“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of my favorite things.” -From the Sound of Music The sun is warmly shining and the temperatures are (finally) supposed to hit the 60’s today. As I took my morning … More What Are Your Favorite Things?
Easter Sunday is quickly approaching. It is a time of the year when Christians across the globe celebrate their faith and love. To commemorate this special holiday, I wanted to share a couple of inspirational stories I recently read in Chicken Soup for the Soul. This series of heart-warming books touch my heart and soul … More Sharing the Love
Quick question. Which would you rather receive for Christmas, a gift quickly grabbed off of the shelf from Wal-Mart (or other store) or a homespun gift that represents a lot of thought and love? During these last few weeks before Christmas, we cannot look at a newspaper, the television or even the internet without seeing … More Homespun vs. Wal-Mart
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and loved ones will soon be seated around the table enjoying turkey and dressing, fixings and dessert. This time of the year is traditionally a time when folks stop to give thanks for their many blessings. It is a tradition that is well-worth carrying on and teaching to our younger generation. … More What Are You Thankful For?
” America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” – Harry S. Truman In honor of our nation’s 240th birthday, I wanted to dedicate this blog to some of the traditions and virtues from the past and present, all of … More Happy Birthday, America!!
“Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. ‘Be still’, they say. ‘Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” -Author Unknown During the past several years as the inevitable effects of aging have started to affect my family members, I have come face-to-face with situations that have required a change in … More Family
” No matter what… No matter where… It’s always home when love is there.” – Author Unknown Over 28 years ago, my husband Jim and I exchanged our wedding vows in front of family and friends at Trinity Lutheran Church in Neeleyville, Illinois. For several weeks prior to the ceremony, we attended counseling sessions with … More To Love, Honor and Cherish…
During the past week, our family has been saddened by the death of the Matriarch of my husband’s family, Great Aunt Rose. Rose was a country lady who dedicated her entire life to celebrating the bonds of family and friends. Over the last 29 years, she taught me numerous lessons about accepting and loving others … More On Life and Living…
“In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” -Marianne Williamson Did you know, that the hometown spirit still is alive and well? This weekend, I was fortunate enough to participate in the holiday celebrations of 2 … More The Hometown Spirit
The holidays are quickly approaching and my thoughts turn to cherished traditions. In our house, these traditions frequently include re-creating favorite dishes and treats. I have been blessed to have inherited a penchant for baking and a collection of recipes from the talented cooks in both my family and my husband’s family. To me, these … More Savoring the Holidays