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Searching for the Cinnamon Rolls

So this morning, the day after my girl's 20th birthday, I bestowed upon her the privilege of having the leftover cinnamon rolls from yesterday morning's special breakfast.  There were only a few, not enough for all three children, and since we celebrate a birthday all week--sometimes all month--they were deemed hers. Much to the displeasure… Continue reading Searching for the Cinnamon Rolls

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Twenty Years Gone By in a Second

The night before I turned twenty, I had all the teenage angst.  I pondered life from the small room I had on first floor in the dorm where I'd also lived two years before during my freshman year of college.  I can see the comforter and my peach colored sheets, as I remember sitting there… Continue reading Twenty Years Gone By in a Second

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Stories for Daddy with a Brownie on the Side

Today is my Daddy's birthday.  March 23.  Another one.  Without him.  This is the fourth without him here with us.  The third since we gathered with Mama and planted the tea olive at the foot of his grave. How is that even possible?  Time is an elusive creature. Today we made a small pan of… Continue reading Stories for Daddy with a Brownie on the Side

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Established 2007

During our "on the road" school this afternoon (a variation that sometimes becomes handy or necessary in our homeschool experience), the littles and I were discussing William Shakespeare.  Our Princess has read an adapted version of "Midsummer's Night Dream" and she LOVED it.  When I reminded her of that, Cooter asked, "What about 'MacBeth?'" Wait.… Continue reading Established 2007

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middle of January

and before you know it, it's the middle of January and you've only just put away the Christmas and so your heart would already be a little heavy-- touching her things and giving thanks that she shared them with you and all the memories attached with each little Santa or nativity or snowflake   and… Continue reading middle of January

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The Best Day Ever

Today. Another year passes. And our Princess is ten years old. And so I ask what every parent asks, "Where does the time go?" Last year I shared the story of her arrival in this wonderful world she loves so much.  Tonight I'm thinking of another birthday, when she turned seven three years ago. My Daddy had… Continue reading The Best Day Ever

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A Gem of a Day

Thirty-seven years ago today, this evening to be precise, our family got a big surprise.  In the days before finding out the gender before birth was a common thing, my Daddy surprised us with the news that we had a new baby brother.  Exactly what I'd wished for. After three girls, my brother completed our… Continue reading A Gem of a Day

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#19love

Nineteen years ago at 3:32 a.m. a new life came into this world.  She is amazing and beautiful and funny and generous, and she makes this Mama thankful and honored that I am the one who gets to call her mine.  She's smart as a whip and tough as nails and as fragile as a China… Continue reading #19love

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A Birthday, A Couch, and a Whole Lot of Love

We moved the brown couch in our house eight days ago. It's known as "Cap's couch."  There are so many memories around that couch.  Mama and Daddy bought it years ago and put it in the "big room/playroom."  The blue fold-out couch was already in there, so now they each had one.  They always said that… Continue reading A Birthday, A Couch, and a Whole Lot of Love

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Be Particular…..and other words from a wise woman

Today is my Granny's birthday.  She hasn't been here to celebrate it with us in seventeen years.  That blows my mind to think about how long it has been since I've heard her say, "Hey girl" in that special way she had.  I guess it's because in so many ways, so many times I feel… Continue reading Be Particular…..and other words from a wise woman