Wednesday, March 30, 2011

D.C. Adventure: how to see the key sites in three days

Arlington National Cemetary
Mount Vernon
On the Mall
White House in the background
The kids and I drove out to D.C. last Wednesday. It was full day with enough fog to keep us praying. But all in all a smooth drive. Eric was already in D.C. for business and spent Thursday and Friday with donors. So what did the kids and I see?

I tried to keep my expectations minimal based on the fact the kids and I would run around by ourselves for two day.

Thursday started with the Metro. We could have driven to Arlington National Cemetery from our hotel, but the kids really wanted to experience the subway. I certainly didn't mind introducing them to this great way to get around D.C. We metroed over to the cemetary and FROZE. It didn't feel like spring as we wandered around until we found the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We watched a wreath laying ceremony, then dashed back to the visitor's center so the kids could warm up their hands. Then lunch with dear friends from Law School.

Friday the kids and I drove to Mount Vernon. After getting rear-ended on Jeff Davis Hwy, the day went great. It was fun how quickly driving around the area came back. The new education center at Mount Vernon was incredible. Unfortunately by the time we got to it, we'd already spent several hours wandering around the grounds and were worn out. But if you're going to D.C., be sure to go to Mount Vernon and allow time for the was wonderful!

Then we drove around Shirlington and Old Town so I could take photos for the novella I'm writing. Cap the night with dinner with great friends, and it was another great day.

Saturday we spent the day with dear friends and went to two Smithosonians: Natural History and Air and Space. Then we walked the Mall so the kids could see the monuments. It was a long walk back to the Metro, but the kids were troopers. The one thing I would change is seeing the Monuments at night. They are spectacular that way, but it didn't work out this trip.

The key to a great trip? Keeping my expectations realistic. The kids and I weren't going to jet from place to place this time like we might when they're older. But they got a great first taste of D.C. And now that we know it's only a day's drive, we'll be back :-)
I'm delighted to have my friend Lynette Eason stop by today. She writes romantic suspense that I really enjoy.

Tell us a little about yourself. I am a mother to two, a wife, a speaker and an author. I’m getting really good at multi-tasking and I love to meet new people. I married the boy next door 14 ½ years ago. He’s in the ministry and travels a lot so I started writing as a way to combat loneliness!

How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing for about 12 years. DON’T LOOK BACK is book number 10, but I have 11 books released at this point. I have another book coming out in May with Love Inspired Suspense called Threat of Exposure. And A KILLER AMONG US is the third book in the Women of Justice series. By the end of December 2011, I will have 15 books in print since February of 2008.

That's amazing! If you compared your writing style to any other Christian Fiction author, who would it be? Either Steven James or Brandilyn Collins.

Love both of those authors, too. In your own words tell us a little about DON’T LOOK BACK.
One man lives to see her dead--the other is fighting to keep her alive.

Twelve years ago, forensic anthropologist Jamie Cash survived a brutal kidnapping. After years of therapy, she has made a life for herself--though one that is haunted by memories of her terrifying past. She finally lets herself believe that she can have a close relationship with a man, when signs start appearing that point to one frightening fact--her attacker is back and ready to finish the job he started all those years ago.

Can she escape his grasp a second time? And will she ever be able to let down her guard enough to find true love?

Filled with heart-stopping suspense, gritty realism, and a touch of romance, Don't Look Back pulls you into its twists and turns to hold you there until the very last page.
Praise for Lynette Eason and the Women of Justice series

"My friend Lynette has a hit on her hands with this romantic suspense. I enjoyed every minute."--Dee Henderson, bestselling author, the O'Malley series

"Nonstop action. No chance to catch your breath!"--Irene Hannon, bestselling author, the Heroes of Quantico series

"An exciting ride with characters you will care about."--Margaret Daley, award-winning Steeple Hill romantic suspense author

I loved this book! What made you want to write this story? I honestly have no idea. As I was writing the first book in the series, Too Close To Home, I fell in love with Jamie, a secondary character. She demanded her own story so I gave it to her.

What research did you have to do for this book? I had to do a ton of research about the about the forensic anthropologist stuff. That’s not my field and I read and studied and worked on the information until I thought it fit the story and was accurate at the same time.

What are you currently reading? I just finished Terri Blackstock’s newest one. I also finished Irene Hannon’s latest, Final Judgement.

I loved those books as well. How can readers get in contact with you? My email is and my website is I can also be found on facebook at

Thanks for having me, Cara! I appreciate it. It’s always fun to stop by and say hi!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring Break anyone?

I need to upload photos from our trip to D.C. But with my Mac, it's not easy. So that will wait for tomorrow. So for now, here's a fun photo from last week. Love how Daniel looks like he's trying to reach the baby on the screen and Eric's playing along.

We just got back from a quick trip to D.C. I needed to do some research, but we really wanted to reconnect with friends. I am soooo glad we did! It was absolutely wonderful! And the kids loved the time with friends as much as the sight-seeing!
So stay tuned for photos.

If you went somewhere for spring break where was it? Or what's been your favorite spring break excursion? Can you believe this was my first spring break! Through college and law school, I always worked during the holiday!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bound By Guilt Review Blog Tours Presents:

Bound by Guilt
by C.J. Darlington
Published by Tyndale House

Shuttled between foster homes, Roxi Gold will do anything to fit in. Soon she’s traveling the country stealing rare books from unsuspecting bookstores. Police officer Abby Dawson has seen the worst of society—and not just at work. One fateful night, both their lives are changed forever. One searches for justice, the other finds herself on the run. Will the power of forgiveness set them free?

CJ has crafted a book with compelling characters and a situation that is almost unimaginable. Roxi finds herself in an impossible dilemma, and my heart broke for all involved. A great read!

Great job! You kept me turning the pages.
--Francine Rivers, Internationally best selling author

C.J. is a wonderful, talented writer . . . extraordinary . . .
--Bodie Thoene, best-selling author of the A.D. Chronicles

This one engages your senses and reaches your heart.
--Jerry B. Jenkins, NY Times best-selling author & owner of The Christian Writers Guild

Watch the book trailer:

About the Author:
C. J. Darlington won the 2008 Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest with her first novel, Thicker Than Blood. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over twelve years, scouting for stores similar to the ones described in her novels before cofounding her own online bookstore. In 2006 C. J. started the Christian entertainment Web site with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Visit her website


Friday, March 25, 2011

Classic Hollywood Reviews: Penny Serenade

Penny Serenade is a 1941 movie that stars Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. It is set as a retrospective beginning with a wife who says she's leaving her husband. Then she begins listening to records. With each record she sees a different aspect of their life together spanning from the time they met, their courting, to adopting a daughter and the crisis that threatens to tear them apart.

This movie starts as a dramatic romance, moves into comedy with the arrival of a baby and then slides back into drama.

The scenes involving adoption and the desire this couple has to adopt are very touching. And Roger's plea to the judge to be able to keep the little girl by finalizing the adoption brought tears to my eyes.

I knew nothing about this movie going into it. A friend had loaned it to me, so Eric and I took a chance on it -- not hard to do when Cary Grant's the lead. I'm glad we watched it. It was tender and touching. A film I won't soon forget.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things: YA novel Heist Society

My writing friend extraordinaire Jenny B. Jones is very good friend. Last year when she was in town for the ACFW conference, she drove around with me while I delivered the kids to their grandparents for four days of spoiling while I worked and taught at the conference. What does this have to do with Heist Society? Excellent question!

I pulled out my ACFW conference MP3s a week ago and started listening to them and the kids asked to listen to the Jenny lectures. Really, it's the only way I would have listened to her YA lecture, much as I adore her and her writing. But in the lecture -- which was as hilarious as she is -- she highly recommended a book by an author I'd not heard of. Now keep in mind, I'm more than a few years past YA myself :-) but I'm constantly on the lookout for books for my 10 year old to read. And this one sounded like way too much fun. I bought it. And then I inhaled it. So now I share it with you.

Heist Society is an incredibly smart book that stars a fifteen-year-old and her band of merry thieves -- literally. Kat Bishop tried to escape her families art theft ways, but is now sucked back in when someone threatens her father. The writing is crisp, funny, and action packed. These globe-trotting teens have less than two weeks to steal back paintings that have been stashed in one of the world's premier museums. The pacing and sense of humor reminded me of the Ocean's Eleven movies. Loved, loved, loved it!

Now this book is published by Hyperion and is not a Christian book. However, I found nothing in it that would prevent me from handing it to my daughter and her friends. In fact, I wish I'd bought more copies so I could do exactly that. I haven't read Ally Carter's other books, but I will be looking into the Gallagher Girls series. The only one I can speak about is this one...and I LOVED IT. You can read the synopsis here. And while the main character is Kat, she's surrounded by teenage boys -- so I think boys might enjoy it as well.

If I could write something this fun, I'd move to YA immediately.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things: Vicious Cycle by Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock is a master of suspense...not intense like Steven James, but good, page-turning, she-isn't-going-there-oh-she-just-did suspense.

Vicious Cycle was a book I'd been waiting for since hearing her talk about the plot at a writers retreat. I enjoyed the first book in the series (if you can enjoy a book that deals with addiction, murder, and a family trying to stay together!) But this was the book I wanted to read.

In Vicious Cycle, the Covington family is back. It's a year after Intervention and Emily is about to come home from drug rehab. But now her little brother Lance is the one in trouble. He finds an abandoned baby in the backseat of a car -- she's the newborn daughter of a meth addict he's befriended. Before he can take the infant somewhere for help, the police are on his doorstop arresting him for kidnapping. And the story is off.

I loved this story! I cared deeply about the Covingtons from the first book, but the author does a masterful job of writing in such a way that you don't need to read Intervention to get caught in Vicious Cycle's web. This plot went so many directions it was almost impossible to keep up. And I cared so deeply about the baby's mother that as she made wrong choice followed by good choice followed by wrong choice I kept wanting to see if she'd get it right in the end. Ultimately, this is a story of redemption. A story that shows we should never give up hope. In each other or in ourselves. I loved it!

I received this book as part of the CFBA tour.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things: Devotionals

I don't know about you, but I'm always on the lookout for devotionals that will challenge me. Yet they have to be something I can do in the midst of my busy life. And ideally, they'll help me grow in my faith.

One I received recently is Ginger Garrett's A Woman's Path to Inner Beauty. When I first heard about this one, I thought, what a great topic. An area most women struggle with is beauty and comparing ourselves. But I long to get to a place where I am secure in who I am so the comparisons fade to the side. Each devotion starts with a verse followed by a short page and half reading and closing with a prayer starter. It's the perfect size to have at your bedside, in your purse or in a drawer at work. The devotions are short, but thought-provoking. It would make a great gift to a girlfriend, too.

Jennifer Rothschild is an author of in-depth Bible studies. The two I've taken (Lessons Learned in the Dark and Me, Myself, and Lies) had great depth and really challenged me. Her devotional Fresh Grounded Faith plays off her Java with Jennifer column. One thing I love about this devotional is the way there are questions at the end of each reading along with room to write. I often need the accountability of filling something in to make sure I get everything from a devotional. The devotionals feel like I'm sitting across the table at Starbucks from Jennifer -- her writing style is just like her personality. Intense, bubbly, and oh so open and friendly. I have loved this one and given copies to friends.

This last devotional is actually one my mother-in-law gave me. I don't know about you, but sometimes, I just need to be encouraged in this crazy job of mothering. This devotional does just that. Very short -- about the attention span of a toddler, there are enough readings for a year. And the devotions span the spectrum. Funny story all mothers can relate to. Then a study of a Biblical character. On to a devotional on a character trait we'd all like to develop. It's another great resource to have on your bedside table.

Monday, March 21, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things: Writing Books

This week, since so many people are on spring break, I'm going to share a few of my favorite books with you. I'm going to start with a craft book.

Plot v. Character is a new writing book, releasing in the fall of 2010. Jeff Gerke, the author, has developed software (which I love) that walks writers through the creation of stories through two means. Starting with 1) the plot or 2) the character. Most writers have a style that they prefer -- I tend to be strange (shocking I know!) and will start some stories with a plot idea and others with a character. I'd used the software when I'd get stuck in a book or to help flesh out a germ of an idea.

What I love about the book is that it takes the gems from the software and puts it in a very easy to read and apply format. The book has lots of practical applications and covers just about everything a novel writer needs. It's not genre specific, so really is a tool that any novelists can use with success.

First, the book deals with creating likable characters. It addresses everything from physical attributes to the major events and inciting incidents that character must deal with. Then it turns to marvelous plots. The author relies on the three act structure to form the bones of the plot.  I would still use the software to help me implement all he talks about, but the book alone is gold.

Another book that I love and recommend to most aspiring writers is James Scott Bell's Plot & Structure. (His Revision and Self-Editing is equally good.) Plot & Structure's strength is the very easy way that Jim explains how to formulate a novel. When I get stuck in a plot, I'll pull it out and read a few pages for inspiration. I always come away with practical tools I can immediately apply to the novel I'm writing. And this book is loaded with excellent exercises that you can apply immediately after reading. I highly recommend it!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Classic Hollywood Reviews: The King and I

The King and I is a classic Rogers and Hammestein musical set in Siam in the 19th century. Yul Brynner is the 19th-century Siamese monarch who hires English governess Deborah Kerr to teach his wives and children and winds up getting an education of his own. Features such songs as "Getting to Know You," "Hello Young Lovers" and "Shall We Dance." Filmed in 1956, the movie is rich with Deborah Kerr's beautiful gowns and a subtle sense of humor. It also deals with deep issues including things like keeping promises, the value of life, and many more.

I showed this to my daughter a few weeks ago and she enjoyed it, but thought it moved a bit slow. However, when they started singing and dancing she was enthralled. And there's something timeless about a romance that is doomed from the start.

Whether you see this in the film or as a play, it's a wonderful story and piece of America's theater and cinematic history.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Are You a Roaring Lamb?

I'm borrowing the name from Bob Briner's book Roaring Lambs. I love the image it creates. A lamb that's willing to take on the world and be vocal about what it believes. Lions aren't exactly quiet when the roar you know.

In the book he talks about the fact that Christians have created a subculture rather than taking the light to the world, to the culture. I don't know about you, but I know lost people and I see even more. I want to somehow spread the Gospel in a way that is relevant. In a way that God can use as a tool to woo others to Him and His immense love and truth.

But I can't do that if I'm being quiet.

As a writer, I don't have a salvation in each book. Usually, my main characters are Christians who are wrestling with their faith. But when God made it clear that a character wasn't saved, I obeyed. My characters experience real life... the good, the bad and the ugly. In that they thrive and sometimes fail at faith. But isn't that real life?

I also want to write books that are well-written. Books that are crafted in a way that is excellent.

What about you? Do you think Christians should try to enter the culture and raise the standard? Or should we create excellent craft within the sub-culture? I don't know that either is more right, but I'd love hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

CFBA Tour: In the Shadow of Evil

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
In The Shadow of Evil
Robin Caroll

With a story ripped from the headlines, Robin Carrol is back with her trademark southern suspense. When a body is found in a burned Homes of Hope house that Layla Taylor built her life begins to unravel. In the running for a prestigious award, all that will disappear if she's tied to the destruction. Then people she cares about begin getting sick. Maddox Bishop is back as the investigating detective, and with his appearance the romance ramps up. This book has it all: puzzling mystery, tight suspense and enough romance to make you fall in love. A book I really enjoyed!

Informed by the real-life fallout of the U.S. economy plus devastation caused by multiple hurricanes along the southern coast, In the Shadow of Evil casts the modern day story of a building rebound scam exposed. It begins when the body of a property inspector is found among the ashes of a burnt out Homes of Hope house. Wrapped up in this mounting case of unethical practices, supply shortages, and murder, top Louisiana homicide detective Maddox Bishop is losing his heart to a charitable contractor, Layla Taylor, whose own sister is under suspicion. He’s also about to discover a deep secret about his tragic past.

If you would like to read the first chapter of In The Shadow of Evil, go HERE.

Watch the trailer:

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage—two aspects Robin weaves into each of her books. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty years, her three beautiful daughters, one precious grandson, and their four character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?

Robin gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for ACFW. Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as RT Reviewer's Choice, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year. An avid reader herself, Robin loves hearing from and chatting with other readers. Although her favorite genre to read is mystery/suspense, of course, she’ll read just about any good story. Except historicals!   

Monday, March 14, 2011

A homeschooling success

As most of you know, I homeschool my two older children (ten and seven). We do that in no small part because I was homeschooled for the greater part of my education and my husband and I see the value of it.

The challenge is finding the right formula for our kids for this year. For example, this year, I've done a bit of battle with my 10 year old. Sixth grade math has been a challenge for her and so she's procastinated. That used to mean she held the rest of us hostage, because I wanted math and English done before we proceeded to other topics.

That just wasn't working well. Most days held an element of stress as I hounded her. She didn't like it, and neither did I.

A few weeks ago I was praying about it and got an idea to switch our days up.

Now we start with the subjects the kids do together (Bible, History, Science and whatever book we're reading aloud) and then they move on to the subjects they do separately. If they're motivated, like they were the other day, both kids can get up and finish those subjects before we start the together elements. Or they can do them afterwards.

This one little change has really helped smooth out our days. If you homeschool, what one tip that has worked well for you? If you don't homeschool, what's a great homework tip?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Classic Hollywood Reviews: High Society

High Society is a 1956 flick that remakes The Philadelphia Story (1940). Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart are replaced by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Grace Kelly slides into Katherine Hepburn's role as the spoiled socialite preparing for her wedding. I LOVE the original. But one thing High Society has that the original doesn't is Bing and Frank singing and dancing. That's something extra that's pretty special, too. Add in Louis Armstrong and his trumpet and gravelly voice, ad you have some great music.

But the movie still lacks something that the original has...well, it lacks Kate, Jimmy and Cary. And while I adore Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly just isn't Kate Hepburn (IMHO). The original also won two Oscars, so I guess the Academy agrees with me.

The basic storyline is identical. Rich, spoiled heiress is preparing to marry her second husband in a matter of days. Reporters and first husband show up making a mess of her ordered life. In the process she comes to realize she wants more from her life than the cold, above-it-all persona she's crafted for herself.

High Society is still worth watching...just watch it first and then pull out The Philadelphia Story.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Couple Delightful Books: Mountains Bow Down & Dining with Joy

In Dining with Joy, readers get to return to the lowcountry in South Carolina. First, I love the cover and the new ones for earlier books. They just make me smile and want to pick them up. Joy Ballard is a character, the kind of gal I'd love to get to know. Too bad she's only a character!

When her father died, she took over his job as host of a cooking show. She's brilliant at it except for one not so minor detail: the girl can't cook. At. All. The charade is getting tiring and when the producer sells the show without telling the new owner that she can't cook, the deception digs deeper. Enter Luke...a hunk of a hero who can cook. Very. Well. The sparks fly immediately and the two are paired as co-hosts for the show.

That would be enough to make the book interesting, but the author doesn't stop there. She adds complicated layers with family, Joy's past with her dad, her inability to see a future apart from the show, an inability to dream. The result was a book that i delighted in reading. Many books I'll read because they're good. Or they might be interesting. Or occasionally engaging. But this one truly delighted me. I slowed down the reading so I wouldn't have to say good-bye. Some of the parts don't end the way I'd like -- but isn't that life? God doesn't promise us a smooth, easy life. Instead, He promises to be there through all the rough patches as well as the delightful times.

I loved this book. And for me to say that about a straight romance is rare. This book is a treat you've earned!

Raleigh Harmon is back and this time she's on an Alaskan cruise ship. Every girl needs a vacation right? But trouble follows Raleigh like calcium forms rocks. What should have been an opportunity to explore Alaska and hunt for rocks turns into a murder investigation. Then there are the problems with her mom and cousin. And don't forget her love life. This book has more points to it than one of the unique Star of David rocks she finds.

The author is a gifted writer, spinning words into a web that is lyrical and engaging. I even had to grab the dictionary for one word that she later explained. But she uses words in a beautiful way to paint pictures and make Raleigh a truly unique character that I've come to love. I'm already eager to read the fourth book in the series and go back to book one. Each book in the series stands alone, but has enough ties to prior books to keep someone who loves a series engaged without losing new readers.

And the spiritual threads in this book are poignant. I loved this book.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Done in by Fashion

I'm usually a pretty stable gal. But yesterday morning as I was getting ready for church I was in tears...over clothes! That is so not me!

I'm back in all my pre-pregnancy clothes, which is awesome, but somedays I feel like my options are living in jeans every day of my life -- blech -- or looking like a college student or my grandma. Now I love my Grandma dearly, but I'm not even close to 84. I don't want to dress like it! But I'm also not as close to 18 as I once was.

Can anyone help a girl out?

I spent some time Sunday afternoon darting through all the stores in the mall -- no luck. Problem probably was that I knew exactly what I was looking for. Problem is none of the designers must be on the same page. Ever have that happen to you?

I guess I want to adopt Audrey Hepburn's style. Boatneck t-shirts and capris (when it gets a bit warmer). Pretty skirts with ballet slippers. Things like that.

So what's your style? And if you're a fortunate soul, have you found any place that actually sells clothes that reflect that style?

Friday, March 04, 2011

Classic Hollywood Reviews: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

I must be on a Cary Grant kick right now. A couple weeks ago, Eric and I pulled out this 1948 Cary Grant flick. I love that it co-stars Myrna Loy, one of my favorite actresses thanks to the Thin Man series. In Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Jim and Muriel Blandings decide their apartment is impossibly small and rather than be content there, they are going to build a dream house in Connecticut. The only problem is they'd never heard of Dave Ramsey and his financial principles. They find that building the house is much more trouble than they anticipated, not to mention over the top financially.

The movie is not the typical quick repartee comedy...but if you stick with it, and understand all the mistakes the couple makes, it is a fun movie. Just don't take any financial advice from this couple!

I personally like the attorney who plays narrator and breath of ignored reality to the couple. He can't help it that Mr. Blandings refuses to take his advice -- at any turn.

And here's a fun piece of trivia for you from IMDb: The house "Blandings' Way" really exists on Indian Hill Road in New Milford, Connecticut. It's a beautiful huge white art deco/colonial house that has many of the actual rooms discussed in the movie - such as a room to cut flowers. Also less than a mile away on Long Mountain Road is executive producer of the movie and MGM head Dore Schary's old country home.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

How do we generate creativity in kids?

In Sunday school we talked about a study Mark Batterson referenced in his book In a Pit... It focuses on divergent thinking and showed that 98% of children between the ages of 3-5  score in the genius category, 32% of children between the ages of 8-10 score at the genius level, 10% of teenagers, and 2% of those over 25. And yet our God is a divergent thinker. Just look at the Bible to see a host of examples where He did things or told people to do things that weren't...normal. Naaman, go dip in the Jordan seven times. Joshua, march around Jericho seven times. Donkey, go talk to Balaam. Etc.

So as a homeschooling mom, it has me thinking. What can I do to help my children keep that divergent way of thinking? Why would I care? Because I want them to be willing to do anything God asks. I want them to be able to look at problems from a different perspective because they aren't limited.

I guess I want more for my kids. I want them to be willing to do things that seem foolish -- if God asks them to do them.

In the same chapter he talks about another author who had a common experience when he went into schools. He'd ask kids who were the artists in the class. In first grade it was all the kids, yet by sixth grade it was only one or two self-conscious kids.

Now I don't want to force my kids to be artists. But we were created by the ultimate Artist. And I want them to feel the freedom to create.

So how do I do that? Again as a homeschool mom and in general. To the left is a painting my oldest daughter painted when she was 8. She was actually commissioned by a friend to paint a similar painting of their dog after my friend saw this one. Will my daughter by the next Monet? Um, doubt it. But she's learning to be creative and use what skill God has given her.

I don't want her to lose that. I want her to love to create so much that she sets her alarm for 6:30 a.m. so she can create a new bracelet to go to church. I want my son to be forever constructing random Lego masterpieces because it's a way he reflects creativity.

What about you? How do you foster creativity and divergent thinking in your kids?


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