I notice

I notice she still sticks her tongue out when she works.

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 I see her father in her . . . & a brother of mine.

My heart takes a leap; I smile, count, and watch her work.



kids feeling better today

cool mornings

 talks with Charming while I cook

long telephone conversations with my oldest far away

wrapped in fuzziest of blankets late night talks

hot tea

work for the fisherman

yellow touches

her joy when I tell her I had to multiply a recipe by 6 . . . she thinks I’m a real cook & I laugh

her disappointment when I tell her I has a checker  . . . and I laugh harder

mac-n- cheese to share

she still sticks her tongue out when she works


Today marks the seventh anniversary of the visionary’s  passing. 


We miss him. . . always & forever. 



she dances at the Peace Center this very weekend & it’s perfect timing for all of us

a full day spent with both my girls

a quiet day spent at home before the busy weekend

cooler mornings

lots of rain three days ago

quiet conversations

morning light

things working the way they should

grease marks

Took this through kitchen door window Saturday as this one worked with greasy hands. 

He can do anything. . . and I mean anything.  He amazes me time and time again.

 and he thinks it’s nothing to have these hands that can fix . . . like his father. He thinks it’s nothing to have a mind that solves problems, and thinks outside the box. . .  like his Grandfather. 


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and then I caught him working . . . reading how on his phone. The light was calling me.  If he knew I was watching he would have moved. 

I read this the other day: 

“If you look for Jesus in everything, you will certainly find him.”

                                                                                        – Thomas a` Kempis

and when he works . . . he’s in the zone and leaves a long trail 

I just mopped kitchen floor and scrubbed cabinets clean. . .   and then I see it. . .  grease marks trailing in. . . on floor, cabinets, new dish cloth . . .   

 I look, praise  & I count . . .  



Charming in the zone

trails left behind . . . he’s never been any different &  I hope he’ll never change

smiles when he works

their laughter

dancing girl loving her practice

friends I see in store – a few minutes to talk

Fisherman sees friend from long ago

time alone to clean and get caught up

long conversation  with oldest even if it’s on the phone

a day by the pool

excitement in the house over movie seen

Zero is Best

Four days ago was the fisherman third birthday since the transplant. Yesterday we traveled for his second annual health check. 

For three nights we have celebrated this birthday week with meals fit for a king.


and then great news comes back from transplant today . . . with rejection at 0.  


This is the only time in your life you want to be zero. 

On this side of the transplant life. . .  Zero is good.

Zero is best 

Zero is our hero 


Hurray for Zeros! 

and then I had time for a Happy Fall Y’all photograph, and Henry plopped himself right down in it. 

 So here it is . . . Happy Fall Y’all

love, me . . .  & Henry 


birthdays to celebrate

a good school day with the youngest

dinner guests

excitement over the upcoming dance

changing weather

safe trips to and home again

great biopsy results

amazing breeze

running in soft rain

laughter in our house

homework being done

find magic

” You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book.”                                            

 Dr. Seuss              


This one. . . if it’s not dancing . . . it’s reading.     

No  complaints from me. 



Cousins traveling . . . dropping into Graceland. . . making us feel so special

sitting with family around the big table @ the best Nana’s

seeing girls grow closer

messages of love to me from her BFF

kids on fire for the Holy Spirit

courage from the girl who loves music . . . talking to youth about the past 8 months & how you prayed & He answered

that man with the big laugh keeping close tabs

early morning rising . . . getting things done

birds singing their good morning song

empty laundry basket . . . could I really be caught up?  counting it anyway

calls from the Philosopher . . . working so hard two states away

the joy I see from her preparing for “the big dance” @ the Peace Center of all places

watching them turning dreams into truths

a marinette priestly ordination – oh, if you ever get the chance you must go . . . such beauty

a conversation with a stranger turned friend

a texted sent to the wrong person turned into blessings


ordinary days


This ordinary day . . . marks the anniversary of the heart. . . and just like that two years have passed.

and sometimes I wonder if it really happened.

Pretty place sunrise


a sunrise at the mountain’s peak

happy cheers school has started from students

a talk with the philosopher about all that’s good in Florida

great dinner loved by everyone

healthy heart beating

smiles again



the littlest things

“Sometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart.” 

      Winnie the Pooh 

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and the angels got together and sent Little Rickie and his beautiful wife this little guy last week. 

and even though he’s not to sure about the rest of us. . . I think we are in love. 



a visit

finishing chores that weigh you down

safe travels

knowing you are right where you need to be

good friends sharing fun

She went back to school today  Thank you Jesus!  

 cooler days – even if it’s just a little

just hanging out

a makeup party  with my girls & my much loved makeup lady

study more . . . harder

Today is the day we travel. The day the philosopher starts work again towards that new life he has dreamed of . . . worked so hard for.  

Studying. . . studying . . . studying 

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and now 

He’ll study more. . . and work towards a Masters 

and Henry the giant puppy won’t be the only one to miss him.  This pup has claimed that one as his own. 

I keep finding my gift counting is lasy. 

and I haven’t shown you how the sun has washed away the color from my  hydrangea’s.  . .  I totally love what it’s done.  


a talk with the man who wears the white collar

a walk through the Mercy Door

the man with the big laugh who loving us so much

faded hydrangeas

morning breeze

and impromptu tea party with my girls

swimming alone in that great big pool

that fisherman of mine who works so hard

hands that can fix broken down cars

all of us in pews together


the most important part of July

We are a week into August and I haven’t told you about the most important part of July yet.

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the Philosopher made it official and finally popped the much waited for question to the girl with the brown eyes.

To no one’s surprise this girl said, “Yes!”  and I’ve never seen those brown eyes sparkle so bright.

and the girl who loves to dance said, “Finally! I have been waiting for her to be my sister for more than half my life.” and we all laughed because there was never a truer statement.



a Friday night dinner party that felt so good

a new friend for the girl who loves to dance

the ninja slippin in because he heard we had cake

coffee from Puerto Rico

rain! much needed rain

a new toy to photograph

morning light streaming in that kitchen window

a girl who I love safely home from France if only for a little while

friends reaching out

hugs from the girl who loves music Bestie

birthday presents to share

burst of laughter in the kitchen, around the table, in the living room, from all parts of the house.

good food to share

a successful garage sale for the girl who loves to dance . . . she did it all by herself.


10 today

So here is what a 10 year old ballerina looks like. 

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and she said,

Ten took literally forever. 



a very happy 10 year old girl

a birthday song from her classmates

clean sheets

cooler summer mornings

laughter that goes right to your toes

time spent with my oldest girl

medication delivered in the mail

drop in surprise visits