Rivers in the Desert

Rivers in the Desert

Recently it has been such a changing time for everyone. Some have endured tradegy, others worry and fear and some trying to keep the norm. For all, it is difficult and trying times. John and I are trying to follow the guidelines and spending much…

Today’s Great Find!

Today’s Great Find!

It was a cold dreary snowy day, a perfect day for a bowl of soup. Some peas, carrots, onions, peppers and potatoes roasted were perfect ingredients. The base was my homemade cajon turkey bone broth and some chunks of the turkey. It did not need…

A Grandmother’s Treasure Box

A Grandmother’s Treasure Box

I have done a lot of reflecting these past few days. In the midst of all the reflecting, it has been an amazing holiday season. It all started with my book launch. It was a great evening and has been fun seeing my books bought…

Thanks So Much!

Thanks So Much!

Sally the Cow is launching. YEAH!! Some of you have preordered already. Thank you so much. It has been fun seeing and hearing about your preorders. What a joy and a blessing to share this experience with you. I have already had two requests to…

Launching Sally

Launching Sally

We all get one chance at life. We start off with big dreams and ideas. Some we reach some we don’t. But one thing we do learn along the way is that time is precious and cherish every moment. No one lived that better than…

Feeling Excited

Feeling Excited

Amazon Well the last time I posted I was on the closet floor surrounded by picture boxes looking for a very specific picture. It was a picture of our family pet cow. And a pet she was. Not everyone has a pet cow but if…

Friends

Friends

Life is filled with many blessings.  Many we fail to even recognize or thank God for. Others are those things that encourage us, nurture us and impact our lives.  Friends would certainly fall in that category.  I have many I consider friends but one certainly…

Memories of the Missouri State Fair

Memories of the Missouri State Fair

This morning we are headed to Sedalia to the Missouri State Fair to take the grandchildren.  Going to the fair was an annual event for our family.  We seldom missed.  Most years our extended family went also.  Going in the pick-up was the most economical.…

It all began on the Mayflower

It all began on the Mayflower

I have always loved learning family history.  Our family has some fun stories in their trail.  I have really enjoyed the history passed down about my mother’s family.  Her mother has many interesting people on the genealogy chart.  I love that it starts with the…

Mystery Solved

Mystery Solved

Last week I had the absolute privilege of spending the day with family friends.  I love learning stories about family and the history of the area where we were from.  First hand accounts are always the best, but it is getting harder to find people…

Sorting the Family Photo Boxes

Sorting the Family Photo Boxes

It is a lot of work sorting pictures, but so fun to look back at some of the old photos.  Love this picture of some happy 4-Hers.   I think a few happy couples came out of this group.  4-H was and is a wonderful…

Reuniting Families with Old Photos

Reuniting Families with Old Photos

I am beginning the process of going through family pictures.  All of the family pictures were brought to my house after daddy passed.  I hope to get them sorted and labeled as much as I have knowledge of, so my children will know who is…

It’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

It’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The recent farm auction was considered a successful day.  It was cold in the 30 degrees but the crowd hung in there to the end.  And it was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. It took three rings running all day to get it all…

Finding My Voice Again

Finding My Voice Again

It has been really hard to find my voice lately.  Cancer treatments and losing my father has left me empty and reflective. My page keeps reminding me I haven’t heard from anyone this week.   Daddy always said we need to share our story for…

The Things You Should Have Done, and Did

The Things You Should Have Done, and Did

My Grandfather passed away recently. I’ve thought many times about all the things I should have done. I’m probably the closest grandchild to the 57 Chevy pink house where he lived until his passing. I should have visited more. I should have called more. I…

Daddy’s Home Coming

Daddy’s Home Coming

It is so hard to say good by to those we love.  But this week was our week to let daddy go home.  Although there is sadness, the image of him being reunited with mother and his precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who he…

Experience it

Experience it

I received a devotional book by Beth Moore for Christmas from my kids.  It has been one of the most enjoyable reads I have done in a while.  On every page the words leave more than a picture in my mind.  There is the icy…

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Every year we took a trip to see our great United States of America.   As a teacher I loved seeing historical places that would enrich my teaching.  We had visited Independence Rock where settlers had passed by signing and dating it.  It was fun…

Moving Day

Moving Day

My son and his family are preparing for a big move.  Their growing family has out grown their present house.   Not enough bedrooms and no room for the toys.   I grew up in a family and a house the same size.  We didn’t…

Precious Memories

Precious Memories

  What a great day!!  Plans have been made for a couple of months to get together with friends from our childhood days who went to First Baptist Church of Climax, Springs.   The day was centered around an old fashioned home-made ice cream social,…

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day

I Love the 4th of July.  It is a time to get together with family and friends, maybe even go back to the old home place.  Many of us enjoy the cookouts and fireworks that make this holiday unique.  We always used to make home…

Everyday is Precious

Everyday is Precious

​ I recently had the opportunity to visit with a beautiful young mom who has three small children.  “The time is moving so fast!” She said,  “How can I slow it down?  We are just too busy.”  How true that is. Most don’t even realize it…

The Pick-up Truck

The Pick-up Truck

​ My youngest son’s growing family of six has left them with only one vehicle they can all ride in.  The children are little and car seats are big.  So it takes one good sized seat space for each one. I am so thankful for…

A Story of Thanksgiving

A Story of Thanksgiving

​ This is the canopy over my head tonight as I sit on my deck writing this story.  It is such a warm and familiar feeling as outstretched branches reach toward me.  It reminds me of many happy childhood days on the farm playing under…

The Homestead 

The Homestead 

This weekend my grandchildren got to spend the night at the homestead farm, the same house I slept in at that age with my grandparents.   It was a joy to know they had spent the evening surrounded by all those happy memories and getting…

Where is Jan?

Where is Jan?

There are some stories in our life that we never live down.  I started kindergarten at age 4.  We went to E C Meservey In Kansas City. My sister was in second grade.  I don’t remember the building, but she described it as a big…

Elly May

Elly May

Family has always been important to me.  I have tried to instill in my children and now my grandchildren the love and importance of staying connected with family. Growing up I was very shy.  I always felt awkward and not as pretty as my sister. …

The Wagon Ride

The Wagon Ride

I am so blessed to get daily pictures of my grandchildren.  When this one came up I knew I had to paint it.  Love, love, love it!!! My father has always loved wagons and buggies.  Growing up, we often got to ride on a horse…

Serving Others

Serving Others

Today I spent with my father at the heart doctor’s office.  As it often is, it was a long visit.  It turned into about a three and one-half hour wait.  I begin asking a few questions about mother’s parents (my grandparents).  My heart was touched…

QUITE A TOWN

QUITE A TOWN

I love this picture.  It is a picture of some of the early citizens of the town of Climax Springs taken in the 1800s. They are all standing around the old spring house.  There were many wonderful minerals in the spring water, which drew lots…