Family Life

Warm holiday wishes from Oak Meadow! Save 10% with code holidays2016-WeeFolk through December 31st! Visit http://www.oakmeadowbookstore.com/   10 Ways to Keep the Holidays Simple Guest post from our friends at Oak Meadow 1. Focus on the traditions you love most. Ask everyone in the family what they most enjoy at the holidays.Read More →

Just bopping on real quick to let everyone know that Michelle and I will be off on holiday for the next two weeks. Actually, we didn’t plan this, things just sort of happen sometimes, don’t they?! We both began unplanned household projects, and Tim and I have a couple miniRead More →

We tend to panic when our children tell us they are bored, but it really is an opportunity to help foster creativity. Find out why boredom can be positive. One of the things I loved most about summer when my children were young was the freedom it allowed all ofRead More →

At this time of year the hardest thing for me to do is be patient, because by nature I am NOT a patient person. When the skies are sunny and the temperatures soaring, I want to be in the dirt. And when I say “in” the dirt, I mean INRead More →

When one of my babies asks me for something, I tend to put everything else on hold. A couple of weeks ago I got a text from 10 month old Peanut asking me for a toasty sweater for a South Carolina winter. (It’s pretty impressive that a 10 month oldRead More →

Back when my son, Adam, was 18 months old, we managed to lose his favorite blankie at a street fair. When we realized it was gone, we went looking for it, going up and down aisles, asking vendors and attendees if they saw his blankie. It was never recovered 🙁 I’m not sure whyRead More →

What does an artist look like? She looks like this and this and this. Pixie sculpted her own bird after seeing my Paper Clay Totem. May we always endeavor to see the artist in all of our children and encourage their creative pursuits. Here is an excerpt from the classic noveletteRead More →

Being raised with three brothers and no sisters there wasn’t much room in my life for fussy dresses. I needed to run, jump, hang upside down from monkey bars and generally do things that dresses tended to balk at. But, oh, for the holidays, my mother insisted I wore superRead More →

I would like to thank everyone for your kind words, warm thoughts and prayers. They truly touched us and helped sustain us during a difficult time. As expected, my father died June 14. Thanks to the wonderful facility he was in and the merciful help from Hospice, he was ableRead More →

As many of you know my father has been battling Alzheimer’s disease for many years. After a stay in the hospital last week, he has returned to his care facility and is now under the care of Hospice. We have been told we will only have him with us forRead More →

I had been intending to post weekly updates of our garden, but somehow there just doesn’t seem to be enough time and things in the garden change so quickly that the photos always seem so far behind what is actually happening. I also wanted to share a post on settingRead More →

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, And pretty maids all in a row.   Growing up with Kimara as a mother, you would think I had a natural green thumb and that I loved getting dirt under my finger nails whileRead More →

I am beyond thrilled that last year I began painting. I will never be an exceptional painter, but finally picking up a paint brush fulfilled an unrequited dream and the time I’ve spend drawing and painting fills me with so much pleasure it is hard to believe I waited until I wasRead More →

Photo Source :: Lucy’s Flickr Stream  There is a part of me, no matter how nonsensical it may be, that believes in fantasy, because in that corner of my brain there is no poverty or pestilence, there is no hatred or bigotry, there is no war or terrorism. At thisRead More →

We’ve all heard the expression “You can’t see the forest for the trees” meaning someone gets so bogged down with the details that they fail to see the big picture. I’m just the opposite, I get so immersed in the big picture that I often lose sight of the detail.Read More →

Ever since we added our master bedroom suite onto our house last spring, it’s become a hub of activity for our grandbabies. It is right off our family room and they tend to spread toys out on the floor, relax in the whirlpool or jump on our king-sized bed. Tim andRead More →

Sometimes I forget that NOT everyone is on Facebook where I announced last week that grandbaby number six, our precious little Peanut, was born on New Year’s Eve. Mama had a crazy long delivery, 36 hours, and wound up delivering c-section, but Mommy, Baby and Daddy are all doing very well, andRead More →

I must admit as a young child I did not read much poetry. Oh, sure, I had learned most of the nursery rhymes by heart and marveled at lines like “Mary, Mary, quite contrary” and “Peter, Peter pumpkin eater” and would say them over and over again, enjoying the sensationRead More →

We had a very busy but fun weekend. Fairy and Pixie both did a wonderful job in this year’s production of The Nutcracker. It has been a wonderful, jolly sort of chaos the past few weeks and although the girls are sad to be done for the year, this backstageRead More →