Fighting Words – Life Lessons from “When Calls the Heart”

“Cody, we’ve talked about this. You need to use your words to solve arguments, not your fists,” Abigail explains once again to Cody after he comes to blows with a classmate over the news that the railroad will not be building a depot in Hope Valley. As a young boy, Cody is still learning that … Continue reading Fighting Words – Life Lessons from “When Calls the Heart”

Don’t Stop Believing – Life Lessons from “When Calls the Heart”

Teaching middle school - or any level of school - is not for that faint of heart. You leave “teacher school” with grandiose ideas of how you will impact fragile young minds, guiding them to make positive changes in the world. You have plans for how to stay organized, how to allow kids the freedom … Continue reading Don’t Stop Believing – Life Lessons from “When Calls the Heart”

Hammer Away, My Friend – Life Lessons from “When Calls the Heart”

Nestled against the treeline just west of the main street of Jamestown Movie Set, the Blacksmith’s shop creates an intriguing backdrop for the interactions of the characters in Hope Valley. At one time, the blacksmith’s shop would have been the center of activity in a town like Hope Valley, but over the centuries, the role … Continue reading Hammer Away, My Friend – Life Lessons from “When Calls the Heart”

Truth, Lies, and Story-Telling

While I focused on navigating the SUV into our driveway, my older son commented, “Hey, Mom, there’s a chicken nugget in the road.” “Ummm....what?” My mind was focused on parking the car, heading inside, and closing the door on the workday - it most certainly was not on chicken nuggets decorating the asphalt. “There’s a … Continue reading Truth, Lies, and Story-Telling