Assembly Required

Assembly Required

Has anyone ever given your child an awesome gift… but then when you looked at the box you saw, “Batteries not included…” or even worse… “Assembly required”?!? The kids are super excited about their new gift that is not quite ready to be used.  Mom and dad need to...
Christian Parallels in Disney’s Descendants

Christian Parallels in Disney’s Descendants

So, with being stuck at home during COVID, my kids and I have had plenty of time to enjoy Disney Plus. Recently we watched The Descendants movies. As we were watching the last one, my oldest looked at me and said, “Mom, this would make a good blog.” Really? How so?...
Confessions of a Former Catholic

Confessions of a Former Catholic

My name is Renee Joiner. I am a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom of six, teacher, seminary student, and children’s book author. Most people may know this, I was raised Catholic. Yes, I know, I am clearly no longer a practicing Catholic as one of the first titles...

It is Worth It!

Sometimes I wonder if chasing this dream of being an established Christian Children’s Book author is worth it. The insane amount of rejection, critiques, and let downs can really wear on someone… especially one who just realized she tends to run to the well of...
Never Lost

Never Lost

Yesterday was a workday at the old house in Saint Louis. (For those of you who do not know, my family and I just moved across the river to Belleville, IL.) My husband left about 10 minutes before me. So, when I pulled out of the drive and saw the gas lights, I had to...