Monday Milestone

McKinley plays guitar:

Everyday for the past two weeks McKinley has been going over to the guitar and strumming it. And in those moments, I’d think to myself, I have to start playing again— dad would want me to—I’ll feel him with me. But I haven’t picked up the guitar.

When I drive, I sing. Ohh, and I get really into it.  For the last couple of weeks while singing I’ve thought, I should learn this song on the guitar– it would be beautiful. But I haven’t yet. And why not!?

It seems clear now, but my mother actually pointed it out to me in an earlier conversation.
I said, “I’ve been praying for a sign from dad.”
“Today McKinley strumming on that guitar, and being silly– that was dad,” she said. Then it hit me.  All my thoughts from the last two weeks flooded my mind.

I havn’t been listening!

My dad once told me, “God speaks all the time, but very few know how to listen.” My dad believed that at certain times, in certain moments, God spoke through people—That someone could say something to you, and it could be God speaking, and if you weren’t listening, you would miss it.


“We’re going to have a party!”

McKinley talking about our upcoming road trip to Kansas.

We are currently attempting to pack and our departure is later this evening. For everyone who is traveling for the holidays this year- have a safe and wonderful trip!!


The Snowman.

Just a quick adorable video of McKinley and her first snowman.


Monday Milestone: McKinley Reads!

Okay, McKinley is not “reading reading,” but she can distinguish the words by color!  And  later I rewrote all the words in the same color (black) and she was able to distinguish some of them.

It was so special for her to read a word! 

And of course… I made her show off to daddy, and then for a video, so I could show the moment to you guys!  Near the end of the video she is sick of reading!  🙂




Toddler Transfer




Water Sponge Transfer. This Montessori toddler activity is really simple and informative! I classify this activity under “math/science.”  It teaches a bit of practical life, eye/hand coordination, and of course squeezing.


  • 2 bowls or Tupperware containers
  • water
  • Tray
  • sponge


  • Set up water in one of the containers, and put both bowls on a tray.
  • Demonstrate once.
  • Let em’ explore!

McKinley had a blast with this activity! Next time I’ll probably add some food coloring to the water and maybe some extra containers that are different sizes! Have fun! Oh..and here is a video: