Road Trip of a Lifetime!

PICTURES: Road Trip book Sometimes, when life gets busy and we’re all going different directions…I actually MISS being in close quarters with my little family of four the way we were for a month this summer – in Dustin’s Toyota Camry, sharing a motel room, sharing every meal together, sharing every mood swing and every laugh, every […]

Fresh Air and Fresh Perspectives at Montreat: Little Cabin in the Woods

(Written on Monday, July 6, 2015)…I am outside working in the MIDDLE of the day! I’m enjoying a summer escape to the peaceful Smokey Mountain village of Montreat, North Carolina where cool fresh air is the norm, and a morning mist or evening rain shower keeps everything lush and green. The sound of the creeks flowing […]

Summer Memories: TAOS Time…

“We must hurry! We have so much time and so little to do!” (Willy Wonka to Charlie in The Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl…we enjoyed listening to this on audio book on the road.) Last week, after a busy summer of work and camp, we took a vacation to the beautiful Taos Ski Valley in New […]

MO’ Freedom, Less Mommy!

(This weekend, we are headed with my parents down to the hill country of Texas to our home away from home, Mo-Ranch. Every summer families from our church, First Presbyterian Dallas, gather to relax and play there on retreat, and I’ve gone every year of my life except when I was on my honeymoon! Here is […]

Homesick and Happy: Top 10 Benefits of Summer Camp for Kids

Bedtime at Camp by Amy L (This picture and poem were found on a lovely poetry website, “The Poem Farm“,  by my new friend Amy!) ———————— make our kids happy give our kids self-esteem make friends for our kids act as managers and agents for our kids compete with digital media create a 2nd family for […]

Celebrating Summer! Celebrating Childhood!

Camp is FUN for everyone, doo-dah, doo-dah,  Celebrate the summer sun, oh-doo-dah-day Summer songs to sing, summer games to play,  Camp is FUN for everyone, oh-doo-dah-day, HEY! Recently I had the pleasure celebrating the beginning of SUMMER with 19 fabulous young kiddos (and 2 great helpers) at my “Celebrate Summer” Camp! A great time was […]

End of Summer Snippets: Spiders, Slides, and Snuggles!

  I finished reading Charlotte’s Web to the kids the other night, snuggled in my bed. Daddy even joined us for the last couple of chapters which I cried my way through. The kids could not figure out why I was so sad…something about the loss of a loved one, the transience and cycle of life, […]

Michigan Wedding: Full of Firsts!

  This month I had the wonderful opportunity to travel on a wonderful adventure with my children and parents to Michigan for my cousin Duke’s wedding to lovely Julie! (And it’s taken me a while to sort through all the fun pics.) It was a long journey, flying to Detroit and then making a 5-hour […]

Welcome to “BIG D” Little Bro! There’s SO much to do!

I’m just THRILLED that my younger, taller, wiser brother Jake has just arrived in Dallas with his lovely wife and baby TO LIVE!! Though Jake and Sarah both grew up here, A LOT has changed since they left. There is a LOT to do, much of it FREE, and they will be rediscovering Dallas through […]

Good, Simple Things by the Sea….