Tuesday, July 29, 2014


This photo was taken just before we became engaged and was carried around in a wallet for many years.

Tyler Ward, author of this great book sent an email to his readers asking for our best marriage advice.  This was my reply:

My husband and I have been married for 22 years.  We were both preachers kids, and had our dads perform our wedding.  My father-in-law said something to us that neither of us have ever forgotten.  In fact, we have worked very hard to live by these words of his.  He said, "Be good to each other.  Keep Jesus at the center of your marriage.  And, make the church the object of your greatest ambition."  That's it.  

That's everything.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Faves

  * To Make You Think: One Simple Secret to Effective Time Management

* Great Read: The Grimm Legacy by Polly Schulman

* Because I'm a Word Nerd: my new favorite definition, discovered by Sloane

* Images of the Week: A little flashback fun: The Sochi Olympics, Frame by Frame

* Anticipating: another day trip to Crystal Bridges

* A Song: "The Diver" by Thomas Newman

* Quote of the Week: "A good man fights for himself and his.  A great man fights for everyone else." ~ author unknown 

* In Case You Missed It: Biscuits & Memories

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Morning Poetry

pink sea urchin, magnified

Magnifying Glass

Small grains
in a stone
grow edges
that twinkle.

The smooth
moth's wing
sprouts feathers
like shingles;

My thumb
is wrapped
in rich
satin wrinkles.

~ Valerie Worth

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Faves

* Quote of the Week: "The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them."  ~ unknown

* Something to Buy: I really want a stylish, smallish umbrella.  Like this one

* Some Thing to Make: a confettied wall

* Several Songs: 60s Oldies Radio is a pre-made Pandora station, and it is wonderful!

* Images of the Week: The Annular Eclipse Painter, Taiwan by Ken

* To Make You Think: "This will forever change the way you look at selfies" on the Unlooker

* Just for Fun: Click here

* BLOGspiration: Kitchen Fellowship by Alyssa Passage

* To Make You Laugh: I laughed until I could. not. breathe.  Really. (rated PG13)

* Anticipating: Jeffrey is hanging our new, super-cool, funky, retro-looking, black and nickel bedroom ceiling fan today.  I'm so excited!

* PINspiration: Aging awesomely, curated by Susannah Conway

  * In Case You Missed It: That Old Momma Magic 

* Some Things I Love: clematis (see above) and other climbing, flowering plants, this record-breakingly cool July we've been having, making decisions that feel good deep in my gut, waking up without an alarm clock, time to read a huge pile of magazines in one sitting, my new Relyn Lawson Photography postcards, the way our house looks all freshly painted and deep cleaned

Happy weekend, friends.  What delights do you have planned?

Monday, July 14, 2014

something for you

Here's one way to have a perfect summer day:

Get up early on a Saturday morning.  Pack the car with water and snacks.
Plan a hike in the Mark Twain National Forest, or your local beauty spot.  
Make sure the hike is some distance away so you'll have plenty of time in the car to talk.  
Rest your hand on his thigh as he drives.
Smile at your child still asleep in the backseat.
While you are hiking stop often and take pictures of things that make your heart sing. 
When you get home, relive your beautiful day as you look at your photos.
Turn one of them into a desktop background so it will 
remind you over and over of a perfect day. 

This is the desktop background I made, and I'd like to share it with you

Just click the image to see the full-size version.  Then, right-click and download the file to use for your desktop background, or any other way you might like. 

Wishing you many perfect summer days of your own.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Morning Poetry

The Cabbage

You have rented an apartment.
You come to this enclosure with physical relief,
your heavy body climbing the stairs in the dark,
the hall bulb burned out, the landlord
of Greek extraction and possibly a fatalist.
In the apartment and leaning against one wall,
your daughter' painting of  a large frilled cabbage,
against a dark sky with pinpoints of stars.
The eager vegetable opening itself
as if to eat the air, or speak in cabbage
language of the meanings within meanings;
while the points of stars hide their massive
violence in the dark upper half of the painting.
You can live with this.
     ~ Ruth Stone

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Faves

* A Song: "We've Got Something" by Adaline

* Things I Love: family movie nights, magazines, magazines, magazines, finishing summer projects, keeping icy mugs in the freezer, Sloane's cupcakes, the sound of kids at swim practice, day long swim meets, working with Jeffrey on our home, homegrown zinnias in bud vases all over the house

* Great Read: Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

* Because I'm a Word Nerd: Y'all, Youse and Yous Guys

* Something Yummy: Pinenuts and Blue Cheese by Brooke Albrecht

* Quote of the Week: "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." ~ Babe Ruth

* Picture of the Week: Just Room Enough Island by Omegatron

* To Make You Laugh: Funny Test Answers

* In Case You Missed It: A Cat Named Precious

Oldies, but Goodies