Sentimental Family Recipes

Over thirty years ago my husband and I lived over 2,000 miles away from my family. I would call or write my mom and ask her for recipes. One day I said, "Would you write down some of your recipes?" My mom wrote down a few of the special cherished family secret recipes that I [...]

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Spring Break Stay-cationing

Last year we took a trip during Spring Break to Greenville, SC. It was exciting to plan and look forward to. We had a great time exploring and discovering a new region and area. This year, we decided to stay home or "Stay-cation" during Spring Break. As the time approached coworkers would mention the warm [...]

Imagine If a Classroom were like a Garden…

You plant a garden... Than you wait. You water so the garden grows... Than you wait. Some things do really well others succumb to weather or insects... Than you wait. If your blessed, you start to see growth in the plants & they take off but while all this is going on... You wait. One [...]

GrowIt!

This past Spring I bought some plants & flowers from a local Farmstand. Part of the checkout process was to give an invitation to join GrowIt a gardening social media platform for gardeners to share their pics of plants, ask questions, problem solve with the community. It was all given to me with a package [...]

When Does a Father Grow into a Dad?

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing fathers…

Since writing this article a year ago…our other daughter & her boyfriend have bought a home, and her dad has become their “Go To” Mentor as they learn to navigate being new homeowners, and he learns when to “step in” and “when to step back!”

iamlifelonglearner

I was blessed to grow up with a dad that took care of his family, provided for us, made sure we had what we needed to grow into successful adults.  My dad modeled parenting for me.  His parenting style evolved over the years as his children got older.  The reality is being married, having kids, balancing the roller coaster of life that starts out with the slow ascend arriving at the top only to descent at a rapid fire speed…there is no manual for those challenges life may bring. So what makes a father a dad and when does that metamorphose happen?

My husband’s parents divorced when he was very young, consequently he grew up in a single parent home.  His mom did a fantastic job of providing a home for my husband and his sister. She not only had to be the nurturer but she had to be the disciplinarian as…

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Emerging Buds!

Photo Challenge: Awakening In between the raindrops, sleet and snow...I was able to get some flower buds that had been washed in rainwater! Each season has its color.  Spring is full of every color imaginable; pinks, orchids, yellows, different shades of red splashing the landscape sharply contrast the dreary white & grayish tones of Winter. [...]

Not Yet Unwrapped…

Photo Challenge:Rise/Set     The day begins quiet.  I am the only one awake.  I do my devotional, my meditation.  I glance outside and see this sunrise.  I know its going to be a great day, full of possibilities... Look at the beautiful colors...the sky is a canvas!

White Noise

Daily Post: Noise Does anyone else struggle with sensory overload? I work in a high energetic active environment. Sometimes by the end of the day...I am on sensory overload. For me, quiet is good, quiet is golden. I don't always have to be talking, reflecting, meditating gives time to decompress, to take a moment... Our [...]