For years parents and teachers have asked me things like, “So what’s the best way to explain this to my kids?” Or “Do you have any fun ideas on how to teach fifth graders about the Five Love Languages” (yes!) “Do you have a lesson I could use for our neighborhood Halloween party? (yes!)” So I figured I’d share those ideas and offer up a few more to parents like you who really want your kids to know about God.
Here are a few things that strongly influence this little spot on the web:
A love of learning – Discovering something new is like taking a drink of fresh-squeezed lemonade on a summery day; I just can’t get enough of it. Sharing it with someone else, like you, gives me just as much joy as discovering it myself.
Thinking in pictures – Whether I’m working a puzzle or making a pan of brownies, I see faith examples in everyday things. They become creative examples of who God is and we can learn about him. That means tying everyday objects to faith principles comes easily.
Passionate about God’s Word – God’s truth is amazing, powerful, relevant, and exciting. It’s the greatest insight we have into who God is. Discovering it can be fun without being fluff.
Constantly asking questions – I drove my teachers crazy when I was younger asking, “But how, who, what, when, where, and what about that?” So it’s easy for me to understand people who are looking for answers too, not just the easy answers, but the ones no one thinks to ask.
My goal is to give you the creative, encouraging, confidence-building ideas you need to creatively communicate God’s truth to your kids and tie it in to everyday life.
Here, I write not only about hands-on ways you can communicate faith to your kids, but I offer answers to faith questions and share life lessons about parenting. If you’re a parent or grandparent or someone who interacts with kids regularly, this blog is for you. I post once a week.
I have a B.S. in Theology and Missions and another in Child Psychology. I also have a Master’s in Children’s and Family ministry. (Like I said above, I like to learn.)
All that formal education is paired with fifteen years of hands-on experience working in children and family ministry as well as teaching children, students, and families of different backgrounds and cultures. I’ve taught preschoolers, elementary kids, middle schoolers, and college students as well as families.
I’ve been a teacher/speaker for mom’s groups, youth groups, and parent seminars. One of the things I most enjoy is teaching parents and kids together in family workshops.
I was introduced to the publishing world at a young age since many of my family members have or are still involved in printing or publishing. When I was a college student, I worked at Bethany House. After attending a Mt. Hermon Christian Writer’s conference, I finally decided to start writing.
I’ve been published in several national Christian magazines, including Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. My book, The Family Book of Advent, was nominated in the inspirational category for the 2013 Christian Book Award of the year. It’s been released this year with an updated whimsical look and new title.
I’ve been married to my husband, Kjell, for twenty-nine years. We have one son Davis, our gift from the Lord, who is a junior at the University of Minnesota. We love to travel and have a tour company called Niteo Tours. We also like playing games, hanging out with friends and family, and hiking the Boundary Waters, a stretch of wilderness in northern Minnesota,.
My Contact Information
You can contact me via email, email@example.com or follow me on Facebook. I’d love to hear from you.