Family, Love & Marriage, Music

Care Bear

Not long after our December wedding, I acquired two heart-shaped metal pans, perfectly sized for use in baking a suitable Valentine’s cake for my Beloved. (Though we were relatively broke, I justified the purchase ... the cost of a new card every Valentine's Day over our lifetime together would add up, but these baking pans could… Continue reading Care Bear

Culture, Family, Fiction, Grandchildren

The Big House

On separate occasions over the last couple weeks, two of my grandchildren have asserted:  "My house is bigger than yours." Perhaps this is a twenty-first century equivalent to the claim from my era:  my dad is stronger than your dad! When the five-year old initially made the statement, I gently disagreed with him. "Yes, you live in a big house, but not as… Continue reading The Big House

Blogging, Books, Family, Health & WellBeing, Heroes, Hope, Life & Health, Writing

Random Vicissitudes

Most people understand – at least in a theoretical sense – how quickly life can change. In the two months since I last posted, the silence hasn't come about due to a lack of blogging material. No, no, no. Furthermore, every single day without a post brought a deeper sense of unease ... the pattern of my life seeming slightly upended!  But the respite… Continue reading Random Vicissitudes

Culture, Family, Heroes, History

Endowed By Our Creator

Today, we celebrate Independence Day, the official 239th birthday of our country, memorialized at the top of our Declaration of Independence. In our family, we also commemorate this day as the 73rd wedding anniversary of my Beloved's parents. With grateful hearts and thankfulness to God, we salute both my in-laws' union and the historic beginnings of our United States.

Arkansas, Family, Food & Recipes, Grandchildren

Ten, Two and Four

For people who are into fine dining, there's big news in our locale. The news revolves around the Texas chain of hamburger joints, Whataburger, now introducing their brand to northwest Arkansas. (Yes, the fine dining reference is written with tongue-in-cheek.) I think I've eaten at a Whataburger maybe twice in my life. All the buzz about this new chain coming… Continue reading Ten, Two and Four

Culture, Family, Genealogy, History

Image Is Everything

As a genealogy enthusiast, I find the stories of other people (even unrelated) almost as fascinating as the stories I've learned about my own ancestors. When the television series Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA?) began in 2010, I thought it was a show I'd enjoy. As a subscriber of Ancestry.com, I figured I might even… Continue reading Image Is Everything

Family, History, Love & Marriage, Poetry

E & T Celebrate 48

According to one wedding website, a mere 5% of married couples reach their 50th wedding anniversary. Given that about 2 million people marry every year in the United States, reaching the 50-year mark is an impressive achievement. Today, my older brother and his wife are celebrating their 48th anniversary, and God willing, will arrive at the 50 year… Continue reading E & T Celebrate 48

Arkansas, Culture, Family, Health & WellBeing, Living, Rants & Opinions

Refuse To Be A Victim

Back in the days when I was in eighth or ninth grade, my girlfriend and I decided we'd work out together. (In those days, we called it exercise.) It was summertime, we planned to sunbathe in our two-piece swimsuits, and a sudden interest in boys dictated we look our best.We were fourteen or fifteen, easily impressed by the… Continue reading Refuse To Be A Victim

Blogging, Culture, Education, Family, Rants & Opinions, Religion

Home.Edu

Chances are good that sometime in the last week you've interacted with at least one adult (perhaps more than one) who was educated at home. People in the workplace, teachers and professors, business owners ... don't be surprised to find some of them are products of home education.While schooling within the home and family has… Continue reading Home.Edu

Arkansas, Christianity, Culture, Faith, Family, Living, Religion

Imperfect Family-hood

Children are known for acting foolishly. Teenagers are notorious offenders, sometimes showing reckless regard or on other occasions failing to weigh the risks. As one example, we've all read the tales of teens driving and texting. Not every teen ends up slamming into a tree because of his or her poor judgment, but some do. (The statistics are… Continue reading Imperfect Family-hood