Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Story

Along with still too many gifts under the tree, my kids woke to find an orange in their stocking on Christmas morning. It was my reminder to them that we have everything we… Continue reading

Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Time

We just got back from a two-hour hike. This was my family’s gift to me. Because the one thing I need, the only thing I need, is time. Time to relax. Time to… Continue reading

Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Experiences

My dear family really, really wants to get gifts for us. I understand. Since we’re a close family, and we live in different parts of the country, giving gifts to each other is… Continue reading

Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Family Traditions

I debated whether we should get a Christmas tree this year. For about five seconds. I don’t like the concept of cutting down a living tree. And a few years ago, I did… Continue reading

Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Handmade

Christmas is next week and I’ve just started thinking about what to give my family. This is in contrast to my sisters, who are so on the ball, a box of gifts for… Continue reading

Letting Go of Books

“The Library is a wilderness of books.” —Henry David Thoreau I have a master’s degree in English. I’m a homeschooling parent. Books aren’t only important to my daily life. They’re tied up in… Continue reading