Top Nine and 2020

In typical fashion on the first day of the new year we are in our jommies cooking, eating, watching ballgames while reflecting on 2020 and talking about 2021. Reflecting over the last year makes me smile. As crazy as it was I learned a lot. I loved the extra time at home with my family….

Birthdays are to be Celebrated

I’ve always believed that Birthdays are to be celebrated. I’ve loved planning parties for my girls based on a theme they selected. Last year we were new in town so we surprised Shelton with a train trip to DC. Wonderful meals, surprise visitors, and a family party at the American Girl Store. This year due…

Happy Birthday Wina 🎂

August 11, 2020 Tonight we celebrated Wina’s 7th birthday. We talked about what we thought it might be like in East Indonesia. We realized after googling that it’s 8:30am on the 12th there. We were late! We wondered if her cards we mailed months ago made it on time. We know that we take for…

Squeezing Out Every Drop of Summer 🍋

Today was a luscious lemony day 🍋 We relaxed, cooked, and ate this first Sunday in August. It’s hard to believe school starts in a few weeks. The Lemon Caper Artichoke Chicken is a version of my friend Elizabeth’s. Elizabeth is a fabulous cook who doesn’t love to cook. I named it E’s surprise chicken…

June Weekends

What an amazing weekend and a much needed break from the asthma/allergy issues that plagued us this week. The sunshine and Virginia air was exactly what we needed. We tried new things, ate great food, and made some pretty big decisions. We tried something new for our family this weekend. We rode bikes as a…

The Easter that binds us all

This Easter is unlike any other. We are all in the same boat. Our focus is away from the busyness, outfits, and the commercialization of Easter. Our focus is on a hurting world. It’s a new and different Easter at home without many of our traditions. Easter is still the same though. The resurrection of…

The Day I Never Want to Forget

Today is the day I never want to forget. It started with howling winds and pouring rain. I was warm and snuggly when my newly eight year old bounced on my bed. Shelton’s been planning this day for weeks. Church then breakfast at the Waffle House, lunch of rice and beans, followed by dinner of…

Football • Food • Family

My idea of a great Fall Saturday involves drinking coffee, watching football, and cooking in my jommies. Family, Football, and Food, are definitely a few of my favorite things. My uncle Marshall always put a roast in the crockpot when we were all coming home. Since we were all coming from different directions and arriving…

Exciting Adventure

Another September 1st marks another new beginning, another birthday, another year to plan, pray, and dream. But the most amazing part is that I’m exactly where I did not pray to be. That’s the exciting part of surrendering everything { I Mean Everything } to The One who knows what you need better than you…

Pentecost Sunday 🔥

Today is Pentecost Sunday 🔥 We grew up wearing red on Pentecost Sunday as a reminder of the flame of the Holy Spirit that lives within us. We celebrate God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit, from whom they would…

Saturday Mornings

Saturday mornings when I was growing up we went shopping. We may have had a soccer game or basketball game but we always ended up shopping for groceries and clothes at Seessel’s, Easyway, Goldsmith’s and Dillard’s followed by a treat at La Baguette. I have fond memories of those days but choose a slower paced…

Memorial Day /Decoration Day

As I lay in my bed tonight with a full belly of ribs and all the fixings I know not everyone celebrated Memorial Day the way we did. Grilling and an over indulgence of food are how we celebrate most holidays. Not being geographically close to my family or the servicemen of my family it…