Bike Trail Adventures with Kids

biking.coverSuddenly, we are a family of bicyclists. At the end of April, my children learned to ride bikes without training wheels, which prompted me to purchase a bike to keep up with them. My husband quickly followed, and within one week of our new bike purchases we visited three bike trails with the kids. We may be addicted …Read More »


Locust Lake State Park and Pioneer Tunnel

Exploring Pennsylvania with Kids

Since we have been traveling to more and more Pennsylvania state parks and other attractions with our kids, I’m going to start documenting our experiences.  I don’t necessarily want to review each park or attraction, but just give a little glimpse into our experience. I hope others might find it useful in planning their trips or just getting a feel for the place. 

(I also really want to be able to remember this time with my kids because we are having SO much fun exploring new places and enjoying nature. I hope this love of adventure and appreciation of nature lasts a lifetime.)Read More »

The Lone Lily of the Valley

lily of the valley

Last year, I unexpectedly discovered a lone lily of the valley growing in my yard. Years before, I had planted numerous bulbs, but none had ever bloomed.

I recently had a piece published on Mothers Always Write about the experience of discovering the bloom and the memories of my mother it unleashed. Click this link if you would like to read it: Forgotten Flowers.

Update: I found two more this spring!

Do certain flowers remind you of people you know or once knew?


Lessons In Bike Riding


Unexpectedly, both of my children, ages 6 and 5, learned to ride their bikes without training wheels over the weekend. I was not looking forward to this endeavor, envisioning skinned knees and whines of “I can’t do it!”  However, I was determined to dedicate four days to teaching them how to ride a bike. If it didn’t work, we would go back to training wheels.Read More »

When Your Daughter Doesn’t Understand What It Means to WIN LIKE A GIRL

lydia.attitude.jpgJust look at my girl! She is something else. I posted this picture on Instagram and someone commented that they loved her attitude. I do, too. But, only on the field. Not at home or in the car or at the grocery store …

Seriously though, I really do love how tough and determined she can be. Even if it does mean we butt heads once in a while.Read More »

Cold Dinner and Conversations with My Son

sawyerlooking.jpgAt 9:30 p.m., over a plate of cold steak and carrot sticks, my son tells me that a girl at school spit on him.

“What?! Why?” I ask.

He shrugs and continues to chew a piece of steak.

“Did you tell the teacher?”

“Of course!” he replies. ‘Of course’ is his new favorite phrase and his response to just about anything. He crunches a carrot and continues, “The teacher wiped me off, so I didn’t get any germs.”Read More »