• Friends,  Good Things

    Beginning

    I went to the funeral of a neighbor and friend on Saturday afternoon. When I stepped out into the gloomy day, I was astounded at what I saw: hundreds of robins in all the trees over his family's house and in several trees surrounding. The birds were all chirping in unison, and the sound was so pleasant that other neighbors…

  • Crazy Kids

    Fro-Yo Run

    When Bre comes to town and I've hugged the stuffing out of her, here's usually what happens. No one else in our family is as crazy about Red Mango as we are, so usually it's just us two. If you don't have one where you live, it's a frozen yogurt shop that allows you to dispense your own – after…

  • Just Cross Stitch,  Stitching

    Just Cross Stitch

    I've been doing quite a bit of designing lately, and have lots of ideas for new samplers – although Mom keeps reminding me, "Honey, I need a more traditional sampler. Please. You're overdue. And make it red. But if you don't want to do it in red, then that's fine too. But I need a more traditional sampler. And btw,…

  • Crazy Kids

    Bedrock.

    A while ago, I heard Sabrina singing a song to the radio, and the lyrics left me speechless. Actually, I didn't know whether to cough and sputter and turn off the radio or die laughing. Not having grown up in the 70's, she had no clue why I reacted the way I did. (I actually coughed, sputtered, and then died…

  • Crazy Kids,  Stitching

    Recently…

    … I received photos of a gorgeous finish from Anto of Italy… Thank you, Anto! I love the way you've finished this, and the little heart button at the bottom is wonderful! … I went to see the Justin Beiber movie with my Sophie. I never much cared for Justin Bieber, as his hair-do always gave me flashbacks to the…

  • Family

    Say Yes to the (Prom) Dress

    Prom is a little over a month away, so Bean and I decided to get a head start on the shopping this year, rather than waiting until the last minute, when most of the dresses have been fairly picked over (and damaged by over-zealous promenaders). We visited a few different stores, but ended up having the best selection in Younkers.…

  • From My Kitchen

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    I just had to share with you the little cards the girls and I made for them to pass out to their friends. Sophie will be sharing hers with her classmates when they exchange Valentines (this is her last year, since middle-schoolers don't "do" Valentine's Day parties), along with the Pop Rocks and Blow Pops she's attached to each of…

  • Good Things,  Ramblings

    His Number is Up.

    After several days of gloomy skies, the sun graced us yesterday. Its loveliness was so welcome, I decided to head out to the back yard and enjoy the crunch under my boots and the sparkliness of the snow. I love it that God gave us evergreens. They're so reliably happy when all other color has faded. And this guy has…

  • Crazy Kids,  Good Things

    Friendly Romance

    A fun thing happened to Sabrina yesterday… Sitting down with her friends at their usual lunch table, she noticed that their friend Mikey wasn't there to join them, as he usually does. She assumed he was out for the day, but when her friends seemed unusually giddy – and started whispering to each other – she began to suspect that…