts and understand complex concepts. The president should also be good at reading people, understanding what makes them tick.

The president should be someone who is willing to consider lots of differing viewpoints. I highly respect people who are able to make decisions that are best for the others and not necessarily the best for them personally. It's like when a parent really wants the last cookie, but lets their kid have it instead.

The president should have life experience. Privilege is hard to recognize if everyone around you has had similar experiences and backgrounds. The president should be someone who has interacted with lots of different kinds of people all over the country and all over the world!

The president should have a good moral compass. I won't advocate for any one specific belief system, but I believe that the leader of our country should have a basic respect for life and human dignity. I understand that these concepts themselves can come into conflict from time to time, but if our leader is acting with compassion for people over love of self or money, then I would be okay with that.

Our president should also be humble. It's a high profile job, but I don't think it should be done for the glory of it. I think it should be a job for someone who truly wants to serve and make the country a better place.

Find me this person, and I'll join the campaign team!!


This has been a Secret Subject Swap. This week 9 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado
Cognitive Script
The Lieber Family Blog
The Bergham Chronicles
Southern Belle Charm
The Blogging 911
Never Ever Give Up Hope
Climaxed
My Brand of Crazy

My subject was "Who would you like to see as President of the US and why?" It was submitted by The Blogging 911.

The Great Escape (The Secret of the HIdden Scrolls, bk 3)

To abide by FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received this book from WorthyKids/Ideals for free in exchange for an honest review.

We just celebrated Easter, one of my most favorite times of the year. The sequence of the stories we hear at church is very comforting to me. There is a strong reminder throughout the whole season that God has a plan and will always care for us.

I recently had the chance to read a new book that came at the perfect time. It's a children's book (the only kind I seem to have time to read lately!) called The Great Escape. It's book three in The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series. Siblings Peter and Mary, along with their dog Hank go on amazing adventures back through time to visit biblical events and solve mysteries. Think of it as Magic Tree House meets the Bible.

In this adventure, Peter and Mary travel back to ancient Egypt. They meet Pharaoh's daughter and are served by the slaves in the palace. They also encounter Moses, who has come to Pharaoh to plead for the freedom of the Israelites. The story stays true to the story of the plagues, the Passover, and the Exodus.

Henry also read the book when I was done. It was fun listening to him excitedly exclaim about events he knew of from the Bible. It was also a good starting point for some well-timed discussions about Passover and the Old Testament.

You can see the first two books in the series on Amazon: The Beginning and Race to the Ark, as well as newly released The Great Escape. You can also try to win your own copy right here!



The Great Escape

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Colors and Numbers in the Bible Board Books

In order to abide by FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received these books from WorthyKids/Ideals for free in exchange for an honest review. The links below are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. 

I've got two new board books to tell you about today! These come from the Museum of the Bible and WorthyKids Ideals.

The set includes
  • Colors in the Bible: “Take a colorful tour of favorite Bible stories! Little ones will learn their colors as they discover green trees in the Garden of Eden, orange lions in the den, and the red flames of the burning bush. Created with fresh, modern illustrations, this colors primer will captivate curious toddlers.” (board book; ages 2 to 4)
  • Numbers in the Bible: “Take a number-filled tour of favorite Bible stories! Little ones will learn their numbers as they discover one big ark, five smooth stones, and seven priests carrying seven trumpets. Created with fresh, modern illustrations, this numbers primer will captivate curious toddlers.” (board book; ages 2 to 4) 
Both books have brightly colored pictures and a brief sentence with a Bible citation. They are just the kind of book to take to church for your little one!

You can order them on Amazon or win them for yourself below!


Colors and Numbers in the Bible
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