Remembering birthdays

Birthdays were always his favorite. His, mama’s, mine, my sister’s, Sam’s, he made sure that each was celebrated in both big and small ways. I’m sure I inherited my deep love of celebrating birthdays from him now that I think about it. When Sam was born, Daddy sang Happy Birthday to him as loud as he…

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Simple Summer Cookout

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Summer is finally upon us and with that comes outdoor entertaining. A fun cookout is a favorite way to spend time with friends and family during the summer. Plan a simple summer cookout that will be sensational in just a few stress-free steps! The “unofficial” start to summer is finally here this weekend – and I am some…

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Jeep Lessons

This past weekend, Bart and I hosted a BBQ party for one of our good friend’s daughter who is soon to be married. While we were setting up tables, arranging speakers for music, and handling all those day-of-a-party activities, Sam and his friend Ethan were busily playing on the farm. Ethan and Sam have been…

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Enamored with Enamelware

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Enamelware is such a well-loved classic! It has served utilitarian, everyday purposes for generations and is now decorating the homes  of many people of all ages.  How I love enamelware! But I must confess it hasn’t always been the case. I grew up associating it with chores and just kind of took those sturdy workhorse pieces for…

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March 1965

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This has to be one of my favorite photographs. I remember always finding it in the family photo album growing up. It showed my parent’s personalities perfectly. Daddy picking on Mama and her giggling uncontrollably at him which would then only encourage him to pick on her more. And her giggling more. The cycle was…

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Birthday Wishes

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Yesterday, I celebrated my 43rd birthday. As I was driving Sam to Boy Scouts the night before, the conversation went a little something like this. “What do you really want for your birthday?” “Something simple and low key with you and Daddy.” “No, I mean as a gift.” “Oh, maybe for you to have all…

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Christmas Traditions

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One thing I love about the Christmas season is that it is steeped in tradition – from seeing Christmas lights, making Christmas cookies, building gingerbread houses, to gathering with family and friends on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Growing up, we always visited my father’s parents on Christmas Eve to celebrate and then celebrated with…

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The Nutcracker

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I absolutely adore the traditions my family follows at Christmas. We were blessed that Sam is a traditionalist, too. Or maybe we’ve created a monster! If we even think of not doing something the way it has been done in years past, he is quick to remind us and prompt us to get back in…

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