Words can be such a comfort and a blessing. They can change a day by being the pivotal moment, bringing light in the darkness, joy in the midst of sorrow, laughter in remembering. Today a dear friend sent me a picture of her daily calendar. No message, just the photo. The January 15 entry: The… Continue reading A Grateful Heart
So today was St. Nicholas' Day. And as we are learning about holiday traditions from around the world, we read about St. Nicholas and (a day late--didn't have necessary items in hand last night--ahem) tonight we are putting our shoes out in case St. Nicholas might do a return trip and swing back through here… Continue reading Another Trip to the Grocery Store
This evening as I started out on my walk, I breathed in the fresh air and just soaked in the warmth from the sun. The breeze kept it from being uncomfortably hot, and it just felt great. I guess I am my Papa's granddaughter. He is known for having said in the middle of a… Continue reading If It Were Just a Little Hotter…..
This morning was perfectly beautiful. The sun, the blue skies, the trees waving in the breeze. We were all up earlier than usual, so the littles were dressed and fed and out the door well before 9, enjoying the reprieve from the busyness of the past few days and playing with their friends down the street. I… Continue reading Waving At Strangers
Last Tuesday afternoon I stood out in the sun in the backyard at my folks' place, Blackberry Flats. The heat of summer was bearing down but the shade of the tree and the gentle breeze made it bearable. I was visiting with Mama's neighbor who lives across the road, and who has been such a huge gift throughout… Continue reading The Pineapple Story
Growing up Daddy wore the same thing just about every day. Jeans, belt, white t-shirt, and a chambray shirt made by Mama, matched with his work boots as he headed out the door. When he'd wear one chambray shirt out, she would snip the buttons, and attach them to the new one she was making. When Mama realized she… Continue reading My Boots
Yesterday I spent most of the morning with my children cleaning my great aunt's house. It has sat empty for over three years now. We have a new realtor and high hopes this time. When I went in for the first time in quite a while on Friday, meeting with the realtor, I knew we… Continue reading Why I Want to Wear Black
The homeschool curriculum I use with my littles is literature based. There is a list of books for "required" reading and then another list of "suggested" books if you have the time and your child loves to read. Which mine does. It was touch and go her kindergarten and first grade year. I wasn't sure… Continue reading If You Were Ever A Child…..
I love cookbooks. One of my favorites is Aunt Bea's Mayberry Cookbook that I got for Christmas probably twenty years ago. I have some stand-by recipes from that one, including Mr. McBeevee's Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole that I make every year for Christmas morning. (And that is our big meal of the day! I know,… Continue reading Best Cookbook Ever
I originally wrote this when my Aub was away for a few days on 7/21/2008. I can only imagine how precious the Hey Girl will be in a few months, when she goes off to college. As we prepare for her graduation tomorrow night, I am waxing reminiscent. I realize that since I've written this,… Continue reading Hey Girl