By: Sandy Churchill Conflict is everywhere. Turn on the news—people can’t seem to have a conversation if they hold different views. Road rage is steadily on the rise. We hurt people without meaning to—and why? Because we are flawed people living in a dysfunctional world. We sometimes say things we don’t mean, step on each … More Flip It: Tell Yourself a Different Story
By: Sandy Churchill The sun is high, bees are buzzing and scents of summer flowers and freshly-mowed grass are filling our spirits with hope and joy this time of year. School years are coming to a close and vacation schedules are tiptoeing within reach. We’ve all encountered the scramble to set forth New Year’s Resolutions, … More Summer Theme Anyone?
By: Sandy Churchill Piano, karate, theatre, ballet, scouting, and student government… What do these things have in common? At our house, any commitment to long-term participation in the arts, sports, government, and community service have the potential to grow a child (or even adult for that matter J) in the three Ps: patience, persistence, and … More School Activities and the Power of the Three Ps!
By: Sandy Churchill The phrase “time, talent and treasure” is not something I grew up with—but I hear it as a mom all the time. In church, scouting, schools, and myriad community circles, it is a great way to capture the types of “pitching in” to make our communities work. Treasure is the easy … More Helping Others Helps You!
By: Sandy Churchill “I say this with all the love in the world,” a dear friend recently told me, while inspecting my school supply closet, “do not buy another pencil!” She was critiquing my supply stash where a hoarding mentality sometimes took over—not because I intentionally hoard, but because I often stock up, then temporarily … More Kind Correction
By: Sandy Churchill Is there such a thing as a “nature hoarder”? Truly, I prefer the term “appreciator”, “collector” or “crafter”. As a six year-old, I scrambled to collect rocks and pebbles of myriad colors and unusual shapes, some sparkly, some striped, and tried to hoard them in my bureau drawer nicknamed by my mom … More Small Treasures
By: Sandy Churchill When you hear the term “elf shop,” do you conjure images of jingle-bell-adorned, pointy-shoe-clad wee folk who work alongside Santa? True enough—but we have another meaning at our house, a worthy companion to spring cleaning. We certainly cannot be the only family out there with a list of “to-do”s, “fix-its,” and myriad … More “Elf Workshop” Helps Year-Round