Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Mr. Chris here, hacking into the Night Light Stories blog! That’s right, this post isn’t from Miss Mel! I secretly snuck onto the blog to leave this post as a surprise anniversary gift! On Saturday, April 3rd, Miss Mel and I will have been married for six years! In honor of that occasion, I wanted to do something special for her as surprise! This Lighting the Way With Words blog post is it! I had a hard time deciding on just one word starting with the letter H to describe this picture. I thought I’d share some of the other words and sentences that were up for consideration. I did two for each year we’ve been married (counting the one above). Leave a comment here or on the Facebook Fan Page letting Miss Mel know which was your favorite! Thanks for sharing our anniversary with us and, to Miss Mel, thanks for every day over the past six years! I couldn’t be happier as your husband!

Happiness - The man felt complete happiness with his arms around his new bride.

Held -The man held the love of his life in his arms.

Honored – The man felt honored to be married to the most beautiful bride in the world.

Humbled – The man was humbled by her beauty.

Husband – The man felt overjoyed when he became her husband.

Handsome – The handsome man enjoyed his wedding day. (hehehe)

History – On this day in history, Mr. Chris and Miss Mel were married.

Hunt – The hunt for the perfect wife was over.

Hope – As the couple began a life together, the future was filled with hope.

Harbor – The couple took a boat across the harbor to the lighthouse to get married.

Honestly – Looking back, the man could honestly say that his decision to marry this woman was one of the best choices of his life.

Highlights – Saying “I do,” was one the highlights of the day.

Hug – As his arms wrapped around her, the man realized this was their first hug as husband and wife.

Miss Mel, as always, I, Mr. Chris, look forward to the many years we can share together!

Monday, March 29, 2010



"Night Light Stories is an evening ritual in our house." -Sandy

"My kids enjoy listening to these truly imaginative stories." -Michele and Vivien

"These are fun for road trips, quiet time story fun and before bed adventures." -Resortstar

"Thanks for sparking my children's imaginations." -ReaderDad99

"I love listening to them as much as my son does!" -Jenn543

"It's the first thing my kids ask for when they get in the car. It has even inspired them to make up more of their own stories." -Becamac

"The vivid descriptions and enriching vocabulary are fantastic." -Runnagirl

"'The Tooth Story' helped her with the fear of losing her first tooth." -Kari B


The Leesburg Today wrote an article about Night Light Stories.
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Loudoun Independent wrote a story about Night Light Stories.
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The Spirit of Jefferson: Raising Jefferson wrote a story about Night Light Stories.
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The Ashburn Patch wrote a story about Night Light Stories. 
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The Mom Up Show with hosts Soleil Moon Fry and Randi Zuckerberg
Click here to watch the show where mom's share stories and tips on handling bullying.

The EdCeptional Show: Listening to Literacy
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We shared a tip with the Mighty Mommy Podcast:  

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The Musing Mommies Podcast did a follow-up interview with us. 
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Macaroni Kid Newsletters: 


We shared our story on Julie Hedlund's blog where we are participating in the 
12 x 12 Challenge in 2012.

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We were featured on the Laurie Berkner Band Blog
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Teaching All Students wrote a post about Night Light Stories.
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Toddler Brain wrote a post about Night Light Stories.  
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Adventures of a Wanna-Be Supah Mommy interviewed us over Skype.  
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Midday Escapades: Meet and Greet with Night Light Stories
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Speech Techie wrote a post about how Night Light Stories can be used at home and in the education setting.
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Milestones & Miracles posted about fun ways to enhance communication using your ears, not your mouth. Within this post they featured an interview they did with us. 
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Thursday, March 25, 2010


Sometimes, you cannot help but goggle at all the amazing things in this world!  Has anything caused you to goggle lately? We would love for you to share your visual definition of goggle by sending your pictures to nightlightstories@gmail.com or post them on our Facebook Fan Page. As always, I look forward to the many words we can share together. 

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Click here to listen to: Mojo and the Ear Mites

The little girl was frustrated that she couldn’t get out of her car seat and go back to the store.

Frustrated is an emotion that we all have felt. We would love to see how you visually define frustrated.  Send us your picture to nightlightstories@gmail.com or post it on our Facebook Fan Page. As always, we look forward to the many words we can share together! 

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Episode 19: Mojo and the Ear Mites

Click here to listen to: Mojo and the Ear Mites

Hi All,

Some exciting things are happening in the Night Light Stories household that we want to share with you! Mr. Chris and I were asked to write a series of children's books.  We are thrilled and eager to create a story that you'll get to read in print form! We've already started working on the project and we're really happy with how it is coming together. We're going to have a lot of fun working on the story, but it is also going to take a lot of time and a lot of hard work.  

Unfortunately, that means we're going to have to take a short break from writing for Night Light Stories. Don't worry though, we plan to come back sometime in the Fall with brand new stories!  Also, we're going to keep adding new Lighting the Way With Words each week, as well as occasional updates on our writing project and, who knows, maybe there will be some surprises along the way.   So, please, stay subscribed and tell your friends about Night Light Stories because we're so excited to be able to share this journey.


In our story there are many juicy words that are fun to learn and say. Try to use some of these words in your vocabulary this week at home or in school.

jaunt: a short journey

lurch: a sudden tip or roll to one side

pungent: sharply affecting the organs of smell

Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing after hearing the story

1. As a family, make a family first aid kit to be kept in an accessible location.  Items could include bandages, gauze, antiseptic cream, anti-itch cream, and other first aid supplies.

2. In order to help keep sickness away, you should wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.  The next time you wash your hands, keep on scrubbing for as long as it takes to sing the Alphabet Song.  

After listening to the story, can you recall the details to answer these questions?

1. What wakes up Mojo from his nap that is troubling him?

2. Make a list of all the ways Mojo tries to itch and soothe his ears before he sees the doctor.  

3. Why does Mojo's fear build when he is in the car?

4.  How does the doctor make Mojo feel more comfortable?

We want to send out bright birthday wishes to:

Will D of Valencia, Spain
Joe D of Valencia, Spain
Uncle John of Valencia, Spain,
Ellie H of Danvers, Massachusetts
Pattie C of Groveland, Massachusetts
Uncle Terry of New Hampshire

We hope your day SPARKLED!

As always I look forward to the many stories we can share together.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Spring is on its way! There is going to be a lot of dirt to excavate for all different reasons.  You can excavate dirt to plant seeds in your garden, look for earthworms to go fishing, or make a trench for water to flow where you want it to go. For whatever reason you excavate, we hope you will share a picture of it with us at nightlightstories@gmail.com.

Friday, March 5, 2010


When people think of digits, they might think of numbers. However, you might be interested to find out that digits has multiple meanings. Click on the word digits in this post to discover the other meanings.  We would love to see how you visually define digits.  Send us your pictures to nightlightstories@gmail.com and we will post them on the blog for all to enjoy!  As always, I look forward to the many words we can share together.