Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Kindness of Strangers

It is 1:oo in the morning, this may not be perfect. 

We just got back to the house.  We had a great time, but I wondered at first.  We were shown to our seats.  It was reserved seating.  Ours was terrible, a view of a wall.  I asked if there was anything better.  They showed me something worse.  Ok, so it was $5o and we couldn't see the stage at all.  I was more surprised than angry about the situation.  

Edited to add that Josh says I  was angry at first.
Our waiter came to take our order.  I said, isn't this the most terrible view--he agreed.  I told him I knew it wasn't his fault.  I said he was the cheerleader for us in the back.  He was trying to reassure other tables it would be ok.  He took our order--I asked for Mellow Mango Sauce.  He came back with a bottle, and two more new bottles wrapped in a to go box for me to take home.  We ate our food happily, he insisted on giving us a desert.  Yummy bread pudding that I loved.  I was over my grumpiness long before he offered me the desert or the sauce. 

I was standing away from our table trying to see the opening act.  A couple told me to sit with them.  They had a table for six and were told they would seat others with them, but they hadn't yet.  Josh and I figured we looked like calm people--and you never know what you will get in a situation like that.  We sit down, a few minutes later--it seems like they are looking to seat some others.  The other couple motioned for us to stay when we got up.  

A while into the concert, but before the main act a large table clears.  Our new buddy we were sharing a table with said we were going to take it over when it was cleared.  He had asked the waiter who was clearing it.  We pounce just in time.  We had a great table--I invited two others from the back to join us.  

The show was great, the people were great.  It is nice to be shown kindness from strangers--so I passed it on to others.  

Happy New Year 2009!

Ringing in the New Year

2009~amazing.  I can hardly believe the years have flown by so quickly.  This seems especially true of the past few years.  

I had a great 2008.  I can think of little regret or missed opportunities in this past year.  As I write this, I am watching the sunset over Mobile Bay.  It is a beautiful way to see the last sunset of 2008.  

I wish you all a very Happy New Year! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Claire

Claire will be six on December 31.  Five has been full of adventures.  Preschool graduation, a trip to Key West, starting Kindergarten, and lots of everyday adventures.  

Claire is a combination of quiet and silly.  She has a lot to say to a few, but is often shy.  She likes things a certain way, and can be quite hard on herself.  She is kind and tenderhearted. She loves to make presents and notes.  

I love you Claire.  I am looking forward to lots of fun on your birthday.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Outside the Box

I enjoy learning, I think that is why I am a teacher.  I wonder about going back to school.  I don't want another career, I just want to learn new things.  I think about studying Philosophy or Religion.  

I don't want to lose the passion for learning.  I need to read new ideas and experience new things.  I do not want to always do the same things.  I sometimes get too comfortable in my routine.  I want to think outside the box more often.  

Friday, December 26, 2008

Twas the day after Christmas...

We all were up early---into the car.
Six hours later---Ah, the Gulf Coast.
Lunch at Big O's, a Mahi Sandwich.

Sandcastles and Seashells--more fun to come!
I love the beach at winter (and the other three seasons too).
Hurray for my dad, who rents a house here!

We'll be here for the New Year!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

I think I have heard that song more this year than ever before.  I think there may be something to that idea.  It may be that we think it is the most wonderful time, so we do all these extra special things.  

In the past week, I made my grandmother's peanut butter fudge recipe.  Delaney yesterday asked me if I could be on Food Network.  I didn't know what prompted this, so I told her probably not.  I would have to be different than the people already on TV. She said that I could make peanut butter fudge.  I smiled, and I told her--yeah, I guess I could make peanut butter fudge.  

Happy Christmas Eve to Everyone!  It is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Today, my mom would have been sixty years old.

Peace today for my father--Beecher.

Peace today for my brother--Jason.

Peace today for me--Lynnea.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Confessions on Prayer

I struggle with prayer.  Many of you know this, I am open about it.  I know I have struggled with this for at least the past five years.  I was in a Bible study that asked us to ask God for things beyond what we expect.  

I don't believe that God works that way.  Sometimes, people have terminal illnesses and it is known they are going to die.  That was the situation I was in at the time.  I knew my mom's cancer would not go away.  Thinking that I could ask God for that seemed like setting myself up for heartache.  I knew how that was going to turn out.  

I think that sometimes these Bible studies teach an odd example of who God is.  It doesn't always seem like the God I imagine or the God I feel like I have experienced.  

All this to say, I am working on prayer in 2009.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Little Drummer Boy

I am not talented in regards to music.  I honestly sing the blessing everyday with my class off key.  I realize it, but there is little I can do.  I think my lack of musical talent is at the root of my disinterest in "The Little Drummer Boy".  I thought it was a dumb Christmas song until a few years ago.  I listened to some real musicians perform it with such passion. I realized, unlike me, they understood.  We all offer different things.  We should strive to do our best.

I read this in Christian Century this week.  It is taken from a book by David James Duncan.
...the truth of our spiritual poverty gets me everytime.  The line, 'I played my best for Him pah rum pah pum pum.'  'What more can one offer, no matter how silly or bad it sounds? The line, 'Then He smiled at me pah rum pah pum pum.'  "What more can we hope for than to please...the child king?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

In my mind's eye

I would be packing up the family to go home.  Home would be 2210 West Main in Festus, Missouri.  I would walk in the front door to find my parents and brother.  Mom would be offering an endless assortment of food.  She always did that.  My dad would be added another log to the fire.  We would watch It's a Wonderful Life.  My girls would bundle up and play outside.  

This was not to be.  

I have a wonderful life, but a glimpse into my memories leaves me longing for what is missing.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Josh was talking about this blog.  Wondering what my niche could be.  Card making, no--don't really do much of that anymore.  Preschool teaching, well I am not really the typical preschool teacher.  He had a few other ideas.  I don't know if I have a niche, or even if I want one.  I enjoy the randomness of posting whatever I happen to being thinking about.  

I would imagine, my most common theme is that of faith.  Issues of faith are important to me.  I can not imagine a life absent of faith.  It is at the core of who I am.  

Monday, December 15, 2008


I have been thinking about peace lately.  

Peace--the state of being, not peace the opposite of war.  I think the true essence of peace has been loss in the anti war definition.  I think because of this, I haven't really appreciated the greatness of the concept.

I struggle for peace.  I long to be at peace.  I wish for peace for those who struggle.  I can think of no greater gift than peace.  

Peace of mind, peace of spirit, Peace from within.  

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Stars and Promises

Twelve years ago on December 13, 1996, I had my first date with a boy named Josh Horton.  We had a few weeks of hanging out "not really dating", but this was our first real date.  We went to the Baptist Student Union Christmas Banquet.  On the way home that evening, Josh saw a shooting star.  He yelled out to show me, but I missed it.  

Tonight, we went to Nashville to see Peter Mayer's Stars and Promises concert.  I love this concert series.  On the way home, Josh saw a shooting star--I missed it.  Then, to my surprise, I saw one.  Josh and I kept seeing them.  

What a wonderful night--it really was an evening of Stars and Promises.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

On December 12, 2000

I became a mother.  Delaney Elizabeth joined us at 12:46 pm.  Somehow in a blink, she is eight. Happy Birthday Delaney!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

more emotions than usual

I am tired.

I am overwhelmed. 

I am over scheduled.

All of these led me to cry at work today.  I can hide nothing, so everyone who saw me could tell I was going to or had cried.  I fear I am an ugly crier too...

Monday, December 8, 2008

Reasons Being Perfect is Overrated

I tore this out of a magazine today.  Just for fun--

Here are some of the ones I liked:

If you act like a perfect professional all time, no one will talk to you at the office holiday party.

Every happy family has a pathological liar arsonist cousin who owes them $2000.  Or some such.

No one interesting has neat handwriting.

Peaceful Chaos

I read this Friday on my way to work: Work done right can be an act of worship.

I don't really get into church sign sayings, truthfully, I am usually annoyed by them.  I read this one, and thought there might be something to that mindset.  I decided I was going to have a great day, after a week full of unusual events at work.   

It could have been a stressful day.  I was oddly peaceful in the chaos.  I happily scrubbed up a huge mess after lunch in involving blueberry yogurt and apple juice.  I had made the choice to have a good day.  I don't think that is always possible, but it does help in the little annoyances of life.  

I am a preschool teacher.  I think peaceful chaos may be the beginnings of a great day.  

Sunday, December 7, 2008

For the Beauty of the Earth

I noticed this dogwood tree in my yard this week. I had failed to notice how beautiful the red berries are in the Fall-Winter. I am sure it had been just as beautiful in the past, but something about it caught my eye this year.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


I bought this last year for my girls.  Claire was talking about wanting to get it out when we started talking about Christmas decorations.  She and Delaney are really enjoying it.  

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Grandma's House

As a child, I always traveled to Verona, Missouri to my grandparents for Christmas.  My grandparents would have a cedar tree they cut from the pasture for the Christmas Tree. Grandma had a red sled shaped box that held all the Christmas cards.  My mom and aunt would look through the cards.  

We would all snack on party mix my mom brought from home.  Grandma always had a bowl of pimento cheese spread waiting for us.  I wasn't a big fan of the cheese spread, but I loved Grandma's apple pie.  

Grandpa loved his pool table.  We had salvaged and refurbished one.  It was were a dining table would have been.  Grandpa was a carpenter and would make wooden pool cues with inlaid wood designs.  When I was visiting my dad this summer, I found one of the cues and took it home.  

Grandma had a gum drop tree that I loved.  Her tree was the only one I had ever seen like it.  I loved eating the gum drops off it.  I always left the green for last.  The purple were my favorite. After I had a home of my own, my mom bought me a gum drop tree.  

I unpacked it a few days ago.  It is waiting for me to buy some gum drops to put on the branches.  It is a reminder of those Verona, Missouri Christmases.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Interesting Point of View

Should we lower our expectations of people/places so that we are not let down?  Is apathy the true path towards a peaceful life?

At work today, I was talking about this.  It seems really sad to me.  Should we stop caring so much--that way we won't be bothered if things don't go well?

I don't think I have it in me not to care.  I hope some of you are the same.  I don't like the idea of a world of apathetic people. Let's care and teach our children to do the same.  Maybe, perhaps it will be contagious. 

Monday, December 1, 2008


Today started um...bad.  I woke up with no voice.  None.  I couldn't find my keys.  Thankfully, I remembered where the valet key was stashed.  I found that and headed to work.  Heard some bad news there.  Ugh...what a day!

Then I started to notice the snow flakes out the window.  It went off and on all morning!  This is an event here.  The kids were all excited, why wouldn't they be? Yeah, it didn't last when it touched the ground--but it was beautiful in the sky.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Home in AL

Today I am thankful to be home. 

I love to travel, but there is something great about coming come.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Busy in Arkansas

We arrived on Wednesday afternoon.

Josh and I met up with friends for dinner Wednesday night.

Thursday is Thanksgiving--make some food, eat some food.

The whole gang goes to KMart, it is a Thanksgiving afternoon tradition.  We buy nothing.

Friday--Shop until late afternoon. 

The whole gang goes out for Chinese.

Put the kids to bed at Nana and Poppy's and Josh and I go to some other friends for a few hours.

Today, Josh and I go out to The River Market for a while.

I do some laundry.

In a few minutes Josh, the kids, and I will to to another friend's for pizza and etc.

Wow--we have been so busy.  I could use a nap.  

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Rambling

I am thankful that this year brought:

My tenth anniversary--somehow in spite of myself, I got the best husband ever.  I think it is possible for someone to maybe have as good a husband, but no way is there a better one out there.  Plus, he puts up with me and I can be a mess.

My Claire went to kindergarten and she went happily.  

My Delaney is in Second Grade and is a good kid.  When Claire was put on the wrong bus one day, Delaney keep on asking the driver about her sister.   They finally listened--found Claire, and all got home.  What a day!

Family vacation to Key West, where Josh and I spent our honeymoon!  It was so much fun with the girls.  My favorite place I have been to--yet.  

Wonderful trip to KC and visiting old friends and my brother while I was there.  It was a great three days--but action packed.

Eight and a half years ago, our real estate agent took me to a house that I knew was perfect.  I still feel that way when I drive up the driveway.  There  is something about it that I just love.  I knew it was my home the instant I saw it.  

Today, I am thankful for my family, my friends, and my home.  

Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24, 2008

Isn't this the cutest elf you've ever seen?

Every year we go to The Huntsville Botanical Gardens to walk through the lights.  For two weekends before Thanksgiving, they have walking nights.  It has become out family tradition.  Santa is always there to visit.  

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Could I have found a more perfect quote to sum up my thoughts the past few months--years?

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thanksgiving Feast

We do a Thanksgiving Feast every year with my class and the other Four Year Old Class.  Everyone brings their favorite food to share.   We sing a few songs for the parents and all eat together.  It is a great time.  

I did the introduction today and cried.  I really am thankful for my wonderful class--and that their parents allow me the opportunity to teach and love them.    

I love my job.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Old Books and the Stories They Tell

I can't resist old books.  The life they have seen, the importance they must have had to someone to have survived 70 years on someone's bookshelf or even attic.  I went to The Booklegger today.  I found this book on the dollar cart.  It saddened me that several of the $1 books had the same signature inside.  I guess one's treasure isn't always the treasure of others.  

I read a bit and decided to take this one home with me.  It is a collection of sermons that were published in the Saturday Edition of The Evening Bulletin in Philadelphia.  I know nothing of this paper or of the author--but it's worth a dollar to me to learn.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Faces and Places at Were Home

I love Christmas music. I love it in Decemeber--and I love it in October and February. I might take a break in the Spring-Summer, but Fall-Winter is Christmas music season. I mentioned Peter Mayer a few days ago.

I love Harry Connick Jr., Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, and yes--Jimmy Buffett.

JB does a wonderful Merry Christmas, Alabama. Forgive the lack of capitalization. It is not mine--but every place I found the lyrics online had the same errors. Take the time to read these. I think it is worth your effort.

Where has life taken me? During the holidays, I reflect on my memories growing up in Festus. The fun of my college years in Cape Girardeau. The excitment of those first two married years in Rolla, MO. All these wonderful Alabama holidays as well. I had a two week old baby girl one Christmas. Two years later, I was one week from delivering another baby girl.

I love to think of the faces and places at were home.

Merry christmas, alabama
Merry christmas, tennessee
Merry christmas, louisiana
To st. barths and the florida keys

Merry christmas, mississippi
Where i started this wild and crazy run
Such a long way from that first birthday
Merry christmas, everyone

And merry christmas, colorado
Though far from you all i have roamed
'tis the season to remember
All the faces,
And the places that were home

'tis the season to remember
And to count up all the ports of call i've known
And to thank his mercies tender
For i'm never far from home


Merry christmas to my saints and guardian angels
Who protect me as i roam
'tis the season to remember
All the faces
And the places that were home

Guess my life's moved at near light speed
Since i started this wild and crazy run
Such a long way from that first birthday
Merry christmas, everyone

'tis the season to remember
No we're never far from home
Merry christmas, everyone.

Monday, November 17, 2008


I did not grow up with a tradition of Advent.  It sort of showed up in my life about ten-fifteen years ago.  Did it become a more prevalent in Baptist churches in the 90's or is this just my experience?  

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sing Joy--or possibly the best song ever written

My favorite Christmas Album, and quite possibly favorite album of all is Stars and Promises by Peter Mayer. I have given at least twenty copies of this album as gifts.

I gave a copy to a friend and we were listening to it while watching our Toddler's Sunday School class. Another person at church walked in and knew right away it was Peter Mayer.  

Well, that person and I developed an instant relationship. She called me a few weeks later at work. She had an extra ticket to see Peter Mayer in Nashville--that night. 

We stuck around after the show, she knew I needed a picture with Peter (December 2005).  I told him how much this song, Sing Joy, helped me in my dark times. I listened to it over and over in the months after my mom died. It really speaks to me still. I have learned to experience Joy--in the times where there is little Joy. There are those times.

Sing Joy
Peter Mayer
Come gather together you children who wander
Looking for dreams that the whole world has squandered
You've lost them you've sold them for pockets of gold
You long to come in from the cold... Oh sing
Joy joy joy in the morning
Joy joy in the afternoon
Joy joy joy for the child is born
This night the promise is given to you
Lying in the cradle no warrior no king of the land
Only a child would bring peace in the palm of his hand
Singing joy joy joy

Through trails and darkness fear and temptation
You look for deliverance and some revelation
With no song of spring you wait for the call
Could there be nothing at all... Oh sing joy
Joy joy joy in the morning
Joy joy in the afternoon
Joy joy joy for the child is born
This night the promise is given to you

Early Morning

I am not a morning person.  I woke up early to go to the Charity Sale at Belk's.  I was ready to meet my friend at 6:15--then I couldn't find my keys for 15 minutes.  I looked all over, and somehow found them in my purse.  Yeah, that was the first place I looked.

It was a great morning, I found some great Christmas gifts.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Opportunity Knocks

 Anyone heard of this movie?

I know it is highly unlikely.  This is one of my favorite movies.  It is just mindless fun.  It doesn't have a profound message, it is a nice movie that takes me back to being a teen.  I watched this movie at a friend's birthday when I was about 15.  

I had a VHS copy until last year, when Josh told me he would buy me a DVD if I would part with the VHS tape.  We didn't even have a VCR anymore.

My other favorites are much different.  I have loved It's a Wonderful Life since I was a little girl.  As an adult I developed a great love for movies with subtitles.  I have an unexplainable soft spot for Nicholas Cage's movies. 

Somehow, this Dana Carvey movie tops the list.  It didn't win any awards.  It didn't leave a profound impression on the masses.  It did make me laugh a lot.  Sometime that is enough.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Food Thoughts and My Cheapness

Regarding my cheapness, I made a hand soap dispenser from this face soap bottle. I removed the label and refilled it with pretty pink liquid soap! I have it in my bathroom. I love it! It was a foaming face wash, so it dispenses foamy hand soap. I am easily impressed with myself at times.

Food Issues/Thoughts

1. I should be a vegetarian. I am easily disgusted my the idea of what meat really is.

2. My love of bacon makes #1 next to impossible. I try to not think about what it is--and enjoy the yumminess.

3. I want to loose 10 lbs.

4. I lack motivation and willpower (even though I am extremely stubborn), so #3 is unlikely.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


If you are anywhere near my age, you know what this is right away.  This image is one of the most powerful in my childhood. 

 The Challenger Space Shuttle

When I was in college, I took a course called "Reading the Visual Image".  I had to find an image that impacted me.  I knew this was the one.  I had to search for it on rolls of microfilm of newspapers. 

I remember watching this event on the television at my elementary school.  Was there any doubt, even for a child that something went terribly wrong when we saw this?  This image says more than many words.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


This image reminds me of growing up south of St. Louis in Festus, MO.  I had the ideal childhood.  I have warm, wonderful memories of growing up.  I was surrounded by people  so wonderful, that I can not find words kind or generous enough to describe them.

A few years into college, I spent a summer in upstate New York as a summer missionary.  When I was on my flight home, I saw something magical from the air.  I saw the Arch.  In an instant I felt such joy.  I knew I had made it through--I was home.  

Wanna Play Barbies?

I am not usually home in the morning, so today I saw commercials I have never seen before.  One was a Barbie commercial.  There are women in their thirties talking about their Barbie Dream Houses.  Then at the end you hear little girls saying...Wanna Play Barbies?  

I love Barbie...

Sunday, November 9, 2008


I spent most of the weekend home alone.  The rest of my family were on a camp out.  I watched some movies, read, and slept--a lot.  It was a peaceful weekend, until this morning. 

I went to church alone--which was strange.  I felt lonely not having my family with me at church.  

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Is there any doubt?

Is there any doubt that this man is my father?  I definitely have the Griffitts mannerisms and expression--and there is no doubt the features.  We Griffitts have a distinctive nose that I have begun to make peace with.  

My dad taught me to speak up for what I believe in.  My family always talked religion and politics.  The idea that it is not spoken in polite company was foreign to me.  I have gotten myself in uncomfortable situations--but it is apart of me.

My dad taught me to develop relationships with people different than me.  I realized this recently.  My dad is the kind of person who is friends with unexpected people--for no glory or outside gain. I can think of many examples of this. 

Dad taught me to love the political process.  The thrill of voting.  The greatness of freedom.

Dad knows the importance of commitment.  In many areas.   Even though I was miserable in New York, Dad knew I had to finish my commitment there.  I would not have ever forgiven myself for quitting.  Even when it is easier to give up--it isn't an option most of the time.

My dad loves his family.  He loved Mom.  I never once doubted their love or their marriage.  I never doubted of their love for me.  I know this has been tested.  Dad knows I voted for Clinton.  

It's not a bad thing to grow up to be like your parents, especially if your parents were as great as mine.  


Please read this post.  I feel this beautifully tells the story of the historical importance of this election.  

One does not have to have the same politics to appreciate the significance.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I voted

I love Election Day.  I feel like a child on Christmas Morning today.  I arrived at the polls at 6:45--there were hundreds of people ahead of me.  My turn came about an hour and fifteen minutes later.  I love the process.  I always have.  My parents instilled in my the importance of voting--even in the "little" elections.  

Some how along the way, Josh and I developed the tradition of eating Kentucky Fried Chicken on Election Night.  We have a party to go to, but decided we would not eat there and get our KFC on the way home.  

What an awesome day, what a great process--I love every minute.  My choices probably won't all be elected, but I did my part.  That is all I can do.  

Happy Election Day everyone--enjoy process.  So what if there are lines, it should thrill you so many people care!  

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Fiesta Love

I love Fiesta dishes. I love finding old Fiesta pieces for thrift store prices. Three times in the past two months, I have found old fiesta pieces for a quarter or less. The first two were mugs. One is yellow and the other green. The pair were sold to me for a quarter. Yesterday, I found a green serving bowl. I love it.

The style of the mugs are the same as the current fiesta--only smaller. I guess we like to refill less often now--or consume more. Care to guess which one is more likely?

Not loving the new color on the Fiesta website--Chocolate. That seem very unfestive to me. I guess it could join Black and Grey in the unfestiveness. I personally love brightly colored fiesta.

Happiness on a plate...

Friday, October 31, 2008

Reflections on Kansas City

1. I can no longer pass for a college student--even on a college campus.
2. I am not up on intellectual religious terminology.
3. I participate in discussions--even if I have committed to myself to keep my mouth shut.
4. I can make small talk with strangers easily.
5. There will be a commercial in Missouri involving Andy Richter and ten men in Santa suits--or so it seemed.
6. I am too concerned with others perception of me.
7. I love long, late night conversations.
8. My brother and I live about as different lives as possible, yet somehow share some of the same struggles and questions.
9. The way to overcome ignorance and bigotry is to teach our children differently.  Some of the enemies in the New Testament are individuals who are Jewish--not the faith and traditions as a whole.  I think this carries over into many areas.  Judgements made on entire groups of people based on the actions of some should not be passed onto our children.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

I'm Heading to Kansas City

I will be out on an adventure in KC, MO for most of the week.  I am sure there will be stories to share when I return.


Thursday, October 23, 2008


Scarlet Begonias is the song.  It is a Grateful Dead song--but yes, Jimmy Buffett does have a version.  I love that song. 

I chose red begonias this year at Home Depot--I wanted to have Scarlet Begonias at my house! If you know me, you know that is something I would do.  It's the little things people.  Little things like that make me smile.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Name the song...

Well, I ain't always right but I've never been wrong.
Seldom turns out the way it does in a song.

Ok, give me your best guess!  I want to see some comments!  

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Seven Things

Ok, my friend Lainie passed this on to me...  I am supposed to tell you seven little known things about myself.  Which is hard, because I am an open book to most!

1.  I secretly want to be famous for something.  I want to be a known columnist, or win teacher of the year, something good though.  

2.  I love my job--seriously love it.  Yeah, there are challenges--but it is the perfect ideal job for me.

3.  I thought for while it would be cool to name children after the twelve tribes of Israel. Naphtali was my favorite.  Thankfully for my children, my love of that idea ended about the time I met their father.

4.  I always lay out my clothes the night before.  I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't do this.  If it is a new combination of clothes, I try them all on to make sure they go together.

5.  I have issues with meat.  Especially if it is on a bone.  I like my food to look nothing like the animal.  I always buy boneless meat--except for Thanksgiving.  I deal with the bones.  

6.  I love Taco Bell--crunchy beef tacos and bean burritos.  I don't like the "fancy" stuff, just the basics.

7.  One of my most special things is a bracelet my mom wore a lot when I was little. Mom gave it to me a few weeks before she died. I wear it at least once a week.  

If you have a blog and want to pass this on--post seven things about yourself.  

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Mom's Tradition

My mom was famous for her Party Mix.  My brother and I would come home from school one day in October to the glorious smell of Party Mix in the oven.  Mom would make huge batches and repackage it in the cereal boxes and freeze it for the holidays.  I have a many memories of my grandpa digging through a box on Thanksgiving Day looking for cashews.   

One year, Mom bought "christmas tree" pretzels.  Well, they were actually a scripted shaped "A" made for Anheuser-Bush's brand of pretzels.  This was rather taboo for my family.  Mom was so embarrassed.  

I am making a huge batch of it right now!  It is baking, no "christmas trees" or other special pretzels this year.

This photo is the last time we were all together.  My husband and children with my parents and brother.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thought provoking

I read this in a friends blog! I loved it and stole it :) Thanks, Quincy.

I wrote the first thing I thought, I didn't want to edit myself too much--so beware :)

I am . . . Lynnea.
I think . . .too much about things beyond my control.
I want . . . a whole day with my family with no commitments.
I have . . . a lot of pewter ducks.
I miss . . . my mom.
I fear . . . being alone.
I feel . . . overwhelmed at times.
I hear . . . the aquarium humming.
I smell . . . candles.
I crave . . . recognition.
I cry . . . that my girls don't know my mom.
I search . . . for meaning in life.
I wonder . . . how the Earth spins, yet we seem to not notice it.
I regret . . . dating a boy my best friend liked.
I wish . . . I was more patient with my girls.
I love . . . Josh.
I care . . . about my students and their families.
I always . . . have an opinion.  Some of the time I share it.
I worry . . . too much.
I am not . . . a good singer.
I remember . . . growing up in Festus, MO.
I believe . . . there is a God.
I know . . . I don't have all the answers.
I sing . . . in the car--all the time.
I don't always . . . see black/white.
I argue . . . rarely, debate often!
I write . . . often in a journal.
I lose . . . my keys, only to realize they were never really lost.
I listen . . . to NPR every day.
I can . . . create masterpieces with construction paper.
I need . . . to feel loved.
I forget . . . to count the blessings!
I am happy . . . in a crowd.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

things are looking up

Well, I decided to think that way.  

I was given a jar of homemade jelly today.  

I couldn't walk today because of rain, so I went to Casa Blanca with some friends and had chips and cheese dip instead!

I made a batch of spiced pecans--just because I wanted too!  I didn't have to make something to take somewhere.  I just felt like doing it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Too Much Stuff to Do

There seems to be so many "extra" things in life.  Everyday life is busy enough. I like the fun stuff, but lately it feels like the fun stuff brings me more work.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Perfect Family if...

Why do people assume that when you have two girls that wish you had a boy?  I heard it a lot when I was expecting #2.  Did I want a boy?  Not really, I was thrilled to learn we would have two girls.  I never had regrets about having two girls, I wasn't eager to try for a boy.  

I actually had someone tell me that I would have the perfect family if my youngest had been a boy.  I calmly answered, no then I wouldn't have Claire.  Is it hard to imagine that we are perfectly content with what we have been given?  

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My Daughters

My daughters, I can't imagine what what my life would be like without these two girls.  Being a parent can be hard--but I would do anything for these girls.

Claire Allison, my second daughter.  She knows what she wants and has little patience.  She reminds me of myself in a lot of ways. She is five now.  She is always creating things and loves to help.  She is often shy, but amazed the church when she was three belting out the song her choir sang one Sunday.

Delaney Elizabeth, she is seven. She has been calm since birth.  She has confidence in herself, much more than I ever have.  She asks questions and always has a story to tell.  She seems to know everyone in the school.  

Friday, October 10, 2008

Looking Back

When I was expecting Delaney, I feel in love with a specific nursery bedding set.  It was from  Lambs and Ivy.  I found it in the JC Penney's catalogue.  It was white with blue and white pillow ticking trim.  It has different satin hearts on it.  It was exactly what I wanted.  It was VERY expensive.  Seriously, crazy priced for nursery bedding.   Remember this:  it was only in the catalogue.

I had my mom get a catalogue and look at it.  She was good at recreating things.  She made me a dress for my sixteenth birthday that was exactly like one I showed her in TEEN magazine.  Back to the bedding. 

I walk in JC Penney's one day and see a clearance table.  There is my set. There is a valance, a crib skirt, and the crib set.  Marked down really cheap--someone had ordered it and returned it.  I called my mom from the store and almost cried.  Mom told me the fabric would be more expensive than what it was marked to buy it.  

My aunt and uncle bought the mobile and diaper stacker from the catalogue to complete the nursery.  I loved that nursery. 

I included the photo of my parents when Delaney was born.  I found it when I was looking for the nursery one. My mom learned that her cancer had returned early into my pregnancy.  I remember when she told me, I didn't know for certain she would make it to see the baby born.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Things I love about Fall

I love Fall.  I love being able to wear sweatshirts and sweaters.  I love walking through fallen leaves.  I love apple cider.  I love pumpkin seeds.  I love carving pumpkins.  I love cool Autumn evenings.  

I love Fall, it is my favorite season.

Super mom

Today each  girl had a friend over.  They each made a mini pizza.  They helped measure sugar and stir KoolAid.  I sliced three different varieties of apples for them to try.  

They played, I unloaded the dishwasher and did laundry.  

Today, I feel like Super Mom.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

a bit of crazy

I am getting back to normal.  I get crazy after extended visits with Josh's parents.  It makes me sad that my mom isn't here.  My girls don't have their Grandma, and I don't have a Mom.  I feel a bit slighted by this.  I wish I didn't get this way, but I do and this has happened before.  I actually cried today because I miss my mom.  I haven't done that in a long time, it has been well over three years ago that she died.  October has been hard in the past, everywhere I look or read there is mention of Breast Cancer Awareness.  My mom, for a reason I may never know, didn't become a surviver of Breast Cancer.  

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Home in AL

It has been odd since I left.  I learned that a childhood friend was killed in an accident.  We spent the afternoon with some old friends.  The next day, we happened to be at the same place at the same time as my husband's high school love.  Today started with an odd conversation and then tears on the car ride home.  

The trip was odd for me.  I am tired now.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Only 32

I am grateful to be 32, but I hope for a long life.  One of my childhood friends died this weekend in an accident. I have been searching online for more information.  So far, I can't find anything.  

old friends

We spent today with old friends.  Josh met them in high school--I met them soon after meeting Josh.  We got married the same summer.  We all lived in Rolla after we were married, and then the guys worked together in Huntsville for the next seven years.  They left us, and moved back to Arkansas.  I really felt that way, that they were leaving us.  I was more heart broken than they knew.  

Between the two families, our kids are 7, 6, 5, and 4.  The more kids came the harder it became to get together.  Life gets so busy.  I used to wonder if we had been better at making time if they would have stayed in Alabama.  

I'm In Arkansas

We arrived yesterday afternoon, we only had a few minutes of grumpiness in the car.  I would call that a success.  Josh and I ran out for some Mexico Chiquito.  I haven't quite gotten the recipe for the cheese dip right yet.  I am missing something.

Today's mission--razorbacks shirts for all of us.  The girls need something to wear on "Spirit Day" when most wear their Alabama or Auburn wears.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


There are no words sometimes.  Sometimes we can only pray and ask others to do the same.  Please pray for friends of mine and their precious baby. 

Monday, September 29, 2008

Need is a relative thing these days
It borders on desire
The high tech world is full of bright
shiny things
We think we really require--Jimmy Buffett

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I never got over those blue eyes...

I like this Johnny Cash song.  There is something about those blue eyes.  I feel the same way.  My dad has those piercing blue eyes.  My husband has those take notice blue eyes.  Both my girls have their father's bright blue eyes.  

One of the most famous for his blue eyes, Paul Newman died recently.  He once said, he thought there was something to the idea of the farmer who put back his money into the land.  He was referring to his charity work.  His motivation was not to be seen as a saint.  He just thought it was the right thing to do.  

I read a book written by his daughter a few years ago.  She recounted a story of her dad giving an unlikely gift, especially from a wealthy actor.  He bought her and her mother wooden racks to dry plastic bags after washing them to reuse them.  She mentioned he had such great joy in this item.  He knew it would be something they would not want to live without.  

I know Paul Newman was a great actor.  I admit, I know him more from his Newman's Own product line.  I do remember those blue eyes...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pyrex Memories

I grew up with my mom using these mixing bowls.  Today I learned that they are a set of four--we only had two.  I wonder if mom bought them at a garage sale or something.  My mom loved garage sales. 

 I can't imagine that two were broken my whole life.  I have no memory of having more than the two.  There were a lot of cookies made in those bowls.  I made scones today in the large one.  

I love having these bowls. They are a gentle reminder of my childhood.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Seven Random Things

1. I don't like purple.

2. I have been to 48 states.

3. I have been to a Rod Stewart concert.

4. I have never watched American Idol.

5. I love magazines.
6. I watch French movies, they are my favorite.

7. I still hold out hope that I excel in some sport, some day.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sugar and I Would Guess Lard Too!

I went to the new donut place on the way to work.  I look in the case.  I spot it!  Apple fritters, my favorite. I thought the ones from Publix were good---then I had a bite of this one.  Melt in your mouth deliciousness.  It was all flakey and appley. 

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Tuesdays with Morrie

I am late, like ten years late, in discovering this book.  I read it this weekend.  I love the relationship between professor and student.  The relationship remains all these years later.  

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."  Henry Adams

The books ends with a question.  

"Have you ever really had a teacher? One who saw you as a raw but precious thing, a jewel that, with wisdom, could be polished to a proud shine."

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Apple butter anyone?

Let me know if you want a jar.  Claire and I peeled and cut up many, many apples.  She's an expert with a peeler and a paring knife now.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

"What! You too?..."

"Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to the other, What! You too? I thought I was the only one." CS Lewis

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

For the love of Frye boots

Remember this one?  

Today I wore them for the first time this season.  They are still fabulous.  

Monday, September 15, 2008

I am...

the daughter of Beecher and Patty--named in honor of my grandmothers--from Festus, MO--the sister of Jason--giddy about Barbie--a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University--a wife to Josh--a teacher--a resident of Alabama--the mother of Delaney--the mother of Claire--a member of Trinity Baptist Church--a Preschool teacher--a scrapbook maker--a lover of thrift stores--aware of the grief of losing a mother to cancer--a wanna be student of theology--learning to listen without a response--sure one day Charlie Brown will get that kite to fly--a Jimmy Buffett fan--sure that all is well with the world when I see and hear the ocean--aware that I don't have all the answers--striving to see God in the everyday--a collector of fifty year old Pyrex--surrounded by more friends than I deserve--

Homework brings out the worst in me

I am about to admit an awful secret, one that should not be used against me.  If you can not live up to that arrangement, do not read further.

Some claim I am a patient person, they have never seen me at my weakest hour.  Homework.  I know my daughter is a bright girl.  I think she should get it right--the first time.  I get frustrated, she gets frustrated...  

Admitting it is the first step to recovery right?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

A Quarter's Worth of Happiness

I found this treasure yesterday for a quarter.  I have the matching cup already.  I was so happy, I had to share.  This a serious happy find.  I quietly picked it up, while screaming and jumping up and down inside. 

I love The Hangar Thrift Store.  It brings me much happiness (for a quarter).  

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I go for Alabama. (Not Personally you AU Fans)

There are several phrases I was not familiar with in my life before AL.  "I go for Alabama/Auburn/etc." is one of them.   This means you are a fan of the team.  Tonight at dinner, Claire says she is for Alabama.  We ask about it, she says "Auburn is (and points down)".  We talk about how she can be a fan of whatever team she wants, that Daddy is an Arkansas fan because that is where he grew up.  We tell her she could tell her teacher the "Whoo Pig" Arkansas thing.  Claire decides maybe she'll go for Arkansas.  

Claire's kindergarten teacher apparently is an Alabama fan.  While thinking about this, I realized we have known what team all of their teachers "go" for.  Delaney's kindergarten teacher was an Auburn fan.  Her first grade teacher was an Alabama fan.  Yes, it seems in Alabama that is must be made known who you go for.   

You can not be a silent  observer forever.  I fear one day I will have to go for a team.  I wonder where the girls will go to college?  I hope to have another 10 years before I have to decide.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Running Skirts at Target

There are many, many skirts on the rack.  Not one size medium.  I try a small, it is ill fitting.  I go and dig, yes there are that many.  Yet, not one medium in the store.  I guess all the target running skirt wears in the area are my size.  

Yeah, I found one! It is even on a sale rack.  It is a medium.  It fits perfectly.  It is an odd blue plaid.  Of all the choices, blue plaid it is.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Alton Brown

I just saw a promo--Feasting on Waves!  I loved Feasting on Asphalt.  He was on a sailboat!  

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Don't mess with my emotions

All the speakers at the convention go on and on....

It was the same last week.  I can hardly keep my eyes open...

I had a thought about this.  It is like my thoughts on Praise and Worship choruses...when you repeat it over and over.  I feel this is just to build emotion, and I don't like it.  I don't care for my emotions being toyed with.   

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Out of my League

In October, I am going to a lecture series at William Jewell.  I received the official invite a few days ago.  I am nervous.  I hope I not the idiot in the room.  

Labor Day Redo

I am making this for dinner tonight.  Yesterday we had jerk chicken, black beans, and yellow rice. I am using the leftover chicken and black beans tonight.  It smells great.  

We had a great weekend.  We swam, we had friends over, we ate.  Sounds like a good end of the summer to me.  

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Cleaning and Thrift Stores

We spent the morning cleaning, so we could have fun this afternoon.  We hit all the thrift stores in town.  I am sure you know, I LOVE thrift stores.  The hunt, the treasures, and the total junk!  It's fabulous. 

I found these two cookbooks for $1 each.  

I also found some awesome boots.  They are probably from the 70s.  They are a reddish brown leather.  I have been reading online this evening about leather conditioner.  Anyone have any experience or opinions in restoring old leather?  They are fine as is, but I think a little something might be nice.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Rise and Shine

I am not a morning person, I would love to sleep until 9.  I don't, but I do manage to make it until 7.  In the summer, I made it my goal to stay in bed until 8.  Didn't really work out most of the time, but we all need goals right?

Josh is out of town, I had to get the girls to school.  The alarm rang at 6.  I feel like there is something ungodly about 6 am.  I just doesn't sound good/right to me.  Tomorrow is a repeat of today.  I get them to school and me to work.  

Josh does this everyday, I am thankful.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

one out of two...

well still seems bad.  Oh, the ups and downs of election day.  Let it be known, I care too much about this sort of thing.

I Voted


Today is the day, the day that the signs should begin to dwindle. The door to door visits, and the phone calls should end.   I have never seen so many signs.  All for Mayor of Madison.  

Monday, August 25, 2008

sneezing and other thoughts

School is back in full swing for everyone.  The girls are happy with their teachers and classmates.  I seem to have a great group of kids in my class as well.  Some came last week coughing and sneezing, and now I am a bit under the weather.   I knew Thursday I was in trouble.  During circle time, an adorable four year old boy smiled and sneezed ALL over me.  I calmly asked him to wash his hands and get a tissue... now four days later, where are those tissues?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Life is Good

My girls have the soccer and flowers shirts.  I have the breathe and tea shirts.  I love them, they make me smile!  I reused a tag from a shirt as a gift tag for Josh's anniversary gift.  I seemed perfect for the occasion. 

I love these guys.  

Friday, August 15, 2008


This is from here.

My friend John posted questions/answers from here.  I noticed this set of questions.

1.  Smells, and memories.  Do you have a scent that when you smell it, brings up a memory?  Do share.  My mom made wonderful sugar cookies.  They have almond extract it them, and when I smell anything with that scent, I think of my childhood.

2.  Songs.  Is there a particular song that brings back happy memories? There are many, but I always think of my childhood friend, Julie, when I hear "What a Friend We Have in Jesus".  We sang this song at camp.  It was my one and only time singing in public.  Thankfully, my mic wasn't on/working.

3.  How about a song that brings up painful memories? I really am uncomfortable with the hymns sang at my mom's funeral.  They have also been sang at most of the other funerals I have been at since then.  

4. Food.  Is there a certain food that conjures up memories? My mom's party mix.  It was my mom's "thing".  If you knew her, you are familiar with it.  YUM.  Now that I think of it, there are a lot of different food things I could mention.

5.  Clothing?  Do you have an item of clothing or if you see a certain item, does it make you think of a certain time/place or person?  I have a pair of Bass brown leather clogs that I bought right around the time I met Josh.  I love those shoes.  They were the most expensive shoes I had ever bought at that time.  They were full price at Dillards in Cape Girardeau--$50.  I loved those shoes.  I think I got my money's worth.  That semester was the best of my college experience. I made a lot of great friends that semester.  Many great times in Myers Hall, and I met Josh there on the Third Floor.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

For Almost Two Weeks...

I have had this ring for almost two weeks now.  Josh gave it to me on our tenth anniversary.  I love it, I gaze at it, it is perfect.  

Sunday, August 10, 2008

I can't get away from the Baptist in me...

I think it is important for me to say a few things about me being a Baptist.  I hear a lot of complaining about churches being Baptist or not Baptist enough.  Is my church really Baptist?  Of course we are really Baptist, but what is Baptist really?

"Because of the importance of the priesthood of every believer, the centrality of the freedom of conscience and thought in Baptist theology, and due to the congregational style of church governance, doctrine varied greatly between one Baptist church and another (and among individual Baptists)."

Baptists aren't all supposed to be alike, Baptist churches aren't supposed to be alike.  I don't understand where this idea came from.  

Do I believe the same as every Baptist?  Do I believe the same as everyone in my church?  Do I have to? No, and that should be celebrated.  This is apart of church history.  I think that is what Baptist is all about.  

I am prepared for major disagreements. :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

today's the day

Backpacks, new shoes, back to school outfits, this morning my girls went off to school looking cute.  They were excited this morning.  We'll see in a few hours how the day went.  It has been a long day for me.  

Monday, August 4, 2008


I don't tend to remember my dreams, but a few nights ago I had an odd one.  I noticed in my dream that the diamond was gone from my new ring.  I got nervous, then realized it wasn't really gone.  It had fallen deep inside the ring and it couldn't be seen. 

Analyze that...

My Girls Go to School Wednesday

I can't believe it.  We have to go back to being responsible people... summer vacation is over.  How did all this happen so fast?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Ten Years Later...

Ten years ago, I was in a plane heading to Key West.  I think it was more like St. Louis to Atlanta, Atlanta to Miami, Miami to Key West--point being, Josh and I were heading to Key West for our honeymoon.  

Josh gave me a beautiful ring for our anniversary.  I love it, I actually went around town showing it off to some of my friends yesterday.  I catch myself gazing at it.  

Monday, July 28, 2008

Brunch, Dinner, and Hot Springs

Josh and I went to Hot Springs for a night/day before we went to his parents to get the girls.  We stayed and had brunch at The Arlington.  We hadn't been before, but it is a popular brunch place.  It was fabulous.  I didn't expect it to be as great as it was.  I had a bit of just about everything. I even tried caviar.  Why not?  Eggs Benedict were my favorite--well there were homemade donuts, so it is hard to narrow it down.  

I had so much great food in Hot Springs.  Saturday night we went to McClards Barbeque. It is so good that you don't mind stalking tables because it is seat yourself and there is a crowd. Josh and I shared a half order of the Tamale Spread.  Which sounds not nearly as good as it is.  Even if I told you everything that makes a spread, it would not sound good.  Oh, but it is SO good. I honestly don't like half the stuff they put in it, but the combination works.  

Food Network Star

I love this show, but I thought the whole point was that the viewers have a choice in the winner.  I sort of wonder why they call it "Your Next Food Next Work Star".  The poll or whatever they mentioned does not count.  I think it was to appease people into thinking they are voting.  

Is it because last years winner ended up a flop? Why did they cut out the voting? 

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Dreams and Expectations

My summer of 1998 was full of weddings.  It seemed there was one every weekend.  All the flowers, dresses, cake, and details.  It was fun.  It was especially fun and exciting, because Josh and I also got married that summer.  

What would the future hold?  There were so many dreams and expectations for us all.  These couples have moved throughout the country, and some have found their way back home.  The changes in our lives have undergone, some fun and exciting and some painful and challenging.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Childless for a few days

The girls are going to spend a fews days with their Nana and Poppy in Arkansas.  Josh and I are going to go out to dinner and a movie tonight.  I have an appointment for a pedicure tomorrow afternoon.  

I will admit this afternoon, it has been really quiet.  I keep on listening for the girls upstairs, and then I remember they are not home.  It is eerie to have so much time to myself.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Vince Gill was that you?

Why are you doing Fruit of the Loom commercials?  

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Food Adventures

I am eating a bit of homemade blueberry cheese danish.  It is so good.  I used my blueberry jam that I made last week in it.  I found a basic cheese danish recipe and added the blueberry to it. 

I made the Poppyseed Chicken recipe from the Dinner Doctor cookbook for dinner.  It is the same author as The Cake Mix Doctor series.  I have on the those, but don't use it often.  I love the Dinner Doctor.  There are several recipes in there that I make regularly.  

Keeping up with the food theme, I love Next Food Network Star.  I look forward to it on Sunday Nights.  It was the only show I wanted to make sure I watched while we were in Key West.  Thankfully it isn't in until 10 PM there, so it wasn't a big deal to be back at our place in time.  I better go, my show will be on in soon!

Friday, July 18, 2008

End of Summer Blues (in Mid July)

I really dislike that summer is almost over for us.  Soon, the girls will be in school.  I will be back in school--back to crazy schedules.  I like the laid back summer life.  Although it hasn't been all that laid back, it seems like a whirlwind of activities.  Fun stuff though, why does all the fun have to end? 

I used to love going back to school.  I could see all my friends again, it was exciting.  I wish I could go back to that feeling.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I am bad about building things up in my mind.  Holidays especially can be bad.  I want things to be so perfect.  I feel this way now about my tenth anniversary coming up.  I don't know why I have done this to myself.  

For some reason, I think this year should be over the top.  We don't usually do a lot for our anniversary. It is always been fine.  I don't know why I think it should be so different this year.

Oh well...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Because Laura mentioned it...

I had included this part, but I couldn't get the flow of the story like I wanted it.

My father in law bought me a Pink and Pretty Barbie for Christmas one of first years after Josh and I were married.  I loved getting her almost as much as getting the first one.  She is as beautiful as I remembered.  Honestly.  Pink and Pretty Barbie has fabulous clothes and jewelry.  

She is all pretty in the box---she found her way  to me through the magic of ebay.  

Monday, July 14, 2008

Barbie Bliss

 This beautiful Barbie was my first Barbie.  I had a few not quite Barbies before this beautiful lady came into my life.  They weren't the same.  They may have been a better value, they came with a lot of accessories, but they weren't beautiful like Barbie.  Seriously, the not Barbies tend to have bad hair and unusual faces.  

On that wonderful day in April of 1982, I opened my birthday gifts and Barbie entered my life.  I loved her.  She was pink and sparkly.  She always was special.  Later, more Barbies joined my life.  I even had a Ken and a Skipper in the mix.  Barbie even had friends, Tracy the Bride, Todd the Groom and The Heart Family.  I didn't have the Bride--come on, Barbie was the Bride. I made her beautiful wedding gowns made from my slips.  I am sure they were the equivalent of a 100 feet long train, but it was fabulous to me.  
There is just something special about Barbie.

Messy Journey

It seems like big home projects lead to mess.  My home as been a mess for three weeks.  Ripping up carpet is a nasty job.  Laying hardwood floors is a dusty and noisy job.  In a few weeks, beautiful hardwood floors! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

For those who haven't seen me in a while...

Where does the time go?  School starts in less than a month.  I have been married for almost ten years.  I have a seven year old and a five year old.  How did all this happen?  It is hard to believe.  

P--I got your message, I will call soon!  Can you believe it has been eleven years ago we were roommates?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Going Home...Sort of

I am packing for a weekend in Missouri.  I grew up in Missouri, but my dad moved several years ago a few hundred miles away from my hometown.  It is familiar, most of my family is a near there.  I traveled to the area many times.  

It is like going home, but not.  There a places we love to go when we visit my dad.  Mexican Villa to eat. The girls like to fish at Aunt Frankie and Uncle Andy's place.  We get to see most of the relatives.  It is always full of fun experiences, but it isn't home.  

My hometown is Festus, Missouri.  I would love to make it back and see the people and familiar sights.  

Monday, June 30, 2008

Where I was Last Week

Homemade Blueberry Jam is Delicious


Ever been so happy you felt like you could burst?  For no apparent reason?  I feel that way today.  I could hop and skip my day away.  Life is good, I think I will make a cup of tea.  

Saturday, June 28, 2008


I decided to make muffins and jam with the blueberries.

Ode to a Coffee Mug

A few Christmases ago, I was given a beautiful coffee mug from one of my students.  It is from Pier One and is cream, grey-blue, black, and olive green.  It sort of has an art deco feel to it.  I love it, and decided to redo my bedroom with this as my inspiration.  

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sights, Sounds, and Smells

I am sitting looking at recipes for blueberries.  I bought an assortment of things at a local fruit/vegetable stand.  I just ate some corn that I cut off the cob and roasted with a little olive oil and salt.  I ate that and some squash and zucchini for lunch.  So Good!  

I can hear the Blue Angels above me.  There is a show in a few days, so went outside and caught a glimpse of them.

Scones, muffins, pie-oh my!  I can't decide what to make with the fresh blueberries.  

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


There is something about the journey home that makes you happy to finally get there.  I hate the idea of vacation ending, but is nice to get home.  We enjoyed our Key West adventure.

One of my college buddies, and a great friend who happened to be one of my summer missionary partners back in the day, had a baby girl today!  How cool is that?  

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

More Cuban Food

We went back for more, we had dinner at the same place two nights in a row.  It was just as good tonight.  I had the Roast Beef tonight with black beans, yellow rice, and plantains.  We had flan for dessert.  I am stuffed.  It is so good.  Josh had the Cuban mix sandwich, which they were out of last night.  What is it about the cafe con leche that is so much better than regular coffee with milk?  It is wonderful.  

Last Night's View

Best Food in Town

This restaurant has been voted the Best Cuban Restaurant on the Island for the past 14 years.  We went 10 years ago, and we have being talking about it since.  This place is why I love Cuban food.  

It isn't a place you just walk by, you have to know where it is.  The manager at the B&B where we stayed on our honeymoon told us about it.  It is a long walk from where we are staying, so we took at taxi last night. 

Last night I had Cafe con leche, Roasted Pork, Plantains, Black Beans and Yellow Rice, and at least my share of Cuban Bread.  I wish I had some leftovers for Breakfast--it was that good.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Ten Years Later...

This is where we spent our Honeymoon.  It was a beautiful place.  It will be 10 years next month! We went by and showed the girls.  Delaney took this photograph of us!  

Me and Cuba

I have an odd love affair with Cuba.  It began after I spent our honeymoon in Key West.  

Today, we went to a museum of Cuban culture/heritage.  The building was used at one time as a school to teach the children of Cuban immigrants years ago.  The building was built in 1924 using all Cuban materials.  I love the tiles. 

While there, we watched a video that was various clips from Cuban movies and Tourism ads from the 1950s.  They also have a raft used by some immigrants to reach the United States.  They were rescued by the US Coast Guard.  The sight of the small raft and a photo of 8 or more men on it left an impression on me.  The were wearing crude life vests with the equivalent of We are nothing without Christ written on them.  I can't imagine feeling so helpless to risk everything for a chance to escape.  

Last Night's View

Friday, June 20, 2008


We came, we saw, we lifted a gold bar.

Mel Fisher's Maritime Museum, Key West, Florida

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hemingway and those crazy cats of his...

Hemingway had a cat who had an extra toe, this was supposed to bring good luck.  There are still cats on the property with this extra toe.  It sort of looks like a thumb.  The girls loved the cats. There are 51 cats living on the property.  The guides all refer to them by name.  The guide said, don't you know all your coworkers names?  

The house is amazing.  This is the number one tourist attraction in Key West.  I am not surprised.  We have been every visit.  I seem to learn something new every tour.  Hemingway purchased the house for $8000.