“Good Job, Mama”

It was a Sunday morning. She was visiting our church— a beautiful older black woman. I had never seen her before. Evidently she had come with a friend who is a regular attendee at our church. She was standing in the foyer talking to my husband, who had our youngest son in his arms. My husband … More “Good Job, Mama”

Brotherhood Trio

A voice cuts across the loud splashing of swim lessons and I turn to see my six-year-old Haitian son, Kelson. His smile beams toward me as he excitedly calls out that his brother, Daniel, also age six, has just passed the swim test. Daniel will now leave Kelson behind as he moves up to the … More Brotherhood Trio

Forgiven Mama

It seemed that failure was an ever-present theme in my life as we transitioned our Haitian boys into our family. Stress levels were at an all-time high while our new ones learned to live in the love of family and while we learned to fully love and welcome them. In the midst of this struggle I … More Forgiven Mama

Logical & Systematic Phonics

Logical and systematic phonics—an excellent way to give students a solid foundation in spelling, writing, and reading. Spell to Write and Read by Wanda Sanseri and Logic of English by Denise Eide are curriculums that use logical and systematic phonics. In this post I will briefly explain the benefits of Spell to Write and Read, show the materials I use, and give … More Logical & Systematic Phonics

Simple Pleasures

Jammie-clad boys stand in the morning sun, watching a butterfly’s delicate flight. The simple pleasures of life in the U.S. captivate the newest members of our family. Ordinary occurrences of tummy-filling meals and warm hugs from mom and dad go deep with our little men who were once starved for plentiful food and family. As we … More Simple Pleasures