Stories Remind Us of Our Humanity

Photo Credit: Levi XU via Unsplash.com is licensed under CC 0 1.0 public domain Stories of humans helping humans have brought me to tears more than once this week. What is it about acts of kindness, courage, or unselfishness that evoke such profound emotion? Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas has brought much of our country … Read more…

100+ Ways to Make Fun-in-the-Sun Memories this Summer

(c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories “I’m bored,” Have you heard that one yet? The summer has just started, but I already feel like I am our family’s entertainment director and taxi driver. Life was so much simpler when we were kids, don’t you think? We made our own fun. My siblings and I enjoyed 3-day … Read more…

Celebrate the Female Heroes in Your Life

March is Women’s History Month. Let’s change the world this month by honoring our “ordinary” women heroes—those women who have given us life, made our lives better, or taught us how to live in this world. Perhaps you’ll honor your mom, wife, grandmother, aunt, teacher, scout leader, pastor, coach, theater director, or neighbor. Think of … Read more…

How to Help Your Child with His First Autobiography Assignment

By Michelle Beckman, Sunday Dinner Stories A version of this article was originally published in 2013 on SundayDinnerStories.com. Reading Time:  About 3 minutes The Emergency Homework Interruption It was 3:30 on a Tuesday afternoon.  My two beautiful children had just returned home from school.  They independently initiated their afternoon routine—snack, pet, homework. With laser focus, … Read more…

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption By Katie Davis with Beth Clark (c) copyright 2016 Michelle Beckman, Sunday Dinner Stories Synopsis Have you ever felt led down a path that is unknown, scary, and unexpected? Upon high school graduation, nineteen-year-old Katie Davis felt led to Uganda. She left a loving and … Read more…

12 Days of Christmas-y Conversations – Part 2

Photo and artwork credit: Michelle Beckman Reading Time: About 4 minutes This article is a continuation of last week’s article that included the first 6 days of Christmas-y Conversations. I’ve included the introduction for readers who did not have a chance to read the first article. As busy moms leading busy families, it’s easy to … Read more…

12 Days of Christmas-y Conversations-Part 1

Photo and artwork credit: Michelle Beckman Reading Time: About 3 minutes As busy moms leading busy families, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the pressure of the holidays, especially the pressure we pile on ourselves. Not only is it easy to overlook “the reason for the season,” but it’s also easy to overlook our family … Read more…

Moms: Start the Conversation

Photo and artwork credit: Michelle Beckman Reading Time: Fewer than 2 minutes   Earlier this school year, I banned the most ruthless Conversation Stopper, the Screen—the pod, pad, and phone—from our mornings as an attempt to prepare our children’s minds for schoolwork. With the screens tucked away, my only competition is the radio and an … Read more…

Will Your Family Share These 20 Stories On Thanksgiving Before It’s Too Late?

Photo Courtesy of Sonja Langford Reading Time:  About 2 minutesAudience:  Baby Boomers, Busy moms (and dads), grandparents A few years ago, our family enjoyed a festive Thanksgiving weekend with my husband’s family. Since they live a few states away from us, we rarely see these family members in person. On Thanksgiving Day, I ask each … Read more…

What Should I Do with My Life?

Reading Time:  About 3 ½  minutes Audience:  Busy moms (and dads) Last month during the better part of a weekend, I attended a Life Calling Workshop hosted by our church.  Scott and Louise Walker from Life/Work Direction, a non-profit organization, created and led the workshop.  Although the workshop is faith based, everyone can benefit from … Read more…