Kiki Magazine

Tweens. What a strange word. It's like the word "postmodern," communicating not a stage with its own identity; rather, its identity comes from what it is not. The one thing people seem to agree on with the idea of postmodernity is what it is not--it is not modern. Likewise, the poor "tween" is … [Read more...]

These are the Times that Try a Boy's Soul

I think yesterday's post may have been the grossest thing I've ever written. I couldn't wait to get something new up here to replace it.So this is Thursday's post, even though technically it's still Wednesday, and here's the topic:We survived this year's AWANA Grand Prix.This year, The Boy was not a … [Read more...]

Capturing Lost Hair in the Shower

Our household of six includes four females who wear their hair long.Both of our showers have drain covers that should catch the hair and prevent it from going down the drain, but some hair has inevitably slipped through. We've dealt with our share of clogged drains over the years, so we've been … [Read more...]

Use What You've Got

Creativity soars when the kids dig out a little cardboard and tape.Please note the QWERTY keyboard hastily but accurately scribbled onto squares:They set this up in the living room after I told them they were done with screens for the day. … [Read more...]

Monday FunDay–Finding Fun in the Un-Fun (wk 5)

Well, hello there!Guess what? It’s that time again:Monday FunDayMonday FunDay is a carnival dedicated to swapping simple, amusing–maybe even silly–everyday ways you enjoy good, clean fun.Just post a story, idea, or explanation at your blog of how you and/or your family has livened up Mondays (or any … [Read more...]

Stop and Smell the Roses

Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. (Luke 12:27) [credit: photos by Ann; flowers by God] … [Read more...]

Who Do You Think You Are?

This link takes you to the Writer's Almanac for the week of February 11.Monday's poem that week stuck with me. Somebody that the poet cared about challenged him with this: "Who do you think you are?"After carefully reviewing the list of possibilities and concluding that he couldn't identify a … [Read more...]

Somewhere in the World


The Boy came up to me just minutes ago and said, "I'm going to start praying about the girl I'm supposed to marry. My future wife. I'm going to start praying now for her, so that I'll know her when I see her." I affirmed his plan. "I think that's a great idea. That's exactly the thing to do. If … [Read more...]

Six-Year-Old Accountability Partner

Our youngest is extremely verbal. He listens, remembers, and repeats. He thinks about things a lot. He asks questions and when we're not expecting it, our own words will come back to us via his sweet, thoughtful, six-year-old voice. And when we state our intentions and commitments out loud, we're … [Read more...]

Monday FunDay (week 4)

Monday FunDayI'd like to say happy Presidents' Day to my fellow Americans.No matter what country you're from, however, you're invited to join us every Monday to read and post good, clean, everyday ideas for making the day more fun.Because "fun" is subjective, go ahead and write up what you think is … [Read more...]