Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Our inspirational friend, Dave, has a lot of perseverance. In the summer of 2007, Dave, also known by his trail name, "The Comet" hiked the 2175 mile long Appalachian Trail that extends from Georgia to Maine. We followed his blog that he updated regularly with pictures and descriptions of his adventures. 

When he reached Harpers Ferry, we were lucky enough to have him and his beautiful wife stay with us for a night. This is what he called a "zero day", because he did not hike any miles. We ate, washed his clothes, ate some more, Febreezed his backpack and well, washed his clothes again (P.U.)!  We were amazed at his stories and so proud of how much perseverance he had to complete such a treacherous journey. 

This summer, "The Comet" is going to impress us again.  He is attempting to hike the 2650 mile long Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT stretches north from the Mexico border through California, Oregon, and Washington state and ends just across the Canadian border in Manning Provincial Park. Along the way the trail passes through six out of seven North America ecozones, 25 national forests, and 7 national parks.  He began on May 22, 2010.  

If you would like to check out "The Comet's" adventure and be as inspired by him as we are, you can click here to visit his site.  He will be updating it regularly, so feel free to drop in and cheer him on with a comment.  


Friday, May 21, 2010


 I love walking by the ocean with our children.
It is like I am seeing it for the first time.
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 As always, we look forward to the many words we can share together!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


A sister and brother are taking a nibble of their delicious ice cream cones!

We would really enjoy seeing how you visually define nibble.  Send us a picture to or feel free to post it on the
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 As always, we look forward to the many words we can share together!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Episode 20 (Flashlight): My Mom, My Hero

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Hello All,

Surprise!  Happy Mother's Day!  Mr. Chris and I dedicate this quick flashlight episode to our beautiful moms who have supported and loved us through thick and thin.  We are so grateful for every phone call, hug, and chocolate lollipop you bring us. We would have bought you flowers, but thought a poem was something you could listen to over and over all year round to remind you how very special you are.  


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.
confidence: belief in oneself and one's abilities.

delight:  something that gives great pleasure.

pride: the feeling of being proud.

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

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


The Night Light Stories household really enjoys upbeat and positive children's music, especially when we are having a dance party in the kitchen!  Each of us have our favorite songs and beats, but we can all agree on our favorite musician, Laurie Berkner.  We were so excited on Saturday to be able to go see Laurie and her entire band live in Baltimore.  It was balmy and sticky, but that didn't stop us from dancing up a storm and singing along with them.  My husband and I laughed so much and could not keep up with the cute photographic moments on stage and of our kids.

On our way home, while both kids snoozed in the back, Mr. Chris and I talked about how much Laurie's music has touched us as parents. She has been a huge part of our memories with our kids.  Our four year old learned the words to her song "Moon, Moon, Moon" before he knew his ABC's.  He would ask for it over and over, in his little 10 month old voice. We sang her "Goodnight" song to him each night, adding different animals and funny little lyrics of our own. Our son was quick to share his love for Laurie with his baby sister and soon enough she would waddle around singing the chorus to "When I Walk Along the River".  One of the first times I can remember our two kids playing together included a Laurie song.  Tucker started the game of placing stuffed animals on his sister's  head and then screaming out "Maggie has a hippo on her head".  She laughed so hard she turned purple.  He told her to sign "more" as he ran with delight to gather more stuffed animals from his room.  So, it was no surprise that I teared up when Laurie and her band of wonderful musicians ended the show with the song "Goodnight".  I was glad though, when I looked over at Mr. Chris and found I was not the only one tearing up.

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