Be More You

I took this picture about 6:00am. I opened my deck for the day—opening the umbrella, putting down the porch swing from its out-of-the-rain position, putting up the gates so the dogs can’t get off the deck—and I looked down to see the sun shining through the flower petals. Instantly I […]

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I Want to Tell You. . .

I wish I could tell you what made my day today. I am excited! But I can’t say anything—yet. It may not come to fruition, but it is a yes for the next step. If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know I often talk […]

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The Icing On My Cake

I can’t wait to show you the full picture of what Gene is doing in this picture. It’s a surprise for the kids when they are here at staycation next month so no more pictures until afterwards. I’m not terribly creative, especially compared to the rest of the family. So […]

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A Little Skin in the Game

Today Kelsey and I literally tore up her kitchen. She chiseled away at the layers of plywood and linoleum (2 different kinds!) to uncover a beautiful hardwood floor, which they will have professionally refinished. It will be gorgeous. I chiseled through layers of plaster, 2 kinds of wallpaper (one a […]

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One Reason I Write

I tried to write this last night, but couldn’t. I needed to let my brain cool off after a long weekend of all the kids home—so many conversations, questions, planning, activities. My brain needed time to identify, file, organize, and process everything I experienced over the past four days. Something […]

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My Yard is My Fun

I’m not a gardener. I’m not being modest. Ask my neighbor. I love flowers and I love fresh vegetables from my garden, but they are not a high enough priority for me. Other things take precedence over gardening, so my gardens suffer. On the other hand, I do love working […]

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Sheer Delight

These pictures from our dinner tonight tell the story. I don’t need to say a word. (But I will.) You can see his mind working—what can I do with a spoon and fork? I’m sure he’s not the first toddler to ask that question in his mind. After a few […]

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Living My HGTV/Pinterest Dream–For a Little While Today

A couple of weeks ago I asked Gene for a board to make a “Welcome” sign similar to one I found on Pinterest. He pulled out several boards. Each one was unique. One was new wood. One had a rich great grain. He showed me two slim boards he could […]

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