23 years and counting. . .

Today is my 23 wedding anniversary.

lace flower

I remember when I got married, an older cousin said to me: “ You think you love him now? Just wait, it get’s better.” and I thought – how could I possibly love him more then now? Part of me couldn’t wait. . . part of me doubted her.

I mean after all, what would she know about love and life – she was older and had  been married like  forever.

I was in my 20’s.  

I knew everything.  

I was getting married. 

I think back on that and laugh at myself,  23 years later, I’m still in my 20’s but, now there is a big difference:

I know only one thing now.  

She was right!

and I’m blown away. 


1.) I’m thankful today is Father’s day . . . and I have a reason to celebrate.  Even though my father is not here physically – He is always with us.

2.) I am thankful for 23 years with Mark.

3.) I am thankful he works so hard to keep our family going.

Flag Day

Today is the Anniversary of one of my cousins death.  She died 18 years ago at a very young age. I think of her often. I think of how we laughed until we cried at times. We  had so much fun together when her family come South for a visit.

Flower June

I’m so glad she was in my life . . . if only for a little while.



1.) I’m thankful for cool summer mornings.

2.) Coffee when I get up in the morning – to my surprise I was out of coffee this morning. Ugh! I made a quick run to Dunkin. Shuuuu, they saved the day!

3.) Spontaneous complements from my kids.  Sometimes they just blow me away with . . . goodness. Yes! Goodness!

Faith. . .

Kathryn's album cover


“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” 

Martin Luther King, Jr.


1.) I am grateful I can exercise.  It’s so good for my body and my mind – and there are so many people that just can’t do it at all.

2.) I’m grateful we have a refrigerator  full of food.  Even though I hear 100 times a day we don’t have anything to eat. . . We do.  We always so.

3.) I’m grateful for soothing music. . . sometimes it just hits the spot.

Little Things Thursday

like magic

I know I have told you I have been taking this photography class over at Lisa’s Long Road to China and back, right? 


Anyway, this week she wanted us to create a magical and mystical photo. 

Kathryn and the poisen apple edited

This project sent my mind racing. I didn’t know where I was going with it at all.

Until . . .

 I saw a dress I have had since I was 19 years old hanging in my closet.

This dress was beautiful then and it’s beautiful now. ((So it’s only like two years old. Okay?)) It’s one of those timeless dresses that you could just wear forever. It has two kinds of lace on it: an almost crocheted laced top, and the bottom is just lace. The kind of lace we know as lace.   It’s tea length, and puffy, and just wonderful.

That’s when it it hit me.

I’ll put my Kathryn in that dress with an apple and take her photograph. 

I’ll make the image magical some how. 

So,  I went shopping for the perfect piece of fruit,  convinced Kathryn she would love that old  nearly new dress. The dress I had before she was born. Dug out my red lipstick and again begged her to play with me. 

In the end she said,   “You know Mom? That was fun!” and I said. “Really?” and she said, “Really!” and I said “Yay!!!” 


1.) I a m thankful I get to take this online photography class. I love it so much! 

2.) I am thankful even though Kathryn did not want to play with me – she did AND she like it!  

3.) I am thankful we have air condition in this hot Southern climate.  


 Our World Tuesday Wednesday Around the World

Crazy Dreams. . .

Lately I have been having all kinds of crazy dreams. I keep dreaming I am loosing me teeth; they twist and turn and are very, very loose in my dreams.  These dreams disturb me so much I get up to floss and brush my teeth in the middle of the night.  Today I looked up the meaning of this recurring dream.   The great Google said there is  “Instability in your life.”  and I thought Duh!


horse in the clouds 2

 I wish I could dream about horses in the sky. 

Oh! Yeah! I didn’t tell you: “The best Nana” took us to see Les, Miserables last Saturday night.  It was so very fabulous, and just wonderful too.  Oh! I loved it! 


 1.) I’m grateful to my mother. She is just way to good to us. 

2.) I’m grateful I had such a great weekend with my family.

3.) I am grateful Matthew takes Kathryn to her class most days. It gives me such a break , and helps me focus on Liz. 

The Good, The Random, The Fun

the Boxcar Children

Nothing warms a mother’s heart more then walking into a room and seeing her seven year old engrossed in a book. 

Reading her book 1

and if you’re the one that taught her to read those words in that book . . . your heart just sings. 

  Yay! for “the Boxcar Children”   She can’t put these books  down. 


1.) I am grateful she has a love for reading.

2.) I am grateful I was the one  to teach her to read.  If you know me, you would know how much I struggled with reading when I was a kid. It was so hard for me.  I struggled, struggled, and struggled some more,  AND now. . .  to be the teacher  IT just feels so good.

3.) I am grateful we found a series of classic books she loves.




Here I go. . .

I created a new watermark for my photos. 

Matthew working on his computer

Can you see it?

I have decided to open myself up to the possibilities of a photography business.  I’ve been working hard on this photo thing, and Lisa over at the Long Road to China has been encouraging me to go into business for myself.  

So, here goes nutten . . .

First step: Work hard to improve photos – Never Done

Second step: Logo – Done! Whoohoo! 

Third step: Work on a price list, and get myself out there.  Yikes! Not done. . .


1.) I’m grateful my photography teacher supports my decision for this new business adventure.  She could have said, “Umm, hold off on that okay.”

2.) I’m grateful everyone was home for dinner last night. I love it when all the kids are home and we are all gathered around our family table for a dinner I made. 

3.) I’m grateful the son in the picture above is such an amazing help to us.  He is working so hard on his studies, and always giving to his family.  I love that kid so much.  He makes this momma proud. 


Sunday In My City