Archive for August, 2017

Top 5 Personalized Baptism Gifts

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Personalized Baptism Gifts

Baptism is a special celebration of faith and family. Whether you’re a parent, godparent, aunt, uncle, relative or friend, the question of ‘What do I give as Baptism gifts?’ is a common one.

If looking for unique Baptism gift ideas to be keepsakes, or even heirlooms, personalized Baptism gifts are a great choice. These one-of-a- kind gifts will be cherished by both child and parent long after the celebration. (more…)

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61 Ridiculously Cute Short Poems For Kids

Friday, August 25th, 2017

The Absolute Best Short Poems for Kids

The Absolute Best Short Poems for Kids​

The single best way to forge an unbreakable bond with your kids: read to them.  

These short poems for kids gives you a chance as a parent, grandparent, godparent, teacher, aunt or uncle to connect with your child on a deeper level, and offer a specific, quick- but impactful- lesson that your child will hold near and dear to their heart forever.

Some of the poems are funny while others teach a valuable lesson. The best part? Your preschooler, elementary aged and even high schooler will enjoy them. And adults too!

According to Read Aloud, reading to children “promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent.”

Taking time out of your busy day to read to your children- even for just a minute or two- shows your commitment and desire to connect with them.

There are 61 poems here, but don’t feel the need to go through all of these at once! Bookmark this page and read these poems incrementally over time.

If your child is reading on their own, encourage him/her to share and read their favorites to you. Happy reading to you and your little (or big) one!


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Edge Magazine Features MarbleSpark as Local Children’s Book Author

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Edge Magazine

Article written by Carole Sprunk of Edge Magazine

Photo by Christopher Tierney

“Build a Better Community.” These words are displayed all over Sump Memorial Library in Papillion. That is exactly what Omaha local authors Stacey and Phil Haussler, Kathy Rygg, and Bruce Arant are doing. (more…)

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A Letter to My Middle Schooler

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

I wrote a letter (okay, more like a poem) to our oldest son who starts middle school this week. Yes, it’s sappy, but it was therapeutic to write. He gave me permission to post it. Perhaps other moms out there can relate to their children growing up…too quickly.   (more…)

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Speaking Your Child’s Love Language

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Child's Love Language

“What’s your love language?” Phil asked one day early on in our marriage. I had no idea what he was talking about. “I don’t know?” was my response. I was intrigued to say the least.

It was then that I was first introduced to the book, The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman. Side note: To date, this book has sold over 11 million copies!

Chapman concluded there are five emotional love languages or five ways people speak and understand love.

And understanding yours as well as those important to you can help you connect and improve your relationships.

Fast forward several years later to having kids. I was talking to a friend who mentioned the book, The 5 Love Languages of Children, also written by Gary Chapman. I thought to myself, “This guy is on to something. Of course a child has a love language, too!” (more…)

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