the hidden things.

Several years ago, I taught yoga and, in fact, owned my own little studio. Sometimes, I wonder if I went down the path of business owner just so I could invite my favorite teachers there to teach and I could sit at their feet daily.  Speaking of feet, I remember one class in particular. Keep […]

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focusing on weakness.

Ah. That title just begs attention, doesn’t it? For me, it’s been a giant, handheld mirror that I’ve been looking in over the last few days, and not necessarily by choice…but I’m grateful. Let me start with a story. It’s a story about a hidden lesson; one that I probably think I need to perform […]

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the experimenter.

Always, always, always.  When it comes to seeing how things work, how far he can push them… He’s in. Today’s experiment involved a refillable water balloon. Usually, these are about the size of an actual water balloon. But today, well… Let’s just see how this worked out. Especially because he was so confident and unsuspecting. […]

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viva le jardin.

Ever one to jump right in with both feet (as long as it’s not cold water – I can’t jump in cold water. Nope. Never ever ever.), Hank and I decided that this year, my project would be … the garden. Y’all. It’s huge.  In the past, we’ve done smaller, raised bed gardens. We worked […]

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lately…

That darned ol’ cup has been overflowing. I’ve had the delicious gift of… quality time. I’ve been so thirsty for it.  Last month, I went to visit our oldest son and his wife and daughter. It was time laced with lazing about in recliners, good food, long talks, soft sunsets. And even though I grew […]

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south by midwest

Let’s talk biscuits. I love them. But, I do admit that I’m a biscuit snob.  And do you know who makes the best biscuits? That’s right. My momma. I claim southern roots. In all honesty, I’m more south-by-midwest. SXMW, for those of you with me. I love southern manners. Southern men. The way southern women can […]

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little gifts.

I began bullet journaling at the beginning of the year. It’s given me the much needed opportunity to look ahead in the calendar and realign with my long-neglected intention of gift giving. Birthdays, special days, just-because days. And to be very honest very quickly, I’ve forgotten the art of gift giving! I can’t remember if […]

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just look around…

A couple months ago, I let our 11yo in on the nuances of believing. There is a great debate in our world of whether or not to believe in Santa. At the extremes, there is the Keeping-Christ-in-Christmas and don’t make it about Santa versus Christmas magic and Kris Kringle all the way. Both sides voice […]

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dst gives way to bs.

I will admit, I sure did enjoy “sleeping in” the extra hour on Sunday. My bonus was this: Bedhead Sunday. May I present to you…the most fantastic BSers. Feel free to post your own. It’ll be like a friendly competition with which to horrify our children in their social media legacy that we have started […]

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can i make something?

One of my little men takes after his momma’s heart. More specifically and better stated: my sweet tooth. :) He’s our guy who walks in from school, pauses at the back door, takes in a big breath and says, “Ahhhh. What’s that wonderful smell?” When it comes to food, he either loves it or hates […]

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belonging.

Lately, I seem to be having a lot of discussions about light and darkness. From a moral perspective to a daylight saving time conversation to sunshine v. starlight. In fact, Hank built up a Japanese-style soaking tub in our backyard a couple weeks ago, also known as a Redneck Hot Tub. It’s a stock tank […]

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finding center.

I realized something a couple weeks ago in my first pottery class. I sat there during introductions, shrinking into myself because I was so very aware of what a novice I am. There I sat, feeling my armpits begin to sweat, as person after person sang the song of experience with clay and wheels and […]

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the bottle babies.

When we started filling up our little farm space with animals, Hank and I decided that we would use our grandparents’ names (and crazy aunts and uncles as well) for goats. We can’t name the chickens – there are too many. Also? I can’t really tell them apart from one another, aside from, perhaps, two […]

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bring on some awkward.

Every time I think it’s gonna happen, meh. Don’t you remember middle school? The pinnacle of gawkiness? The heyday of acne? The epitome of stink? What is wrong with my children? They’reΒ showering before school, UNPROMPTED. They’re tremendously goofy, well this one at least, but there’s no gawkiness. What the heck?! There’s athletic ability and endurance […]

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the big exhale.

Today is my Dad’s birthday. The Thanksgiving before he passed away, he told me he wanted to be cremated. He had told me that about a million times, so I looked at him, grinned, and asked, “Well? Where do you want to go?” He grinned back and said, “Pike’s Peak.” This morning, we drove to […]

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