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sparkle crafts – out and about art box | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | out and about art box

Life for little ones is very full. Each day is an adventure filled with so much new. New places. New people. New experiences. New learning. It can be a lot to take in and a lot to process. Little ones, just like grown-ups, need to have tools in their toolboxes for processing the days happenings – the good, the bad, and the in-between. Continue reading “sparkle crafts – out and about art box” »

sparkle kitchen – peach pizza pie | sparkle kitchen | peach pizza pie

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia, the kids escape Momma and Daddy’s hot weather chores, with thoughts of heading next door to Mrs. Brown’s for some of her delicious peach pie.

While I would gladly choose peach pie with neighbors over canning tomatoes or cleaning the basement, I must confess that my favorite kind of peach pie isn’t the sweet kind—it’s peach pizza pie. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – peach pizza pie” »

Back-to-School GIVEAWAY!

There can be so many questions with the start of school.

“What will it be like?”
“Will I fit in?”
“Will I be safe?”

We know it can be a tender transition.

So we created
a new Audio Book for the
Stories for Helping & Healing Series:

“Back to School”


  The “Back to School” Audio Book includes three stories about children going back-to-school:

Continue reading “Back-to-School GIVEAWAY!” »

Thoughts on Ferguson, Gaza and “Otherness”



Good guys and bad guys.  Right side, wrong side.  Us and Them. Photographs of African Americans gathering and holding up their hands.  In surrender?  In defeat?  In protest. Continue reading “Thoughts on Ferguson, Gaza and “Otherness”” »

“BACK to SCHOOL” – a new Audio Book

We have a

for the beginning of the school year.

the latest from the

Helping & Healing

“Back to School”


“What will it be like?”
“Will I fit in?”
“Will I be safe?”


Three stories about children going back to school,
going to school for the first time,
the transition to first grade,
and moving to a new school. 
Continue reading ““BACK to SCHOOL” – a new Audio Book” »

sparkle crafts – puppet theater | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | puppet theater

Sometimes crafting is about the making – either the process or the product that results from the tools you use. But sometimes with crafting you move beyond the process or product and craft something that will get used time and time again by you, your little ones, or someone you love. Continue reading “sparkle crafts – puppet theater” »

sparkle kitchen – turkey burgers | sparkle kitchen | turkey burgers

In this week’s At Home with Martin and Sylvia story, it’s hot, and Martin and Sylvia want to cool off. Martin wants to go to a water park, but with none nearby, Daddy begins to recollect how he and his brother used to make their own water parks in their backyard.

You know what goes well with a backyard water park? A backyard cookout! Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – turkey burgers” »

friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful stories.  “Grandfather and the Green Ash Tree Elf” in particular was quite timely. Our apple tree has been struggling to fight a bacterial and now fungal disease while suffering nutrient deficiency for the past few years. It is now clear to us and two arborists that it will likely not make it. That has been a difficult message for our daughter to hear. She loves that tree, the apples from it and the wonderful shade it provides in the summer. Your story helped us appreciate that trees can’t always be saved, we were able to give it one last gift of joy for us this summer and used your blog post as inspiration….
Continue reading “friday’s kind words” »

sparkle crafts – beach mandala | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | beach mandala

Have you ever noticed that the most beautiful things in nature are impermanent? Rainbows, sunsets, blooming flowers, even old stately trees will someday fall. I think this is one of the most important reasons for little ones to be exposed to nature, to be able to explore it, notice it, and see how imperfectly perfect and beautifully impermanent it is. Continue reading “sparkle crafts – beach mandala” »

sparkle kitchen – blueberry jam | sparkle kitchen | blueberry jam

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures!, Martin and Sylvia’s neighbors, the Browns, happily discover that their three apricot trees have produced a bumper crop this year! They invite brother and sister to help harvest the fruit and make apricot jam. The children learn to put words to the amazing tastes of both fruit and jam, with the help of Mrs. Brown, and a little jam poetry is born! Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – blueberry jam” »

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