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Chinos To Scotland, Travel Photos, Family and Vintage Suitcases

Ready, Set, Go!

Ready or not, it’s time to go. We’re putting on our game faces and heading out into the big wide world. Taido is already in Scotland, continuing the house hunt. We’re not sure what his plan is for the 20 suitcases we have in tow, but we’ll be glad to see him no matter what! …

Grandmother's Wedding

Grandmother’s Wedding

Today would have been my precious Grandmother’s 90th birthday. In memory of her, I wanted to share this fun story I wrote about her 20 years ago. She had just remarried her high school sweetheart after being reunited with him at her 50th high school reunion. She had been a widow for 16 years, so …

Chino House, Moss Mountain Farm, P. Allen Smith

Chinos to Moss Mountain Farm

Last week we played hooky one day to spend some time in one of the most idyllic settings in Arkansas, P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm. The kids were excited because they had heard me talk all about the farm after I went to Bean 2 Blog out there last spring. It was a very …

Mother's Day, Grandmother, Mother, Compassion on Mother's Day

Compassion on Mother’s Day

  Having Compassion on Mother’s Day Mother’s Day always sneaks up on me, but it slapped me hard across the face this week when my mom said something about how my Grandmother always would take us all out for pizza on Mother’s Day. While she was talking, I realized that this will be the first …

First Flights

photo by Jacob Slaton Do you remember the first time you ever flew on an airplane? When you first felt the now everyday miracle of accelerating down the runway and then the nose of the aircraft lifting up into the air? Just like that.  All of a sudden, you are flying.  Houses below you become …

Blackberry Market

Blackberry Market

Last week, I flew to Chicago, where I had the wonderful privilege of spending a few days working with my sister, Anna, in her new restaurant, Blackberry Market. Anna and her husband, Robert, opened Blackberry in December. I spent a harried couple of days there in January and just got a small glimpse of the …

Us + Them

I mentioned this week that I LOVE that when Whitney Loibner takes our pictures, she takes some of just us. (Taido and me) And some of just them. (The Kids) True story: Before Whitney started taking our pictures, I never liked photos of myself.  I also had exactly ZERO framed pictures of Taido and me …

Family Photos in Argenta Market

This year we went to Argenta Market for our family photos. Argenta is the Main Street District of our town and has been undergoing some revitalization for a number of years.  One of the most fun developments was the addition of this darling local market. We pass this market every day on our way to …

Easter Sunday

  Happy Easter! Today we will miss my sweet Grandmother so much. She always met us at the door at church to say HE IS RISEN! and then waited for our reply, HE IS RISEN INDEED! She (on the left) and my other grandmother wore silly Easter bonnets last year that they made at Woodland …

Snowcamp in Taos

We’re always sad to drive away from the mountains, but we made so many wonderful memories last week at Snowcamp in Taos! I am posting loads of pictures so I can remember our Spring Break in detail in the years to come! Here’s a rare moment at the top of a lift with Taido.  Sometimes …

Tollantusky Trail, Hiking in Arkansas, Arkansas Hiking Trails, Exploring Arkansas, Outside with kids

Tollantusky Trail

 Arkansas Hiking Trails: Tollantusky Trail A couple of weekends ago we were looking for a day hike close to home and we stumbled upon the Tollantusky Trail near Conway, Arkansas. The trailhead is at the Cadron Settlement Park, which is located on AR-319 W off of Highway 64. This park is also home to restored …

Grandmother's Treasures, WIWW

WIWW: Grandmother’s Treasures

I haven’t done a What I Wore Wednesday post since before my Grandmother died at the beginning of December. I think that might partly be because my Grandmother was one of the only people in the world who cared whether or not I showed up for all of life in jeans and a t-shirt. Actually …

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Letting Go

My beautiful grandmother went home home to be with Jesus last Saturday. And though I earnestly prayed all last week that she might be released from her earthly body, I have found that with each day that dawns, the world seems darker without her in it. Today we will bury her and say goodbye.  We …