"The primary goal in the education of children is to teach, and to give the example of a virtuous life."

Saint John Chrysostom

Transitions

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 3 comments

Transitions

Deep in the depths of the big move, Les gets a text that he has to fly on moving day.   Sigh…

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Bear! O My!

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends, Road Scholars | 4 comments

Bear! O My!

We recently got back from a wonderful trip at a cabin in the Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg, TN with Les’ family.  It was our very first trip with his parents, siblings, and their families.

I have to admit that my ideal get away is at a cabin in the woods.  My goodness…I could stay there forever, especially with views like this greeting me when I wake up.  If my kids would let me, I would have sat on the balcony or stared out our window for most of the day over several cups of coffee. 

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It’s Not All About Runway

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 4 comments

It’s Not All About Runway

I sat down.  I don’t think I could will my body to get up right now even if I tried.  Here I sit…within reaching distance of my repaired laptop and a sleeping baby in sight.  I just sent off photos to my mother-in-law and thought I’d write some posts before the next crazy three days commence.  I may even schedule my posts to publish themselves while I’m busy moving – something I’ve never done before.

Here is a commentary on several conversations between my daughter and myself that we’d like to share with all of you:

Niki and I have both experienced similar reactions from people when they ask either of us what Niki is pursuing for her major. When we tell people she is majoring in Fashion Design, they immediately think she’s trying to be a designer for runway fashion and lose interest in hearing anything else that passes through our lips.

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It’s Always the Little Things

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 1 comment

It’s Always the Little Things

My computer is at the Bestest Husband Repair Shop…again. My poor laptop.  Niki didn’t need her computer today so I’m sneaking in a moment to write.

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Phase II: The Bumps in the Road

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 in All Posts, Our Hobby Farm | 4 comments

Phase II: The Bumps in the Road

Completed.

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Moving: Phases I & II

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 1 comment

Moving: Phases I & II

Phase I:  Complete.

We moved our first load of stuff to our new home yesterday.  The rest of our stuff will be moved when Les can get a few days off of work – so… unknown at this point.  I’m getting everything packed and prepped but I simply cannot do all of it.  Taking stuff apart and actually moving it is Les’ department.  The two of us make a good team.

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The Cross We Carry

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 7 comments

The Cross We Carry

For a long time, I found myself thinking about how I’d deal with a situation differently as I caught glimpses of the lives of others around me.   I’d think to myself, “You just need to do this…or that” as if I fully understood all the nuances of that moment for myself.  I forgot that the mere moments I witnessed, were just that, moments of a grander picture.  An event that did not just materialize out of thin air but were preceded by many other events outside the reach of my own knowledge or sight.

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No More Teenagers…

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 5 comments

No More Teenagers…

…until next summer anyway.

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Home

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 4 comments

Home

I was sitting on the hearth of the fireplace in our new home looking around and thinking about where I intend to put the items that are such an integral part of our daily life.  I was a bit lost in thought when one of my children remarked, “Mom…we even have a fireplace in this house so we have a place to put our family altar and take our family pictures.”

I couldn’t help but smile.  In his world, a family altar goes above the fireplace because that’s the only place he’s ever known it to be.  Moments before, we had just finished agreeing on who would have which bedroom upstairs, establishing a new space for him. He had just realized this new home also provided a place to put our family icons, establishing (in his mind) God’s visual space in our home.  It’s comforting to see my kids thinking about such things – what and who makes a home, a home.

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We’re Moving

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 8 comments

We’re Moving

God works in mysterious ways.   Last week, we weren’t giving any thought to the possibility of moving any time soon despite our desire to do so.  Now…it seems to be the only thing on our minds.

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