I miss my Mama. She's been on my mind and heart so much more than usual in the recent past. I suppose it could be because January is her month. Her birthday is Friday the 15th, forever etched in my mind and soul. The day I give thanks for her presence on this earth and… Continue reading Remember the Math
One of the gifts that these strange times have given us is longer walks in the mornings. When we were first asked to stay home during the beginning of this pandemic, Miss Sophie, whose routine was thrown way off because *we*never*left*, convinced me to take her on longer walks in the mornings. Or maybe it… Continue reading Toting Twigs and Wayward Worms
It was overcast and rainy today. So we stayed in like you do. With even a couple of times venturing outside, things still got a little wacky today. Folks were grumpy. I might have overreacted to spilled water. The dog barked way too much at the cat outside and anytime someone made a sudden move.… Continue reading Behind Closed Doors
This evening on the way from one place to the next on our list of day to dailies, our Princess spoke up with a question, completely out of the blue. "Mama, our family from way back on your side and Daddy's sides of the family--they weren't always from here, right? I mean, at some point… Continue reading She’s Been Listening
It all started when we found out the Broncos were going to the Super Bowl. Or maybe it started last fall when the boys on the street started playing front yard football. It looks a lot like wrestling but there's a football involved, so they call it football. They talk a lot of smack about… Continue reading Cam, Cooter, and the Reason I’m a Fan
For whatever reason, some of the best conversations I've had with my children have been in the car. Or truck. Or whatever. Tonight Cooter and I were on the way home from Evening Prayer together, just the two of us, when he suddenly asked one of THOSE questions. You know, the ones where you gulp… Continue reading Car Conversations
It amazes me how our children pick up on things that are on our minds and hearts, without us even speaking them. Or maybe it's just that I'm tying what they're asking into what's weighing on me. Either way, Cooter and I had some interesting conversation today, while he was trying to distract me from… Continue reading Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Today our lessons took us to Istanbul in the 1500's, and we learned about Suleyman the Magnificent. What a fascinating person! He conquered many lands (read-people) and was the longest-ruling Sultan--46 years--of what is known as the Ottoman Empire. He ruled during the height of the Empire's military, economic, and political power. He was a… Continue reading Wealth or Health?