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She Calls Me “Sweet Pea”

This is me and my Mom... (Pardon the pemanent dust and stains and my crude Photo Shop attempt to add "coverage" to the top of my highschool graduation dress.  I wore this bad boy before I understood what modesty was.  This picture has lived on a shelf in my living room for the past seven ... [ Read More ]

Little House Lessons: Contentment

I Love the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I love them because Laura’s recollection of her childhood, which is described in such vivid detail that it’s astonishing, is incredibly warm and loving.  It reminds me of every thing a child’s life should be: happy, contented, safe and filled ... [ Read More ]

Modest Apparel?

I’m so excited because I just came from an awesome Wednesday night Bible study at church. The topic tonight was “modesty” and I must say the message was relevant, timely and it penetrated my heart, but isn’t that just like the word of God anyway?... For the word of God is quick, and powerful, ... [ Read More ]

“Apple World!”

This past Saturday, my family and I went apple picking at Masker Orchards in Warwick, NY. - Our trip was a lot of fun but the ride was way long: a planned two-hour ride turned into a two-and-a-half to three-hour ride. - Here's what that translates into: ... [ Read More ]

Summers Down South, A Retrospective

Spending my summers down south as a child... - I went barefoot and felt the earth under my feet and the dirt between my toes, I swung from a tree swing in my Grandma's front yard, and I experienced the free-ness of walking through unmarked dirt paths with cousins and ... [ Read More ]

A Family Reunion

This weekend I traveled back to a place my father affectionately calls Home, back to Pinetops, North Carolina. - - - A place where I spent almost every summer of my happy childhood running barefoot, climbing trees, listening to echo’s in wells and breaking or spraining various parts of my body. ... [ Read More ]

The Gift of an Ordinary Day

I was recently reading one of my favorite bloggers, Jill Savage, who has a ministry called Hearts at Home to encourage stay-at-home moms. I like and respect Jill because she is “for real.”  Even though she’s authored many books and has been a regular guest on Focus on the Family’s radio ... [ Read More ]

Sometimes this Happens – Part 2

In Sometimes This Happens - Part 1, I showed this picture... - - ...and proceeded to explain that I was touched deeply because Autumn and Lexy are constantly at each others throats. - Well, here's a pictorial illustration of what I was talking about... - "Jumping on the ... [ Read More ]

Sometimes this Happens – Part 1

One day, my Hubby showed me this picture... - - - It shows Autumn Joy (6 years old) and Alexis, aka Lexy (3 years old), sleeping with their arms wrapped around each other. I was certain the picture was staged.  So I asked Hubby, “Is this for real, or did they pose?”  “It’s for real,” ... [ Read More ]

Memories of Childhood and Home

Here are some beautiful words of encouragement for your heart today... - - -There Is Nothing Higher And Stronger - More Wholesome And Useful For - Life In Later Years Than Some Good Memory, - Especially A Memory Connected With - Childhood, With Home. - - by Fyodor ... [ Read More ]

There’s No Place Like Home

- Lord, through all generations, you have been our home! Psalm 90:1 - Recently, I came across a music video that reminded me of how our homes should represent everything that’s good and warm, and loving and lasting in our lives.  (It doesn’t always feel like that when we’re in the heat of the ... [ Read More ]

Sunday’s are Wonderful!

Our church service starts at 3pm on Sundays. - -(My kids: tough on the outside, soft on the inside.) - - This is because we don’t own our own building, so we meet inside of a beautiful Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, after the Presbyterians have finished their service. -- ... [ Read More ]

Church and Chicken Cutlets

Life is never quite the way you imagine it to be.  At least it’s never quite the way I imagine it. - Case in point… When I think of dinner, I think of all my family sitting around the dinner table; and of course, it’s no later than a descent and respectable hour - like7pm.  I NEVER ... [ Read More ]